Deadline: 1st November 2021

Loft Books: Short Story Competition

Previously unpublished. Maximum of 3000 words. Deadline 1st November. Winners announced in December. Prize money £100 and printed in our anthology.

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Deadline: 5th November 2021

The Francis Ledwidge Poetry Award

The Francis Ledwidge International Poetry Award 2021 is open until 5 November 2021.

1st Prize is the Ledwidge plaque (a keepsake) inscribed with the winner’s name, as well as a cash prize. There are cash prizes and books for second and third place and merit certificates for finalists. In addition, the winner will be invited to read at the annual Francis Ledwidge Commemoration at the National War Memorial Gardens in July 2022.

Rules: The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into following the results; entry implies compliance with this rule. Poems must be the competitor’s own work and must not have been previously published or broadcast. Poems should not exceed 40 lines of type.

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Deadline: 14th November 2021

Interpreter’s House: Issue 76

The Interpreter’s House publishes new poetry and short fiction. The editorial team welcome dare and rigour, work that destabilises cultural or stylistic classification and boundaries. We want to read writing that surprises us; writing that makes us sit up straight and think. Before submitting to us, do take some time to read our existing issues.

Fiction and poetry submission windows for October issues are open 1 April – 14 May inclusive. Submission windows for April issues are open 1 October – 14 November inclusive.

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Deadline: 15th November 2021

2022 Republic of Consciousness Prize for Small Presses

Books published in the calendar year 2021 are eligible, and submissions close in November 2021. The prize is open to works of fiction by a single author published by a small press in the UK and Ireland with five or fewer full-time employees or equivalent. We are the only prize in the UK that welcomes long form, short form, English language and translated fiction.

Over the past five years the prize has recognised 38 small presses from 13 towns and cities in the UK and Ireland, and awarded over £60,000 in prize-money to publishers and authors in that time. Last year half of the £20,000 prize fund was awarded to the long list, with the other half distributed among the shortlist – a literary prize first.

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Deadline: 16th November 2021

Sycamore Review: Wabash Prize in Fiction & Poetry 2021

We are offering sliding scale submissions this year so that more people are able to submit. With a $16 submission fee, you’ll receive a free back issue. With a $20 submission fee, you’ll receive a copy of the prize issue. If you are a Black, Indigenous, and/or Trans writer, please email to request a fee waiver.

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Deadline: 29th November 2021

Poetry Aloud Competition 2021

Poetry Aloud,  an annual poetry speaking competition for post-primary students on the island of Ireland, is open for virtual entries from schools. The competition, which has run since 2006 and has involved thousands of students in that time, has changed its structure for 2020 and 2021 due to the challenges presented by Covid-19.

The first round consists of a virtual competition in lieu of on-site regional heats. Participating teachers can select three students to represent their school from any of the three categories (Junior, Intermediate and Senior) and can submit video recording of the students speaking their prescribed poem (professional recording not required). Poetry Aloud is organised by Poetry Ireland and the National Library of Ireland in partnership with University College Cork.

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Deadline: 30th November 2021

Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition

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 2021

No Parties Magazine: Issue 2 & 3

After our first successful issue on the theme of work, we are opening our call to all submissions. We want essays and fiction that are based on what you want to write about. Your submission will be considered for two issues next year. No age limits or previous experience required. We are open to artists who practice all styles and genres, from the traditional narrative to the avant-garde.

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Deadline: 30th November 2021

Broken Sleep Books: Poetry Pamphlet Submissions

We have no definitive preference for what are looking for, we enjoy a variety of genres and styles and consider anything. If it’s good enough for us we’ll take it. We are fine with previously published work in a book, but it isn’t essential, and should preferably not be more than 50% of the full MS. We are happy to look at translations – but keep in mind that we do facing-page and would require both the original language and the translated language.

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Deadline: 30th November 2021

Unbound Firsts

Unbound Firsts is our new imprint for debut writers of colour – offering two writers a publishing deal, writing fee and quality 1-2-1 support from Unbound’s team throughout the process.

The four shortlisted writers will be offered a manuscript assessment report, a 1-2-1 with an editor and an invite to our publishing insights workshop. Applications are open until 30 November 2021 and we’ll be announcing the selected writers following a two-stage reading process in March 2022.

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Deadline: 30th November 2021

Banshee Press: Book Submissions

Banshee Press will be open for submissions for book-length works of prose (fiction or nonfiction), by writers from or living in Ireland, between 15-30 November 2021. We are not open to unsolicited book-length projects outside these parameters at present.

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Deadline: 30th November 2021

Crow of Minerva

Crow of Minerva is a new online poetry and art journal welcoming both the traditional and the avant-garde. Poetry submissions are open 1 March to 31 March, 1 August to 31 August, November 1st to November 30th for abstract poems, the experimental, avant-garde etc …. poems which push boundaries. The journal encourages diverse submissions. Submissions of up to the three poems and a short biography can be made through the contact form of the website. We are also open to submissions of academic-type literary essays (heavy on critical analysis), reviews and short stories of no more than five thousand words ALL YEAR ROUND. Submissions to the Young Poet’s Corner are also open all year round.

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Deadline: 30th November 2021

Magma 83: Solitude

“In perfect solitude, there’s fire”, writes Grace Schulman in her poem, ‘American Solitude’. But how can we understand the bounds and power of solitude, and what is this alchemical fire of which Schulman speaks? In fact – considering the last two-ish years of social distancing, lockdowns, and (for some) self-isolation, due to the COVID-19 pandemic – to what extent is our global society seeking solitude, and to what extent are we trying to escape it? What tension is birthed when solitude shifts from a seclusion chosen freely to a confinement on which our lives depend? For this issue of Magma, we are seeking poems which explore our ever-changing understanding and experiences of solitude, especially in light of the ongoing pandemic.

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Deadline: 8th December 2021

Stony Thursday Poetry Book

The Stony Thursday Book is seeking submissions from local, national and international poets for its next issue, to be published in Spring 2022. It was founded by Limerick poets John Liddy and Jim Burke in 1975, and has been edited by poets such as Mark Whelan, Kevin Byrne, Patrick Bourke, Knute Skinner, Thomas McCarthy, Ciarán O’Driscoll, Mary Coll, Jo Slade, Paddy Bushe, Peter Sirr, Mary O’Donnell, John Davies, Nessa O’Mahony and Martin Dyar.

The Stony Thursday Book is one of the longest-running literary journals in Ireland and this will be its 44th edition, No.18 in the new series. This year’s Editor of the Stony Thursday Poetry Book is Annemarie Ní Churreáin.

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Deadline: 15th December 2021

Munster Literature Centre: Fees-free Poetry Workshop for the Economically Disadvantaged

The Munster Literature Centre is offering a poetry workshop series for the economically disadvantaged. Individuals who identify as working-class, minority ethnic, disabled and LGBTQIA are especially welcome to apply for places, although places may not be offered exclusively to such candidates. Applicants must be unwaged, with no income, or receiving social welfare payments.

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Deadline: 31st January 2022

Gingko Prize for Poetry

We’re international and ANYONE can enter a poem written in the English language (no prior credits necessary). This year will be judged by author and poet Camille T. Dungy, poet and naturalist Anna Selby, and activist and writer Sara Hudston. First prize: £5,000, second prize: £2,000, third prize: £1,000. With an additional £500 prize for the ‘Best Poem of Landscape’ sponsored by AONB. In addition the winner will receive a residency (location to be confirmed).

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Deadline: 30th December 2021

Green Stories: Novel Competition

Length: Typically novels are 70,000 – 100, 000 words. Submit three chapters (minimum of 4000 words, maximum 10,000 words) as one document that must include the following:

  • the first chapter
  • another chapter that best showcases how your novel meets the green stories criteria
  • a third chapter (suggest the final chapter if possible)
  • a one-page synopsis (name and contact details optional – we can identify via submission page)
    You can submit more than three chapters if you need to, in order to make up to 4,000 words. We may then ask for the full novel from the best entries.

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Deadline: 31st December 2021

ROPES Journal: 30th Edition

ROPES Literary Journal is published annually by students of the MA in Literature and Publishing at NUI Galway. This year, the journal will be celebrating its 30th year of publication. When ROPES started out, initial editions focused on Irish politics, history, and literature. Over the years, the journal began to include works of fiction, the first being featured in 1998. More recently, the journal has endeavored to include a wider array of material, ranging from poetry and non-fiction to visual art.

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Deadline: 31st December 2021

The Moth Poetry Prize

The Moth Poetry Prize is one of the biggest prizes in the world for a single unpublished poem. The prize is open to anyone, as long as the poem is previously unpublished, and each year it attracts thousands of entries from new and established poets from over 50 countries worldwide. The four shortlisted poems appear in the spring issue of The Moth, and the overall winner will be announced at a special award ceremony at Poetry Ireland in Dublin in the spring of 2022. The overall winner will receive €6,000, while the three remaining shortlisted poets will each receive €1,000 and a further eight poets will receive monetary awards of €250. Somali-British writer, poet, and first Young Poet Laureate of London, Warsan Shire will judge this year’s entries.

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Deadline: 31st December 2021

Channel: Issue 6

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.

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Deadline: 31st December 2021

The Sylvia Plath Prize

Competition Judges: Sarah Corbett and Ian Humphreys (co-editors of After Sylvia – their biographies are on the homepage).Each poem should be no more than 40 lines in length and respond to one of five themes:

  • Nature
  • Magic
  • Mothers & Fathers
  • Womanhood
  • Rebirth

Winning and highly commended poems will be published in After Sylvia (Nine Arches Press) – an anthology of poems and essays celebrating Sylvia Plath, featuring contributions from leading poets and scholars, and due in October, 2022.

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Deadline: 21st January 2022

Cúirt New Writing Prize 2022

The Cúirt New Writing Prize, kindly sponsored by Tigh Neachtain in memory of Lena McGuire, is now open for submissions. There are two categories: poetry & short fiction. The winner in each category will be awarded a  €500 cash prize and the opportunity to read at the 37th annual Cúirt International Festival of Literature which will take place in Galway between Wednesday, 6th and Sunday, 10th April 2022. This year we are delighted to announce that Poet Gail McConnell will judge the poetry prize and author Lisa McInerney will judge the short Fiction.

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Deadline: 20th February 2022

New Worlds, New Voices: A Books Beyond NI Anthology

New Worlds, New Voices seeks submissions from previously undiscovered writers in Northern Ireland and Ireland, with a focus on the representation of multicultural identity through the genres of fantasy, sci-fi and horror writing. With this in mind, we welcome writers across the island of Ireland who are yet to publish their first full collection of work (manuscript, poetry collection, art book etc) to submit any of the following:

Up to 2 short stories (max 6000 words each)
Up to 3 pieces of poetry (max 60 lines each)
Up to 3 pieces of art (high resolution images)

Submissions may be a mix of the above. Work should be previously unpublished in print or online, and submissions are encouraged from writers from traditionally unrepresented backgrounds.

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Deadline: 31st March 2022

2022 International Rubery Book Award

The Rubery Prize is a prestigious international book award seeking the best books by indie writers, self published authors and books published by independent presses, judged by reputable judges. Creative writing is such a key part of life for those who enjoy writing yet it is increasingly difficult to become traditionally published. Through our reputation of finding quality and outstanding books we aim to bring recognition to the works that win and heighten an author’s profile.

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Deadline: 1st April 2022

The Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize 2022

Awarded for the best piece of writing on the theme of the Alpine Fellowship 2022 – announced in January 2022.

The winner receives a £10,000 cash prize. A £3,000 cash prize will go to the second place, and £2,000 to the third place runner up. The winner and two runners up are invited to attend the symposium.

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