Writing Competitions

Ver Poets Open Competition 2020

The Ver Poets Open Competition 2020 is open until April 30, 2020.

Submit poems of up to 30 lines. No restrictions on theme or form.

First prize: £600 Second prize: £300 Third prize: £100

Judge: Jacqueline Saphra. Entry fee: £4 per poem, £10 for 3, £3 each for any subsequent poem.

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Ballyroan Poetry Competition

The Ballyroan Poetry Competition is open until April 27, 2020.

Submit up to two poems, max 40 lines each.

Only open to poets based in Dublin, and winners must be available to attend a ceremony in Ballyroan Library on 9 May to read their winning poems.

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Royal Victoria Eye & Ear Hospital Poetry Day Competition

The Royal Victoria Eye & Ear Hospital Poetry Day Competition is open until April 14, 2020.

Free to enter. Themes: ‘time’ or ‘the body’. Judges include poets Nuala Watt and Orla Grant-Donohue.

Categories: Junior: ages 8 – 12. Teens: 13 – 17. Adults: 18+

Submit your entry by email to rveeh.poetryday2020@gmail.com. Attach your poem as a single Word document (or equivalent). Or you can post it: Poetry Day Ireland Competition Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital Adelaide Road Dublin 2. Include entrant details (Name, contact number, age/category) with each entry.

The 2020 Short Fiction/University of Essex Prize

The 2020 Short Fiction/University of Essex Prize is open until March 31, 2020.

Submit stories of no more than 5,000 words on any theme. Open to writers around the world.

Shortlist Judge: Jon McGregor

Prizes: Winner: £500 and publication at visual literary journal Short Fiction. Runner-up: £250 and publication.

Entry Fee: £9

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The Moth Nature Writing Prize

The Moth Nature Writing Prize is open until September 15, 2020.

Judge: Richard Mabey. Entry Fee: €15

The Prize will be awarded to an unpublished piece of writing – prose fiction, non-fiction or poetry – which best combines exceptional literary merit with an exploration of the writer’s relationship with the natural world. The prize is open to anyone over the age of sixteen.

The winning piece will be published in the winter issue of The Moth, and the winner will receive €1,000 and a week-long stay at The Moth Retreat.

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28th National Poetry Competition 2020

The 28th National Poetry Competition 2020 is open until April 10, 2020.

Free to enter. Judges: Heather Brett & Noel Monahan

First prize is €100 in each category.

Submit entries on any theme. There are junior, senior, young adult, 18-25 yrs old Irish language, and Special Heritage categories.

Full details here.

Getting Older Poetry Competition

The Getting Older Poetry Competition comes from Candlestick Press.

Deadline: 31st March 2020. Free to enter.

Submit poems on the theme of getting older. Your poem will ideally fit onto one page (37 lines) but should be no longer than 50 lines.

Two winners will be selected for inclusion in their pamphlet, Ten Poems about Getting Older. The winners will receive 20 copies of the pamphlet and a cash prize of £75.

Judges: John McCullough and the Candlestick Press editorial team

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Fugue 2020 Contest

The Fugue 2020 Contest is open until April 2, 2020.

The winners will receive $1,000 each and publication in Fugue’s summer/fall print issue. All entries are considered for publication. Entry Fee: $15.

Prose: Submit no more than one short story or one essay per submission. Poetry: Submit 1-3 poems per submission

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HG Wells Short Story Competition

The HG Wells Short Story Competition is open until July 6, 2020. Submit stories of between 1,500 and 5,000 words in any genre. Theme: ‘Vision’.

Prizes: Adult Category: £500. Junior: £1,000. All shortlisted entries will be published in an anthology.

Entry Fee: £10 for the adult category (over 21). Free for the junior category (21 and under)

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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.

More here.

World Vision Ireland’s Climate Change Essay Competition 2020

World Vision Ireland’s Climate Change Essay Competition 2020 is open until March 31, 2020.

Open to children between the ages of 8 and 18.

The entries will be narrowed down to the final 10, and Ryan Tubridy will choose the winning essay. The winner will get the chance to meet Ryan Tubridy in the RTE studios and they will also win a €500 Smyths voucher.

Write an essay, of up to 800 words, entitled ‘How We Can Save Our Planet’.

Entry Fee: €2 per essay, per child. All proceeds will go to World Vision Ireland, a child-focused international humanitarian aid charity.

More here.

The Moth Short Story Prize

The Moth Short Story Prize is open until June 30, 2020.

Judge: Mark Haddon

First prize is €3,000. Second prize: a week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France plus €250 travel stipend. Third prize is €1,000.

Open to anyone (over 16). Submit up to 5,000 words. Entry Fee: €15 per story.

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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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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.