Competitions and Submissions

Competitions & Submissions

Fish Publishing Poetry Prize 2019

Deadline: 31 March 2019

Details: Top 10 poems will be published in the FISH ANTHOLOGY 2019
1st prize: €1,000
2nd: A week in residence at Anam Cara Writers’ Retreat
3rd: €200

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National Youth Film & Animation School Screenwriting Competition

Deadline: 31 March 2019

Details: This competition is aimed at 16 -25 year olds and looks to mentor young screenwriters in producing short film scripts that will be shot as part of the summer programme. Selected candidates will be mentored with a series of scriptwriting workshops by an industry professional who will help them craft, shape and redraft their scripts for the big screen.  Winners will receive €100 and the knowledge that their scripts will be produced as part of the NYFAS. Click here for more information.

Molly Keane Creative Writing Award 2019

Deadline: 5 April 2019

Details: Waterford City & County Council’s Arts Office is pleased to announce that it is currently accepting entries for the Molly Keane Creative Writing Award 2019. There is no entry fee, no age limit and no restriction on the subject matter. A prize of €500 will be awarded to the winner at a special ceremony during the IMMRAMA Literary Festival in Lismore, Co. Waterford in June 2019. Full details and an entry form can be downloaded from or by contacting the Arts Office on 058-41416.

Padraic Colum International Gatherine Adult Poetry Competition 2019

Deadline: 12 April 2019

Details: Strictly one poem per person. All entries must be inspired by the popular Padraic Colum poem "An Old Woman Of The Roads." All entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not have been published, accepted for publication or broadcast by the closing date of entries. All entries to be clearly written or typed on one side of paper only. Name, email and postal address to go on a separate attached sheet or word document file. Poems limited to 40 lines. Entries to be sent to Creative Ireland Longford, Longford Library HQ, Town Centre Longford, N39 HK76. 1st prize €250, 2nd prize €75and 3rd prize €50.

The Straid Collection Award: 2019

Deadline: 16 April 2019

Details: New and established poets are invited to submit a full length collection for consideration in the sixth Straid Collection Awards. One and exceptionally two works will be selected for publication as a full Straid Award Collection by Templar Poetry. Submission may be made Online or by Post. Postal Submission: Please sent to Templar Poetry, Fenelon House, 58 Dale Road, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3N. The Templar Poetry standard publishing agreement will be offered to each winning author. Templar Poetry will facilitate further live readings for Straid Poets and they may also be invited to contribute to the Templar Poetry audio archive which features our pamphlet and collected poets.

Markievicz Award 2019

Deadline: 25 April 2019

Details: Markievicz Award recipients will receive €20,000, and awards will be made to up to five applicants each year. Joint applications are welcomed. See for more information.

Iota Shot Pamphlet Awards: 2019

Deadline: 6 May 2019

Details: Two awards. Each poet will receive publication in an Iota Shot Pamphlet and the option to submit a full collection. Click here for more information.

New Roscommon Writing Award 2019

Deadline: 15 May 2019

Details: The winner will receive a monetary prize of €500 and will have their winning entry printed in the Roscommon Herald. An extract will be broadcast on Shannonside FM. (Four runners-up will receive €100 each). More information here.

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.

Poetry on Planes - Request for Poems

Deadline: September 1, 2019

Details: A project by Gerry Murphy and Peter Frey titled "Poetry on Planes," it will be an anthology featuring the work of 99 poets from Ireland and around the world. 

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.

HCE Review Call for Submissions

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

J G Farrell Award 2019

Deadline: Friday 17 May 2019

Details: The J G Farrell Fiction Award is for the best opening chapter of a novel-in-progress by a writer resident in Munster. The prize includes a place on the Novel Writing with Anjali Joseph workshop and accommodation in Bantry. 

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.



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.

ServiceScape Short Story Award 2019