Deadline: 6th September 2022

Sans. PRESS: Into Chaos

From Aug 2nd to Sept 6th, we are open for short story submissions for our new collection, INTO CHAOS! We are looking for stories of all genres that respond to our title and/or cover art, and selected writers will receive a flat rate of €150 for accepted submissions.

What calling would be strong enough for one to step into darkness?

When heading into the unknown, the path is always lined by warnings – and yet, time and time again, characters barrel down that road, daring and unafraid. What is it that drives them on, despite all odds? Is it fear or is it desire? The need to escape or the siren song of adventure?

And, perhaps more importantly, what will they find when they lift the veil and peer beyond?

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Deadline: 12th September 2022

Red Line Festival Poetry Competition 2022

Red Line Festival is calling on aspiring poets to submit their work for the 2022 Red Line Festival poetry competition. Now in its tenth year, the prestigious Red Line Poetry Competition attracts hundreds of entries from all across the island of Ireland annually. This year, Red Line Festival is honoured to have award-winning poet Jessica Traynor judge the competition entries.

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Deadline: 15th September 2022

The Moth Nature Writing Prize

The Moth Nature Writing Prize aims to encourage and celebrate the art of nature writing. It is awarded annually to an unpublished piece of prose or poetry which best combines exceptional literary merit with an exploration of the writer’s relationship with the natural world.

The prize is open to anyone over the age of sixteen, as long as the work is original and previously unpublished.

Each year a single judge is asked to choose one winner from entries worldwide, to feature in the winter issue of The Moth. The winner receives €1,000 and a week at Circle of Misse in France. The inaugural judge in 2020 was Richard Mabey.

Max Porter’s Sunday Times bestseller Lanny was longlisted for the Booker Prize and the Wainwright Prize and shortlisted for the Waterstones and Foyles Book of the Year. His first novel, Grief is the Thing with Feathers, won the Sunday Times/Peter, Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year and the Dylan Thomas Prize, and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Goldsmiths Prize. A theatre production, directed by Enda Walsh and starring Cillian Murphy was performed in Dublin, London and New York.

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Deadline: 16th September 2022

Fiction & Poetry Competition

Our competitions are designed to recognise and reward talented writers who, in the footsteps of William Allingham, seek to launch or further their careers. The Allingham Festival includes competitions for adult writers of poetry and flash fiction, and also competitions for children.

The top prize in both Flash Fiction and Poetry is €300. First-, Second- and Third-Place Winners will be invited to read their winning entries in an awards ceremony during the Festival. Flash Fiction will be judged by acclaimed novelist and short-story writer Mia Gallagher and the judge for the poetry competition is prize-winning poet, Kate Ennals.

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Deadline: 16th September 2022

New England Review: Tribute to Eavan Boland

New England Review seeks writing by those born in Ireland or long-term residents of the country for “The Door Left Wide: A Tribute to Eavan Boland” edited by Shara Lessley. Although poetry submissions needn’t be in direct conversation with Boland’s oeuvre, they should reflect her interest in the tensions between history and lived experience. What is being discovered, resisted, remembered in Ireland? Whom from the margins must we, as Boland suggests, “restore to the poetic center”? How are conventional perspectives about landscape, class, queerness, art, identity, myth, empire, history, elegy, migration, technology, or the domestic being collapsed? Can obstacles become poetic collaborators? Where does beauty reside? Where does power? Please send no more than four previously unpublished poems (10 pages max). We are also accepting short remembrances of Eavan Boland, or essays that explicate personal relationships with one of her poems (up to 800 words). NER welcomes submissions by established and emerging writers, including those under-represented in Irish literature. Cover letters should include a sentence verifying your relationship to Ireland. Deadline 9/15/22. No previously published submissions. Publication expected in 2023. 

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Deadline: 23rd September 2022

The Michael Marks Awards

The Michael Marks Poetry Award recognises an outstanding poetry pamphlet published in the UK between September 18th 2021 and the closing date of September 23rd 2022. The judges will take into account the quality of the pamphlet as well as the poetry, but the latter will be of most importance.

Prize: The winning poet will receive a cheque for £5,000. They will also be given the opportunity to be Poet in Residence with the Harvard Alumni Association/Center for Hellenic Studies ‘Spring Break to Greece’. The residency will take place in spring/summer 2023, exact date to be confirmed.

The Michael Marks Publishers’ Award recognises an outstanding UK publisher of poetry in pamphlet form, based on their publishing programme between September 18th 2021 and the closing date of September 23rd 2022. The judges will take into account the publishers’ philosophy, aims, plans, design ethos and marketing strategy as well as the quality of the poetry and physical pamphlets.

Prize: The winning publisher will receive a cheque for £5,000.

The Michael Marks Illustration Award will recognise outstanding illustration of a poetry pamphlet published between September 18th 2021 and the closing date of September 23rd 2022. The judge will consider illustration in any medium and will be looking for a subtle and sustained relationship between image and text, as well as the overall quality of the images.

Prize: The winning illustrator will receive a cheque for £1,000.

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Deadline: 30th September 2022

Patricia Eschen Prize for Poetry 2022

The 2022 competition does not have a theme – poems can be on any subject that kindles your imagination, to a maximum line length of 40 lines for each poem. The competition is open to international entries, entry is free and limited to one poem per individual. Poems must be written in the English language.

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Deadline: 16th October 2022

Rattle Mag: Tribute to Irish Poets

Our Spring 2023 issue will feature a Tribute to Irish Poets. Poems may be written on any subject, in any style or length, but the poet must identify as Irish and have lived in Ireland for a significant portion of their life. Our intention is to highlight and connect with the contemporary poetry scene in Ireland. Translations from the Irish language are welcome, but all submissions should be in English.

Deadline: 31st October 2022

The Bedford Competition

We are now accepting entries for the 2022 short story and poetry competitions. Please ensure that you read the rules before submitting your entry. In particular do not exceed the maximum word count for stories or line count for poems. None of your personal details should be included within your story or poem, the entry form is the only place where these should appear.

Work is continuing on the publication of the anthology of the shortlisted and winning entries from the 2021 competitions. This will be available, at a small charge, through all the major booksellers and through our website. All net proceeds received from these sales will be donated to charity.

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Deadline: 31st October 2022

Anthology Poetry Award

Established to recognise and encourage excellence in the craft of poetry writing and to provide a platform for publication, the Poetry Award is open to original and previously unpublished poems in the English language. Entries are invited from poets of all nationalities, living anywhere in the world. Poems submitted must be on the theme of ‘Dreams’ and should not exceed 40 lines. There is no limit to entries per person.

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Deadline: 31st October 2022

National Poetry Competition 2022

The National Poetry Competition, run annually by The Poetry Society since 1978, is one of the most prestigious poetry competitions for a single unpublished poem. Open to all poets worldwide aged 18 or over. With a top prize of £5,000, this year’s judges are Greta Stoddart, Jason Allen-Paisant and Michael Symmons Roberts.

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Deadline: 31st October 2022

The Barbellion Prize

The Barbellion Prize, now in its third year, is an international literary award dedicated to the furtherance of ill and disabled voices in writing. The prize is awarded annually to an author whose published work best represents the experience of chronic illness and/or disability. It was won this year by the Irish author Lynn Buckle for her novel What Willow Says. The prize was founded by Jake Goldsmith and named in tribute to the English diarist W.N.P. Barbellion who wrote eloquently on his life with multiple sclerosis before his death in 1919.

The work can be of any genre: fiction, memoir, biography, poetry, or critical non-fiction – whether it is in English, in translation, traditionally published, or self-published.
The author is chronically ill, deaf, or disabled.
Authors can be of any nationality, resident in any country.

​Prize: £1000.00 sterling

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Deadline: 31st October 2022

The Letter Review Prizes for Short Stories and Poetry

Letter Review is offering $1000 USD total prize pool in a competition for short stories between 400 – 3000 words. No genre or theme restrictions. 1st: $600 USD, 2nd: $250 USD, and 3rd: $150 USD. All winners receive publication at Letter Review. Twenty entries will be longlisted, who have the option to discuss publication at Letter Review.

Letter Review is offering $1100 USD total Prize pool in a competition for poems of not more than 70 lines. No subject or style restrictions. Open to writers from anywhere in the world who are over 14. First Prize is $1000 USD and publication at Letter Review. Second and Third Prizes are $50 USD each, and publication. Twenty entries will be longlisted, who have the option to discuss publication at Letter Review.

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Deadline: 30th November 2022

Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition

Line limit: 40
Closing date: 30th November (midnight)
Entry fee: €7 per poem or €30 for a batch of five

The competition is open to original, unpublished and unbroadcast poems in the English language of 40 lines or fewer. The poem can be on any subject, in any style, by a writer of any nationality, living anywhere in the world. Translated work is not in the scope of this competition. Once entered, no alterations can be made to the submission. Simultaneous submissions are accepted but please notify us immediately should your work be accepted elsewhere.

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Deadline 30th November 2022

New Writers Flash Fiction Competition 2022

– First Prize £700, Second Prize £200, Third Prize £100.
– Accepting stories of up to 300 words on any subject or theme.
– Open to writers from anywhere in the world but entries must be written in English.
– Entry fee: £6.00 per entry.
– £1.00 from each entry will be donated to First Story, England’s leading creative writing charity for young people

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Deadline: 1st December 2022

Mandrake Journal

Mandrake is an online journal of Gothic, supernatural, weird, and horror writing publishing fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Mandrake is concerned with the exploration of philosophical pessimism through gothic and horror narratives, as seen in the work of Thomas Ligotti, and seeks to publish stories that might be categorised under the headings cosmic, body, and/or existential horror.

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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.

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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 i gceangaltán Word.

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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.

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