Writing Competitions

Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize

The Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize is open until March 15, 2020.

Free to enter. The prize is for book-length essays of at least 25,000 words. Open to writers resident in Ireland or the UK, who have not yet secured a publishing deal.
Prize: Publication with a £3,000 advance and a three-month residency in Italy.

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Saolta Arts Annual Poetry Competition

The Saolta Arts Annual Poetry Competition is open until February 21, 2020.

The poetry competition is run in conjunction with the Poems For Patience series as part of Cúirt International Festival of Literature.

Submit poems of up to 32 lines. Judge: Kevin Higgins

The winning poem will be published and displayed in University Hospital Galway as part of the 2020 Poems For Patience series. The winner will also be invited to read at the launch of the 2020 Poems For Patience at Cúirt International Festival and will be given a copy of their poem printed and framed as a Poem for Patience poster. The winner will also be asked to submit six poems for consideration to be a Featured Reader at the Over The Edge: Open Reading series in Galway City Library.

Entry Fee: €10 for one poem. If you enter two or more poems the entry fee is €7.50 per poem.

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Wilbur Smith Best Unpublished Manuscript

The Wilbur Smith Best Unpublished Manuscript is open until March 2, 2020.

Your novel must be at least 50,000 words. This is an adventure writing award. The winner will receive a publishing deal with Bonnier Books. All shortlisted writers will receive one-to-one manuscript development with literary consultant David Llewelyn.

Entry Fee: £20

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Acumen International Poetry Competition

The Acumen International Poetry Competition is open until February 28, 2020.

Submit poetry of up to 50 lines.

Entry Fee: £5 each, £20 for five.

Judges: Michael Bartholomew-Biggs, Nancy Mattson.

First prize is £1,000 and a five-year subscription to Acumen. Second prize is £400 and a three-year subscription. The third prize is £200 and a two-year subscription.

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The Mairtin Crawford Award

The Mairtin Crawford Award is open until April 29, 2020.

Submit poems up to 60 lines each and stories up to 2,500 words. .

Open to writers who have not yet had a full collection of stories or poems, or a novel, published.

The winners in each category will receive £500.

Entry Fee: £6 for each submission

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Roscommon Poets’ Poetry Prize 2020

The Roscommon Poets’ Poetry Prize 2020 is open until February 28, 2020.

The prize is open to anyone who is resident in Co. Roscommon or who is a member of a Roscommon-based writers’ group or anyone who ever attended a school in Co. Roscommon.

Judge: Jane Clarke

Entry Fee: €6

Prizes: €150, €100, €75. Shortlisted poets will be invited to read their poem at the Strokestown International Poetry Festival, for which they will receive a reading
fee of €50.

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Slipstream Poets Open Poetry Competition

The Slipstream Poets Open Poetry Competition is open until February 29, 2020.

Submit poetry of up to 60 lines. Judge: Jackie Wills

Prizes: £200, £100, £50. Entry Fee: £5 for the first poem, £3.50 thereafter.

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Willow Run Poetry Book Award

The Willow Run Poetry Book Award is open until February 20, 2020.

The winner will receive $1000 and publication in Hidden River Press.

Submit an unpublished book-length collection of poetry of 75-100 pages. The award is open to all poets writing in English around the world.

Entry Fee: $20

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Red Shed Open Poetry Competition

The Red Shed Open Poetry Competition is open until March 31, 2020.

Submit poems of up to 50 lines, any subject.

Judge: James Nash

Prizes: £100, £50, £10. Entry Fee: £3 for the first, £2 thereafter.

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Artlyst Art To Poetry Competition

The Artlyst Art To Poetry Competition is open until March 2, 2020.

The Award celebrates ekphrastic poetry and is open to all poets worldwide aged 18 or over.

You may submit as many poems as you wish so long as they are based on an artwork. Judges include Sue Hubbard, and judges from Artlyst and The Poetry Society.

Entry Fees: The first poem costs £7. Subsequent entries cost £4 per poem.

Prizes: £1,000, £300 and three runners-up prizes of £50. There’s also a special young peoples’ prize which is free to enter if you are 11-17. All winners will be invited to the awards ceremony and they will be published on Artlyst and The Poetry Society websites.

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John McGahern Award 2020

The John McGahern Award 2020 is open until July 31, 2020.

Free to enter.

The recipient of the award will receive a two-week fully resourced residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre and a stipend of €1,000.

Open to early career writers of fiction resident in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland. Applicants must have had some fiction or short stories published in a recognised journal or anthology selected by an established publisher or editor.

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Bring Your Limericks to Limerick Competition 2020

The Bring Your Limericks to Limerick Competition 2020 is open until July 31, 2020.

Free to enter. Submit up to 3 limericks.

They will select a long list of 25 limericks. The authors of those limericks chosen will be given the opportunity to compete in the final of the competition in August in Limerick. The final prize and runner up prizes will only be available to those who attend the Festival. Finalists can nominate someone to read their limerick on the night but they themselves must be present in the room.

The winner will receive €500. More here.

Goldsmith Festival Poetry Competition

The Goldsmith Festival Poetry Competition is open until May 8, 2020.

Prizes: €500, €200, €100. Entry Fee: €10 (for up to three poems)

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Trócaire and Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition 2020

The Trócaire and Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition 2020 is open until 20 March 2020.

Free to enter. Judges: Catherine Ann Cullen, Aidan Clifford, Patricia Groves

Theme: Standing Her Ground.

The competition is open to children and adults. The winning poems will be published in booklet form. The winners and runners up will be invited to read at the National Library of Ireland.

Adult Category Winners: Prizes include a two-week stay at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre OR a Tablet OR time in a recording studio to the value of €300.
Post Primary and Primary Categories Winners: Kindle Fire plus visit by an author to school

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Desmond O’Grady International Poetry Competition 2020

The Desmond O’Grady International Poetry Competition 2020 is open until March 17, 2020.

First prize is €200 and the runner-up prize is €50.

Entry Fees: €3.50 for one poem or €5.50 for three poems.

Competition Judge: John Liddy

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