Writing Competitions

Morning Coffee Writing Competition

The Morning Coffee Writing Competition is a fundraiser for the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre.

Submit 500-1000 words by August 31, 2020. Entry Fee: €6.50. All proceeds go directly to the RCC. The winner will be published in Sonder Magazine.

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Raconteur Literary Magazine 12-Word Story Contest

The Raconteur Literary Magazine 12-Word Story Contest is open until August 26, 2020.

Entry Fee: $3. Prize: $100. Send your very best 12-word story.

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Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship

The Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship is open until August 14, 2020.

The Fellowship is specifically for Irish poets in their middle years. Poets in order to be eligible must have published a body of work, and show that they are in particular need of assistance.

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The 2020 Exeter Story Prize

The 2020 Exeter Story Prize is open until August 31, 2020.

Prizes: £500, £150, £100
​The Trisha Ashley Award: £200

Submit up to 5,000 words. Any theme. Entry Fee: £12

Included in the submission fee will be brief feedback in the form of a sentence which will be emailed to every entrant.

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2020 Impress Prize

The 2020 Impress Prize is open until August 31, 2020.

Open to fiction and non-fiction writers. Entrants must be unpublished writers. Submit a book proposal of up to 1,000 words and a sample chapter of no more than 6,000 words.

Prizes: £500, a publishing contract with one of Untold Publishing’s imprints and a writing retreat.

Entry Fee: £25

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Red Line Book Festival and TU Dublin Short Story Competition

The Red Line Book Festival and TU Dublin Short Story Competition is open until August 19, 2020.

Free to enter. Open to all writers aged 16 or over. The overall winner will receive a cash prize of €500, with two runners up receiving €250 and €150 respectively. Submit short stories, 1,500-2,000 words.

Judge: Rob Doyle

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TWTW Summer Short Story Competition

The TWTW Summer Short Story Competition is open until August 30, 2020.

Submit up to 5,000 words. No children’s stories.

The winner will have their story published on the website and in an anthology. The prize fund is £500. Entry Fee: £10

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Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2020

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2020 is open until August 31, 2020.

Poetry and Short Fiction categories. The winners will receive £1,000. Publication within the Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthology, is also awarded to a further 60 writers whose works are highly commended.

Poetry entries £12 | Short Fiction entries £18

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Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition

The Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition is open until August 24, 2020.

Prizes: €300, €200, €100. Shortlisted poets will be invited to read their poem as part of the festival in October.

Judge: Peter Sirr. Submit up to 2 poems. No theme. Poems should be max 40 lines. Open to anyone living on the island of Ireland, aged 16 and over.

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2020 Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition

The 2020 Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition is open until August 24, 2020.

Judge: Peter Sirr to judge the competition. A maximum number of 2 poems per person may be submitted. Poems should be in English and be a maximum of 40 lines. No theme – your poem(s) may be on any subject of your choosing. All entrants must be 16 years of age or over. The competition is open to anyone living on the island of Ireland.

Prizes: €300, €200 €100. Shortlisted poets will be invited to read their poem as part of the 2020 Red Line Book Festival in October 2020.

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The Masters Review Short Story Award for New Writers

The Masters Review Short Story Award for New Writers is open until August 30, 2020.

The competition is open to emerging writers. First prize is $3,000 and publication online. Second and third place stories will be awarded publication and $300 and $200 respectively. All winners will receive agency review.

Entry Fee: $20. Submit up to 6,000 words.

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The Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize 2020/21

The Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize 2020/21 is open until September 30, 2020.

Submit short stories (max 6,000 words).

First prize: £2000. Shortlist: £200. Longlist: £50 book vouchers, and a 4-book subscription to Galley Beggar Press.

Entry fee: £10 per story. (They are also offering 150 free entries to writers on a low income.)

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Crowvus Christmas Ghost Story Competition 2020

The Crowvus Christmas Ghost Story Competition 2020 is open until September 30, 2020.

They are looking for ghost stories of up to 4000 words for a Christmas anthology. Open to writers worldwide.

Adult category.
Prizes: £100, £75, £50
Entry fee £3 per story. 2 stories are £5. There is a maximum of 2 stories per author.

Children
This year there are two classes within the Child Category: Aged 10 and under (on 1st December 2020) and Aged 11-16 (on 1st December 2020). First prize is a £50 One4all gift voucher for the winners of each category. It’s free to enter for children.

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Anthology Magazine Poetry Prize

The Anthology Magazine Poetry Prize is open until November 30, 2020.

Submit poems on the theme of ‘Expectations’ and poems should not exceed 40 lines.

The winner will receive a €500 cash prize and the chance to see their work published in a future issue of Anthology Magazine. The winner will also receive a one year subscription to Anthology Magazine

Early Bird: 30 September 2020 – €10 per poem
Deadline: 30 November 2020 – €15 per poem

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Cultural Weekly’s Jack Grapes Poetry Prize

Cultural Weekly’s Jack Grapes Poetry Prize is open for entries until August 31, 2020.

Free to enter. Three winners will receive $200 each plus publication, and six finalists will receive $50 each plus publication.

Submit up to two unpublished poems.

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