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 in December and January
Deadline: Various.
Details: Discover a wealth of information on submission opportunities, from presses accepting full-length manuscripts, to chapbooks, to journals and anthologies.

Skein Press
Deadline: Ongoing
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
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.
Flight Writing
Deadline: Ongoing.
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

Hennessy New Irish Writing: Weekly
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.
TCTW: Monthly
Deadline: Ongoing
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.
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. 
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 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.
ScreenCraft's 2017 Short Screenplay Contest Deadline: Early Deadline: 17 June 2017; Final Deadline: 1 August 2017.
Prizes: First Prize: $1000, Second Prize: $500, Top 3 Finalists: Final Draft 10.
Details: Accepting short film screenplays up to 35 pages in length.
New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest
Deadline: 30 June 2017
Prize: $300 + a professional reading and Q&A valued at $1,000.
Details: Now in its 15th year, New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest is accepting scripts through June 30, 2017 (Email Submission Date).
Prole Pamphlet Competition, 2017
Deadline: 30 June 2017
Prize: The winner will receive £50 and 15 copies of the pamphlet, which will be published in late November and will be available to a worldwide audience from our website.
Details: Looking for a small collection of no more than 35 A5 pages of poetry with each poem starting on a new page. Poems may have been previously published, but not as a collection. 
The 2017 University Of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize
Deadline: 30 June 2017
Prize: The winner will receive AUD$15,000.
The runner-up (second-placed poem) will receive AUD$5,000.
Details: All poems entered for the prize must be single poems that have a maximum length of 50 lines. Each entry of a poem costs AUD$20.
Words Ireland National Mentoring Programme 2017
Deadline: 10 July 2017

– Call for Mentors - 11 paid opportunties for experienced, professional writer-mentors
– Call for Mentees - 11 mentoring opportunities for emerging writers Prizes: Five mentoring relationships are open to writers based anywhere on the island of Ireland. Another six relationships are being offered in partnership with arts offices who've co-funded these opportunities allowing us to provide more mentoring relationships than we could have done alone. Wherever you're from in Ireland, and whether you're an emerging or established writer, there's an opportunity here for you.
DetailsOne mentee from each of the following arts offices will be guaranteed a mentoring relationship, with mentors likely to be chosen from these areas too: Leitrim, Limerick, Kilkenny, Wexford, Wicklow, and the Arts Office and Libraries of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown.
All applications should be made through Words Ireland by 10 July 2017. 
Hawk's Well iYeats Poetry Competition
Deadline: 30 June 2017
Prizes: There is an award of €500 for the winner of the General Category and €300 is awarded to the winner of the Emerging Category for those aged between 16-25 years of age. These awards are presented in a ceremony at the Hawk’s Well during the Yeats Summer School.
Details: The competition is an annual online international poetry competition which has won a prestigious reputation for the calibre of both entrants and judges. The competition is open to all those who are sixteen years of age and upwards. The Judges this year are Jessica Traynor and Billy Ramsel.
Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition
Deadline: 30 June 2017
Prize: First Prize is €1,00 and Second Prize €500. Both winning poets will have their chapbook published and each receive 50 free copies, as well as being offered a reading and three nights' accommodation at Cork 2018 International Poetry Festival.
Details: The competition is open to new, emerging and established poets from any country BUT at least one of the winners will be a debutante (with no chapbook or book published previously). Up to 25 other entrants will be publicly listed as "highly commended". Manuscripts must be 16 to 23 pages in length, in the English language and the sole work of the entrant with no pastiches, translations or 'versions'. The poems can be in verse or prose. Each chapbook is guaranteed a review in Southword Literary Journal.
Boyne Berries 22 Ledwidge Issue Submission Call
Deadline: 30 June 2017
Details: Boyne Berries 22 will be a special issue commemorating the centenary of the death of the County Meath WWI poet Francis Ledwidge. Submissions that cover subjects such as The Great War, Nature, The Trade Union Movement, Lord Dunsany and people and places in Meath are welcome. These themes are open to broad interpretation and all work related will be considered. Poetry, factual pieces, opinion pieces, memoir and fiction are all welcome and encouraged. On this occasion Photographs and art work will also be considered. Send up to 3 poems per poetry submission. Poems should be no more than 40 lines long. Fiction and prose submissions should be no more than 1500 words. Please use Times New Roman 12 and single spacing. Please include a short biographical note. Submissions should be placed in the body of the email and attached as a word document attachment. Submit to only. 
The Warwick Prize for Women in Translation
Deadline: 3 July 2017
Prize: The £1,000 prize will be shared equally between the writer and her translator(s).
Details: The inaugural Warwick Prize for Women in Translation will be awarded in November 2017 to the best eligible work of fiction, poetry, literary non-fiction or work of fiction for children or young adults written by a woman and translated into English by a female or male translator. Irish and UK publishers are eligible to submit titles.
The Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2017
Deadline: 14 July 2017
Prize: £300 will be awarded to the winner of each category and the work will be published in Wasafiri.
Details: They welcome submissions in one of three categories: Poetry, Fiction and Life Writing (the competition is open to anyone who has not published a complete book in the category entered). Simply fill in the entry form and send it with your entry and fee of UK Sterling £6.00 if entering one category, £10.00 for two and £15.00 for three categories.
Call for Submissions - SAND Journal
Deadline: 26 July 2017
Details: Accepts previously unpublished: short stories, poetry, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, translations, photography, drawing, painting, and other forms of visual art.
The Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award
Deadline: 28 July 2017
Prize: The winner of this year’s award will receive €1,000.
Details: The Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award for a first unpublished collection of poems in English is open to poets, born in the island of Ireland, or of Irish nationality, or long term resident in Ireland. 
Third Annual Intercultural Writing Competition
Deadline: 30 July 2017
Prizes: €3200 will be awarded in three categories. There will be:
- An ages 14-17 winner (€800) and runner-up (€400)
- An ages 18-21 winner (€800) and runner-up (€400)
- An ages 14-21 Spirit of Intercultural Ethics winner (€800) 
Details: Metro Éireann, in collaboration with Duke University’s Kenan Institute of Ethics, invites young writers living in Ireland to submit original works of writing to its third annual intercultural writing competition. Writers between the ages of 14 and 21 – immigrants and non-immigrants – are encouraged to enter submissions that explore the ethical challenges associated with intercultural diversity in Ireland. There is no submission fee.
2017 Dermot Healy International Poetry Award
Deadline: 31 July 2017
Prize: €1000 & Perptetual Trophy.
Details: One again the 2017 Dermot Healy International Poetry Award is held again in Manorhamilton with the Inaugural 'The Fierce Moon' in the Glens Centre which will celebrates the writings of Dermot Healy. This years judge is the fantastic Vona Groarke who will judge and present the €1000 first prize and trophy on the 15th September in Manorhamilton. Closing date for submissions is 31st July.
Sean O’Faolain International Short Story Prize 2017
Deadline: 31 July 2017
Prizes: First Prize is €2,000, publication in the literary journal Southword, and a week-long residency at Anam Cara Writer's and Artist's Retreat. Second Prize is €500 and publication in Southword. Four more shortlisted entries will be selected for publication in Southword and receive a publication fee of €120.
Details: The Seán O’Faolain Short Story Competition is an annual short story competition open to writers from around the world. It is dedicated to one of Ireland’s most accomplished story writers and theorists, and sponsored by the Munster Literature Centre. The winner will be invited to collect their prize at the Cork International Short Story Festival (September 13-16, 2017), for which will be provided hotel accommodation, meals and drinks.
The 2017 Bring your Limericks to Limerick International Poetry Competition
Deadline: 11 August 2017
Prizes: First prize €500
Details: The Limerick is a verse form associated with the Maigue Poets from Croom, Co. Limerick, in the 18th century. It is a verse that must contain the following elements:
Five lines; Lines 1, 2, 5 must rhyme; Lines 3 and 4 must rhyme.
A good limerick will have a clever unanticipated punch line as line 5 will often have puns, word play or a witty feature as part of it.

Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition
Deadline: 11 August 2017
Prizes: 1st Place €300, 2nd Place €200 3rd Place €100
Details: A maximum number of 2 poems per person may be submitted. Poems should be in English and be a maximum of 40 lines (not including the title and spaces between stanzas). There is no theme - your poem(s) may be on any subject of your choosing.
ITT Short Story Competition
Deadline: 19 August 2017
Prizes: First Prize: €500, Second Prize: €250, Third Prize: €150. It is the intention of the organisers that the winning and short listed entries maybe published in an anthology, or other format. Non-prize winning published entries will receive no remuneration. 
Details: Entry is free. 
Support for the Individual Artist Programme (SIAP)

Deadline: 4pm 24 August 2017
Details: Open to artists of all disciplines and in all types of working practice, who have made a contribution to artistic activities in Northern Ireland for a minimum period of one year within the last five years. 
The Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship
Deadline: 25 August 2017
Prize: €8,000
Details: Poets who think they may be entitled to apply are strongly advised to request further information on the conditions of application for the Fellowship, by writing to the Trustees at 3, Selskar Terrace, Ranelagh, Dublin 6.  
The 11th Aesthetica Creative Writing Award
Deadline: 31 Aug 2017
Prizes: £1,000 prize money for the Poetry winner; £1,000 prize money for the Short Fiction winner; Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual; A selection of books from Vintage and Bloodaxe Books; One year print subscription to Granta; Full Membership to The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner);
Consultation with Redhammer Management (Short Fiction Winner);A complimentary copy of the Annual.
Details: Poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines; Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words;Works published elsewhere are accepted.
The Matador Review: Call for submissions
Deadline: 31 August 2017
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 their Fall 2017 publication through August 31.
Bray Literary Festival 2017 Poetry And Flash Fiction Competition
Deadline: 31 August 2017
Prizes: €500 in Prizes; Prizes in each category: Winner €200, Runner-up €50.
Details:  Entry fees are €5 for a single entry, €10 for three entries. These may be to either category, ie, categories can be mixed.
Lost Alphabet
Deadline: 31 August 2017
Prizes: Selected Authors will receive 10 print copies of their book, which will be released worldwide.
Details:  Applications are free to submit, and are juried blind by an international team. 
HWA Dorothy Dunnett Short Story Competition
Deadline: 1 September 2017
Prizes: £500, publication in the Whispering Gallery and on, mentoring session from author and agent, tickets to receive your award at the HWA Crowns Ceremony in London. Two Highly Commended entries will also receive mentoring and invitations to the award ceremony in London.
Details: Entry Fee: £5
KulturKontakt Austria Artists in Residence Programme 2018
Deadline: 18 September 2017
Prizes: In co-operation with KulturKontakt Austria, the Austrian Federal Chancellery makes available 50 residencies in Vienna and Salzburg for the year 2018.
Details: Applications can be submitted via the Artists in Residence online platform.

Hanna Greally International Literary Awards 
Deadline: 10 October 2017
Prizes: The Overall Winner, who will take away the prize of seeing his or her book published professionally and formally launched at the following year's SiarScéal Festival (dates to be announced). The estimated value of this prize, which is sponsored by The Manuscript Publisher, is put at €2000. In addition to the Overall Prize, there is also a First Prize – a cash prize of €700 – with trophy prizes for Highly Commended entries in the various categories of poetry, prose/short stories. The Ger Hanily Memorial Cup will be awarded to the best local entry received.
Details: Entry Fee: €10 for up to three entries. Entries may include poetry and/or prose. This year's theme is Beneath Western Skies
Fabula Press' Aestas Short Story Competition
Deadline: 14 October 2017
Prizes: First Prize: US$250, Second Prize: US$150, Third Prize: US$100. All longlisted entries (top 15-20) get published in an anthology, and non-prize winning published entries will be paid US$50 each. Also, at the sponsors' discretion additional prizes may be declared for ‘Editors’ Pick' category (in the last edition of the contest three such prizes of US$75 each were declared). 
Details: Entry Fee: US$10.

V International Flash Fiction Competition
Deadline: 23 November 2017
Prizes: An overall first prize of 20,000 dollars is awarded for the best story in any of the languages authorized in the contest. Three prizes of $ 1,000 each will be awarded for the best stories in each of the other remaining languages admitted in the contest, that are not winners of the main prize.
Details: Originals whose theme will be free (two per author, maximum) will be written in any of the following languages: Spanish, English, Arabic or Hebrew. The stories cannot exceed 100 words.
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.
The Ogham Stone 2018
Deadline: 31 Aug 2017
Details: The Ogham Stone 2018 issue is now accepting submissions of unpublished work from both Irish and international writers and artists. They will consider fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, and memoir, as well as visual arts/photography.