Writing Competitions

Wexworlds 2019 Short Story Creative Writing Competition

The Wexworlds 2019 Short Story Creative Writing Competition is open until August 4th, 2019.

Submit a story in the science fiction, horror or fantasy genre.

There are junior (11 or under), young adult (12-25)and adult categories. For junior, submit under 1,000 words, young adult is under 3,000 words and adult is under 5,000 words.

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2019 John McGahern Award

The 2019 John McGahern Award is open until July 31, 2019.

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

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

Submit three samples of recent separate work, up to 500 words each, an up-to-date bio, and a cover letter.

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T.S. Eliot Prize 2019

The T.S. Eliot Prize 2019 is open until August 2, 2019.

It’s an annual prize for the best new poetry collection published in the UK or Ireland. The winning poet will receive £25,000 and the ten shortlisted poets will receive £1,500.

Judges: John Burnside (chair), Sarah Howe and Nick Makoha.

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Writing Competition in aid of the Michael Mullan Cancer Fund

This is an open competition for short stories, flash fiction and poems on any subject matter.

Closing Date: July 18, 2019 (midnight GMT).

Open to people aged 16 years and over.

All entry fees will go to the Michael Mullan Cancer Fund.

Short Story Entries. Submit up to 2,000 words per entry. Entry Fee: €15. Judge: Martin Malone

Flash Fiction Entries. Submit up to 500 words per entry. Entry Fee: €10. Judge: Caroline E Farrell.

Poetry Entries. Poems should not exceed 40 lines. Entry Fee: €10. Judge: John MacKenna.

1st Prize: €200 for short story, €100 for flash fiction and €100 for poetry
2nd Prize: €50 for short story, €50 for flash fiction and €50 for poetry

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Galtellì Literary Prize

The Galtellì Literary Prize is open until July 30, 2019.

Free to enter. Submit short literary texts 3000-5000 characters long, in English, Italian, French, Spanish and Sardinian.

Your entry should be inspired by the Nobel Prize winner and Sardinian novelist Grazia Deledda, and the themes present in her classic novel Canne al Vento, translated into English as Reeds in the Wind.

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Séan Ó’Faoláin Short Story Competition

The Séan Ó’Faoláin Short Story Competition is open until July 31, 2019.

Word Limit: 3,000

First prize is €2,000 and a one-week residency at Anam Cara Retreat. Second prize is €500. There are four runner up prizes of €250. All winners and runners up will be published in Southword 38.

Entry Fee: €18

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Westival Poetry Competition

The Westival Poetry Competition is open until August 30, 2019.

First prize is €1,000, with two runners-up prizes of €200 and €100 respectively.

Judges: Geraldine Mitchell, John McAuliffe, Ger Reidy

Entry Fee: €15 for up to three poems.

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Bray Literary Festival Competitions

The Bray Literary Festival Competitions are open until July 31, 2019.

The prizes in each category are: First: €300. Runner-up: €50 + Weekend Festival Pass.
Third Prize: Weekend Festival Pass

Judges: Poetry: Nessa O’ Mahony. Flash Fiction: Tanya Farrelly.

The word limit is 500 for flash fiction, 40 lines for poems.

Entry fees: €5 for a single entry, €10 for three entries.

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Bring your Limericks to Limerick 2019 Competition

The Bring your Limericks to Limerick 2019 Competition is open until 27th July 2019.

Free to enter. Entries must conform to the Limerick rhyme scheme.

The authors of a long list of 25 Limericks will be given the opportunity to compete in the final of the competition in August. Only those who can attend the competition in Limerick will be eligible to compete in the final (Sat 17th August). The winner will receive €500.

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2019 Red Line Book Festival TU Dublin Short Story Competition

The 2019 Red Line Book Festival TU Dublin Short Story Competition is open until August 19, 2019.

Free to enter.

Judge: June Caldwell

The 2019 anthology of shortlisted stories will be called Infinite Possibilities and, although there is no restriction on theme or style for entries, writers are invited to respond to this title if they wish.

The overall winner will receive €500. Two runners up will receive €250 and €150 respectively.

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Words By Water Short Story Award

The Words By Water Short Story Award is open until July 31, 2019.

Submit a short story of up to 2000 words, on any theme.

First prize is €250 plus publication in the Evening Echo.

​Entry Fee: €12

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The Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award 2019

The Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award 2019 is open until July 26, 2019.

Open to poets, born in the island of Ireland, or of Irish nationality, or long term resident in Ireland. Submit a first unpublished collection of poems in English.

The winner will receive €1,000.

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Pastimes Past Times Summer Poetry Competition

The Pastimes Past Times Summer Poetry Competition is open until July 19, 2019. This poetry competition is in celebration of Heritage Week 2019.

Entry fee: €4 per poem. Each poem should be new and unpublished and inspired by the Heritage Week theme of Pastimes: Past Times.

Judge: James Harpur

Prizes: €100, €70, €50. A reading of the shortlisted poems will take place in Strokestown Library in August, and the poems will be displayed in Strokestown Library for the duration of Heritage Week.

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Moth Poetry Prize 2019

The Moth Poetry Prize 2019 is open until December 31, 2019.

The prize is open to anyone (over 16), as long as the poem is previously unpublished. No line limit.

The overall winner will receive €10,000. Three other shortlisted poets will each receive €1,000. The four shortlisted poems will be published in The Moth.

Judge: Claudia Rankine

Entry Fee: €15 per poem.

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Words by Water 2019 Writing Competitions

The Words by Water 2019 Writing Competitions are now open until July 31, 2019.

For the Short Story Award, submit a short story of up to 2,000 words.
First prize is €250 plus publication in the Evening Echo. Entry Fee: €12

There are two poetry competitions, one in English and one in Irish. Submit poems of up to 30 lines. First prize is €150 plus publication in the Evening Echo. Entry Fee: €6

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