Writing Competitions

Wexford Literary Festival Writing Awards 2018

The Wexford Literary Festival Writing Awards 2018 are open until September 1, 2018.

The winner of the Billy Roche Short Play Award will receive €300. The prizes for the Colm Tóibín International Short Story Award are: €1,000, €500, €300. The prizes for the Anthony Cronin International Poetry Award are: €250, €200, €100. The first prize winners will also receive crystal.

Entry Fee: €10

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Dalkey Creates Short Story Competition

The Dalkey Creates Short Story Competition is open until August 24, 2018.

The winner will receive €1,000 and the winning story will be published in Books Ireland Magazine. Entry Fee: €15

Judge: Monica McInerney

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Bray Literary Festival 2018 Poetry and Flash Fiction Competition

The Bray Literary Festival 2018 Poetry and Flash Fiction Competition is open until August 31, 2018 (5pm).

Prizes: The winner of each category will receive €200. The runner-up will receive €50. Breda Wall Ryan will judge the poetry entries and David Butler will judge the flash fiction entries.

Entry Fee: €5 for one or €10 for three entries.

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The Moth Poetry Prize 2018

The Moth Poetry Prize 2018 is now open until December 31, 2018.

The overall prize is €10,000, and there are three runner-up prizes of €1,000. Entry fee: €12 per poem

Judge: Jacob Polley

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Torbay Open Poetry Competition 2018

The Torbay Open Poetry Competition 2018 is open until August 31, 2018.

Judge: Danielle Hope

Prizes: £1,000, £300, £150. Entry Fee: £5 per poem

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The Bailieborough Poetry Prize 2018

The Bailieborough Poetry Prize 2018 is open until September 10, 2018.

Judge: Noel Monahan. First prize is €300. Entry Fee: €5 per poem or 3 poems for €10.

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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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Irish Poem of the Year 2018

The Irish Poem of the Year 2018 is open until September 7, 2018.

The award is open to poems of up to 70 lines published between 1st November 2017 and 1st October 2018. The poet must be Irish by birth, citizenship or long-term residence.

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Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is open until August 31, 2018.

Entry Fees: £12 for poetry, £18 for short fiction.

The winners in each category will receive £1,000, publication in the anthology, and other prizes.

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James Tate Prize

The James Tate Prize is open until August 31, 2018 (midnight).

Prizes: €200, €100. The winners will also win a chapbook publication with SurVision Books and 20 complimentary copies.

Submit 20-29 pages of poetry. Entry Fee: €18 per manuscript

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Cultural Weekly’s Jack Grapes Poetry Prize

Cultural Weekly’s Jack Grapes Poetry Prize is open until August 31, 2018.

Free to enter. There will be three winners and six finalists. The winners will receive $200 each, plus publication. The finalists will receive $50 each, plus publication.

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June 2018 Competition Winner

Congratulations to Jack Cooper, the winner of our June competition! You can read the winning entry here.

The John O’Connor Writing School Short Story Competition 2018

The John O’Connor Writing School Short Story Competition 2018 is open until August 28, 2018 (noon).

The winner will be awarded a full bursary to attend the John O’ Connor Writing School and Literary Arts Festival which will be held in Armagh from 1st to 4th November, 2018, plus a cash prize of £250.

Entry Fee: £10

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The Writing Quarter Competition

The Writing Quarter Competition is an ongoing free to enter monthly competition.

Submit short stories of up to 3,000 words. Prize: AUD$30.The winning author will also be given the option to publish their story on the website.

Open to all writers aged 18 or over regardless of their nationality or country of residence.

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Five Words International Poetry Competition

The Five Words International Poetry Competition is now open.

Each Tuesday, from April 2018 to the end of January 2019, five words are posted on the Ó Bhéal Five Words competition page. 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 early April (an additional travel fee of €100 euro plus B&B accommodation will be provided for this). Entry Fee: €5

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