Writing Competitions

Fitzcarraldo Editions Novel Prize

The Fitzcarraldo Editions Novel Prize is open until July 15, 2018.

Open to writers resident in the UK or Ireland. Free to enter.

Submit unpublished novels. First prize is publication with Fitzcarraldo Editions and a £3,000 advance.

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Olga Sinclair Open Short Story Competition 2018

The Olga Sinclair Open Short Story Competition 2018 is open until July 31, 2018.

Theme: Markets

Prizes: £400, £250, £100 and publication in their anthology.

Entry fee: £8

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HG Wells Short Story Competition

The HG Wells Short Story Competition is open until July 23, 2018.

Submit stories between 1,500 and 5,000 words. Theme: Peace

Prizes: £250 for the Senior Prize. £1,000 for the Junior Prize. Shortlisted entries will be published in an anthology.

Free to enter if you’re 21 or under. Otherwise, it’s £10 (or £5 if you have a student ID).

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Ambit Poetry Competition 2018

The Ambit Poetry Competition 2018 is open until July 15, 2018.

Theme: Home. Judge: Malika Booker

Prizes: £500, £250 and £100 and publication in Ambit 234. Entry Fee: £6 per poem

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Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Awards 2018

The Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Awards 2018 are open until July 27, 2018.

The winner will receive €1,000. The awards are open to poets, born in the island of Ireland, or of Irish nationality, or long term resident in Ireland.

Entry Fee: €25

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University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize

The University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize is open until June 30, 2018.

The winner will receive AUD$15,000 and the runner-up will receive AUD$5,000. Submit poems of up to 50 lines. Entry Fee: AUD$20

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Buzzwords Poetry Competition 2018

The Buzzwords Poetry Competition 2018 is open until August 25, 2018.

Judge: Graham Burchell. Prizes: £600, £300, 5 x £50.

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

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CWI May 2018 Competition Winner

Thank you so much to everyone who entered our May competition. Congratulations to Beatrice Hughes, our May winner!. You can read the winning entry here. 

Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition 2018

The Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition 2018 is open until August 10, 2018.

Prizes: €300, €200, €100. Open to anyone living in Ireland aged 16 and over.

Submit up to two poems, max 40 lines each.

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Limerick Literary Festival Poetry Competition

The Limerick Literary Festival Poetry Competition is open until August 10, 2018.

Free to enter. The winner will receive €500. Submit up to three limericks.

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V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize

The V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize is open until June 29, 2018.

Prize: £1,000 and publication in the RSL Review and Prospect Magazine online. Entry Fee: £7.50.

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McLellan Poetry Competition

The McLellan Poetry Competition is open until June 21, 2018.

Submit poems of up to 80 lines on any subject. Sinéad Morrissey will judge the competition.

Prizes: £1500, £300, £150, and 6 commendations of £25. Entry Fee: £6 for the first. £5 for additional poems.

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Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition 2018

The Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition 2018 is open until June 30, 2018.

Entry fee: €25. Prizes: €1000, €500. The winners will also win a chapbook publication, 50 complimentary copies, and will be offered a reading and three nights’ accommodation at the Cork 2019 International Poetry Festival.

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The Moth Short Story Prize 2018

The Moth Short Story Prize 2018 is open until June 30, 2018.

This year’s judge is Kevin Barry.

First prize is €3,000. Second prize is a writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France and a €250 travel stipend. Third prize is €1,000.

Entry Fee: €12

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iYeats International Poetry Competition 2018

The iYeats International Poetry Competition 2018 is now open until June 30, 2018, 4pm.

Prizes: General category: First Prize €500, Emerging category: €300 (aged 16 – 25 years)

Entry Fee: €5 per poem or €12 for three. Judges: Martin Dyar and Grace Wells.

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