Friday, 1 August 2014

New Roscommon Writing Award 2014

Do you have connections to Roscommon? Here's one for you.
The NEW ROSCOMMON WRITING AWARD 2014 is organised by the Roscommon Writer-in-Residence scheme, which is funded by Roscommon County Council and The Arts Council and supported by the Roscommon Herald, the Roscommon People and by Shannonside FM.

The winner will receive a monetary prize of €500 and will have their winning entry printed in the Roscommon Herald and the Roscommon People. It will also be broadcast on Shannonside FM. 
Also : Four runners-up will receive €50 each

Deadline: Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Competition Rules
  • Entries, in English, on any theme, in any literary form, will be accepted.
  • The competition is open to anyone over 18. All entrants must have a connection with the county of Roscommon (born in, living in, currently working in, went to school in, etc).
  • Typed entries (handwritten entries cannot be accepted) must be no more than 500 words. Mark the number of words in your entry on the bottom of the page. Entries over the 500 word limit will be automatically disqualified.
  • Include your name, address and contact details, plus your connection to the county. Include these on a separate page, not on your entry.
  • There is no entry fee
  • The competition will be adjudicated by Roscommon born poet, Jane Clarke. The judge's decision is final.
  • Post your entry to: NEW ROSCOMMON WRITING AWARD 2014, Roscommon Library, Roscommon Town, Ireland.
  • OR email your entry to: Title your email NEW ROSCOMMON WRITING AWARD 2014.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Story about the First World War competition for 15-21 year olds.

One hundred years on from the outbreak of the First World War it now seems to belong to another age and another world. Yet the impact which the War had on the future of Ireland and on the everyday life of its people right down to the present time is still being thought about. Imaginative engagement with the Great War and its legacy can take many forms and the Historical Commemorations and Centenaries Working Group of the Church of Ireland is sponsoring a short story competition for those between the ages of 15 and 21 to mark this important centenary.

The competition will be impartially judged by a select panel including the renowned author Glenn Patterson and the QUB historian Professor David Hayton. Judging is anonymous

The prize for the best story will be €1,000 with a Runner-up prize of €300 and a Highly Commended award of €200 and it is hoped to publish these and up to eight of the best stories in November.

Entrants are free to write about any aspect of the impact of the First World War in any part of Ireland or on Irish people in the period 1914-18. The story should be no more than 3,500 words in length.

The deadline for the receipt of entries is 12 September 2014

The awards will be announced in November.

Link here

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Dromineer Literary Festival Competitions

Dromineer Literary festival has 2 competitions this year.

2014 Poetry Competition
Maximum Number of lines per poem: 40
Judge: Matthew Sweeney
Entry Fee €5 per poem


2014 Flash Fiction Competition
Maximum Number of words per story: 600 
Judge: Donal Ryan
Entry Fee: €10 per entry

For Both

(Entrants over 18)

  • 1st. Prize €500.00
  • 2nd. Prize €350.00
  • 3rd. Prize €150.00

Deadline: September 8 2014
Link here

They say there is no pre-screening. the judges read all entries anonymously, which is to be commended.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Jack Harte Bursary

The Irish Writers Centre and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig have come together to offer a two-week fully resourced Writer-in-Residence Bursary to take place in spring 2015. The award is named in honour of Jack Harte, founder of the Irish Writers Centre, in celebration and acknowledgement of his contribution to Irish literature.

Who Can Apply:
This is an open call to writers resident in Ireland with a proven track record and at least one book of fiction or short stories published by a recognised publisher.

How to Apply:
Applications are accepted by email only to .  Please include:
  • A cover letter including your personal details and statement of artistic intent, clearly and concisely outlining the project you would like to focus on during your time at Annaghmakerrig.
  • An updated Curriculum Vitae (max. two A4 pages) including publications with ISBNs.
  • Clearly labelled samples of recent work (up to three short samples of up to 300 words).
  • Any relevant information on your proposed project such as written excerpts, photos, research information, etc.
Application Deadline: 
  • 26 September, 2014 at 5pm. No late applications will be considered. 
  • Selection Process:  Applications go before a selection committee of the Board of the Irish Writers Centre and a nominee of the Tyrone Guthrie Centre. The successful applicant will be notified by letter no later than November 7, 2014. The recipient of the bursary will be publicly announced by Jack Harte at a celebration event on Thursday 4 December at the Irish Writers' Centre.

Friday, 25 July 2014

Writer Fellowships

The Arts Council is pleased to support Writer Fellowships at Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin and the University of Limerick. These three Arts Council-supported writer residencies are currently seeking applications from established writers.

The Trinity College Dublin deadline has already passed but you still have time to apply for these two.

University College Dublin - Writer's Fellowship
School/Faculty: School of English, Drama and Film, College of Arts and Celtic Studies, University College Dublin
Applications are invited from Irish writers of established reputation for a Writer's Fellowship (with special emphasis on fiction) which is funded by the School of English, Drama and Film and by a grant-in-aid from the Arts Council. The Fellowship will be tenable for the period January-May 2015.
Candidates are invited to submit a covering letter outlining their interest together with a full CV containing details of their teaching experience and including the names and contact details of 2 referees to: Ms Hilary Gow, School of English, Drama and Film, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4. Informal enquiries can be made to Mr James Ryan at or Professor Anne Fogarty at
Applications may be sent by post to the above address or by email to:

University of Limerick - Writer's Fellowship

School/Faculty: Department of Creative Writing
Applications are invited from Limerick-based writers of international reputation for a Writer's Fellowship (with special emphasis on fiction) which is funded by the University of Limerick and by a grant-in-aid from the Arts Council. The Fellowship will be tenable for the period January–May 2015.
Candidates are invited to submit a covering letter outlining their interest together with a full CV including the names and contact details of two referees to: Professor Joseph O'Connor, Frank McCourt Chair of Creative Writing, c/o
Deadline: 17:00 on Friday 8 August 2014

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Stony Thursday Submissions

The imaginatively named poetry magazine based in Limerick is looking for submissions.
The Stony Thursday Book is one of the longest-running literary journals in Ireland and this year it will be published as part of Cuisle, Limerick City's International Poetry Festival 15th to 18th October 2014

This year's editor is poet Peter Sirr.
Submissions are being sought in both English and Irish.  

How to Submit:
Send no more than 6 poems.
Write your name and address on each page for hardcopies.

Send poems to:
The Arts Office, Limerick City Council, City Hall, Merchant’s Quay, Limerick
Please mark your envelope: The Stony Thursday Book
Or by email:, reference ‘TSTB 2014’ in your subject line

Deadline: Friday 8th August 2014

Monday, 21 July 2014

Irish Times Short Story Competition

This summer, The Irish Times is running a series of eight short stories on the general theme This Means War. The context is the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War, but the stories may or may not refer to it. The theme is open to whatever interpretation the author wishes to place on it - an idea of conflict being the one obvious point of reference. The last story in the series will be chosen through a competition among readers.

Writers, whether new or established, are invited to submit a story on the theme This Means War.

** Personally I find this a difficult theme to write to.
The story, which should be between 1,500 and 2,800 words must be an original work and never previously published.  

The competition will be judged by the distinguished authors Aifric Campbell, Eilis Ni Dhuibhne and Donal Ryan.

Prize: The winner will be published in The Irish Times and the winning author will recieve €400 and an original artwork by Brendon Deasy. 

Entries will be accepted in digital form and through e-mail only at
Hard copies will not be considered.

Deadline: midnight on August 8th. 

Free to enter

Link here