Competitions & Submissions
Call for Creative Writing Facilitators at the Irish Writers Centre
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 in December and January
Details: Discover a wealth of information on submission opportunities, from presses accepting full-length manuscripts, to chapbooks, to journals and anthologies.
Epoque Press: a new independent publisher open to submissions
Details: Epoque Press is a new 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: Skein Press is seeking submissions of fiction pieces, short stories and novel extracts, 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 email@example.com.
Cold Coffee Stand- Submission Call
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.
Details: Flight Writing is a new Irish venture publishing innovative short
stories of up to 3000 words and poetry of max. 50 lines in English,
Irish, Spanish and German. They want to pump fresh blood into the Irish
literary scene and publish unconventional voices. Expressing the Irish
experience is important to them, but if you’ve lived in Ireland or feel
an affinity with Ireland, by all means submit at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hennessy New Irish Writing: Weekly
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.
Prize: £100 per month to the winner and a place in the Christmas Super Slam for a chance to win another £150.
Details: Submission details to this on-line slam competition can be found on the group facebook page in the link above.
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 AN ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE seeks Submissions
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.
5th Ó Bhéal Five Words International Poetry Competition
Deadline: Ongoing/ Weekly until the 30th of January 2018.
Prizes: A prize of 500 euros is awarded to one winner, who, if available will be invited to read at Ó Bhéal’s eleventh anniversary event, on Monday the 16th of April, 2018. An additional travel fee of 100 euro plus B&B accommodation will be provided for this.
Details: Submissions carry a 5 euro entrance fee.
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
Poetry Submissions Visions International
Details: Send 3-6 unpublished poems or translations (of modern poets) in a single Word or Doc. attachment to email@example.com. No poems 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
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, weekly contest.
The Prole Laureate Poetry Competition
Deadline: 31 January 2018
Prizes: Winner: £200, Publication in Prole 25 in April 2018 and publication on the Prole website. Two runner up prizes of £50, publication in Prole 25 and publication on the Prole website.
Details: £3.00 for first entry, £2.00 for any subsequent entries.
Fish Short Memoir Prize
Deadline: 31 January 2018
Prizes: The best 10 memoirs will be published in the 2018 Fish Anthology. First prize: €1,000. Second prize: Week on a writers’ retreat at Casa Ana, La Alpujarra, Spain, + €300.
Details: Entry Fees: €17 (€11 subsequent entries). Postal entries: €19 (€13 subsequent entries).
Fishamble's A PLAY FOR IRELAND
Deadline: 01 February 2018
Details: Each applicant can make a maximum of 2 submissions.
Write Here, Write Now
Deadline: 10 February 2018
Prizes: There are separate competitions and prizes for students at Secondary Level (Leaving Certificate 5th and 6th Year & GCSE/A-Level); and Tertiary Level (students who still at college/university, as well as anyone who have finished third level education in the past 12 months).
Details: Hot Press has joined forces with Creative Ireland to launch a new national writing competition, which will allow young students to reflect on the influence of social media.
The Matador Review seeks Spring 2018 submissions
Deadline: 28 February 2018
Details: Details: The Matador Review is an online literature and art quarterly based in Chicago, Illinois. They publish poetry, fiction, flash fiction, and creative non-fiction, inviting all unpublished literature written in the English language (and translations that are accompanied by the original text) as well as many forms of visual art. They are accepting submissions for the Spring 2018 publication through February 28. After reviewing the guidelines, send your work to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hospital Poetry Competition
Deadline: 05 March 2018
Details: Poems entered in the competition should be no more than 32 lines long. They must be the original work of the entrant. Poems previously published in magazines or poetry collections are eligible. Multiple entries are accepted; poets can enter as many poems as they wish.
Maria Edgeworth Poetry & Short Story Competition
Deadline: 09 March 2018
Prizes: Various depending on category.
Details: Adult Short Story, Adult Poetry and Children’s Poetry Competition for the Maria Edgeworth Literary Festival 2018.
First Pages Prize
Deadline: 13 March 2018
Prizes: Five winners receive a cash prize and partial developmental editing to support the completion of their manuscript. The prize money is awarded in US dollars: $700 for 1st place, $400 for 2nd, and $200 each for 3rd, 4th, and 5th places.
Details: The Stockholm Writers Festival is accepting submissions for their inaugural First Pages Prize for the first 5 pages of a longer work of fiction, creative non-fiction or poetry.
Ireland Chair of Poetry Travel Award
Deadline: 16 March 2018
Prizes: This award offers £2,000 to one recipient to help realise a project requiring travel within or outside Ireland.
Details: The Trust hopes that this award will offer a poet an opportunity to step outside his or her everyday space and work on a project that will benefit their professional development. The deadline for applications is 5.30pm on Friday 16th March.
The Caterpillar Poetry Prize 2018
Deadline: 31 March 2018
Prizes: A prize of €1,000 is given to the best poem.
Details: If you have written a poem you think would appeal to 7–11-year olds, then why not enter the prestigious Caterpillar Poetry Prize? The prize is open to anyone over 16, and the poem can be on any subject.
THEATRE503 PLAYWRITING AWARD 2018
Deadline: 31 March 2018
Prizes: £6000 and a guaranteed production.
Details: Submissions for the Theatre503 Playwriting Award 2018 open on 1st February 2018 and they are searching for the best new plays and most talented writers. The award is a chance to recognise new and emerging writers of all ages and backgrounds.
Wild Words Young Writers Book - Call for Submissions
Deadline: 31 March 2018
Prizes: Those selected will have their work professionally edited and published and also get free admission to a two-day writing masterclass at the festival in Leitrim on Sat 30th June & Sun 1st July 2018 with leading authors Dave Rudden, Colm Keegan and Jane Mitchell.
Details: The Wild Words Book is part of Carrick on Shannon’s annual Wild Words Festival and features writing by young adults from all over Ireland aged 14 to 18 years who have started to write their own short stories and poetry.
2018 International Rubery Book Award
Deadline: 31 March 2018
Prizes: Book of the Year £1500 (approx 2000 US$; 1800 ); The winning book will be read by a top London Literary Agent; Plus a minimum of the 3 category winners each winning £150 (approx 200$, 180€).
Details: For self-published and independently published books
Writer of the City of Graz Scholarship
Deadline: 31 March 2018
Prizes: Includes the provision of an apartment for free in the Cerrini-Schloessl on the Schlossberg, from September of the year of awarding until August 31st of the following year, and a monthly allowance of EURO 1.100.
Details: The intention is to promote writers who show innovative ability and examination of current subject matters, quality in aesthetic and linguistic terms, authenticity and artistic independence. The residence in Graz should contribute to cultural exchange and interaction with the local literature scene. The scholarship holders explicitly agree to stay in Graz for at least 8 months during this period.
Bristol Short Story Prize
Deadline: 01 May 2018
Prizes: 1st prize is £1,000, 2nd prize is £700, 3rd prize is £400. 17 further prizes of £100 will be presented
to the remaining shortlisted writers. All shortlisted writers will receive 2 free copies of the anthology
Details: The competition is open to all writers around the world
whether published or unpublished, UK or non-UK based.
The Moth Short Story Prize 2018
Deadline: 30 June 2018
Prizes: 1st prize €3,000; 2nd prize week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France plus €250 travel stipend; 3rd prize €1,000.
Details: The Prize is open to anyone (over 18) as long as the work is original and previously unpublished. There is a word limit of 5,000. The entry fee is €12 per story.
The 12th Aesthetica Creative Writing Award
Deadline: 31 August 2018
Prizes: Include: £1,000 for the Short Fiction and Poetry winners, publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual for 60 finalists, Consultation with Redhammer Management, membership to the Poetry Society, one year subscription to Granta and a selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage.
Details: Celebrating excellence in Poetry and Short Fiction, the Creative Writing Award is a platform for emerging and established poets and writers to showcase their work to an international audience. Poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines and Short Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words. Works previously published are also accepted and you may enter as many times as you wish.