Writing Competitions

Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize

The Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize is open until March 1, 2019. It’s free to enter.

The prize is for book-length essays, minimum 25,000 words. Open to writers resident in Ireland and the UK who have yet to secure a publishing deal.

Submit a proposal of up to 5,000 words, a bio, the word count and delivery date of the completed manuscript.

The prize is £3,000, which will be in the form of an advance against publication with Fitzcarraldo Editions.

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The Comedy Women In Print (CWIP) Prize

The Comedy Women In Print (CWIP) Prize is open until February 28, 2019.

The Comedy Fiction By Unpublished Female Writers prize winner will receive a
publishing contract for their novel with HarperFiction and a £5,000 advance. The runner up will receive a place on the University of Hertfordshire’s MA in Creative Writing. It costs £10 to enter.

The winner of the Comedy Fiction By Published Female Writers prize will receive £2,000.

The competition is open to female authors, writing in the English language, of any nationality over the age of 18 on the closing date.

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Segora International Writing Competition

The Segora International Writing Competition.is open until June 15, 2019.

Submit short stories, 1,500-3,000 words, poems of up to 50 lines, one-act plays with a running time of up to 35 minutes, and vignettes of up to 300 words, excluding the title.

Prizes: Short Stories and Poetry: £300, £50, £30. Plays: £150, £50. Vignettes: £100. The winners will be published on their website.

Entry Fees: Short Stories: £8 for one, £14 for two, £20 for three. Plays: £12. Vignettes and Poems: £5 each for the first entry, £2.50 each thereafter.

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Ware Poets Poetry Competition

The Ware Poets Poetry Competition is open until April 30, 2019.

Submit poems of up to 50 lines.

Prizes: £600, £300, £150. Ware Sonnet Prize: £150.

Entry Fee: £4 each, £12 for four, £3 for each subsequent entry.

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The Binsted Prize

The Binsted Prize is open until March 29, 2019.

Submit poems of up to 50 lines.

Judge: poet James Simpson

Prizes: £250, £150, £50. .

Entry Fee: £5 for the first, £4 for each subsequent poem.

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The Yaffle Prize 2019

The Yaffle Prize 2019 is open until February 28, 2019.

Prizes: £200, £50, £25

The winner, runners-up, highly commended poets, and those who make the short list and long list, will be published in their anthology.

Submit poems of up to 40 lines.

Entry Fees: £4 for one poem, £7 for two, £12 for four.

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The Desmond O’Grady International Poetry Competition 2019

The Desmond O’Grady International Poetry Competition 2019 is open until March 16, 2019.

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

Entry Fees: €3.50 for one poem, €5.50 for 3 poems.

Competition Judge: John W. Sexton. Poems, can be in either Irish or English, can be on any subject and presented in any form or style.

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Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing

The Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing is open until March 5, 2019.

Submit one-act plays. Open to amateur playwrights.

Three winning scripts will be selected for fully staged performances during the
Windsor Fringe Festival. One of the three scripts will be chosen for the £500 prize.

Entry Fee: £10

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New Writers Short Story Competition

The New Writers Short Story Competition is open until February 17, 2019.

Submit stories of up to 3,000 words. You should not have had a full length work published.

Prizes: £300, £200, £100. The winners will be published in an anthology.

Entry Fee: £5

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2019 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize

The 2019 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize is open until March 1, 2019.

Free to enter.

There are two categories: Best Published Novel and Best Unpublished Manuscript. The prize is open to writers of any nationality, writing in English.

The winner of the Best Published Novel will receive £15,000. The winner of the Best Unpublished Manuscript will receive a publishing deal with Bonnier Books UK. In addition, each of the shortlisted writers will receive three months of one-to-one manuscript development with literary consultant, David Llewelyn.

Novels must be at least 50,000 words in length, but the ideal length is more than 75,000 words. Authors must not be represented by a literary agent or previously have had a novel published. Self-published books are eligible.

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Poets Meet Politics International Open Poetry Competition 2019

The Poets Meet Politics International Open Poetry Competition 2019 is open until April 22, 2019.

The competition comes from Hungry Hill Writing. Christy Ducker will judge this year’s entries.

Prizes: €500, €250, €100

Entry Fee: €12 (up to 3 poems).

Submit poems on any theme related to politics.

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The White Review Short Fiction Competition

The White Review Short Fiction Competition is open until March 4, 2019 (5pm).

Submit stories between 2,000 and 7,000 words in any genre. Open to writers resident in Ireland and the UK who have yet to secure a publishing deal.

This year, the prize will be judged by Chris Power, Sophie Scard and Michal Shavit.

The winner will receive £2,500 and the winning entry will be published.

Entry Fee: £15. There are 50 free entries for writers on low incomes.

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2019 Inter-Varsity Poetry Slam

The 2019 Inter-Varsity Poetry Slam, in partnership with Poetry Ireland will take place in March at the National College of Art and Design.

Are you a student or recent graduate? Writer or performer? You can email a poem (video, audio, or text) to ivpoetryslam@gmail.com

This year’s top finalists will also be invited to take part in a free performance workshop in Poetry Ireland ahead of the IV Slam.

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Maria Edgeworth Poetry and Short Story Competition

The Maria Edgeworth Poetry and Short Story Competition is open until March 8, 2019.

Submit up to five poems or a short story.

Prizes: €250, €100, €50

Entry Fee: €5

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CWI December 2018 Competition Results

A big thank you to everyone who entered our December writing competition and congratulations to the winner, Ruth Taaffe.

Shortlist: Howard Kerr, Bethany Ascott, m.nicole.r.wildhood, Kathryn Ratzko, Millie Stephens.