Writing Competitions

Neil Gunn Writing Competition

The Neil Gunn Writing Competition is open until March 8, 2019.

Submit poetry of up to 40 lines or short stories of up to 2,500 words.

The prizes in each adult category are: £500, £300, £200. The winners will be published on the website.

Entry Fee : £8

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Magic Oxygen Literary Prize

The Magic Oxygen Literary Prize is open until December 31, 2018.

Submit poems of up to 50 lines and short stories of up to 4,000 words.

Magic Oxygen Publishing will plant a tree in Boré, Kenya for every single entry they receive. When the competition closes each entrant will receive the GPS co-ordinates of their tree. Your entry will also help fund the construction of another new classroom in the same community.

Prizes (in each category): £1,000, £300, £100. Two Highly Commended, £50.

Entry Fee: £5

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The Frayed Heart Launch

Fiery Arrow Press invites you to the launch of The Frayed Heart, a collection of haiku and micropoetry by Orla Grant-Donoghue.

Donoghue’s poetic impulse comes from having a reverence for the natural world, an understanding of the frailties of the human heart and also, how cosmic energies surround and enfold us. This collection is a reminder, as Coleridge expressed it so well, that “the right word in the right place”, possesses transformative powers, language itself providing comforting, healing balm.

Date: Tuesday 4 December
Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm
At the Irish Writers Centre, Dublin.
Refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP to thefrayedheart@gmail.com

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Book of Kells Creative Competition

The Book of Kells Creative Competition is open until November 30, 2018 (noon).

Write a poem, short story or create a drawing or painting based on the images of animals from the world’s most famous medieval manuscript. The judges are looking for modern and innovative interpretations of the animals in the Book of Kells from participants.

Categories: Primary schools, secondary schools and adults (18+)

Theme: Animals of The Book of Kells

Prizes: Cash prizes for individuals, schools and clubs

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September 2018 Competition Results

Winner: William Lythgoe.

Shortlist: Cameron Clark, Ella Morel, R.S. Pyne, Fabiyas MV, Amaylia Dewis, Ava Montgomery.

Holland Park Press Poetry Competition

The Holland Park Press Poetry Competition is open until December 31, 2018.

Free to enter. Submit poems of up to 50 lines on the theme of Brexit.

Prize: £200.

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Donegal Creameries / Aurivo & North West Words Poetry Competition 2018

The Donegal Creameries/Aurivo & North West Words Poetry Competition 2018 is open until November 30, 2018 (5pm).

The winner will receive €250 + Perpetual Cup.

Entry Fees: €5 for one poem or €10 for up to 3 poems. North West Words is a non-profit organisation. The competition fees go towards the administrative costs of the competition.

Judge: Kate Newman from Summer Palace Press.

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H.E. Bates Short Story Competition

The H.E. Bates Short Story Competition is open until December 3, 2018.

Prizes: £500, £200, £100.

Entry Fee: £6 for one, £10 for two.

Judge: Julia Thorley

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The Big South Short Story Competition

The Big South Short Story Competition is open until November 15, 2018.

Submit stories of up to 4,000 words on any theme.

Prizes: First prize is £75. Two runners-up will receive £25 each. Entry Fee: £5

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International Poetry Competition Castello Di Duino- XV Edition

The International Poetry Competition Castello Di Duino- XV Edition is free to enter. Open to poets under 31 years of age.

Deadline: November 15, 2018

Theme: “I HAVE A DREAM/ HO UN SOGNO”

First, Second and Third Prize: € 500. In accordance with the aim of the competition to combine solidarity and poetry, the winners will choose a humanitarian cause to which they will devote a part of the prize (€200).

Submit only one unpublished poem of up to 40 lines. It should not have previously won a prize.

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Strokestown International Poetry Competition 2019

The Strokestown International Poetry Competition 2019 is open until December 7, 2018.

First prize is €2,000 and a week-long residency at Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat. Second prize is €700 and third prize is €500. Reading fees of €300 for 7 shortlisted poets.

Judges: Jo Shapcott & Gerard Smyth. The 10 shortlisted poems will be printed in the Strokestown Anthology 2019.

Entry Fee: €6 per poem.

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Kanturk Arts Festival Flash Fiction Competition 2019

The Kanturk Arts Festival Flash Fiction Competition 2019 is open until November 28, 2018 (11pm).

Free to enter. One entry per person.

Prizes: €200, €100, €75

Your flash fiction entry can be inspired by, or suggested by, the image on their website (max 500 words).

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Cafe Writers Open Poetry Competition

The Cafe Writers Open Poetry Competition is open until November 30, 2018.

Submit poems of up to 40 lines. Entry Fee: £4 each, £10 for three, £2 each thereafter.

Prizes: £1,000, £300, £200. Runners-up (5) – £50.

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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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AQB Short Story Competition

The AQB Short Story Competition is open until November 15, 2018.

Submit stories of up to 4,000 words.

Prizes: £75, 2 x £25. The winning entries will be included in the Arts and Minds book.

Entry Fee: £5

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