Deadline: 21st April, 2024.

Smashing Times Centre

Smashing Times Centre for the Arts and Equality invite submissions to the May 2024 edition of the Smashing Times Newsletter. Our theme this month is ‘Artists Against Fascism’. Art – work produced by creative skill and imagination – can be seen as inherently antithetical to the ideology and practice of fascism. Fascism tends towards violence and repression, art towards common understanding and expression. Art allows for the expression of the universal in the particular, while fascism imposes the particular on the universal.

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Deadline: 21st April 2024

Mirror Lamp Press Call for Pitches: One thing mistaken for another

Mirror Lamp Press is a digital publishing project that explores the intersection of art and literature through the newly commissioned work of artists and writers. They aim to publish writing on and around contemporary art and literature that is well-researched, thoughtful, surprising, playful and sometimes experimental.

They are currently looking for pitches from writers for Issue 9: One thing mistaken for another. This issue will explore errors of perception, the interplay between intention and accident, mistaken identity, and the discoveries that arise from misunderstandings. Responses can directly engage with the theme or take a more abstract approach. They can be in the form of creative nonfiction, reactions to exhibitions or objects, reflections on places, or take the form of poems, essays, or experimental texts.

Selected writers will receive €500 to develop their pitch into a text ranging from 1500 to 2000 words.

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Deadline: 31st May 2024

The Bridport Prize

With categories in Poetry, Short Story, Flash Fiction and the Novel as well as a list of previous winners that includes Kit de Waal and Kate Atkinson, the Bridport Prize is one of the most exciting creative writing competitions you could submit to right now. This year Wendy Erskine will judge the short story category, Liz Berry will judge Poetry, Jasmine Sawers judges Flash Fiction and Ross Raisin will judge the Novel. Applications close on the 31st of May so make sure to check out their website for rules and instructions on how to apply.

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Deadline: 21st June 2024

Write By the Sea Writing Competition

Part of the Write By the Sea literature festival this lovely competition has been running for years.

There are four competition categories:

1. Fiction Short Story (maximum 2,500 words)

2. Flash Fiction (maximum 700 words)

3. Poetry (maximum 40 lines)

4. Memoir/Personal Essay (maximum 1,000 words)

The winner of each category will receive a cash prize of €500 and a free weekend pass to Write By The Sea festival 2024. All four winning pieces will be published on the Write By The Sea website. The runners-up in each category will receive €300 and third place will receive €200.

Entrants can submit as many entries as they wish at €10 per entry, or enter 3 pieces, in the same or different genres, for €25.

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Deadline: 1st July 2024

The Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize

This prize supports writers who have not yet published a book-length work, with no limits on age, gender, nationality, or background. The winners of each category will receive a £1,000 cash prize and publication in Wasafiri magazine. All winners and shortlisted writers will be offered the Chapter and Verse or Free Reads mentoring scheme in partnership with The Literary Consultancy (dependent on eligibility), and a conversation with The Good Literary Agency to discuss their career progression.

There are three categories: Life Writing, Poetry and Fiction.

No entry may exceed 3,000 words.

It costs £12 per entry.

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Deadline: ongoing

Guernica / a magazine of art & politics

Founded online in 2004, Guernica is an award-winning 501(c)3 non-profit magazine focused on the intersection of arts and politics. A home for incisive ideas and necessary questions, Guernica publish memoir, reporting, interviews, commentary, poetry, fiction, and multimedia journalism exploring identity, conflict, culture, justice, science, and beyond. They offer honoraria of $50 for poetry, $100 for original essays, and $150 for original fiction and for reportage/journalism.

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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. 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 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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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.

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Deadline: Ongoing


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.

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