Writing Competitions

The White Review Short Fiction Competition

The White Review Short Fiction Competition is open until March 4, 2019 (5pm).

Submit stories between 2,000 and 7,000 words in any genre. Open to writers resident in Ireland and the UK who have yet to secure a publishing deal.

This year, the prize will be judged by Chris Power, Sophie Scard and Michal Shavit.

The winner will receive £2,500 and the winning entry will be published.

Entry Fee: £15. There are 50 free entries for writers on low incomes.

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2019 Inter-Varsity Poetry Slam

The 2019 Inter-Varsity Poetry Slam, in partnership with Poetry Ireland will take place in March at the National College of Art and Design.

Are you a student or recent graduate? Writer or performer? You can email a poem (video, audio, or text) to ivpoetryslam@gmail.com

This year’s top finalists will also be invited to take part in a free performance workshop in Poetry Ireland ahead of the IV Slam.

More here.

Maria Edgeworth Poetry and Short Story Competition

The Maria Edgeworth Poetry and Short Story Competition is open until March 8, 2019.

Submit up to five poems or a short story.

Prizes: €250, €100, €50

Entry Fee: €5

More here.

CWI December 2018 Competition Results

A big thank you to everyone who entered our December writing competition and congratulations to the winner, Ruth Taaffe.

Shortlist: Howard Kerr, Bethany Ascott, m.nicole.r.wildhood, Kathryn Ratzko, Millie Stephens.

Cúirt New Writing Prize 2019

The Cúirt New Writing Prize 2019 is open until January 31, 2019.

There are three categories: poetry, short fiction and youth.

The winner of the poetry and short fiction categories will receive €500 and the opportunity to read at the Cúirt / Over the Edge Showcase event at the 34th annual Cúirt International Festival of Literature, which will take place in Galway, 8th – 14th April 2019.

Submit poetry of under 50 lines each and short stories of up to 2,000 words, in English or Irish.

Entry fee: €10

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Trim Poetry Competition 2019

The Trim Poetry Competition 2019 is open until February 7, 2019.

The judges are Orla Fay, editor of Boyne Berries, and Michael Farry, former editor of Boyne Berries.

The winner will receive €500. The winner and the other short-listed poems may be published in the next issue of Boyne Berries.

Entry fee: €5 for one poem, €10 for three poems.

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Baen Memorial Short Story Award

The Baen Memorial Short Story Award is open until February 1, 2019.

Free to enter.

Write a short story of no more than 8,000 words, that shows the near future (no more than about 50-60 years out) of manned space exploration.

First prize is publication on the Baen Books website, an engraved award, free entry into the 2019 International Space Development Conference, a year’s membership of the National Space Society, Baen books and space merchandise.

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The Brotherton Poetry Prize 2019

The Brotherton Poetry Prize 2019 is open until March 4, 2019.

The poetry prize comes from the University of Leeds Poetry Centre. It is open to anyone in the world over the age of 18 who hasn’t yet published a full collection of poems.

The winner will receive £1,000 and the opportunity to develop their creative practice with the University of Leeds Poetry Centre. Four runners-up will each receive £200.
The five shortlisted poets will be published in an anthology by Carcanet Press, and all five will be invited to take part in a series of readings and events at the University of Leeds and other Yorkshire venues.

Entry fee: £10

Judges: Simon Armitage, Melvyn Bragg, Dr Vahni Capildeo, Malika Booker, Professor John Whale and Stella Butler.

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The Well Review Poetry Prize

The Well Review Poetry Prize is open until January 26, 2019.

Judge: Ishion Hutchinson

The winning entries and three shortlisted entrants will be published in Issue Three of The Well Review.

The cash prizes are: 1st Prize: €1,000, 2nd Prize: €500, 3rd Prize: €250

Entry Fee: €8 for one poem, €16 for two, €20 for three.

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Writing Writers Drabble Competition

The Writing Writers Drabble Competition closes on January 31, 2019.

Free to enter.

Submit stories, exactly 100 words excluding the title. Submit one entry.

By entering the competition you are granting permission to publish the drabble entries you send, on the Writing Writers Website, so they can open voting…Voting will stay open for 10 days.

Prize: £35

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Open House 2019

The Open House 2019 poetry contest comes from The Interpreter’s House.

It opens on January 2, 2019 and closes on March 31, 2019.

Prizes: £500, £150, £75.

Entry Fee: £1.75 each, £5 for three, £10 for six. The winners will be published on The Interpreter’s House website and in an Open House Competition pamphlet.

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Salariya Picture Book Prize

The Salariya Picture Book Prize is open until January 31, 2019 (5.30pm).

It’s free to enter.

The winner will receive £1,000 and advice from a children’s book agent and publicity through the Stratford Literary Festival. Salariya Books imprint, Scribblers, has an option to publish the winning story.

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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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New Writers Short Story Competition

The New Writers Short Story Competition is open until February 17, 2019.

Submit stories of up to 3,000 words. You should not have had a full length work published.

Prizes: £300, £200, £100. The winners will be published in an anthology.

Entry Fee: £5

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Slipstream Poets Open Poetry Competition

The Slipstream Poets Open Poetry Competition is open until February 28, 2019.

Submit poems of up to 60 lines, any theme.

Judge: Mandy Pannet

Prizes: £150, £100, £50

Entry Fee: £5 for the first poem, £3.50 for each additional poem.

More here.