Writing Competitions

Dedalus Press Poetry Submissions

Dedalus Press are accepting poetry submissions for a new anthology, Local Wonders: Poems of our Immediate Surrounds.

In response to the pandemic, they are looking for poetry that recognises and celebrates the renewed interest in the local, the near-to-hand, and the within-reach.

The anthology of Irish poetry, drawn from the wide community of Irish and Irish-based voices, will present poems written since the early months of 2020 to date — not so much a diary of the pandemic as a handbook of the things, places and activities that have sustained us throughout.

You can submit up to 3 poems, no longer than 60 lines each.

Entry fee: free

Deadline: 30 August, 2021

Full details here.

Periscope Flash Fiction Contest

Periscope are running a Flash Fiction contest for writers over the age of 18.  Entries must be 400 words or less, on the theme of ‘Genius’.

Entry fee: £6, then £5 and £4 for additional entries – to a maximum of three per writer

Deadline: 30th August

Prizes:

First place: £800
Second place: £200

Full details here.

Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition

The Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition is open to poets from across the globe, until 31st August 2021.

Manuscripts can be 16-24 pages in length and must be written in English.

Entry fee: €25

Prizes: 1st prize – €1000

             2nd prize – €500

Both winners will win a chapbook publication, 25 complimentary copies, and will be offered a reading at the 2022 Cork International Poetry Festival.

Full details here.

Write About Walking and Listening Competition

The Write About Walking and Listening Competition is hosted by ‘walk · listen · create’. They are accepting poetry or prose in 250 words or under.

Deadline: Sunday 8th August

Entry fee: €6 for one entry or €9 for two entries. However, this can be waived for those unable to afford it.

Prizes include: Writer in Residence for Walk Listen Create / Sound Walk, September 2022, as well as complimentary copies of the anthology (and subsequent audio book) and artwork from the anthology.

Full details here.

MONO Poetry Competition

MONO invite you to enter their first poetry competition on the theme of ‘SANITY’. The competition will be judged by acclaimed poet, Padraig Rooney. You can interpret the theme in any way you wish.

There is no set format for poetry and spoken word is welcome.

Deadline: Midnight 1st September 2021

Entry fee: up to three poems for a total cost of £6.00

Prizes: 1st Prize – £250

2nd Prize – £100

3rd Prize – £50

Full details here.

NAWG Open short story and poetry competition 2021

NAWG Open Competition is now open and closes at midnight on 31st August.

Categories are Short Story and Poetry. This competition is open to everyone, not just NAWG members.

Entrance fee: £5 per story or poem, or 3 poems for £10

Prizes: each category – 1st £200, 2nd £100, 3rd £50

Categories: short story: 500-2000 words; poems: 40 lines maximum

Full details here.

Seán O’Faoláin International Short Story Competition

The Seán O’Faoláin International Short Story Competition is open for entries from across the globe, until 31st July 2021.

Entries must be written in English.

Word Limit: 3,000.

Prizes: 1st prize – €2,000 and a one-week residency at Anam Cara Retreat.

             2nd prize – €500.

             Four runners up – €250.

All winners and runners up will be published in Southword 42.

Entry fee: €18

Full details here.

‘Passed Down’ Open-Form Writing Competition

The ‘Passed Down’ Open-Form Writing Competition is Exisle’s second writing competition of the year. It is open for entries from around the world, until July 15th, 2021.

It’s free to enter.

Entrants are invited to explore the many things that generations pass down to the next. This can include objects, but also memories, traditions, ideas, beliefs, loves, hates, prejudices, wisdom, forgiveness and more.

Word count: 1500 words maximum.

Three prizes of $150 USD for each category:

Full details here.

Five Words Poetry Competition

The Five Words Poetry Competition is a weekly recurring competition. Five words are posted each week on the Ó Bhéal website. Entrants must write a poem, containing all five words, and submit it before the following week.

Open to all countries.

The competition will run every week until 25th January 2022.

First prize: €750

Second prize: €500

Third prize: €250

Entry fee: €5

Full details here.

Morning Coffee Writing Competition 2021

The Morning Coffee Writing Competition 2021 is a short story competition, in association with Sonder Magazine, to fundraise for the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre.

Short stories can be any theme, but must be 500-1000 words in length.

Entry fee: €6.50 (all proceeds to the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre)

Prize: publication in Sonder Magazine and a €20 book voucher.

Full details here.

Dateline Hastings: 23-09-21 Competition

The Dateline Hastings: 23-09-21 Competition is running as part of Hastings Literary Festival. 12 writers will be offered the chance to have their work published, following a unique workshop with experienced editors.

Entries can be a mix of fiction and life writing, expressed through poetry or prose. They should feature local, national or international events happening after April 2021.

Closing date: July 31st 2021.

Entry fee: £10.

Word count (for final versions):

Poetry – 40 lines max.

Prose – 2000 words max.

Prizes:

An all-day creative writing and editing workshop in Hastings

Publication in and copies of the anthology

Three finalists will receive a cash prize of £100

Full details here. 

Galway Film Fleadh Pitching Competition

The Galway Film Fleadh Pitching Competition is open to writers of all skill levels, until June 28th, 2021.

Entrants must write a 500-word written pitch (from beginning to end – no cliff-hangers!) 

Any genre of feature drama, documentary or animation will be considered. 

First prize: €3000

Full details here. 

Henshaw Short Story Competition

The Henshaw Short Story Competition is open to writers over the age of 16, until 30th June 2021.

Short stories can follow any theme, but must not exceed 2000 words.

First prize: £200

Second prize: £100 

Third prize: £50

Entry fee: £6 

Optional critiques are a further £12

Full details here.

Limerick Literary Festival Manuscript Prize

The Limerick Literary Festival Manuscript Prize is open to unpublished, unsigned Irish fiction authors, until July 1st 2021.

Entry fee: €25

The winning manuscript will be designed and printed in a limited 500 copy run to be launched at next year’s festival.

Full details here.

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition

The Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition is open to poems from all over the world, until July 31st, 2021.

Poems can be on any subject and in any style, but must be written in English. 

50 lines maximum.

1st prize: £250

2nd prize: £125

3rd prize: £75

Entry fee: £5 per poem with offers available for multiple entries.

Full details here.