Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities
The latest writing competitions and submissions windows for writers.
Deadline: 28th November 2023
The Stinging Fly Magazine
The Stinging Fly is a Dublin-based print magazine and small press. Our mission is to seek out, nurture, publish and promote the very best new writers and new writing. The Stinging Fly will next be open for general submissions from Monday November 13th until midnight Irish time on Tuesday November 28th. Submissions received during this period will be read for our Summer 2024 issue.
More Information here:stingingfly.submittable.com
Deadline: 30th November 2023
Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition
The Munster Literature Centre are now accepting submissions to the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition. It costs €7 to enter one poem or €30 to enter five poems. There is a line limit of 40 lines per poem and there is no limit on style or subject.
All winners and runners up will be published in the MLC’s literary journal Southword and there is quite a large prize purse on offer with €2000 up for grab as the first prize.
Mary O’Donnell has recently been announced as this year’s judge.
You can find out more information on their website.
More Information here:munsterlit.ie
Deadline: 30th November 2023
The London Magazine
This storied and prestigious British literary periodical is open for submissions from the 1st to the 30th of November. They accept Short Fiction, Non-Fiction and Poetry. Short Fiction should be less than 4000 words in length. Non- Fiction pieces should be in between 800 and 2000 words. Poems should be no longer than 40 lines.
You can find more information on their website.
More Information here:thelondonmagazine.org
Deadline: 30th November 2023
As a new independent publisher époque press are seeking out strong new voices representing the very best in literary fiction. We publish adult literary fiction (novels and short story collections) and do not currently consider other genres such as children’s fiction, poetry, memoir or fantasy.
More Information here:www.epoquepress.com
Deadline: 31st November 2023
The Anthology Travel Writing Competition
Established for writers who like to share authentic travel experiences and to provide a platform for publication. The Anthology Travel Writing Competition is open to original and previously unpublished travel articles in the English language by writers of any nationality, living anywhere in the world. We are looking for an engaging article that will capture the reader’s attention, conveying a strong sense of the destination and the local culture.
Open to both new and established writers, articles submitted must not exceed 1,000 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: 31st December 2023
The Moth Poetry Prize 2023
With a 1st prize of €6000 and three runner up prizes of €1000, the Moth poetry prize is one of the biggest prizes in the world for a single unpublished poem. On top of that the four shortlisted poems will appear in the Irish Times online.
There is no line limit and the poems can be on any subject. It costs €15 to enter one poem. This prestigious prize has been judged in the past by the likes of Nick Laird, Claudia Rankine and Nobel Laureate Louise Glück. This year’s judge is Hannah Sullivan.
More Information here:www.themothmagazine.com
Deadline: 29th January 2024
Cúirt New Writing Prize
There are three categories for the Cúirt New Writing Prize: poetry, short fiction and short fiction and poetry in Irish.
The winner in each category will be awarded a €500 cash prize as well as the opportunity to perform at the Cúirt International Festival of Literature in April 2024.
The judges for this year are Sara Baume for short fiction, Elaine Feeney for poetry and Doireann Ní Ghríofa for Irish language poetry and short fiction.
More Information here:www.cuirt.ie
Deadline: 31st January 2024
New Writers Flash Fiction Competition 2024
This flash fiction contest has a big purse with a top prize of £1,000, a second prize of £300 and a third prize of £200.
The word limit is 300 so it’s about as flash as you can get and it only costs £10 to enter.
The three winning entries will also be published on the New Writers website.
More Information here:newwriters.org.uk
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
Poetry Ireland Review
Poetry Ireland Review is published three times annually. Poetry Ireland welcome unsolicited submissions of poems, and proposals for articles and reviews, from Ireland and abroad, in Irish or English.
Cuireann Éigse Éireann fáilte roimh iarratais i nGaeilge. Is féidir iad a sheoladh go díreach chuig firstname.lastname@example.org i gceangaltán Word.
More Information here:www.poetryireland.ie
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
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
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
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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