Deadline: 27th January 2023

StAnza: Open & Translation Award

StAnza – Scotland’s International Poetry Festival – in partnership with the Edwin Morgan Trust – is holding an open-call for two poets-in-residence for our 2023 festival.

The aim of these residencies is to support and promote marginalized voices in poetry: the residencies are open to poets of any level of experience who identify as being from a demographic that is currently under-represented in the literature sector. This includes but is not limited to: people from global majority backgrounds; those who identify as LGBTQIA+; who are disabled (we follow the social model of disability); those from migrant and refugee backgrounds and those who are care experienced.

Two positions are available:

1. The Open Award – open to poets who are Scottish by birth or current residence

2. The Translation Award – open to poets who write in a language other than English (including Gaelic & Scots), from any country

More Information here:
stanzapoetry.org
Deadline: 29th January 2023

The Tangerine

We want to read work that challenges and excites us, whether it’s a piece of reportage, a personal essay, a short story, a poem, or something that blurs generic boundaries. All submissions should be previously unpublished (this includes websites, personal blogs etc.). Submissions should be in English, but may be translations (copyright permission is the responsibility of the translator).

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us immediately should your work be accepted elsewhere. Please read past issues of The Tangerine before submitting your work so you have a clear sense of our editorial focus.

We aim to respond to submissions within three months of the closing date of each submissions window. This may vary according to the number of submissions we receive. (The Tangerine team works on the magazine on a voluntary basis—around work and other commitments—so please be patient with us!)

Due to the high volume of submissions we receive, we cannot offer personal feedback on submissions that are not accepted. Submissions sent outside of our allocated submission windows will not be considered for publication.

More Information here:
thetangerinemagazine.com
Deadline: 30th January 2023

Cúirt New Writing Prize 2023

The Cúirt New Writing Prize, kindly sponsored by Tigh Neachtain in memory of Lena McGuire, is now open for submissions. There are three categories: poetry, short fiction and prose and poetry in Irish.

Cúirt is delighted to announce that we now have a dedicated prize for prose and poetry in Irish. Over the past few years we have noticed the high calibre of entries in Irish to the Cúirt New Writing Prize, and we wanted to carve out space within the prize exclusively for these entries. Áine Ní Ghlinn will act as the inaugural judge for this category and pick one winner from the poetry and prose we receive.

The winner in each category will be awarded a  €500 cash prize and the opportunity to read at the 38th annual Cúirt International Festival of Literature which will take place in Galway between 17th – 23rd April 2023.

More Information here:
www.cuirt.ie
Deadline: 30th January

Munster Literature Centre

The Farmgate Café National Poetry Award is being revived in 2023.

The award will be €2000 for the best collection published in 2022 by a poet residing in Ireland. All entered books must be in English. Translations will be accepted as long as the translated poet resides in Ireland. An eligible translated example from previous years would be Diary of Crosses Green by Cork-based Galician poet Martín Veiga, published by Francis Boutle, UK. Collected and Selected volumes are not eligible unless the book is work being translated into English for the first time.

There will be three judges. Judges in 2023 are Colm Breathnach, Eleanor Hooker & Thomas McCarthy. The judges will not meet or consult one another. Each judge will assemble ten favourite titles, awarding ten points to their first favourite, one point to their tenth favourite. All points will be collated to generate the winner.

The Award is an initiative of the Munster Literature Centre, sponsored by the Farmgate Café in Cork City.

  • Interested publishers should enter four copies of each book, posted no sooner than January 9th and to arrive no later than January 30th
  • Publishers are advised NOT to use registered post, as an attempted delivery at an inconvenient time or day may result in a package being returned to sender
  • Publishers should provide full contact info to receive acknowledgement of receipt
  • Publishers should assure entered poets’ commitment to attend the award ceremony if selected as winner
  • The winning poet must commit to attending an award ceremony in the late afternoon of Tuesday May 16th, the beginning of the annual Cork International Poetry Festival. The festival will provide travel expenses, meals and two hotel nights to the winner on this occasion
  • A shortlist of six titles will be published in April. The winner will be informed at the beginning of May through their publisher.

Eligible poets with minor presses or presses based outside the country are advised to inform their editors of the availability of the award.

All entries (sent by publishers only, four copies of each entered collection) to be sent to Farmgate Café National Poetry Award, Munster Literature Centre, Frank O’Connor House,
84 Douglas Street, Cork, T12 X802, Ireland.

More Information here:
munsterlit.ie
Deadline: 31st January 2022

The 10th Ó Bhéal Five Words International Poetry Competition

Every Tuesday at 12pm (Irish time) from 12th April 2022 – 31st January 2023, five words will be posted on O’Bheal’s website. Entrants will have one week to compose and submit one or more poems which include all five words given for that week.

A prize of 750 euros will be awarded to the winner, plus 500 euros for second place and 250 euros for third place. These three, if available will be invited to read at Ó Bhéal’s sixteenth anniversary (hybrid) event, on Monday the 10th of April 2023. Should winners be able to attend in person, then an additional travel fee of 100 euro plus B&B accommodation will be provided for this. The overall winner also receives a physical award, hand-crafted by acclaimed glass artist (and poet) Michael Ray.

The shortlisted poems and winning entry will also be published in Five Words Vol XVI – the anthology of five word poems to be launched at the same event. A shortlist of twelve poems including the overall winner will be announced by the first week of March 2023.

The judge for 2022/23 is Victoria Kennefick.

More Information here:
www.poetryireland.ie
Deadline: 31st January 2022

Lilliput Press

The Lilliput Press wants to find the best writers at work today and that’s why we accept submissions from anyone. To make things manageable we have certain guidelines and currently only accept work during submissions windows, but our independence as a company thrives on our accessibility.

We know there are amazing writers out there who may not be putting themselves forward. Maybe they aren’t confident that their work will be properly considered, maybe they have no idea about publishing in Ireland or the processes they need to engage with. We believe it’s part of our job to try to discover these people; we want to read their work.

Our current submission window is open from 1 to 31 January 2023. After this date, we will not accept submissions until the next submission window in 2023.

More Information here:
www.lilliputpress.ie
Deadline: 31st January 2022

The Plaza Prizes: Crime: First Chapters

Send us your first 5,000 words, plus a One-Pager (300-word summary). First Prize: £1500. The winning Crime: First Chapters entry will be published on The Plaza Prizes website. The winner will also receive a one-to-one tutorial and detailed feedback from the judge, bestselling crime writer Sam Blake.

More Information here:
theplazaprizes.com
Deadline: 31st January 2022

The Plaza Prizes: Memoir: First Chapters

Toby Litt is the judge of our inaugural Memoir: First Chapters competition. He is a novelist, short story writer, poet, musician, essayist, activist, and lately—a memoirist. Galley Beggar Press published his family memoir, Wrestliana, in 2018, and will publish his memoir, A Writer’s Diary in January 2023.

First Prize £1500. The winning Memoir will be published on The Plaza Prizes website. The winner will receive a one-to-one tutorial and detailed feedback from the judge, Toby Litt.

More Information here:
theplazaprizes.com
Deadline: 1st February 2023

Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing

Named for Bucknell’s renowned literary alumnus (’54) and initiated in fall 1993, the Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing offers up to four months of unfettered writing time for a writer working on a first or second book. In the current application season, The Roth Residence is open to writers in any creative genre in the literary arts, including fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, graphic novel, etc. The residency provides an apartment in Bucknell’s Writers’ Cottage and a stipend of $5,000.

More Information here:
stadlercenter.slideroom.com
Deadline: 13th February

Writers for Peace Committee

Writers for Peace committee will publish a new Newsletter in March/April 2023. We wish to encourage you to send us your articles for it (500 words maximum). Due to the high numbers of received poems and excerpts from novels during the last submission, we are accepting ARTICLES ONLY! Please note that the theme of your article should be related to the WfPC mission and engagement. The newsletter will be published in English, French and Spanish. We accept texts in any of the three languages and will be happy to receive translations as well, if available.

Please send your texts to penwritersforpeace@penslovenia-zdruzenje.si.

The deadline for submission is Monday, 13th of February 2023.

Deadline: 14th February 2023

Spotlight First Novel Award 2023

Now in its twelfth year, Spotlight First Novel Award is our way of celebrating and encouraging new writers. Every year we profile the winner and offer them transitional support at a key stage.

The Award is aimed at writers preparing for publication. The winner benefits from a comprehensive support package worth over £1950.00.

More Information here:
adventuresinfiction.co.uk
Deadline: 14th February 2023

The Emma Press

The Emma Press is an independent publisher specialising in poetry, short fiction and children’s books. It was founded in 2012 and is based in Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham, UK. We publish poetry, short-form prose, and books for children. We have a growing list of translations which includes titles from Latvia, Estonia, Indonesia, Spain and the Netherlands. We are open to submissions once every half year. If you come across The Emma Press and you’ve missed the most recent window by a hair, you’ll only have to wait 6 months max until the next window.  In February, we are accepting submissions for prose pamphlets, children’s poetry, and children’s fiction only. We’re not looking for poetry pamphlets or picture books in this call. The rest of this page includes all the information you need to submit. You can also download this same information in an Easy-Read PDF we have created – click the button below to view.

More Information here:
theemmapress.com
Deadline: 19th February 2023

Skylight 47

The first issue of Skylight 47 was published in January 2013 to celebrate ten years of Galway’s Over The Edge poetry readings in the City Library. It was only supposed to be a single issue, but founding editors Kevin O’Shea, Susan Lindsay and Nicki Griffin were so taken with what they had produced, they decided to carry on.

 

More Information here:
skylight47poetry.wordpress.com
Deadline: 24th February 2023

Maria Edgeworth Festival of Literature & Arts – Poetry and Short Story Competitions

The annual Maria Edgeworth Festival in Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford takes place every May. Maria Edgeworth was considered a lioness by literary giants including, Wordsworth, Scott, Byron and Austen. Celebrated as an 18th century novelist and enlightenment figure she contributed to science, literature, education and politics. The Maria Edgeworth Festival  has grown to incorporate workshops, talks, adult poetry and short story competitions, historical trails, musical performances, nature walks, theatre performances and an 18th Century Costume Tea Party.  It has established itself as one of the best Literary events on the Irish Calendar and has attracted visitors from all over Ireland and abroad who share an interest in Literary History. The next Festival will take place from the 4th to the 7th May 2023.

More Information here:
mariaedgeworthcenter.com
Deadline: 28th February 2023

The Margery Allingham Short Mystery Competition 2023

Every year since 2014, the CWA and the Margery Allingham Society have jointly held an international competition for a short story of up to 3,500 words. Our mission is to find the best unpublished short mystery, and not only that, but one which fits into Golden Age crime writer Margery Allingham’s definition of what makes a great story. Entries are invited from all writers, published or unpublished, writing in English.

More Information here:
thecwa.co.uk
Deadline: 28th February 2023

TOWER

Submissions will be open from February 01 2022 for TOWER VOL. 1: END. We accept all genres and encourage submissions of horror, sci-fi, fantasy and erotica.

For VOL. 1: END we’re looking for work that grapples with endings, death, dissolution and finality; sudden, brutal endings; torturously slow breakdowns; how do things come to an end and who gets to decide?

Payment is €20 per contributor paid via PayPal or Revolut.
Co-authored pieces count as one contributor.
Issues will be hosted at readtower.itch.io and available for PWYC to free.

Please only submit once per category, making a different submission for each category. We encourage submissions of related works (e.g. a story and accompanying illustration).

TOWER is based out of Ireland; we are open to international submissions and aim to publish at least two Irish pieces per issue.

Our definition of Irish artists and writers are people born or residing on the island of Ireland.

More Information here:
readtower.net
Deadline: 28th February 2023

Southword Literary Journal

Southword: New International Writing is a print literary journal published twice a year 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. Unsolicited submissions of poetry and short fiction (for our autumn issue) are open as follows:

POETRY: December 1st, 2022 ‒ February 28th, 2023

FICTION: January 1st ‒ March 31st, 2023

More Information here:
southword.submittable.com
Deadline: 1st March 2023

Fiction Factory

Fiction Factory welcomes submissions to its second poetry competition, to be judged by novelist and poet: Helen Cox. Five shortlisted poets will receive a supportive critique on their poems. One winner from that shortlist will receive a £100 cash prize, as well as feedback on five poems they have written. They will also benefit from an hour-long mentorship Zoom call with the judge to talk about their poetry.

 

  • The entrance fee for the competition is: £4.00 for 1 entry / £10.00 for 3 entries.
  • Deadline: March 1st 2023
  • Maximum length. 40 lines.

More Information here:
fiction-factory.biz
Deadline: 1st March 2023

Impossible Archetype

Excellent poetry by LGBTQ+ folk. All styles and forms welcome, from page poetry, to experimental poetry, to slam poetry (although particular care here should be taken that it will work solely in a text format). We welcome submissions in English from all over the world.

Primarily, we’re looking for poetry that is striking, beautiful and musical. We are a journal that is not afraid of form – send us your villanelles, sonnets, and sestinas – neither are we afraid of unusual formatting or experimental work. We also like free verse. Basically we like all poetry BUT what is crucial to all submitted work is that it grabs us, that it has a depth of craft, musicality and passion. Send us impassioned pleas, captured moments, and distilled emotions. All contributors must identify on the LGBTQ spectrum. Work submitted does not need to directly identify this (although it absolutely can!).

More Information here:
impossiblearchetype.wordpress.com
Deadline: 13th March 2023

Fitzcarraldo Editions/Mahler & LeWitt Studios Essay Prize

Initially made possible by an Arts Council Grant in 2015, the prize awards £3,000 to the best proposal for a book-length essay (minimum 25,000 words) by a writer resident in the UK & Ireland who has yet to secure a publishing deal. In addition to the £3,000 prize the winner has the opportunity to go on residency at the Mahler & LeWitt Studios in Spoleto, Italy, to work on their book. The book will then be published by Fitzcarraldo Editions.

The 2023 Essay Prize will be judged by an editorial committee composed of Joanna Biggs, Brian Dillon, Joanna Kavenna, Max Porter and Jacques Testard. The judges are looking for proposals for essays that explore and expand the possibilities of the essay form, with no restrictions on theme or subject matter. The prize aims to find the best emerging essay writers and to give them a chance to develop and showcase their talent. It also provides the winner with their first experience of publishing a book, from the planning, research and writing of it through to the editing, production and publicity stages.

More Information here:
fitzcarraldoeditions.com
Deadline: 25th March 2023

The Ginkgo Prize

The Ginkgo Prize is a major international award for ecopoetry, funded by the Edward Goldsmith Foundation and organised by the Poetry School. Every year, the competition awards £8,000 in prize money, provides writers’ residencies for the winners, and supports the development of ecopoetry through a programme of free workshops, and a series of incisive essays by leading ecological writers. The award, initially called the Resurgence Prize, was first presented in 2015. It has been run by the Poetry School since 2017 and was relaunched as the Ginkgo Prize in 2018.

More Information here:
ginkgoprize.com
Deadline: 31st March 2023

époque press

We are now open for submissions to the next edition of our é-zine on the theme… We will all have experienced the feeling of menace at some point in our lives and for us it certainly feels that we are surrounded by menace now more than ever before. There is the personal feeling of menace, when you are made to feel threatened or scared by an individual, and also the collective feeling of menace caused by ideological political policies, war, targeted threats or discrimination towards minority groups and the global existential feeling of menace caused by the climate crisis. Then there is the feeling of menace that can be invoked through a sense of place, that tingling feeling at the back of your neck or the shiver up your spine, an irrational feeling of discomfort. What does menace mean to you?

More Information here:
www.epoquepress.com
Deadline: 31st March

Fiction Factory

Have you completed the first draft of your novel? Are you ready to pass it on to a fresh pair of eyes, to see if you are on the right track? Is your all-important first chapter ready for submission to an agent? Whatever your plans, your first chapter must shine – it must grab your readers or quickly lose their interest.

  • Deadline: 31 March, 2023
  • Maximum length: 5000 words
  • First Prize: £500 + an appraisal and a reading by a top London Literary Agent
  • Entry Fee: £18
  • Appraisals: For an extra fee, we will write a comprehensive appraisal of your chapter

Results will be published in August, 2023

More Information here:
fiction-factory.biz
Deadline: 17th April 2023

Women’s Prize for Playwriting

The Women’s Prize for Playwriting showcases vivid, expansive and exquisitely crafted new plays by female and non-binary writers in the UK and Ireland.

Each year, the Prize seeks out, celebrates and champions the best new work from writers at all levels of experience. We’re interested in plays that rejoice in the depth and range of your imagination, that feast on dramatic possibility and are ambitious on all scales and subjects.

We’ve designed the criteria of the Prize to allow you to write exactly the play you want, unhampered by restrictions or limitations. Whoever you are, and however much or little you’ve written in the past, the Women’s Prize for Playwriting team wants to read your work. Good luck!

More Information here:
womensprizeforplaywriting.co.uk
Deadline: 31st May 2023

The Rooney Prize for Irish Literature 2023

The Rooney Prize for Irish Literature is for an outstanding body of work by an emerging Irish writer under forty years of age. The Rooney Prize for Irish Literature is valued at €10,000. The prize has been awarded annually since 1976, through the generosity of the late Dr Daniel Rooney, and of his wife Patricia. (Dr Rooney served as Ambassador of the United States of America to Ireland.) The Trinity Oscar Wilde Centre is deeply honoured that Dr Peter Rooney, their nephew, is the new benefactor of the Rooney Prize, continuing the Rooney family’s long association with Irish Literature and support for ‘the longest-established literary prize’. Since 1976 the prize has achieved renown as one of the most distinguished of Irish literary awards.

The Prize will be adjudicated by a panel of judges according to the Rooneys’ wishes, and administered by the Trinity Oscar Wilde Centre for Creative Writing in the School of English, Trinity College Dublin. Seán Hewitt was awarded the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature 2022, for his debut collection of poetry, Tongues of Fire and his memoir, All Down Darkness Wide. The prize-winner was selected by a committee drawn from the School of English and the wider Irish literary and critical community.

The selection committee for the Rooney Prize comprises: Jonathan Williams, Literary Agent (Chair); Michael Cronin, Director of Trinity Centre for Literary and Cultural Translation and Professor of French, TCD; Martina Devlin, author, broadcaster and political commentator; Carlo Gébler, novelist, playwright and prison teacher, TCD; Sinéad Mac Aodha, Executive Director of Literature Ireland; and Rita Sakr, Assistant Professor of English Maynooth University.

The prize ‘it should be noted’ is awarded for a body of work that the committee considers shows outstanding promise. A single exceptional work may warrant an award, but the committee will be keen to consider writers who have begun to establish an oeuvre. As a publisher, you may wish to bring to our attention the work of a writer whom you feel should be considered for the prize.

More Information here:
www.poetryireland.ie
Deadline: 31st August 2023

The Anthology Short Story Competition

The Anthology Short Story Competition is now open for entries. Established to recognise and encourage creative writing and provide a platform for publication, this short story competition is open to original and previously unpublished short stories in the English language by a writer of any nationality, living anywhere in the world. There is no restriction on theme or style. Stories submitted must not exceed the maximum of 1,500 words. Writers can submit as many entries as they wish. Each submission will require a separate entry form and is subject to a separate entry fee.

More Information here:
anthology-magazine.com
Deadline: Ongoing

The Moth

All of the poetry and fiction published in The Moth is unsolicited. We are delighted to receive previously unpublished work from anywhere in the world. We are very happy to look at work in translation (as long as you have the consent of the author). We cannot offer feedback on any work submitted. Copyright remains with the author. Some work published in the magazine may also appear on our website. Please wait to hear from us before you send us more work.

More Information here:
www.themothmagazine.com
Deadline: Ongoing

PN Review

PN Review considers submissions in hard copy form only (unless you are an individual subscriber to the magazine, in which case electronic submissions, word files rather than PDFs, will be considered). Writers wishing to send work should familiarise themselves with PN Review. Submissions should generally not exceed fifteen double-spaced pages of work (prose) or four poems/five pages (verse in English or translation). Copies of the original texts should accompany translations where possible. We discourage simultaneous submissions. Writers wishing to propose projects should send a synopsis and covering letter, with sample pages, having first ascertained from the website that the kind of proposal is suitable for PN Review.

We publish no short stories, children’s prose/poetry and very little non-poetry related work (academic, biography etc.) at the current time. We are not considering fiction in English or in translation at this time.

More Information here:
www.pnreview.co.uk
Deadline: Ongoing

Poetry Ireland Review

Poetry Ireland Review is published three times annually. We welcome unsolicited submissions of poems, and proposals for articles and reviews, from Ireland and abroad, in Irish or English. We actively encourage submissions from women and people from diverse ethnic backgrounds, who are currently under-represented in the submissions we receive throughout the year. All submissions are read by the editor, but due to the huge (and welcome!) volume of submissions, we cannot offer any individual criticism. We accept postal submissions, although our preferred means of submission is online through our Submittable form.

Cuireann Éigse Éireann fáilte roimh iarratais i nGaeilge. Is féidir iad a sheoladh go díreach chuig pir@poetryireland.ie i gceangaltán Word.

More Information here:
www.poetryireland.ie
Deadline: Ongoing

The Poetry Review

The Poetry Review, founded in 1912, is the magazine of the Poetry Society, UK, and has a long-standing policy of publishing the very best work by new, up and coming poets, and established poets. All submissions are read by the editor and considered on an equal basis. Unfortunately, due to the volume of submissions we receive, we cannot offer any individual criticism. Our aim is to accept or reject work within three months – but please read, and follow, the submission guidelines below, in order to facilitate our response.

More Information here:
poetrysociety.org.uk
Deadline: Ongoing

The Dublin Review

The Dublin Review welcomes submissions of fiction and non-fiction previously unpublished in the English language. We do not accept poetry submissions. We especially encourage submissions from members of groups traditionally underrepresented in literary magazines and other cultural forums.

More Information here:
thedublinreview.com
Deadline: Ongoing

Spellweaver

Spellweaver is a new Cork based online and print journal dedicated to supporting new and emerging writers, particularly in the Fantasy genre. We accept stories and poetry, anything with a hint of the unreal. Submissions are open year-round. Contributors will be paid.

More Information here:
www.spellweaverlit.com
Deadline: Ongoing

The Irish Pages

Submissions can be made at any time. For a variety of reasons, we accept only postal submissions (with stamps, coupons or cash for return postage, though no self-addressed envelope is needed). We advise all potential contributors to read carefully the ABOUT section of this website and, if possible, to familiarize themselves with a copy of the journal. It is available at independent booksellers and several chain bookshops throughout Ireland and Great Britain. Back issues may also be purchased online via this website. No more than eight poems or two prose pieces should be submitted at one time, or within any six-month period. The Editors aim to respond within eight months. If work is accepted, an electronic copy may be requested.

More Information here:
irishpages.org
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