Writing Competitions

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

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Artificium ‘Dark Matters’ Flash & Poetry Competition

The Artificium ‘Dark Matters’ Flash & Poetry Competition is open until October 31, 2017.

They are looking for stories between 200-700 words, and poems of up to 15 lines.

Prizes: £200, £50, £25, publication.

Entry fee: £4 for one, £7 for two, £10 for three.

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Greywood Arts Winter Writers Residency Competition

The Greywood Arts Winter Writers Residency Competition is open until October 15, 2017.

The prize is a one-week residency (accommodation and workspace in Killeagh, Co. Cork) and a reading between January and April 2018.

Accept short stories, plays and poetry. Entry Fee: €10

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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.

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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)

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Bedford International Writing Competition

The Bedford International Writing Competition is open until September 30, 2017.

The prizes in each category (short story and poetry) are £300, £150, and £100.

Entry Fee: £6 each or £12 for three. The net proceeds will be donated to charity.

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Fiction Desk Flash Fiction Competition

The Fiction Desk Flash Fiction Competition is open until September 29, 2017.

The winner will receive £300. There are two runner-up prizes of £100 each.

Entry Fee: £5 for one or £8 for two.

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August 2017 Competition Results

Once again, thank you so much for your competition entries and congratulations to Marvel Chukwudi Pephel, the winner!

Shortlist: Ursula Brunetti, Ruth Taaffe, Bill Lythgoe, Karrissa Webster, Robert Bester, Howard Kerr, Jackie Goulding, Magdalena Ratajczak, Hannah Jones, Kevin Doyle, Alison Dey, Nora Hegarty, Cheryl A. Van Beek, Jack Cooper.

Our September competition is still open, until the 30th – best of luck!

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

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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.

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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.

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Manchester Writing Competition

The Manchester Writing Competition is open until September 29, 2017.

There are two categories: fiction and poetry. The winner of each category will receive £10,000.

Entry Fee: £17.50

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John O’Connor Short Story Competition 2017

The John O’Connor Short Story Competition is open until October 1, 2017.

Entry Fee: £10 per story

The winner will receive a bursary to attend the John O’Connor Writing School and Literary Arts Festival in Armagh from November 2-5, 2017.

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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

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Ó Bhéal International Five Words Poetry Competition

The Ó Bhéal International Five Words Poetry Competition runs from April to the end of January. Five words are posted on the Ó Bhéal site every Tuesday. Entrants have one week to compose and submit poems that include all five words given for the week.

The winner will receive €500 and will be invited to read at Ó Bhéal’s anniversary event in April (a travel fee of €100 and B&B accommodation will be provided for this).

Entry Fee: €5

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