Writing Competitions

Allingham Arts Festival Poetry & Flash Fiction Competitions

The Allingham Arts Festival Poetry & Flash Fiction Competitions are open until September 16, 2022.

You may submit up to 5 poems (max 40 lines per poem) and up to 5 flash fiction pieces (max 700 words each).

Top prize in each category is €300.

2nd and 3rd places will read their winning entries at an awards ceremony during the festival.

Entry Fee: €5 per poem or flash fiction

Full details here.

Berlin Lit Submissions

The Berlin Lit submissions window for their Journal for New Poetry is open until August 21st.

Submit up to 5 previously unpublished poems.

Berlin Lit will pay €20 for each poem published.

Full details here.

Wild Atlantic Words Short Story Competition

The Wild Atlantic Words Short Story Competition is open to writers over the age of 18, who are Irish or resident in Ireland.

Deadline: July 31st, 2022.

1st prize: €500

2nd prize: €250

Entry fee: €10

Word count: 3000 words max.

Full details here. 

WOW! Women on Writing Flash Fiction Contest

The WOW! Women on Writing Summer Flash Fiction Contest closes on August 31st.

It’s open to writers around the global, of any age. Entries must be in English.

Minimum word count of 250 words with a maximum of 750.

You can write about anything, as long as it’s fiction and if you stick to the word count.

ENTRY FEE: $10

Prizes:

1st – $350

2nd – $250

3rd – $150

Seven runners up will all receive a $25 Amazon Gift Certificate. Their entry will be published on WOW! Women On Writing and there will be an interview on the WOW! Women On Writing Blog.

Finally, there are ten honourable mentions who will each receive a $20 Gift Certificate from Amazon.

To enter, visit their website.

Creative Writing Ink Short Story Competition 2022

The Creative Writing Ink Short Story Competition 2022 is open to writers from around the world, until September 30th 2022 at 4pm (GMT).

Stories do not need to follow any particularly theme or genre, but must be written in English.

Maximum word count is 3000 words.

1st prize: £1000, plus a free creative writing course of the winner’s choice and publication on our site.

2 runners-up: £200 each.

Entry fee: £9.

Final judge: Kerry Hadley-Pryce.

Find out all the details here.

Exisle Academy Writing Competition

The Exisle Academy Writing Competition is open to writers around the world, until August 28th 2022.

They are looking for short stories, of any genre, that are based on a pivotal moment of your life.

It’s free to enter.

1st prize: $2000 worth of training and coaching with Exisle Academy, including the opportunity to discuss developing a book with their editors.

The top entries will also be published on Exisle’s site – with permission.

Maximum word count: 1500 words.

Full details here.

Tolka Journal Poetry Submissions

Tolka Journal are looking for submissions of previously unpublished nonfiction pieces from Irish and international writers.

Word count: 2000-4000 words.

Contributors will receive a flat fee of €300.

Full details here.

Bray Literary Festival Competitions

The Bray Literary Festival Competitions are open until August 15, 2022.

The prizes in each category are:

First: €300

Runner-up: €50

Third Prize: €25

The word limits are: 500 for flash fiction; 40 lines for poems.

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

Full details here.

The Moth Nature Writing Prize 2022

The Moth Nature Writing Prize is open to anyone aged 16 or over for poetry and prose submissions.

Closing date: 15 September 2022.

Word limit: 4000 words.

1st prize: €1000 plus a getaway at Circle of Misse in France.

Entry fee: €15

Full details here.

Morning Coffee Writing Competition 2022

The Morning Coffee Writing Competition 2022 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)

1st prize: €200, plus publication in Sonder Magazine.

Full details here.

Anthology Poetry Award 2022

The Anthology Poetry Award 2022 is open to all poets until October 31, 2022.

Poems must adhere to the theme ‘Dream’ and must not exceed 40 lines.

The winner will receive €500 and publication in the Anthology Magazine.

Entry Fee: €10 per poem – Early bird (until July 31, 2022) 

                €15 per poem, until October 31, 2021

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 2022.

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 2023 Cork International Poetry Festival.

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 2022.

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 44.

Entry fee: €19

Full details here.

The Four Faced Liar Submissions

The Four Faced Liar is a new literary magazine looking for submissions of short stories, poetry, creative nonfiction, work in translation, and visual art.

They are looking for work that is engaging, lyrical, humorous, and inspiring.

The submissions window closes on June 15th.

Chosen authors of short stories and CNF will receive €200

Chosen authors of poetry, flash and visual art will receive €100.

Full details here.

Searchlight Awards – Best Novel Opening

Searchlight Awards – Best Novel Opening for Children or Young Adults is open to all writers over the age of 16.

Closing date: 22nd August 2022.

Entry fee: £14 per story.

1st Prize: £1000.

10 shortlisted stories will feature in the Winners’ Collection and will also be published in an annual printed anthology.

Word limit: the first 1,200 words of a longer novel.

Full details here.