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.

 

The Moth Short Story Prize 2020

Deadline: 30 June 2020

Details:  Every year, a single judge is asked to choose three winning stories to feature in the autumn issue of The Moth. This year’s judge is Mark Haddon. It is open to anyone over 16, as long as the work is original and previously unpublished. The winner receives €3,000, with the runners-up receiving a week-long stay at the wonderful Circle of Misse plus €250, and €1,000 respectively. More details here.

Southword Summer Literary Essay Competition

Deadline: 30 June 2020

Details: Southword: New International Writing is a print literary journal published at least twice yearly by The Munster Literature Centre. Southword has published the likes of Medbh McGuckian, Helen Ivory, Haruki Murakami, James Lasdun, Kim Addonizio, Tess Gallagher, Colm Tóibín and Vona Groarke. Our Spring issue is composed of prizewinning and shortlisted entries from our Gregory O'Donoghue and Seán O'Faoláin competitions, as well as specially commissioned work.

100 Words 100 Bucks Competition

Deadline: 30 June 2020

Details: Contest for microfiction, micro essay, micro memoir, short poem, micro script, micro screenplay of 100 words or less now open. No restrictions on theme or category. 100 USD cash prize for first place, plus publication for winner and ten finalists. More details here.

Michael Mullen Cancer Fund 2020 Writing Competition

Deadline: 16 July 2020

Details: This is an open competition for short stories, flash fiction and poems on any subject matter. The competition is open to people of 16 years and over.

Anthology Magazine Short Story Competition

Deadline: 31 July 2020

Details: Writers of short fiction are invited to enter the Anthology Magazine Short Story Competition.  Established to recognise and encourage creative writing and provide a platform for publication, it is open to original and previously unpublished short stories in the English language by a writer of any nationality, living anywhere in the world. Stories submitted must be on the theme of ‘Friendship’ and not exceed the maximum of 1,500 words. Writers can submit as many entries as they wish. More details here.

Seán O’Faoláin International Short Story Competition

Deadline: 31 July 2020

Details: The competition is open to original, unpublished and unbroadcast short stories in the English language of 3,000 words or fewer. The story can be on any subject, in any style, by a writer of any nationality, living anywhere in the world.

Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition

Deadline: 31 August 2020

Details: The competition is open to new, emerging and established poets from any country. One of these winners will be the highest scoring manuscript entered by a poet with no solo collection (full-length or chapbook) previously published. Up to 25 other entrants will be publicly listed as "highly commended".

The QueryLetter.com Writing Contest

Deadline: 15 September 2020

Details: Write a blurb for a hypothetical book. Write and submit a back cover blurb of 100 words or fewer that sets the stage for a novel, establishes the characters, and raises the stakes in a way that makes readers want to find out more.

The Moth Nature Writing Prize

Deadline: 15 September 2020

Details: The Moth Nature Writing Prize aims to encourage and celebrate the art of nature writing. It will be awarded to an unpublished piece of prose fiction or non-fiction or poetry which best combines exceptional literary merit with an exploration of the writer’s relationship with the natural world. More details here.

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 skeinpress@gmail.com

Sonder Lit

Deadline: -

Details: "The realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own." We are a new not-for-profit publication, hoping to publish your creative work. We are focused on the idea of sonder, the self, and others. Check here for next submission opportunity.

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.

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.

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. 

Dodging The Rain

Deadline: Ongoing

Details: An online poetry journal, Dodging The Rain is published in full on the first of every second month (October, December, February etc.) but is updated weekly with new content. We are open year-round for poetry submissions. More details here

Call for Submissions: The Creative Hub XR

Deadline: Ongoing

Details: A new opportunity to get your creative writing published in Extinction Rebellion’s Creative Hub. Send on your poetry, prose, scripts or songs on the subject of the current climate crisis and possible aftermaths. Get in touch via the webpage.

To see pieces already published and submission guidelines go to xrcreative.org and then create something from your ruminations, speculations, hopes, fears, doubts, dreams and nightmares.

Call for Submissions: The Passage Between, Transatlantic Anthology

Deadline: -

Details: The Passage Between printed its first volume in February 2018 and the second volume in January 2019. Go to our “Volumes” page to get a taste of the anthology or order a copy online. They accept submissions from a variety of countries. They are looking for fresh voices that test the boundaries of the written word. If you have a poem, short story, art, or true story to share please email thepassagebetween@gmail.com or submit by post. More details here. 

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 submissions@epoquepress.com

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.

 

Hennessy New Irish Writing

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. 

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. 

 

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.  https://www.mehoop.com/ 

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  

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. 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.

Reedsy's Writing Prompts Inspired Short Story Contest

Deadline: Ongoing.

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                           

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.

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 hebepoetrymagazine@gmail.com

HCE Review Call for Submissions

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