Competitions and Submissions

Competitions & Submissions

 Linen Hall Library/ Michael McLaverty Short Story Award

Deadline: 31 January 2021

Details: The award was set up to foster and encourage the art of the short story. Entries must not have been, by the date of submission, published or broadcast in any medium. Maximum length 3000 words. Prize: £2000 for winning story; with £250 for each of two runners-up.

National Call for Submissions: Cruinniú na nÓg

Deadline: 11 February 2021

Details: Cruinniú na nÓg is Ireland’s national day of free creative activity for children and young people up to 18 years of age. Over the past 3 years it has become a key date in Ireland’s cultural calendar. We provide opportunities for Ireland’s 1.2 million children and young people to be inquisitive and curious, to be inventive and innovative, and to fulfil a creative ambition or showcase an inner creative talent.

Comórtas Filíochta Padraic Fiacc

Deadline: 26 February 2021

Details: Full details here

BBC National Short Story Award

Deadline: 15 March 2021

Details: This year’s BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University (NSSA) is now open for submissions, with novelist and former Radio 4 Commissioning Editor for Arts James Runcie chairing the judging panel.

Limerick Writers Centre: The Desmond O'Grady International Poetry Competition

Deadline: 24 March 2021

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. The Limerick Writers’ Centre revived the competition as part of our April is Poetry Month in Limerick 2019 festival. 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 2022 festival.

First Prize 200.00 Euro
Runner-Up Prize 50.00 Euro

Entry is by email to after an appropriate fee is paid by PayPal to the account of
Enter by post to
Limerick Writers’ Centre, c/o The Umbrella Project, 78 O'Connell St., Limerick, Ireland with appropriate fee in Euros only (cheques/PO made out to Limerick Writers’ Centre).
Your poems will not be returned, so do keep a copy.
All entries must be received before midnight TUESDAY 24th March 2020.
Entries received after this time will be discarded.
All entries are judged anonymously so please do not put any identifying features on the poems.
Entry fees are as follows;
1 poem 3.50 Euro
3 Poems 5.50 Euro


2021 International Rubery Book Award

Deadline: 31 March 2021

Details: The Rubery Prize is a prestigious international book award seeking the best books by indie writers, self published authors and books published by independent presses, judged by reputable judges. Creative writing is such a key part of life for those who enjoy writing yet it is increasingly difficult to become traditionally published. Through our reputation of finding quality and outstanding books we aim to bring recognition to the works that win and heighten an author's profile.
The Rubery Prize is a well-established name in the publishing world. 


Deadline: 31 March 2021

Details: The prize is for an unpublished poem, written by an adult for children aged 7–11. The prize consists of €1,000 plus publication in the summer 2021 issue of The Caterpillar. Entrants are welcome from anywhere in the world. There is an entry fee of €14 per poem. This year’s judge is Michael Morpurgo.

Anthology Magazine Short Story Competition

Deadline: 31 July 2021 (early bird 30 April 2021)

Details: 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.

Tolka Journal

Deadline: 10 February 2021

Details: Tolka is now accepting submissions. Tolka is a new biannual literary journal of non-fiction: publishing essays, reportage, travel writing, auto-fiction, individual stories and the writing that flows in between. They aspire to establish a home for creative non-fiction, a space where innovation can flourish and new voices can develop.

Hold our Breath 2040: Call for Submissions

Deadline: -

Details: Hold Our Breath 2040 takes its title from Jean O’Brien’s poem "Still Here" in which the poet writes, “We must not forget the forests hold our breath.” Inspired by the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030 and the Irish climate action plan of planting 440 million trees by the year 2040,Hold Our Breath 2040intends to create a broad sustained response to afforestation from writers and artists.

Submission guidelines are as follows:

  • Genres of poetry, short fiction, hybrid work, plays, nonfiction or extracts, images of visual art, videos of performing arts
  • Maximum of 3 poems, one short prose piece (up to 2500 words), 3 images, 2-5 minutes of performing arts video
  • A photo, preferably theme-related
  • A short bio
  • Writers selected for features will be asked to send a statement of ecopoetics and 1-3 suggested readings
  • Call is open throughout 2021
  • Work should be sent to

Skein Press

Skein Press are not accepting submissions at the moment. They will open  submissions again on 31st January, 2021.

Sonder Lit

Deadline: -

Details: "The realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own." We are a new not-for-profit publication, hoping to publish your creative work. We are focused on the idea of sonder, the self, and others. Check here for next submission opportunity.

Call for Submissions: The Dalhouse Review Special Issue on “A Hidden Europe”

Deadline: 1 April 2021

Details: The Dalhousie Review is currently soliciting submissions of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction that  explore the complexities of historical and contemporary European identities, and which present  European life in ways that may be unfamiliar to contemporary readers:

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.

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.

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. 

Dodging The Rain

Deadline: Ongoing

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

Call for Submissions: The Creative Hub XR

Deadline: Ongoing

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 and then create something from your ruminations, speculations, hopes, fears, doubts, dreams and nightmares.


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.


Hennessy New Irish Writing

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. 


MeHoop -  A new comedy site for writers

Deadline: Ongoing

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. 

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.

Reedsy's Writing Prompts Inspired Short Story Contest

Deadline: Ongoing.

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                           

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.

HEBE The Poetry Magazine of Youth

HEBE publishes the work of young poets, photographers and illustrators aged 18 and under. Each issue published quarterly, is based around an assigned theme, which is open to interpretation, but maintains a sense of continuity to a magazine that accepts all forms of poetry, photography and illustration. For inquiries get in touch at

HCE Review Call for Submissions

Looking for your poems, short stories, non-fiction essays, art, photography for HCE Review, an online literary journal.