Deadline: 4th May 2022

2022 Bristol Short Story Award

The 2022 Bristol Short Story Prize is open for entries. The competition is open to all writers around the world whether published or unpublished, UK or non-UK based. The closing date for entries is midnight (BST) May 4th, 2022. 20 stories will be shortlisted and published in Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 15. The winner and 2 runners up will be selected from the shortlist and announced at an awards ceremony in October 2022. 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.

More Information here:
www.bristolprize.co.uk
Deadline: 6th May 2022

Goldsmith Poetry Competition

Once again our Poetry Competition for 2022 is kindly sponsored by Nally Bros, Main Hyundai dealers Nallys Circle K Forecourt. The deadline for entries is Friday May 6th, 2022 and the winners will be announce at the”Poetry at Pallas” event on Sunday June 5th at 3.30pm.

More Information here:
olivergoldsmithfestival.com
Deadline: 6th May 2022

Trócaire Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition 2022

Trócaire’s annual poetry competition, in association with Poetry Ireland, uses the arts to raise awareness about the leading global justice issues of our time. The annual competition opens for entries in spring each year. The competition is open to published poets, unpublished poets and spoken word poets.

More Information here:
www.poetryireland.ie
Deadline: 8th May 2022

South Dublin Libraries Poetry Competition 2022

South Dublin Libraries are delighted to run its annual Poetry Competition for another year. Last year was our best yet and, despite Covid restrictions, we received submissions from over 200 poets in the Dublin area. Our criteria are the same as always: Submit between 08/04 -08/05. Max 40 lines. Must be original and unpublished. All themes, styles, & forms are welcome. Open to poets aged 18 and over.

More Information here:
www.sdcc.ie
Deadline: 10th May 2022

Varuna, Tyrone Guthrie, and Poetry Ireland International Exchange

Poetry Ireland is delighted to partner with Varuna and Tyrone Guthrie Centre on an opportunity for an Irish writer to take part in a four-week residency in Australia in October 2022.

Varuna is Australia’s largest national residency for writers, hosting six writers in residence at any one time. The residency program at Varuna is the only national residency in Australia dedicated to literature. Around 160 writers are hosted each year, offering an inspirational environment for committed writers from all genres to work undisturbed on their projects. Varuna also hosts the annual Blue Mountains Writers’ Festival.

The selected writer will receive airfare to Australia from Ireland, and will be welcomed to the residency for a four-week period in October 2022, when the Blue Mountains Writers Festival is taking place.

More Information here:
www.poetryireland.ie
Deadline: 13th May 2022

Skylight 47: Issue 16

Our next issue will be launched in Autumn 2022. Submissions will be accepted between 1 April 2022 & 13 May 2022 (deadline midnight 13 May).

Note: For this issue we would also be interested in reading poetry from potential candidates for our Open Window project with Cúirt International Literary Festival and Over the Edge.

More Information here:
skylight47poetry.wordpress.com
Deadline: 21st May 2022

Spectrum: Poetry Celebrating Identity

Competition opened on Friday 25th March; closes on Diversity Day (Saturday 21st May). Longlist will be announced at the beginning of August. Shortlist will be announced at the end of August. Entry cost: free. Open to: anyone who wants to talk about their identity. We’re particularly keen to hear from those who do not see their identity represented in traditional or mainstream media. Anywhere in the world, any age.

More Information here:
renardpress.com
Deadline: 22nd May 2022

Creative Future 2022 Writers Award

This year’s theme is How It Started. Your work should respond to the theme, implicitly or explicitly, but we’re looking for quality writing first and foremost. The theme is a creative prompt, not a requirement. Send us your best work!

More Information here:
www.creativefuture.org.uk
Deadline: 31st May 2022

Crannóg Magazine

Crannóg is published in March and September. Submissions will be open in the month of November for the March issue and in the month of May for the September issue. Submissions sent outside these times will not be read.

More Information here:
crannogmagazine.com
Deadline: 31st May 2022

Max Ritvo Poetry Prize

Designed to honor the legacy of one of the most original and accomplished poets to debut in recent years—and to reward outstanding poets for years to come—the Max Ritvo Poetry Prize awards $10,000 and publication by Milkweed Editions to the author of a debut collection of poems. Selected by an independent judge, the prizewinning poet will receive a standard royalty contract, simultaneous publication of the collection in cloth and audiobook editions, national distribution, and a comprehensive marketing and publicity campaign.

More Information here:
milkweed.org
Deadline: 31st May 2022

The Bath Novel Award

Entries are invited from: 1st December 2021 to 31st May 2022. 2022 Judge: Nelle Andrew. Prize: £3,000. Shortlist prize: Manuscript feedback and literary agent introductions. Longlist prize: Edit Your Novel the Professional Way course with Cornerstones Literary Consultancy and Professional Writing Academy. Submissions: First 5,000 words plus one page synopsis of novels for adults or young adults. Entry fee: £29 per novel with sponsored places available for writers on a low income. Eligibility: Open worldwide to unpublished, self-published and independently published writers.

More Information here:
bathnovelaward.co.uk
Deadline: 31st May 2022

Bridport Prize

We are committed to discovering and championing new writers in poetry, short story, flash fiction and the novel. Our alumni read like a Who’s Who of the literary world: Kate Atkinson MBE, Gail Honeyman and Kit de Waal. Judges have included Roger McGough, Monica Ali and Zoe Heller. Our patron is Fay Weldon. Trust us with your words and it really could be your name up here next year.

More Information here:
bridportprize.org.uk
Deadline: 31st May 2022

Frightened Rabbit Anthology

This anthology is a celebration of Frightened Rabbit’s work in both music and community. Their songs inspired many of us to pick up a pen and write, or share our stories and inner lives with others. We are looking for work that engages with the themes of the Frabbit discography: work that takes its cue from a quoted line, a song, a title, a particular performance. Work that processes the memories filtered through music, that delves into the landscapes, emotional topographies and rich imaginaries of the Frabbit world. Work that shows us how the band’s immense legacy continues through our words, and makes tiny changes.

More Information here:
www.brokensleepbooks.com
Deadline: 31st May 2022

International Yeovil Literary Prize 2022

Now in its 20th year, the competition aims to promote creative writing, provide an opportunity for writers in a variety of categories, and raise money for the Yeovil Community Arts Association.

The 2022 categories are:

– Novel.
– Short Story.
– Poetry.
– Children’s or Young Adult Novel.
– Writing Without Restriction.

More Information here:
www.yeovilarts.co.uk
Deadline: 3 June 2022

Write By the Sea Literary Festival (WBTS) 2022 Writing Competitions

Two category winners will be presented with a cash prize of €500 and the overall winner will receive the top cash prize of €1000.

All three winners will receive a beautiful hand-crafted Write By The Sea Festival 2022 Writing Competition trophy and all three winning pieces will be published on the Write By The Sea website.

Each category winner will receive a free weekend ticket to Write By The Sea festival 2022 (Covid-19 restrictions in force at festival time will determine the type of free ticket to be offered).

There are three competition categories:

1. Fiction Short Story (maximum 3,000 words)

2. Flash Fiction (maximum 700 words)

3. Poetry (maximum 40 lines)

More Information here:
writebythesea.ie
Deadline: 10th June 2022

ABRIDGED 0 – 82: AXIS

Abridged is looking for poetry and/or art on the dark horizons we drive towards, the structures, maps and codes that scaffold us and the fear of that our support will disappear or be taken from us. You can send up to three poems on MS Word or similar. Art should be jpeg (or similar) and 300dpi or above. Please enclose a short bio. Please note that this issue is A5 landscape shaped. Send your submission to abridged@ymail.com and the deadline is 10th June 2022.

More Information here:
www.abridged.zone
Deadline: 15th June 2022

Channel Issue 7

We publish new, previously unpublished work that engages with the natural world. We have a particular interest in work which encourages reflection on human interaction with plant and animal life, landscape and the self. Each issue includes a mix of poetry and fiction, alongside a selection of essays which may include creative non-fiction, criticism, and the occasional review of new creative work or of community-based environmental projects. Although based in Ireland, Channel welcomes international submissions. We also welcome submissions in translation. For a deeper look into what we publish, we encourage you to order a copy of our current issue.

More Information here:
channelmag.org
Deadline: 17th June 2022

Michael Hartnett Annual Poetry Award

This is the twentieth year of the Michael Hartnett Poetry Award, which is jointly funded by Limerick Arts Office, Limerick City and County Council and The Arts Council. This year, we are delighted to announce that the value of the prize has been doubled and now stands at €8,000. Each year the award alternates between Irish and English and this year the award will be for a third or subsequent volume of poetry in English.

This year’s adjudicators are poets Kerry Hardie and Peter Sirr, both past recipients of the award. The winning poet will be presented with the Michael Hartnett Poetry Award on October 6th, the opening night of Éigse Michael Hartnett Literary & Arts Festival in Newcastle West, Co. Limerick.

More Information here:
www.limerick.ie
Deadline: 17th June 2022

Poets meet Painters

Poets meet Painters is a competition by Mill Cove Gallery for original, previously unpublished poems in the English language, inspired by the paintings featured on the Mill Cove YouTube Channel at – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCC4vhb4D6oR9QBYAQqHFLkQ,  – or www.millcovegallery.com and on www.kenmare.ie, in any style up to 30 lines long.Poets of all ages, gender or nationality are eligible to enter. Closing date for submissions is the 17th June 2022 and the notification of selected poems will be made on or before Friday 15th July 2022. Prizes: €250 (1st), €150 (2nd), 2(Highly Commended) €50. Submission Fees: €10 for 1, 2, or 3 poems

More Information here:
Deadline: 22nd June 2022

Molly Keane Creative Writing Award 2022

Since 1998 the Arts Office has been running this national annual Creative Writing Award to celebrate the rich literary life of the late Molly Keane.

This is an open competition for people resident on the island of Ireland for a short story. The selection process will be from entries which have been previously unpublished or printed. Entries, which have received awards in other competitions, are also ineligible. It is highly advisable that entries are not currently submitted elsewhere for consideration.

More Information here:
waterford.submit.com
Deadline: 24th June 2022

Frances Browne Literary Festival: Poetry Competition 2022

The Frances Browne Multilingual Poetry Competition welcomes entries in three separate categories: Irish Language; English Language and Ulster-Scots Language.

Entrants may submit an unlimited number of poems, in any of the categories. All entries much be accompanied by either the hard copy entry form, its emailed version, or online equivalent if using the website facility. For hard copy entries – the poems, and payment, should be firmly attached to the entry form. The poems must be typed or very clearly written in black ink on one side of the paper only. The name of the entrant must not appear on the poems themselves.

 

More Information here:
www.francesbrowneliteraryfestival.com
Deadline: 30th June 2022

Fingal Poetry Prize Competition

As part of the Fingal Poetry Festival, due to take place from September 15th – 18th 2022, we are delighted to announce that this year’s Fingal Poetry Prize will be judged by esteemed poet and writer, Iggy McGovern.

Open to national and international writers, entries can be sent from May 1st and will close at midnight on June 30th, 2022. The winner of the Fingal Poetry Prize will receive €500 with awards of €300 and €200 for 2nd and 3rd place.

More Information here:
fingalpoetryfestival.com
Deadline: 30th June 2022

The Moth Short Story Prize

The Moth Short Story Prize is an international prize, open to anyone from anywhere in the world as long as their story is original and previously unpublished. The winners are chosen by a single judge each year, who reads the stories anonymously.

The Prize will be judged this year by Sarah Hall, the prizewinning author of three short story collections and six novels, her most recent being Burntcoat. She is a recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters E. M. Forster Award and Edge Hill Short Story Prize, among others, and the only person ever to have won the BBC National Short Story Award twice. As well as teaching creative writing, Sarah has judged a number of prestigious literary awards, including the Man Booker Prize and the Sunday Times (EFG/Audible).

More Information here:
www.themothmagazine.com
Deadline: 30th June 2021

Poetry London Prize 2022

The competition is open to poets anywhere in the world. Entries must be in English, your own unaided work, and not a translation of another poet. Entries must not have been previously published or self-published, in print or online, or have won a prize in another competition. The maximum length is 80 lines, not including titles or blank lines. Free entries are available for writers on low incomes. Judged by Romalyn Ante.

More Information here:
poetrylondon.co.uk
Early Bird Deadline: 31 July 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. The winner will receive a €500 cash prize and the chance to see their work published in a future issue of Anthology. The winner will also receive a one year subscription to Anthology magazine. 

More Information here:
anthology-magazine.com
Deadline: 8th July 2022

The Shahidah Janjua Poetry Competition

Email and postal entries welcome. Cost of entering the competition is €10 for two poems. 50 lines maximum. Word or PDF format only. Please put your name and contact details on a separate sheet and not on your poem. If using email, please include your name and contact details in a separate attachment. Email your entries to poetrybaf@gmail.com or by post to Ballybunion Arts Festival, Kiltean, Lisselton, V31  A527. Prizes: Competition carries a First Prize of €150, Second Prize €100 and 3rd prize €50. Closing Date 8th July 2022. The competition will be judged anonymously and the winners will be announced at Opening Night of the Ballybunion Arts Festival, 21st July 2022.

More Information here:
www.ballybunionartsfestival.ie
Spriocdháta Iontrála: 1 Iúil 2022

Comórtais Liteartha 2022

Táimid anois ag glacadh le hiontrálacha do Chomórtais Liteartha an Oireachtais 2022. Tá na Comórtais Liteartha mar chuid lárnach d’obair an Oireachtais ó bunaíodh é in 1897, 125 bliain ó shin, agus é mar aidhm acu deiseanna a chur ar fáil don ghréasán scríbhneoirí Gaeilge ar fud an domhan, litríocht agus nua-scríbhneoireacht na Gaeilge a chur chun cinn agus scríbhneoirí óga nua a mhealladh le dul i mbun pinn.

Deadline: 24th August 2022

Ledbury Poetry Competition 2022

The competition is part of the Ledbury Poetry Festival that takes place each July in Ledbury, England. The competition is for original, unpublished poems up to 40 lines. This year’s judge is Joelle Taylor. The competition is international, open to poets writing in the English language.

More Information here:
www.poetry-festival.co.uk
Deadline: 31st August 2022

Anthology Short Story Award

Established to recognise and encourage creative writing and provide a platform for publication, this short story award 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 ‘Courage’ and not exceed the maximum of 1,500 words. Writers can submit as many entries as they wish.

More Information here:
anthology-magazine.com
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.

More Information here:
www.themothmagazine.com
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.

More Information here:
bedfordwritingcompetition.co.uk
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.

More Information here:
anthology-magazine.com
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