Competitions and Events
Apart from external writing competitions, we also run monthly competitions. The closing date is the last day of every month. There is no entry fee and to enter email your entry to email@example.com. The subject line in your email should state "Creative Writing Ink Competition" and please paste your short story or poem into the body of the email, as we do not accept attachments. We are looking for short stories or poetry and the word limit is 3,000 words. Entries should be in English and we accept submissions from writers around the world. You can submit one entry every month. Please feel free to resubmit your work every month. We do not accept previously published material. One overall winner will be selected every month and the winners details will be posted on our website and in our newsletter. You will retain copyright over your material. The winners will be published in Creative Writing Ink’s e-journal (with your permission of course). You have the right to refuse such permission. Prize: Gift voucher. (Voucher type varies from month to month, can include writing course, holiday and beauty vouchers) Usual voucher value - €150 Writing Prompts Competition We also run a monthly writing prompt competition, which is free to enter. Closing Date: Last day of every month. Prize: €25.00 Creative Writing Ink Voucher which may be used for any of our creative writing courses. For full details, please visit our Writing Prompts page at http://creativewriting.ie/writing-prompts/
Deadline: December 16th, 2013
This free to enter international competition is open to writers aged 18 or over.
They are looking for crime novels with a minimum of 220 typed pages, or approximately 60,000 words. Murder or another serious crime or crimes should be at the heart of the story.
Entrants must be unpublished novelists. One manuscript per writer.
The winner will receive publication with a $10,000 advance.
More information is available on their website.
Deadline: 12th January 2014
Short stories up to 2,000 words.
Winners will be published over on the Henshaw Press website.
First Prize: 100
Entry Fee: £5
You’ll find further details over on their website.
Judges: Booker Prize winner Anne Enright, Impac Winner Jon McGregor and Guardian First Book Award Yi Yun Li
First Prize: €15,000; Five runners-up: €1000 each
Closing Date: February 03, 2014
Open to all Irish citizens and residents of 32 counties.
The competition is organised by Ireland’s literary magazine, The Stinging Fly in association with Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and the winning stories will be published by The Stinging Fly in autumn 2014. Further information on the prize and entries can be found on The Stinging Fly website.
Closing: 15th December 2013.
The winner will receive a cash prize of €1,000, a one-week residency at Tyrone Guthrie centre, publication in Southword and a trip to Cork.
2nd: Cash price of €500 & publication in Southword
3rd: €250 and publication in Southword
10 runners-up will also be published in the magazine and will receive a €30 publication fee.
Entry Fees: €5.
Any theme, poems up to 40 lines are accepted. Must be in English.
Judge: Patrick Cotter
More over on the Munster Literature website.
Closing: 31st January 2014
Can be up to 500 words on any genre and on the subject of CHANGES.
Entry Fees: £3 per entry or £10 for four.
Entries must be sent by email. Further details including email here.
Deadline: November 30th, 2013, 11pm.
The readers get to choose the winning story and the winner will receive £250. Two runner up prizes of The Writer’s & Artists Yearbook.
The competition is free to enter.
One entry per author. Story must be unpublished and written in English. Maximum of 5,000 words.
More over on their website.
Closing Date: 13th December 2013
This playwriting competition is open to writers from around the world and of any age.
There are two categories. The first is for plays for young performers (one-act plays for performers aged 11 and under). The second is for plays for teenage audiences between 12-16 years of age.
There will be two winners and they will receive a prize of £1,000 each. The winners will also travel to London to see their play headline the International Festival of Playwriting and Performance in May 2014. In addition, the best plays, entries in the competition will be published in a collection.
You’ll find out more over on their website.
Deadline: 30th November 2013
First Prize: €150; Second: €50; Third: €30
Will accept unpublished haiku/senryu in English of 17 syllables or fewer.
Entry Fees: €3 or with each seven haiku €20.
No e-mail submissions, please.
Details and previous winners here.
Students from 4th class up can enter this competition.
Deadline: 18th December 2013
The winner will receive a Samsung 7” Tablet for themselves, and also a tablet for their school. Their entry will be published in the Limerick Leader.
2nd prize: €100 bookshop voucher
3rd prize: Arts and crafts voucher.
4th & 5th prizes: one year subscription to readerswriters.ie.
For full details please visit their website.
This speculative fiction competition will close on November 30th.
They will accept short stories of up to 10,000 words.
First Prize: €1,000
Winners will be published in the Albedo One magazine.
For full submission details, visit their website.
Thanks to all writers who submitted an entry for our October competition. We can now confirm that the winner is Helen Yendall.
The shortlisted entrants are; Lisa Hall, Tracey Taylor, Robert Browne, Nathan Dowling, Dominic Lavin, Jane Salmons, Nile O’Hagan, Andrew Campbell-Kearsey.
The November competition is still open and will close on the 30th of November. The winner’s details will be released through the website and our e-newsletter by the end of December.
The Richard and Judy Bookclub along with Quercus (Stieg Larsson’s publishers), WHSmith, and literary agency Furniss Lawton, are searching for talented new writers.
The winner will receive a £50,000 publishing deal.
They are looking for a brand new novel, for adults, of any genre.
The closing date is January 1st 2014. Submit the first 10,000-12,000 words by then, along with a synopsis of the rest of the novel which shouldn’t exceed 1,000 words. Please also include a bio of up to 500 words.
For more details and to enter the competition, visit their website.
Dublin Book Festival opening night drinks reception.
When: 14th of November from 7-7:45 pm just before its opening event with Frank McGuinness in conversation with Seán Rocks.
If you wish to attend the event itself, note that seating is limited so booking is essential. For more information, visit their website.
Deadline: 30th November 2013
Four categories for this competition from The New Writer magazine.
Short Stories: 500-3,000 words (Prizes: £300, £200 and £100)
Micro-Fiction: 500 words or less (Prizes: £150, £100, £50)
Single Poems: 40 lines or less (Prizes: £100, £75, £50)
Poetry Collections: 6-10 poems (Prizes: £300, £200, £100)
Entry Fees: £5 for each short story
£5 for two micro-fiction
Poetry – £5 for two single poems
£12 for collections.
Visit their website for further details on multiple entry fees and submission details.
The Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck Tour featuring author Jeff Kinney will take place on the 8th of December at the RDS.
Jeff Kinney will talk about his books, will show the audience how he draws the characters and answer some questions from the audience. He will also sign some books after the event.
To book a ticket, visit the Ticketmaster website here.