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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
Hennessy New Irish Writing: Weekly
Details: You can email your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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: email@example.com
Poetry Submissions Visions International
Details: Send 3-6 unpublished poems or translations (of modern poets) in a single Word or Doc. attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
Los Gatos Irish Writers' Festival - Short Story Contest
Deadline: 20 September 2017
Details: The 2017 Short Story Contest shortlist will be judged by Mike McCormack, award-winning Irish author of Solar Bones. The winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize. Deadline September 20, 2017.
Los Gatos Irish Writers' Festival - Shirley McClure Poetry Contest
Deadline: 21 September 2017
Details: The 2017 Shirley McClure Poetry Contest judges are former Santa Clara Poet Laureate Sally Ashton, and Irish poet. The winner will receive a $600 cash prize.
Deadline September 21, 2017.
Los Gatos Irish Writers' Festival - Youth Poetry Contest
Deadline: 21 September 2017
Prizes: The winner will receive a $400 Amazon Gift Card.
Details: The 2017 Youth Poetry Contest judging panel of three judges, will be headed up by Irish poet Caroline Bracken. The winner will receive a $400 Amazon Gift Card.
Deadline September 21, 2017.
John O’Connor Short Story Competition – 2017
Deadline: 01 October 2017.
Prize: The prize-winner will be awarded a bursary to attend the John O’Connor Writing School and Literary Arts Festival which will be held in Armagh from 2nd to 5th November, 2017.
Details: Entrance fee of £10 per story.
Deadline: 02 October 2017
Details: Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and dlr Mill Theatre, Dundrum, invite proposals for a commission focusing on the creation of new work through collaboration with local groups who meet in the Dundrum area.The commissioners are particularly interested in the work of writers and playwrights. The commission is also open to theatre practitioners. The budget for the commission is €15,000 inclusive and the deadline for submissions is Monday 2 October at 5.00pm.
Missouri Review's 27th Annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' Prize
Deadline: 02 October 2017.
Prizes: First-place winners in each category receive a prize of $5,000, plus a feature in our spring issue and paid travel to a gala reading and reception in Columbia, Missouri. Contest finalists will have their work considered for publication at our usual contributor rate of $40 per printed page.
Details: Fiction, poetry, and nonfiction
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.
Emerging Artist Bursaries for the Creation and Development of New Work
Deadline: 10 October 2017
Details: Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council would like to invite proposals from emerging artists for the development and creation of new work.Individual artists working in all art-forms (architecture, circus, craft (designers/makers), dance, film, literature, music, opera, spectacle, street art, theatre, traditional arts and visual arts) are eligible to apply.
Comedy Writing Competition
Deadline: 12 October 2017
Prizes: First prizes of £50 plus publication and performance opportunities in each category, comedy related prizes for the runners up and a Women in Comedy memory stick for all winners
Details: Two categories, the first for a 3 minutes comedy sketch or monologue, the second for a maximum 1,000 short story. The competition is open to entries from both women and men but all submissions MUST feature women as the main character/s.
2018 dlr Arts Grants Scheme Now Open
Deadline: 13 October 2017
Details: dlr Arts Office runs an annual grant scheme. Grants are available to provide financial assistance to individual artists, arts groups and arts organisations engaged in arts projects or events at local or county level and to support the professional development and arts practice of individual artists, arts groups and organisations.
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.
The Arts Office in Wexford County Council and Bodecii Film Professional Development Workshop for Screenwriting
Deadline: 25 October 2017
Details: The Arts Office in Wexford County Council and Bodecii Film are searching for emerging writers in the Wexford region to take part in a Professional Development Workshop for Screenwriting led by Eugene O'Brien (Eden, Pure Mule, Red Rock).
The workshop is aiming to support writers with unique and original voices by providing them with an insight into the writing for Film and Television media and an overview of the film industry from a writer’s perspective. Selected writers will be invited to take part in a series of writing workshops exploring the craft and skills necessary to create compelling screen narratives.
Submissions call: Long Story, Short Journal
Deadline: 31 October 2017
Details: The Long Story, Short Journal is looking for tales that take their time. Short stories which are 4000 words or longer are now being read through 31 October 2017 by editor Jennifer Matthews, for publication in 2018. Please see website for submission guidelines.
Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award
Deadline: 31 October 2017
Prize: The awards cover the cost of the Retreat, and in some cases also accommodation and flights to Iceland.
Details: The Iceland Writers Retreat is an event comprised of a series of small-group writing workshops and cultural tours designed to introduce participants to Iceland’s rich literary heritage. Faculty in 2018 include Hilton Als, Hallgrímur Helgason, Priya Basil, Susan Shreve, Terry Fallis, Pamela Paul, and Gwendoline Riley. The Retreat is open to anyone who has an interest in writing. There is no fee to apply.
Claremorris Fringe Festival 2018
Deadline: 10 November 2017
Prizes: The winning script wins a prize of €500 and the runner-up gets €250
Details: Full details of the criteria for entries can be read on the website; it is important to read this in order to ensure each entry is compliant with the guidelines. Entry fee: Each entry costs €5 which can be paid via Paypal.
Words and Women's Short Prose Competition
Deadline: 15 November 2017
Prizes: National prize for women over 40 of £1,000 and a month’s writing residency provided by Hosking Houses Trust and a regional prize (East of England) of £600 and a mentoring session with Jill Dawson of Gold Dust.
Details: Entries can be fiction, memoir, creative non-fiction and life-writing on any theme. 2,200 words. Any woman writer living in the UK or Ireland, aged 40 and over by the 15th November 2017, can enter for the national prize.
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.
Cafe Writers Open Poetry Competition 2017
Deadline: 30 November 2017; Prizes: 1st £1000; 2nd £300 3rd £200; Six Commended Prizes of £50; Funniest Poem £100; The Norfolk Prize £100.
Details: Entry Fee: £4 per poem; or £10 for 3 poems and £2.00 per poem thereafter.
Gregory O’Donogue International Poetry Competition
Deadline: 30 November 2017
Prizes: 1st Prize €1000, a week's residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, publication in Southword and a trip to Cork to visit the Cork International Poetry Festival where they will be offered a place in the Brian Turner poetry master class. 2nd Prize €500 & publication in Southword. 3rd Prize €250 & publication in Southword. Ten runners-up to be published in Southword and receive €30 publication fee.
Details: 2018 judge is poet and Munster Literature Centre Director Patrick Cotter.
The Matador Review Seeks Winter 2018 Submissions
Deadline: 30 November 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 the Winter 2018 publication through November 30. After reviewing the guidelines, send your work to email@example.com.
The Book Of Kells Creative Competition
Deadline: 30 November 2017
Prizes: Cash prizes for individuals, schools and clubs
Details: Trinity College Dublin is calling on the nation to get creative this autumn and be inspired by one of Ireland’s greatest cultural treasures, the Book of Kells. Categories: Primary schools, secondary schools and adults (18+).
Deadline: 10 December 2017
Prizes: First Prize: $500 and story published in Irish Imbas Celtic Mythology Collection;
Second Prize: $250 and story published in Irish Imbas Celtic Mythology Collection;
Third Prize: $100 and story published in Irish Imbas Celtic Mythology Collection
Details: Hoping to collect the best contemporary narratives on genuine Gaelic/Celtic mythology.
The Prole Laureate Poetry Competition
Deadline: 31 January 2018
Prizes: Winner: £200, Publication in Prole 25 in April 2018 and publication on the Prole website. Two runner up prizes of £50, publication in Prole 25 and publication on the Prole website.
Details: £3.00 for first entry, £2.00 for any subsequent entries.
2018 International Rubery Book Award
Deadline: 31 March 2018
Prizes: Book of the Year £1500 (approx 2000 US$; 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