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.


Deadline: Announced soon

Details: Channel is a new environmentalist literary magazine publishing poetry and prose that fosters connection with the natural world. Submissions for the second issue will open soon. Check here for next submission opportunity. They have a particular interest in work which encourages reflection on human interaction with plant and animal life, landscape and the self. 

Rubery Book Awards

Deadline: 31 March 2020

Details: The International Rubery Book Award is the longest established book award based in the UK for independent and self-published books. We receive entries from all over the world. The key to our success is having a keen eye for quality from distinguished and reputable judges. We pride ourselves on judging thoroughly which can certainly be seen in the quality of the books that have won over the years. More details here

Splonk Magazine

Deadline: 13 April 2020

Details: Splonk Issue 3 submissions will open on Saint Patrick’s Day, 17th March, and close on the 13th of April 2020. If you were published in the last issue of Splonk, please skip an issue before submitting again.

QWI Poetry Collection

Deadline: 15 April 2020

Details: Queer Writers of Ireland is now accepting submissions for its first poetry collection, intended to debut and showcase the verse of the next generation of queer Irish poets. There are no guidelines or restrictions for the poems, as long as they fit within the six allotted pages. Payment will be in the form of twenty contributor copies to the ten successful applicants. Those interested should send their documents to

“Science me a Story”

Deadline: 20 April 2020

Details: The Society of Spanish Researchers in the United Kingdom are holding a competition of short scientific stories for children sponsored by Lilly Foundation. The contestants will attempt to create fun and captivating stories related to the scientific method and the everyday life of a scientist, amongst other topics, to achieve engaging scientific communication. The competition has both English and Spanish categories, so stories in either language are welcome. More details here.

WOW! Women On Writing Q3 2020 Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest

Deadline: 30 April 2020

Details: Seeking creative nonfiction essays on any topic (200 - 1000 words) and in any style--from personal essay and memoir to lyric essay and hybrid, and more! The mission of this contest is to reward bravery in real-life storytelling and create an understanding of our world through thoughtful, engaging narratives.

2020 Bristol Short Story Prize

Deadline: 30 April 2020

Details: 20 stories will be shortlisted and published in Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 13 by Tangent Books. The winner and 2 runners up will be selected from the shortlist and announced at an awards ceremony which will be held in Bristol in October 2020. 1st prize is £1,000, 2nd prize is £500, 3rd prize is £250. 17 further prizes of £100 will be presented to the remaining shortlisted writers. All shortlisted writers will receive 2 free copies of the anthology. Prizes will be sent to any writer on the shortlist who is unable to attend the awards ceremony.

The Moth Short Story Prize 

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.

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.

Call for Submissions: Irish Pages

Deadline: Ongoing

Details: The issue entitled “The Anthropocene” will appear in early 2020. It aims to evoke the escalating global ecological crisis in the round. A certain amount of poetry and prose will also deal with humanity and human consciousness. Work that does not bear explicitly on the theme of the issue will also be included. 

The issue entitled “Love” will include work in any genre and any style will be welcome on this vast and complex theme. 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

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 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 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

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.

Fish Publishing International Writing Contents 

Deadline: Ongoing.

Prizes: Various.

Details: Fish Publishing runs four annual International Writing Contests:
Short Story Prize
Flash Fiction Prize
Short Memoir Prize
Poetry Prize
Renowned poets and writers select ten from each contest for publication in the Annual Fish Anthology.

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award

Deadline: To be announced in 2020

Details: The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is the biggest award for writers aged 11-17. It welcomes poems on any theme and any length. It is completely FREE to enter for anyone aged 11-17 in the WORLD. Poems must be in English or in BSL (do contact if you have queries regarding any BSL entries) 

Hennessy New Irish Writing

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. 


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. 

7th Ó Bhéal  International Five Words Poetry Competition

Deadline: Ongoing

Details: At around noon each Tuesday (GMT), from April 2019 to the end of January 2020, five words are posted on the Ó Bhéal Five Words competition page. Entrants have one week to compose and submit poems that include all five words given for the week.The competition runs for 41 weeks, until the last week of January and  a prize of 500 euro is awarded to one winner, and if available, invited to read at Ó Bhéal’s anniversary event in early April (an additional travel fee of 100 euro plus B&B accommodation will be provided for this). 

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. 

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 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

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                   


This is the first European iteration of Short+Sweet and will take place in October 2019 in The Sean O’Casey Theatre in East Wall and we would love your involvement. The Short+Sweet family is committed to building a more creative world, 10 minutes at a time. The platform provides an accessible and enjoyable theatrical experience to individuals from all walks of life, and gives them the opportunity to connect with creatives from all over the world.                               

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

HCE Review Call for Submissions

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