Writing Competitions

The 26th International Radio Playwriting Competition

The 26th International Radio Playwriting Competition is now open until January 31, 2018.

Open to writers who live outside the UK, aged 18 and over.

The winners’ plays will be broadcast on BBC World Service. In addition, there’s the Georgi Markov prize. The winner will have a chance to go to London for two weeks and work alongside BBC Radio Drama and with BBC World Service journalists.

More here.

Chiplitfest Short Story Competition

The Chiplitfest Short Story Competition is open until February 7, 2018.

Entry fee: £5 for stories up to 2,500 words. £8 for stories up to 5,000 words

Prizes: £500, £100, £50

More here.

Write Here Write Now Competition

The Write Here Write Now Competition is open until February 10, 2018 and is free to enter.

Theme: Social Media: A Writer’s Tale. Competition entries can be stories, poems, songs, monologues, film scripts – or whatever creative medium the entrant chooses.

Four overall winners will win an internship in Hot Press, a camera, €250 cash, a Certificate of Achievement, and more.

Further information here.

IHS International Haiku Competition 2017

The IHS International Haiku Competition 2017 is open until November 30, 2017.

Prizes: €150, €50, €30 for unpublished haiku/senryu in English.

Entry Fee: €3 or €20 for seven haiku.

More here.

Cúirt New Writing Prize 2018

The Cúirt New Writing Prize 2018 is open until January 25, 2018 (5pm).

Judges: Jane Clarke and Lisa Coen

The winner of each category will receive €500 and an invitation to read at the Cúirt/Over the Edge Showcase event in April 2018. There’s a prize for Young Cúirt (for 12-17 year olds). The winner will receive €100.

Entry fee: €10

More here.

The Book of Kells Creative Competition

The Book of Kells Creative Competition is open until November 30, 2017 (noon).

Write a poem, short story or create a drawing or painting based on the images from the Book of Kells.

The prizes for the primary school, secondary school and adult categories include cash prizes (€200, €400, €800), certificates of merit and an invitation to the awards ceremony in Trinity College Dublin’s Old Library.

More here.

Creative Writing Ink October 2017 Results

Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to submit an October competition entry.

Congratulations to Anne Walsh Donnelly, the winner! You can view the shortlist and read the winning entry in our journal.

Our November competition closes on the 30th – good luck!

Magma Poetry Competition

The Magma Poetry Competition is open until January 15, 2018.

The prizes in each category are: £1,000, £300, £150, and publication in the magazine.

Entry Fees: £5 for the first poem, £4 for the second, £3.50 thereafter.

More here.

H.E. Bates Short Story Competition

The H.E. Bates Short Story Competition is open until December 4, 2017.

Prizes: £500, £200, £100

Entry fee: £6 for one story or £10 for two stories.

More here.

Strokestown Poetry Competition 2018

The Strokestown Poetry Competition 2018 is open until December 1, 2017.

First prize is €2,000 and a week-long residency at Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat. Second Prize is €700. Third Prize is €500. Reading fees of €300 for 5 shortlisted poets. The eight shortlisted poems will be printed in the Strokestown Anthology 2018.

Moya Cannon & Harry Clifton will judge the competition entries.

Entry Fee: €6 per poem

More here.

The Peter Porter Poetry Prize

The Peter Porter Poetry Prize is open until December 3, 2017.

Prizes: First prize is AU$5,000 and and Arthur Boyd’s etching and aquatint The unicorn and the angel. Second prize is AU$2,000. Shortlisted poets will receive AU$500 each.

Entry Fee: $25 (or $15 if you’re an Australian Book Review subscriber)

More here.

North West Words Competition

The North West Words Competition is now open. The deadline for poems in English is November 30th, 2017 and for poems in Irish, the 31st of December, 2017.

The prize is €250 and a perpetual trophy for the winner of each category (poetry in English and Irish). It costs €5 per entry (up to three poems).

More here.

Everything Change Climate Fiction Contest

The Everything Change Climate Fiction Contest is open until February 28, 2018. Free to enter.

Submit stories that illustrate, explore, or illuminate the impact of climate change on humanity and/or the Earth.

The winner will receive $1,000.

More here.

Exeter Writers Short Story Competition

The Exeter Writers Short Story Competition is open until February 28, 2018.

Prizes: £500, £250, £100. The winning entries will be published on the website.

Entry Fee: £6

More here.

Stephen A DiBiase Poetry Prize

The Stephen A DiBiase Poetry Prize is open until January 30, 2018.

Free to enter. Submit one poem.

The total prize fund is $2000.

More here.