Writing Competitions

Against the Grain Press Poetry Competition 2019

The Against the Grain Press Poetry Competition 2019 is open until December 31, 2019.

Prizes: £100, £75, £50, and publication on the website.

Entry Fees: £5 for 2 poems or £10 for 5 poems

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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The prize is open to anyone (over 16), as long as the poem is previously unpublished.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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20th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition

The 20th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition is open until December 16, 2019.

Submit short fiction, up to 1,500 words. The winner will receive $3,000 in cash, get published in Writer’s Digest magazine, and a paid trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference. Entry Fee: $25

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Trim Poetry Competition 2020

The Trim Poetry Competition 2020 opens for entries on 1 December 2019 and closes on 12 February 2020.

Poems shouldn’t exceed 60 lines.

Entry Fee: €5 per poem or €10 for three poems.

Judges: Orla Fay, editor of Boyne Berries, and Michael Farry, former editor of Boyne Berries.

The winner will receive €500 and two runners-up will receive €100 each. The winner and the other short-listed poems will be published in Boyne Berries 27.

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Garden Magic – Photo Flora 2019-03

The Garden Magic – Photo Flora 2019-03 Contest is open until December 18th, 2019 (5 pm ET).

Free to enter.

Submit up to 350 words based on the picture prompt on their website.

Prizes: $50 top award, plus online publication, permanent online winners’ page, possible publication in Kindle anthology.

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The Lascaux Prize in Short Fiction

The Lascaux Prize in Short Fiction is open until December 31, 2019.

The winner will receive $1,000, a bronze medallion, and publication in The Lascaux Review. The winner and all finalists will be published in The Lascaux Prize Anthology.

Entry fee: $15

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The Poetry Business New Poets Prize

The Poetry Business New Poets Prize is open until March 1, 2020.

Open to 17-24 year olds. Judge: Luke Kennard.

Four collections will be selected to receive a year of support from The Poetry Business and all four New Poets Prize winners will also have their winning collection published under The New Poets List.

Entry Fee: £8

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Exeter Novel Competition

The Exeter Novel Competition is open until January 1, 2020.

The competition is for the first 10,000 words including synopsis of a novel that has not been accepted for publication by a traditional publishing house. First prize is £500 plus a trophy. There are five runner-up prizes of £100 each and a trophy.

Judge: Broo Doherty of DHH Agency. Entry Fee: £18

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2019 Aurivo / North West Words Poetry Competition

The 2019 Aurivo / North West Words Poetry Competition is open until December 12, 2019 (5pm).

The winner will receive €250 and the Aurivo Perpetual Cup.

Entry Fee: €5 per poem

All shortlisted poets will be invited to read at the North West Words January event and will also qualify to be published in the spring/summer issue of the North West Words magazine.

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SLF Salariya Children’s Picture Book Prize

The SLF Salariya Children’s Picture Book Prize is open until January 31, 2020 (5.30pm).

Free to enter.

Submit picture books for children aged 0-5. Open to previously unpublished authors and/or illustrators, resident in Ireland and the UK.

Prize: First prize is £1,000. Salariya Books imprint, Scribblers, has an option to publish the winning story.

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The Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award 2020

The Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award 2020 is open until December 13, 2019 (6pm).

The Award is the richest prize for a single short story in the English language, worth £30,000 to the winner. It’s open to any novelist or short story writer from around the world who has been published in the UK or Ireland.

Submit a story of 6,000 words or less.

A feature of the 2020 award will be an Audible audiobook anthology of the shortlisted stories. Shortlisted authors will receive an extra £1,000 fee, on top of a prize payment of £1,000, for being included in the anthology.

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Acumen International Poetry Competition

The Acumen International Poetry Competition is open until February 28, 2020.

Submit poetry of up to 50 lines.

Entry Fee: £5 each, £20 for five.

Judges: Michael Bartholomew-Biggs, Nancy Mattson.

First prize is £1,000 and a five-year subscription to Acumen. Second prize is £400 and a three-year subscription. The third prize is £200 and a two-year subscription.

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Percy French Poetry Prize 2020 for Witty Verse

The Percy French Poetry Prize 2020 for Witty Verse is open until December 6, 2019.

You can read some of Percy French’s verses or listen to his songs to get an idea of the sort of tone the judges hope to find.

Judge: Margaret Hickey

First prize is €300. There are also nine shortlisted reading fees of €100.

Entry Fee: €6 per entry

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Strokestown International Poetry Prize 2020

The Strokestown International Poetry Prize 2020 is open until December 6, 2019.

Judges: Enda Wyley and John F. Deane

Prizes: €2,000, €700, €500, plus reading fee of €300 for seven shortlisted poets. The ten shortlisted poems will be published in an anthology.

Entry Fee: €6 per poem

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Kate O’Brien Prize 2020

The Kate O’Brien Prize 2020 comes from the University of Malaga.

Deadline: June 13, 2020

Lecturers, students and researchers around the world may apply.

The prize is for research works on the literary and/or gender relationships between Spain and Ireland.

The total monetary award is €1,200.

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