Writing Competitions

Five Words Poetry Competition

The Five Words Poetry Competition is a weekly recurring competition. Five words are posted each week on the Ó Bhéal website. Entrants must write a poem, containing all five words, and submit it before the following week.

Open to all countries.

The competition will run every week until 25th January 2022.

First prize: €750

Second prize: €500

Third prize: €250

Entry fee: €5

Full details here.

Morning Coffee Writing Competition 2021

The Morning Coffee Writing Competition 2021 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)

Prize: publication in Sonder Magazine and a €20 book voucher.

Full details here.

Dateline Hastings: 23-09-21 Competition

The Dateline Hastings: 23-09-21 Competition is running as part of Hastings Literary Festival. 12 writers will be offered the chance to have their work published, following a unique workshop with experienced editors.

Entries can be a mix of fiction and life writing, expressed through poetry or prose. They should feature local, national or international events happening after April 2021.

Closing date: July 24th 2021.

Entry fee: £10.

Word count (for final versions):

Poetry – 40 lines max.

Prose – 2000 words max.

Prizes:

An all-day creative writing and editing workshop in Hastings

Publication in and copies of the anthology

Three finalists will receive a cash prize of £100

Full details here. 

Galway Film Fleadh Pitching Competition

The Galway Film Fleadh Pitching Competition is open to writers of all skill levels, until June 28th, 2021.

Entrants must write a 500-word written pitch (from beginning to end – no cliff-hangers!) 

Any genre of feature drama, documentary or animation will be considered. 

First prize: €3000

Full details here. 

Henshaw Short Story Competition

The Henshaw Short Story Competition is open to writers over the age of 16, until 30th June 2021.

Short stories can follow any theme, but must not exceed 2000 words.

First prize: £200

Second prize: £100 

Third prize: £50

Entry fee: £6 

Optional critiques are a further £12

Full details here.

Limerick Literary Festival Manuscript Prize

The Limerick Literary Festival Manuscript Prize is open to unpublished, unsigned Irish fiction authors, until July 1st 2021.

Entry fee: €25

The winning manuscript will be designed and printed in a limited 500 copy run to be launched at next year’s festival.

Full details here.

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition

The Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition is open to poems from all over the world, until July 31st, 2021.

Poems can be on any subject and in any style, but must be written in English. 

50 lines maximum.

1st prize: £250

2nd prize: £125

3rd prize: £75

Entry fee: £5 per poem with offers available for multiple entries.

Full details here.

Impress Prize for New Writers 2021

The Impress Prize for New Writers 2021 is open for fiction and non-fiction entries, from around the world, until 13th September 2021.

Entrants must write in English and be over 16.

Prize: £500 and publication

Entry fee: £25

Entry requirements: a book proposal of no more than 1,000 words, a synopsis of no more than 1,000 words and a sample chapter of no more than 6,000 words.

Full details here.

Parkinson’s Art Charity Poetry Competition

The Parkinson’s Art Charity Poetry Competition is open internationally until 1st July 2021.

The theme is ‘Vivid Dreams’. 

Entries must include the poem in written form, alongside a recording of the poet reading the poem (or their appointed reader in case of speech problems). 

Word count: 30 lines maximum.

1st prize: Poem featured in the Vivid Dreams exhibition at the OXO Tower, London and a cash prize equal to 50% of the ticket sales.

Entry: £8 per poem, or three for £20.

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, 2021.

1st prize: €500

2nd prize: €250

Entry fee: €10

Word count: 3000 words max.

Full details here. 

Searchlight Awards – Best Children’s Bedtime Story

The Searchlight Awards – Best Children’s Bedtime Story is open to anyone aged 16 and over, until 16th August 2021.

Entry fee: £9 per story.

1st prize: £300 and publication.

The top 10 stories will feature in an electronic pitch book and be sent to numerous literary agents/publishers. 

Word limit: 500 words. 

Full details here.

Kemper Human Rights Education Essay Contests

The Kemper Human Rights Education Essay Contests are open for entries, from around the world, until 10th December, 2021.

There are two competitions, one for high school students in America and one for high school students from other countries.

It’s free to enter.

First Prize: $2000

Second Prize: $750 

Honorable Mention: $250

Word count: 2500 words maximum.

Full details here.

SaveAs Writers’ International Writing Competition 2021

The SaveAs Writers’ International Writing Competition 2021 is open for entries of both poetry and prose until 31st August, 2021.

The theme is ‘Horizons’. This can be literal, figurative, a celebration of views, a reflection on T.S. Eliot and his work (The Wasteland opened new horizons in poetry) or a broader take on the theme.

Prizes for each category:

1st prize – £200

2nd prize – £100

3rd prize – £50

Entry fees: Poetry – £3 per poem or £8 for three poems

                     Prose – £4 per story or £10 for three stories

Word Count: Poetry – 60 lines maximum

                        Prose – 3500 words maximum

Full details here.

 

Those That Breathe Writing Competition

Those That Breathe is a recurring creative writing competition, dedicated to saving the environment.

Closing date: 25th of every month.

Entry fee: £4 per entry.

Prizes: the winner and runner up every month will be posted on the website, and will be printed in a paperback anthology in February 2022.

Maximum word count: 1500 for prose, 60 lines for poetry, 4 pages for scripts.

Full details here.

The Fingal Poetry Prize 2021

The Fingal Poetry Prize 2021 is open internationally to poets, until midnight on the 30th June.

Entries must be written in English.

1st prize: €500

2nd prize: €300

3rd prize: €200

Word count: 40 lines max.

Entry fee: €6

Full details here.