Writing Competitions

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

More here.

CWI December 2017 Competition Winner

Many thanks to everyone who entered our December writing competition and congratulations to Afia Khatun, the winner!

You can read Afia’s winning entry and previous winning entries here.

Hippocrates Young Poets Prize for Poetry and Medicine

The Hippocrates Young Poets Prize for Poetry and Medicine is open until March 1, 2018.

Open to poets aged 14-18. Submit poems of up to 50 lines on a medical subject.

Prizes: The winner will receive £500. The winning poems will be published online and in an anthology.

Entry Fee: £2 each

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Psychopomp Magazine Short Fiction Award

The Psychopomp Magazine Short Fiction Award is open until January 31, 2018.

Entry Fee: $10

Prize: $500 and publication

More here.

The White Review Short Story Prize 2018

The White Review Short Story Prize 2018 is open until March 1, 2018 (5pm).

Open to writers from Ireland and the UK who have yet to secure a publishing deal.

Prize: £2,500 and publication in the magazine.

Entry Fee: £15. The White Review offer 50 free entries to writers on low-incomes.

More here.

Teignmouth Poetry Festival 2018 Poetry Competition

The Teignmouth Poetry Festival 2018 Poetry Competition is open until January 31, 2018.

Judge: Pascale Petit

Prizes: £500, £250, £100. Shortlisted poets will be invited to read at the Teignmouth Poetry Festival on 17 March 2018, and the winning poems will be published on their website.

Entry Fee: Online entries £4.50 each poem.

More here.

2018 Book a Break Short Story Competition

The Book a Break Short Story Competition is open until 6 pm GMT, January 28th 2018.

Submit 2,000 words on the theme of Nourishment.

The winner will receive a four-night stay in Provence. A selection of the best stories will be published in an anthology.

Free to enter.

More here.

Stephen A DiBiase Poetry Prize

The Stephen A DiBiase Poetry Prize is open until January 30, 2018.

Free to enter. Submit one poem.

The total prize fund is $2000.

More here.

The 26th International Radio Playwriting Competition

The 26th International Radio Playwriting Competition is now open until January 31, 2018.

Open to writers who live outside the UK, aged 18 and over.

The winners’ plays will be broadcast on BBC World Service. In addition, there’s the Georgi Markov prize. The winner will have a chance to go to London for two weeks and work alongside BBC Radio Drama and with BBC World Service journalists.

More here.

The Plough Poetry Prize

The Plough Poetry Prize is open until January 31, 2018.

Prizes: £1,000, £500, £250

Entry Fee: £5. Judge: Michael Symmons Roberts

More here.

Cúirt New Writing Prize 2018

The Cúirt New Writing Prize 2018 is open until January 25, 2018 (5pm).

Judges: Jane Clarke and Lisa Coen

The winner of each category will receive €500 and an invitation to read at the Cúirt/Over the Edge Showcase event in April 2018. There’s a prize for Young Cúirt (for 12-17 year olds). The winner will receive €100.

Entry fee: €10

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2018 Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award

The 2018 Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award is open until February 1, 2018.

Free to enter. Submit a short story of up to 8,000 words, that shows the near future of manned space exploration.

First prize includes publication on their website and payment of .07 per word, an engraved award, free entry into the 2018 International Space Development Conference, a year’s membership of the National Space Society, books and Space Society merchandise.

More here.

Kanturk Arts Festival Flash Fiction Competition

The Kanturk Arts Festival Flash Fiction Competition is open until January 31, 2018 (10pm)

Free to enter.

There are three categories: adult, under 16s and under 13s. The prizes in the adult category are: €200, €75, €25. €50 and €20 for the under 16s category and €20, €10 for the under 13s.

Your entry can be inspired by, suggested by or based on the images on their website.

More here.

20 Photos, 20 Lines Competition

Strokestown International Poetry Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, and to mark twenty years, they are running the 20 Photos, 20 Lines Competition.

The competition is open until February 9, 2018. Submit 20 lines of poetry, based on any of the 20 picture prompts. Noelle Lynskey will judge the competition entries.

The winning entries will be displayed alongside the images during the festival.

It costs €3 per poem. First prize is €100, 19 runner-up prizes of €20 each.

More here.

9th Annual Spirit First Poetry Contest

The 9th Annual Spirit First Poetry Contest is open until February 28, 2018 (midnight)

Prizes: $200, $150, $100. The winning poems will be published on the Spirit First website, blog, and newsletter.

Free to enter. Maximum three poems per person.

Poetry submissions may be of any length and any style but must have a theme of Meditation or Mindfulness.

More here.