Saturday, 23 July 2016

Metro Éireann-Kenan Institute for Ethics Intercultural Writing Competition

The 2nd Annual Metro Éireann-Kenan Institute for Ethics Intercultural Writing Competition seeks to simultaneously enrich Irish intercultural life and foster the development of the next generation of Irish writers. All Irish residents, immigrants and non-immigrants, are encouraged to enter, and no submission fee is required. 

Submissions of original fiction that illuminate the ethical challenges of intercultural diversity in Ireland are invited in the following genres:
• a short story (2,000 words maximum)
• a novel extract (2,000 words maximum)
• a selection of poetry (5 poems maximum) 

All submissions must be previously unpublished. Our panel of judges will pay attention to the following criteria:
• Engagement with Themes of Ethics and Interculturalism
• Creativity/Originality
• Organization/Structure
• Impact on Reader
• Initiative of Beginning Writers

€3200 will be awarded in total to the winners!
Age 14-17 winner (€800) and runner-up (€400)
Age 18-21 winner (€800) and runner-up (€400)
Age 14-21 Spirit of Intercultural Ethics winner (€800)

All submissions must be typed using 12-point Times New Roman font, double-spaced, and sent to with the entrant’s full name and the word ‘Submissions’ in the subject line. Submissions should also include a cover page that provides the entrant’s personal information (name, age, address, telephone number) and details about their work (age category, title).

Submissions are due by Midnight on July 31; winners will be announced on August 5.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition

The annual Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition is now open for submissions. Part of the Red Line Festival in Tallaght in October, it receives entries from all across Ireland!

Judge: poet Michael O'Loughlin,  judged anonymously.

Prizes: 1st Place €300, 2nd Place €200, 3rd Place €100

Free to enter but you have to print and post with the application form.

A maximum number of 2 poems per person may be submitted.
Poems should be in English and be a maximum of 40 lines (not including the title and spaces between stanzas).

For more information on the rules of the competition and how you can enter please click here

Deadline:  Friday 12th August, 2016

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Save As Writers International Competition

Deadline: midnight, Wednesday 31st August 2016

Founded in 2002 by Luigi Marchini, Save As Writers started as a small group of creative people meeting to critique each other’s poetry and prose. Since then many local writers have relished membership of this friendly and vibrant group, sharing interesting and varied material, whilst appreciating all the group offers.

Save As gives support and a voice to novice and experienced writers and publishes their work in the group’s anthologies and solo collections. Their website advertises local and international opportunities for writers to practices their craft, attend courses and submit for publication. In addition to this, Luigi and members run renowned competitions and workshops which attract submissions and attendees from near and far.

It is 100 years since the Easter Rising. To commemorate this event, SaveAs Writers invite poems and short stories on the theme of REBELLION.

Interpret the theme as you wish – political, social or personal rebellion

  • 1st place – £100
  • 2nd place – £50
  • 3rd place – £25
*Publication in an anthology

  • Poetry: Simon Smith, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing UKC
  • Short Stories: Derek Sellen, award-winning writer
  • Entries are judged anonymously and the poet’s name and address should not appear on the poem or short story itself.
  • Poems: 60 lines max
  • Short stories: 3000 words max
Entry Fees
  • £3.00 per poem / £8.00 for three
  • £4.00 per short story / £10.00 for three
  • Winners will be announced at the Awards Evening on Saturday, 29th October 2016, as part of the Canterbury Festival.
More info:

Entries may be emailed to

Sunday, 17 July 2016

The Caterpillar Story for Children Prize

Prizes: 1st prize €500 plus a 2-week stay at The Moth’s Artists’ Residence; 2nd prize €300;

3rd prize €200

For an unpublished story (of no more than 1,500 words) by an adult for children aged 7–11. The three winning stories will appear in the winter issue of The Caterpillar.

Judged by Mark Lowery, award-winning author of The Jam Doughnut that Ruined My Life, Pants are Everything and Socks are Not Enough
Entry fee €12

Deadline: 30 SEPTEMBER 2016

Friday, 15 July 2016

The Ogham Stone Call for Submissions

Deadline: 28 Aug 2016 5pm

The Ogham Stone, the University of Limerick’s literature and arts journal, is currently inviting submissions for the Spring 2017 edition.

The journal has fast become an influential platform for writers and artists to present their work, and it remains committed to showcasing exciting new work by emerging and established artists. Last year the journal published just under fifty pieces, including short stories, flash fiction, poetry and artwork, and featured new work by Irish writers Colum McCann, Paula Meehan, Joseph O’Connor and Mary O’Malley.
The Spring 2017 issue welcomes submissions in fiction, memoir, poetry, visual arts and photography, short graphic novels, and creative non-fiction
  • All words submitted should be contained within a Microsoft Word document, double-spaced and typed in 12 point font (Times New Roman).
  • All submissions must be emailed to
  • Individuals may submit up to 3 pieces, in any category or cross-category.
  • Prose must not exceed 2,000 words in length. Short graphic novels in double page spread format.
  • Poetry should be submitted the way in which you wish it to appear on the page and no longer than 50 lines.
For detailed submission guidelines please see:

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Drabble about Huntington's Disease

What's a drabble? A flash fiction piece I think.

Your Drabble should be no more than 150 words. It should tell the story of Huntington’s disease and how it impacts on the lives of the people that live with it

Writing out of the HD shadow
Huntington’s disease (HD) is a neurological condition that is still hidden in the shadows and our aim is to use the power of storytelling to raise awareness.
The competition will be judged by Alan and Michael and they will present prizes to three talented writers at the winners event in September 2016.
The Prizes
Over 16
1st Place, £500 and a framed copy of your entry signed by the celebrity writers..
2nd Place, £300 and a framed copy of your entry signed by the celebrity writers.
3rd Place,£100 and a framed copy of your entry signed by the celebrity writers.
Under 16
1st Place, £100 and a framed copy of your entry signed by the celebrity writers.
2nd Place, £50 and a framed copy of your entry signed by the celebrity writers.
3rd Place, £20 and a framed copy of your entry signed by the celebrity writers.

Deadline: 31st of August 2016

Fee of £5.00 for each entry over the age of 16, if you are under 16 there is no administration fee.
Link here

Monday, 11 July 2016

Winchester Poetry Prize 2016

Like the festival from which it springs Winchester Poetry Prize aims to surprise and delight.

Judge: Mimi Khalvati

Entry fee: £5 for first poem, £4 for subsequent poems
Closing Date: 31 July 2016

  • First Prize: £1,000
  • 2nd Prize: £500
  • 3rd Prize: £250

In addition to receiving cash prizes, winners will be invited to read at a special prize-giving event at Winchester Poetry Festival on Sunday 9 October 2016. Winning and commended poems will also be published in a competition anthology to be launched at Winchester Poetry Festival.

Poems not longer than 40 lines (excluding title)

Entrants do not need to be resident in the UK to enter, but please note, travel expenses to read at the prize-giving in Winchester are not covered.

To find out more visit this page