Writing Competitions

Buzzwords Poetry Competition

The Buzzwords Poetry Competition is open until August 26, 2017 (midnight).

Prizes: £600, £300. 5 x commended – £50 each.

Entry Fee: £4.35 for one, £8.70 for two, £11 for three.

More here.

Winter Tangerine Contest

Winter Tangerine are accepting entries of unpublished poetry and prose from writers who have not yet published a novel or collection of any type.

Deadline: August 1, 2017

Free to enter.

All award winners and finalists will be published in Winter Tangerine. The winners will receive a cheque for $250. All finalists will receive $20.

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John McGahern Award

The John McGahern Award is open until July 31, 2017 (5pm).

The recipient of the Award will receive a two-week residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre and a stipend of €500.

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Wollongong Writers Festival Short Story Prize 2017

The Wollongong Writers Festival Short Story Prize 2017 is open until September 15, 2017.

First Prize is $1000 and publication in Mascara Literary Review. Highly Commended $200.

Theme: World-Changing Words

Entry Fee: $15

More here.

The Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award 2017

The Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award 2017 is open until July 28, 2017.

It’s for a first unpublished collection of poems. Open to poets, born in the island of Ireland, or of Irish nationality, or long term resident in Ireland.

The winner will receive €1,000.

Entry Fee: €25

More here.

Creative Writing Ink June 2017 Competition Winner

Many thanks to everyone who entered our free to enter June writing competition and congratulations to m.nicole.r.wildhood, the winner.

You can read the winning entry here.

Bray Literary Festival 2017 Poetry and Flash Fiction Competition

The Bray Literary Festival 2017 Poetry and Flash Fiction Competition is open until August 31, 2017 (5pm).

Judges: Breda Wall Ryan and Catherine Dunne

The prizes in each category are €200 to the winner and €50 to the runner-up.

Entry Fee: €5 for one entry, €10 for three entries.

More here.

Dermot Healy International Poetry Award

The Dermot Healy International Poetry Award is open until July 31, 2017 (midnight).

First prize is €1,000 and a trophy. Vona Groarke will judge the competition entries.

Entry Fee: €5 per poem

More here.

The Moth Poetry Prize

The Moth Poetry Prize is now open until December 31, 2017.

First prize is €10,000. 3 runner-up prizes of €1,000 each. Judged by Daljit Nagra.

Entry Fee: €12 per poem

More here.

The Caterpillar Story for Children Prize

The Caterpillar Story for Children Prize is open until September 30, 2017.

The prize is for a story written by an adult for children (aged 7–11).

Prizes: €500 plus a 2-week stay at The Moth Retreat, €300, €200.

More here.

Creative Writing Ink Free to Enter Monthly Competitions

For more details on the Creative Writing Ink free to enter competitions, go here.

Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

The Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest is open until September 30, 2017.

The Tom Howard Prize is for a poem in any style or genre and the Margaret Reid Prize is for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style.

Prizes: $1,500 to the winner of each prize.

Entry Fee: $12

More here.

2017 To Hull And Back Competition

The 2017 To Hull And Back Competition is open until July 31, 2017.

Stories must contain some element of humour.

Prizes: £1,000, £200, £100. 3 x Highly Commended: £50. 14 x Shortlisted: £25. All winners and shortlisted entries will be published in the To Hull And Back Short Story Anthology.

Entry Fees: £9 for 1 story, £15 for 2 stories, £18 for 3 stories.

More here.

Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition

The Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition is open until August 11th, 2017. Free to enter.

Judge: Mary O’Donnell. The competition is open to anyone living on the island of Ireland. No theme.

Prizes: €300, €200, €100

More here.

Metro Éireann, Kenan Institute of Ethics Writing Competition

The Metro Éireann, Kenan Institute of Ethics third annual intercultural writing competition is now open until July 30, 2017 (midnight).

Open to writers between the ages of 14 and 21.

Over €3,000 to be won in prizes.

More here.