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
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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.
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Entropy Mag: Where to Submit in March, April, and May
Deadline: Various
Details: Discover a wealth of information on submission opportunities, from presses accepting full-length manuscripts, to chapbooks, to journals and anthologies.
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Epoque Press: a new independent publisher open to submissions
Deadline: Ongoing
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 submissions@epoquepress.com

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Call for novella submissions - Fairlight Moderns
Deadline: Ongoing.
Details: Currently seeking submissions of novella-length works 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.

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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 skeinpress@gmail.com.
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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.
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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 flightwriting@gmail.com

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Hennessy New Irish Writing: Weekly
Deadline: Ongoing
Details: You can email your entry to hennessynewirishwriting@irishtimes.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.
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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.
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Idler
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. 
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Crossways AN ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE seeks Submissions
Deadline: Ongoing.
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.

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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: palmsizedpress@gmail.com 
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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 vias.poetry@gmail.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.

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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.

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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!
Deadline: Ongoing, weekly contest.
Fee: Free

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PENfro Book Festival 2018 Writing Competitions Deadlines Extended
Deadline: Varies, July- August 2018.
Prizes: Various. 
Details: This year consists of three writing competitions: the ever-popular poetry competition, a first chapter competition and a short radio drama competition. 

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Mentoring Opportunity for Westmeath Writers
Deadline: 17 August 2018
Details: Applications are invited from emerging writers who are resident in Co Westmeath. This opportunity is open to writers of poetry and/or adult fiction. The selected mentee will work with the John Broderick Writer In Residence Annemarie Ní Churreáin at Athlone Library. Mentoring consists of 10 sessions. The duration of each session will be 60 minutes. The mentor will read your work in advance of each session and provide feedback. She may also provide information and advice on professional and publishing matters.

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Call for applications for the Kavanagh Fellowship 2018
Deadline: 24 August 2018
Prizes: €8,000.
Details: The Fellowship is specifically for Irish poets in their middle years. Poets in order to be eligible must have published a body of work, and show that they are in particular need of assistance. Details contact the Kavanagh Trust.

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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.

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Link Age Southwark 25th Birthday Writing Competition
Deadline: 31 August 2018 
Prizes: Various.
Details:  The competition is open to all UK and Ireland residents, both adults and children. Entries may take the form of either a short story or poem, based on the theme of friendship and/or generations.Entry to the 18+ category will cost £5. Children’s entries are free.

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WOW! Women On Writing Summer 2018 Flash Fiction Contest
Deadline: 31 August 2018
Prizes: 1st Place: $400, publication, interview, and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate; 2nd Place: $300, publication, interview, and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate; 3rd Place: $200, publication, interview and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate; 7 Runners Up receive $25 Amazon Gift Cards, publication and interview; and 10 Honorable mentions receive a $20 Amazon Gift Certificate. Top 10 stories are published in the WOW! Women On Writing e-zine, and contestants are interviewed on WOW's blog, The Muffin. 
Details: WOW! Women on Writing invites entries to its Summer 2018 Flash Fiction Contest. The honorable guest judge this season is Literary Agent Jennifer Thompson with Nordlyset Literary Agency. Seeking short fiction of any genre between 250 - 750 words. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity and provide well-rewarded recognition to contestants. Electronic submissions via e-mail only; reprints are okay; multiple submissions are okay as long as they are submitted in their own individual e-mail. Open internationally. Limit: 300 entries. $10 entry fee; critique option for an additional $10.

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Bray Literary Festival 2018 Poetry And Flash Fiction Competition
Deadline: 31 August 2018
Prizes€500 in Prizes.
Details: Entry by post only.

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The Matador Review seeks Fall 2018 submissions
Deadline: 31 August 2018
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 Fall 2018 publication through August 31. After reviewing the guidelines, send your work to editors@matadorreview.com.

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EXIT 15 Commission
Deadline: 03 September 2018
Details: The Exit 15 partners are looking for an artist, artist collectives or artistic / administrative teams to collaborate with the Ballyogan community for a creative place programme that is responding to the artistic aspirations of local people under the banner of Exit 15. Exit 15 is a partnership between Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, Voluntary Arts Ireland and Queen's University Belfast and is supported/funded by the Arts Council's Invitation to Collaboration Scheme 2017 and Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council. The value of this commission is €40,000

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The Forge - Playwriting mentorship with Jimmy Murphy
Deadline: 10 September 2018
Details: Glass Mask Theatre's The Forge is a three-month playwriting mentorship scheme that aims to provide expert and practical support to playwrights currently crafting a full length play for the stage. We are looking for playwrights of all ages, demographics and experience levels.

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Templar Portfolio Pamphlet Awards
Deadline: 24 September 2018
Details: The submission fee is £15.50. The successful poet will receive 5 copies of the pamphlet and further author copies are available at a
significant discount. The Templar Quarterly Pamphlet Award offers writers the opportunity to submit a Portfolio of between ten and twelve pages of poetry.

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ServiceScape Short Story Award 2018
Deadline: 30 November 2018
Prizes: The winner of the contest will be awarded $1,000.00 USD.
Details: All applicants should submit their original unpublished work of short fiction or nonfiction, 5,000 words or fewer, to be considered. Along with receiving an award for $1,000.00 USD, the winner will have his or her short story featured within our blog, which reaches thousands of readers per month. Rules and exclusions apply.

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