Competitions and Submissions

Competitions & Submissions


2019 Allingham Flash Fiction & Poetry Competitions

Deadline: 26 September 2019

Details: Our competitions are designed to recognise and reward talented writers who, in the footsteps of William Allingham, seek to launch or further their careers. The Allingham Festival includes competitions for adult writers of poetry and flash fiction, and also competitions for children. €300 prizes for winners in Poetry and Flash Fiction competitions. €5 entry fee. Prizes awarded at 2019 Allingham Festival Literary Lunch on Saturday, 8 November in Ballyshannon, Co Donegal. Rules and on-line entry forms at 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.


The Caterpillar Story Prize 2019 

Deadline: 30 September 2019

Details: This annual award is given to the best story (of no more than 1,500 words) written by an adult for children aged 7–11. Anyone can enter, as long as you are over 16 and your story is previously unpublished. More details here



Channel is a new environmentalist literary magazine publishing poetry and prose that fosters connection with the natural world. Submissions for the first issue are open until July 31st. Check here for next submission opportunity. They have a particular interest in work which encourages reflection on human interaction with plant and animal life, landscape and the self.


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.


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.


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.


Fish Publishing International Writing Contents 

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 Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award

Deadline: To be announced in 2020

Details: The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is the biggest award for writers aged 11-17. It welcomes poems on any theme and any length. It is completely FREE to enter for anyone aged 11-17 in the WORLD. Poems must be in English or in BSL (do contact if you have queries regarding any BSL entries)


Haiku Contest/Submit to seashores

Deadline: 13 October 2019

DetailsTo enter, submit a maximum of eight (8) haiku/senryu, in any combination. Essays or articles on haiku are also welcome (app. 800 words max). All submissions must be unpublished and not being considered elsewhere. For more details visit

Writers are also invited to submit to issue 3 of seashores before 31 July 2019.


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.


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.


Jester To The Kingdom Humorous Verse Competition
Deadline: 30 Sep 2019

Enter the 4th annual Jester to the Kingdom Humorous Verse Competition. 16 finalists will be invited to Tralee, Co. Kerry, Ireland to perform their compositions in front of a live audience and a panel of judges for the finals on Friday, October 18th 2019 in Tralee, Co. Kerry. €400 in prize money to be given out on the night, with the first prize winner being crowned JESTER TO THE KINGDOM for 2019/20. All types of poetry welcome, rhyming, free verse, sonnets, ballads etc provided they have humorous content. Please send your entry as an attachment to with the title of poem, your name and address, telephone number and email address, as well as a cover letter and proof that the entry fee has been paid. The €5 entry fee should be paid via PayPal to the email  Entries may also be sent by post, with cheque/postal order for €5 payable to Sonia Elston to: Sonia Elston, The Glandore Gate, Ardfert, Co. Kerry, Ireland. For further info, email:



7th Ó Bhéal  International Five Words Poetry Competition

Deadline: Ongoing

At around noon each Tuesday (GMT), from April 2019 to the end of January 2020, five words are posted on the Ó Bhéal Five Words competition page. Entrants have one week to compose and submit poems that include all five words given for the week.

The competition runs for 41 weeks, until the last week of January and  a prize of 500 euro is awarded to one winner, and if available, invited to read at Ó Bhéal’s anniversary event in early April (an additional travel fee of 100 euro plus B&B accommodation will be provided for this). 


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.


Middleground Online Magazine, call for submissions

Deadline: 28 October 2019

Details: We're Middleground, an online magazine focused on publishing the stories and experiences of writers and artists of mixed ethnic backgrounds. We're currently looking for submissions from mixed race creatives:

Non-fiction up to 2,500 words
Fiction up to 2,500 words
Up to three poems per submission
Illustrations, photography, digital artwork, etc

Submission details here.


The Ogham Stone

Deadline: Friday 18 October 2019

Details: We consider unpublished work from Irish and international authors. We intend to publish a mix of fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, translation, and memoir. Please read submission guidelines here


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 Jukebox, Song of Myself: Call for Submissions

DeadlineSunday 23 September 2019

Song of Myself needs first class poetry from disabled poets. We will select twenty poems for this international curation. Launching 16 October 2019, Poetry Jukebox will be sited at CS Lewis Square for the duration of the Belfast International Festival 2019. To learn more about Poetry Jukebox follow on Twitter @poetryjukebox or click here. For submission criteria for Song of Myself click here


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.


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.


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!


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


ServiceScape Short Story Award 2019