Competitions and Submissions

Competitions & Submissions

Call for Creative Writing Facilitators at the Irish Writers Centre
Deadline: Ongoing
Details: The IWC is always looking for professional creative writers and industry professional with a strong public profile and/or experience teaching to deliver creative writing courses or seminars.

Poets & Writers: Tools for Writers
This resource, though based in America, provides invaluable information on literary journals & magazines accepting submissions, residencies, conferences, grants and more. The majority of these opportunities are open to those outside of the States.

Entropy Mag: Where to Submit
Deadline: Various
Details: Discover a wealth of information on submission opportunities, from presses accepting full-length manuscripts, to chapbooks, to journals and anthologies.

Epoque Press

Deadline: Ongoing
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

Fairlight Moderns

Deadline: Ongoing.
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.

Skein Press
Deadline: Ongoing
Details: Skein Press is seeking submissions of fiction pieces, short stories and novels, from emerging or established authors to be published in a multi-author collection. These pieces should reflect under-represented voices – experiences and themes not widely explored in Irish literature. Please email your story or a chapter from your novel as an attachment to

Cold Coffee Stand- Submission Call
Deadline: Ongoing
Details: Cold Coffee Stand is a new Irish site dedicated to publishing and publicizing cutting edge fiction, poetry, and art. Short Fiction- Up to two stories of <3,000 words each per submission. If it's 3,500+ words and amazing, they're open to talks. Flash Fiction- Up to three pieces of <700 words each per submission. Poetry- Up to five poems per submission (Note: "Up to five" isn't "Five or none". They'd rather read one great poem than half a dozen you half-like). Visual Art- Up to five pieces, preferably with a brief (>200 words) brief on their overarching thematic connection.

Hennessy New Irish Writing: Monthly
Deadline: Ongoing
Details: You can email your entry to 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.

Deadline: Ongoing
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.

Crossways: Monthly

Deadline: 15th of the month.
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.

Palm-Sized Press
Deadline: Monthly/Ongoing
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: 

Poetry Submissions Visions International
Deadline: Ongoing
Details: Send 3-6 unpublished poems or translations (of modern poets) in a single Word or Doc. attachment to 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.

Stories From the Community
Deadline: Ongoing.
Details: The International OCD Foundation welcomes submissions from writers all over the world to tell their personal stories about OCD and BDD – boldly, honestly, and creatively. Submissions should be 1000 words or less.

Deadline: Ongoing.
Fee: Free
Details: Sign up for Reedsy's weekly writing prompts newsletter, and respond to one of their prompts with a short story for the chance to win $50 and get featured on the Reedsy-Medium Blog!
Fish Publishing International Writing Contests
Deadline: Ongoing.
Prizes: Various.
Details: Fish Publishing runs four annual International Writing Contests:
Short Story Prize
Flash Fiction Prize
Short Memoir Prize
Poetry Prize
Renowned poets and writers select ten from each contest for publication in the Annual Fish Anthology.

2019 Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize
Deadline: 01 March 2019
Prizes: £3,000 prize & up to three months in residency at the Mahler & LeWitt Studios in Spoleto, Italy.
Details: The prize awards £3,000 to the best proposal for a book-length essay (minimum 25,000 words) by a writer resident in the UK and Ireland who has yet to secure a publishing deal.


The Maria Edgeworth Literary Festival 2019: Poetry and Short Story Competition 

Deadline: 08 March 2019 

Prizes: 1st Prize €250, 2nd Prize €100 and 3rd Prize €50
Details: All entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not have been published, accepted for publication, broadcast or honoured by the closing dates for entries.All entries to be clearly written or typed on one side of the paper only. Name, address and or email/phone number to go on a separate attached sheet.The decision of the judges shall be final.Poems limited to 40 lines.Short Stories limited to 2000 words.


The Desmond O’Grady International Poetry Competition 2019

Deadline: Closing date for entries midnight Saturday 16th March 2019.

Prizes:  The prizewinner of this year’s competition will be announced during April and will be invited to give a reading of his/her work during the 2020 festival.

Details: The Desmond O’Grady International Poetry Competition was inaugurated in 2012 by the late Barney Sheehan, poetry impresario of the White House Poetry Revival, in honour of Limerick poet Desmond O’Grady.  It was last held in 2014. The Limerick Writers’ Centre are reviving the competition as part of their April is Poetry Month in Limerick 2019 festival. Poems, can be in either Irish or English.


27th National Student Poetry Competition 2019

Deadline: Friday 15 March 2019

Prizes: €100 first prize in each category

Details:  Windows 27th National Poetry Competition - adjudicators Noel Monahan & Heather Brett have launched their 27th National Poetry Competition - with an added category for young writers of 19-25 who haven't yet had their first collection published. This year Windows will publish selected winning poems in book form in May. There is also a Heritage Category for Cavan poets with a great theme of Pastimes I Past Times.