Writing Competitions

Goldsmith Festival Poetry Competition

The Goldsmith Festival Poetry Competition is open until May 8, 2020.

Prizes: €500, €200, €100. Entry Fee: €10 (for up to three poems)

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Trócaire and Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition 2020

The Trócaire and Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition 2020 is open until 20 March 2020.

Free to enter. Judges: Catherine Ann Cullen, Aidan Clifford, Patricia Groves

Theme: Standing Her Ground.

The competition is open to children and adults. The winning poems will be published in booklet form. The winners and runners up will be invited to read at the National Library of Ireland.

Adult Category Winners: Prizes include a two-week stay at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre OR a Tablet OR time in a recording studio to the value of €300.
Post Primary and Primary Categories Winners: Kindle Fire plus visit by an author to school

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Roscommon Poets’ Poetry Prize 2020

The Roscommon Poets’ Poetry Prize 2020 is open until February 28, 2020.

The prize is open to anyone who is resident in Co. Roscommon or who is a member of a Roscommon-based writers’ group or anyone who ever attended a school in Co. Roscommon.

Judge: Jane Clarke

Entry Fee: €6

Prizes: €150, €100, €75. Shortlisted poets will be invited to read their poem at the Strokestown International Poetry Festival, for which they will receive a reading
fee of €50.

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Baen Memorial Short Story Award

The Baen Memorial Short Story Award is open until February 1, 2020.

Free to enter.

Write a short story of up to 8,000 words, that shows the near future (no more than about 50-60 years out) of manned space exploration.

The grand prize winner will be published as the feature story on the Baen Books website at industry standard rates. The winner will also receive an engraved award, free entry to the 2020 International Space Development Conference, a year’s membership of the National Space Society, Baen books and space society merchandise.

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Desmond O’Grady International Poetry Competition 2020

The Desmond O’Grady International Poetry Competition 2020 is open until March 17, 2020.

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

Entry Fees: €3.50 for one poem or €5.50 for three poems.

Competition Judge: John Liddy

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Maria Edgeworth Poetry and Short Story Competition

The Maria Edgeworth Poetry and Short Story Competition is open until March 6, 2020 (5pm).

Submit up to five poems or a short story. Poems shouldn’t exceed 40 lines and short stories shouldn’t exceed 2,000 words.

Entry Fee: €5

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Bridgend Writers’ Circle Short Story Competition

The Bridgend Writers’ Circle Short Story Competition is open until March 1, 2020.
Submit stories between 1,500-1,800 words.

Judge: Carole Ann Smith. Prizes: £100, £50, £30. Entry Fee: £5 for one story or £7.50 for two.

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Slipstream Poets Open Poetry Competition

The Slipstream Poets Open Poetry Competition is open until February 29, 2020.

Submit poetry of up to 60 lines. Judge: Jackie Wills

Prizes: £200, £100, £50. Entry Fee: £5 for the first poem, £3.50 thereafter.

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Pigott Poetry Prize 2020

The Pigott Poetry Prize 2020 is open until January 31, 2020.

Free to enter. First Prize is €10,000 for a published Collection of Poetry by an Irish poet and €1,000 for each of the other shortlisted poets. The collection must be published between the 1st February 2019 and 31st January 2020

Adjudicators: Jo Shapcott & Ian McMillan

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The Breakwater Fiction Contest

The Breakwater Fiction Contest is open until February 1, 2020.

Submit previously unpublished prose, 1,000-5,000 words

Entry Fee: $10. Finalist Judge: Susanna Kaysen

The winner will receive $1000 and publication in their winter issue.

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The Comedy Women in Print Prize 2020

The Comedy Women in Print Prize 2020 is open until March 2, 2020.

Open to writers in Ireland and the UK. There are three categories; published novel, unpublished novel, and published humorous graphic novel.

The published novel winner will receive £3,000. Your publisher must enter this category. The unpublished winner will receive a publishing contract and a £5,000 advance from HarperFiction. The runner up in the Unpublished Category will be awarded a free place on the University of Hertfordshire’s MA in Creative Writing OR a cash prize of £2000 from the University of Hertfordshire and a week of mentorship from the MA Creative Writing department team. It costs £10 to enter the unpublished category.

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7th Ó Bhéal International Five Words Poetry Competition

The 7th Ó Bhéal International Five Words Poetry Competition is now open.

At around noon each Tuesday (GMT), from April 2019 to the end of January 2020, five words are posted on the Ó Bhéal Five Words site. Entrants have one week to compose and submit poems that include all five words given for the week.

Entry Fee: €5

The winner will receive €500 and will be invited to read at Ó Bhéal’s anniversary event in April (an additional travel fee of €100 plus B&B accommodation will be provided for this).

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2020 Newcastle Poetry Competition

The 2020 Newcastle Poetry Competition is open until March 3, 2020.

The Adult Competition is open to anyone aged 18 or over from anywhere in the world. Note that the Young People’s Poetry Prize is for poets, aged 11-17 who are resident in the UK.

The prizes in the adult competition are: £1,000, £500, £250. First prize also includes a week-long residency in the Contemporary Poetry Archives at Newcastle University. There are five highly commended prizes of £25.

Entry fee: £6 for the first poem, and £4 per poem thereafter. Judge: Colette Bryce

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2020 Papatango New Writing Prize

The 2020 Papatango New Writing Prize is now open until February 2, 2020 (9pm).

Free to enter. Submit an original, unperformed and unproduced full-length play. Open to anyone resident in the UK or Ireland.

The winner will develop their play with Papatango, building towards a four week run in London followed by a tour in October and November 2020. The script will be published by Nick Hern Books. The writer will receive a royalty of 10% from the gross box office in London, further royalties from the touring venues, and a £6,500 commission for their next play, with full development support from Papatango.

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Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition

The Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition is open until February 29, 2020. Submit stories of up to 2,000 words. Open to writers worldwide.

Prizes: £1,000, £500, £250, and one year free membership to the Club. The top 20 stories will be published in an anthology.

Chief Judge: Andrew O’Hagan

Entry Fee: £10

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