Competitions & Submissions
Deadline: 22nd July 2021
Words Ireland is initiating 29 literature mentoring relationships to begin in September 2021. Closing date for applications is noon, Thursday 22 July, 2021. The opportunity is available to writers of literary fiction, creative non-fiction, children’s / YA fiction and poetry.
Deadline: 31st July 2021
The 82nd issue of Magma Poetry, edited by Nick Makoha and Gboyega Odubanjo, is in partnership with the Obsidian Foundation and will focus on Black poets. The submissions window for M82: Obsidian is open from 1st July – 31st July 2021. We welcome poems from writers of Black African, Caribbean, Afro-Latinx, and African-American heritage, including those of mixed-Black heritage. These poems must not have been previously published, either in print or online.
Deadline: 31 July 2021
First Prize: £1,000, 2nd Prize: £500, 3rd Prize: £250. The judge for this year will be Jacqueline Saphra. The competition is open to anyone aged 16 or over. Entrants do not need to be resident in the UK to enter, but please note, travel expenses to read at the prize-giving in Winchester are not covered. Entries may be submitted via email or by post. Poems may be on any subject and in any form or style. They must be typed and not longer than 40 lines (excluding title). Entry fee: £5 for first poem, £4 for subsequent poems in a single submission. 10 free entries are available for poets to whom an entry fee would be a barrier.
Deadline: 31 July 2021 (early bird 30 April 2021)
Writers of short fiction are invited to enter the Anthology Magazine Short Story Competition. Established to recognise and encourage creative writing and provide a platform for publication, it is open to original and previously unpublished short stories in the English language by a writer of any nationality, living anywhere in the world. Stories submitted must be on the theme of ‘Memories’ and not exceed the maximum of 1,500 words. Writers can submit as many entries as they wish.
Seán O’Faoláin International Short Story Competition
Deadline: 31st July 2021
Entry fee: 18 Euro. Word Limit: 3,000.
Prizes: 1st prize – €2,000 and a one-week residency at Anam Cara Retreat, 2nd prize – €500, four runners up – €250; all winners and runners up will be published in Southword 42.
Deadline: 12th August 2021
The Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award for a first unpublished collection of poems in English is open to poets, born in the island of Ireland, or of Irish nationality, or long term resident in Ireland. Other previous winners include Eileán Ni Chuilleanáin, Paul Durcan, Thomas McCarthy, Peter Sirr, Sinead Morrissey, Conor O’Callaghan, Celia de Freine and Joseph Woods. The award will be presented on Friday 24th September 2021 the opening evening of the annual Patrick Kavanagh Weekend at the Patrick Kavanagh Centre.
Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition
Deadline: 31st August 2021
Entry fee: 25 Euro. Prizes: 1st prize – €1000, 2nd prize – €500; both winners will win a chapbook publication, 25 complimentary copies, and will be offered a reading at the 2022 Cork International Poetry Festival.
Deadline: 15 September 2021
The prize is open to anyone over the age of sixteen, as long as the work is original and previously unpublished. The winning piece will be published in the winter issue of The Moth, and the winner will receive €1,000 and a week-long stay at Circle of Misse in France. Closing date 15 September 2021.
Deadline: 31st October 2021
The 2021 National Poetry Competition is one of the world’s most prestigious prizes for an unpublished poem of up to 40 lines, open to anyone 18 or over. The judges this year are Fiona Benson, David Constantine and Rachel Long.
Details: Although they will read anything (almost), they especially want to hear from new and emerging writers who are looking to break into the world of published authors. Their aim is to publish lots of poetry with some short fiction.
Details: An online poetry journal, Dodging The Rain is published in full on the first of every second month (October, December, February etc.) but is updated weekly with new content. We are open year-round for poetry submissions. More details here.
Details: A new opportunity to get your creative writing published in Extinction Rebellion’s Creative Hub. Send on your poetry, prose, scripts or songs on the subject of the current climate crisis and possible aftermaths. Get in touch via the webpage.
To see pieces already published and submission guidelines go to xrcreative.org and then create something from your ruminations, speculations, hopes, fears, doubts, dreams and nightmares.
Details: Discover a wealth of information on submission opportunities, from presses accepting full-length manuscripts, to chapbooks, to journals and anthologies.
Details: Epoque Press is an independent publisher established to promote the very best in literary talent. We are looking for novels or collections of short stories from new and established authors. As our name alludes to, we are looking for work which is of this time, period, era and has a timeless quality to it. We are looking for new voices, works which are imbued with a strong sense of character or place and works which make us think about what it means to be alive today. The writing will be bold and not shy away from its subject matter. Please email submission to firstname.lastname@example.org
Details: Currently seeking submissions of short stories, novellas, and novels in English from authors based anywhere in the world. Particularly keen to publish work by new and emerging writers, and would love to publish some Irish writers in the series.
Details: You can email your entry to email@example.com or post it (with a stamped addressed envelope) to Ciaran Carty, Hennessy New Irish Writing, The Irish Times, 24-28 Tara Street, Dublin 2. Submissions are open to writers who are Irish or resident in Ireland. All accepted stories will be printed in the Irish Times, as well as being considered for the Hennessy Literary Awards, with prizes of €1500 and €2500, as well as a trophy.
Details: Idler accepts submissions for short-form creative writing, including essays, poems and stories, from writers in Ireland and internationally. Prose submissions should be about 2,000 words maximum. Poems make their own rules. Submissions should be as a Word or similar attachment, and not PDF format. Idler is happy to link to the writer's own online space or other information such as a biography and/or details of published work.
Details: The page is free and simply there for comedy writers to post any funny short articles they may have written and then use their profiles as a resume of sorts for any potential work. Articles get upvoted and can be shared. The ones with the most votes will appear top of the posts feed. Eventually there will be a top post of the day, week, month, year. https://www.mehoop.com/
Prizes: Publication on the website's page.
Details: Anyone can submit a response to the prompt, as long as it is between 100 and 500 words. Please remember to check your word count; any piece that is significantly over the limit will not be posted. If you have a writing website or blog you’d like linked to your piece, please include it in your submission email. Send submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Details: Send 3-6 unpublished poems or translations (of modern poets) in a single Word or Doc. attachment to email@example.com. Poems should be no longer than 3 normal pages. Please include mailing address and e-mail on first page of submission. No simultaneous submissions as they respond quickly. No Cover letter needed.