Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition 2018

Some people are fools for love, others are fools for poetry.

1st Prize: €1,000; 2nd Prize :€500
The winning poets are also offered a reading and three nights' accommodation at the Cork 2019 International Poetry Festival (March 27th-30th, 2019) (

The competition is open to new, emerging and established poets from any country. One of these winners will be the highest scoring manuscript entered by a debutant poet with no solo collection (full-length or chapbook) previously published.
Up to 25 other entrants will be publicly listed as "highly commended". 
Manuscripts can be between 16 and 23 pages in length, in the English language and the sole work of the entrant with no pastiches, translations or 'versions'.
The poems can be in verse or prose.
There is an entrance fee of €25 for each manuscript.
Entrants may enter more than one manuscript.
The winners will be selected by a panel of renowned poets including Mary Noonan, Matthew Sweeney, Thomas McCarthy, James Harpur and Leanne O’Sullivan.
The winning chapbooks will be published by Southword editions in March 2019 and will be launched at the Cork International Poetry Festival (March 27-30, 2019). It will be offered for sale internationally through our own website and in selected independent book sellers.

Deadline: Saturday 30th of June, Midnight
Link here 

Both winners will win a chapbook publication and 50 complimentary copies. The published chapbooks will be reviewed in Southword Journal and elsewhere.

Monday, 28 May 2018

The North - Irish Issue

The North – Irish Issue

Deadline: 30 Jul 2018

Issue 61 of The North, to be published in December 2018, will be a special Irish issue, edited by poets Jane Clarke and Nessa O’Mahony. It will focus on work by poets living on the island of Ireland, or who are from Ireland but living elsewhere. 
There is no set theme for submissions, but the editors are interested in contemporary poems reflecting the cultural diversity of life in Ireland in the 21st century, and particularly welcome submissions from poets from minority communities.
Send up to four unpublished poems to as a word attachment and cut and past it into the body of the email. Please make sure to put your name, postal address and email address on every sheet.
The editors also intend to include reviews of collections by Irish poets published between January 2017 and end April 2018. We welcome review copies – please email for address.

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Bread and Roses Poetry Award

Culture Matters is pleased to announce that the second Bread and Roses Poetry Award, sponsored by Unite, is now open for entries. It is part of our mission to promote a socialist approach to culture. The purpose of the Award is to create new opportunities for working class people to write poetry, and encourage poets to focus on themes which are meaningful to working class people and communities.
Submission Guidelines and Award Rules
1. You may enter up to three original, previously unpublished poems in English, each no more than 50 lines long.
2. You must be resident in the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland.
3. Entry is free, and open to anyone regardless of trade union membership.
4. There will be five prizes of £100 each.
5. Entries should broadly deal with themes relevant to working class life, politics, communities and culture.
6. Entries should be sent to by midnight on Friday 8 June, or by post to Culture Matters, c/o 8 Moore Court, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE15 8QE, to arrive on Friday 8 June. No entries will be accepted after that date.
Winners will be invited to an award ceremony in Durham on 13 July, linked to the Durham Miners’ Gala, with travel and accommodation costs paid. The best poems will be published in an anthology later in 2018.
Copies of the Bread and Roses Poetry Anthology 2017 are available to buy here.

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Wigtown Poetry Competition

The competition closes on 8 June, with a prize-giving at Wigtown Book Festival (21-30 September 2018).  

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year Competition

This is the 12th year of the Competition, which is widely respected and forms a major part of the Festival year.   
From the entries received about 35 poems are chosen for the long list and these are published in an anthology; copies are available from the Festival Office.  A shortlist of poems is then selected and from these the winners are chosen.  
The Competition is generously supported by the School of English at the University of Kent who donate the University of Kent Prize of £200 for the winner, £100 for second and £50 for third places, £25 for the People’s Choice and the Best-Read Poem receives a bottle of sparkling wine courtesy of the Wine Room, Tankerton.  
So send in your poems of all types, long, short, tragic, funny, whatever you are moved to write and you may find yourself crowned the Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year 2018.
The Competition deadline is Monday 18 June 2018.  
The fee for entry is £5 per poem and please don’t forget to attach an entry form which can be downloaded here.  
The poem or poem sequence may be on any subject and in any style but must not exceed 60 lines in length excluding title and line breaks.  
Entries are judged anonymously 
The Terms and Conditions can be downloaded here

McLellan Poetry Prize

Part of the McLellan Festival 31st August - 9th September 2018
This year's judge is Sinéad Morrissey.
 1st prize £1500     2nd prize £300     3rd prize £150

6 commendations of £25

The competition closing date is 21st June 2018

Fee £6 for the first poem and £5 for each subsequent poem submitted on the same form.

Poems should be of no more than 80 lines (excluding title), in English and your own original work (no translations).

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Bridport Prizes

This is one of the most prestigious writing contests in the British literary calendar.

Do you have a really good poem or short story? Or a few? I mean, really REALLY good?
  • poem - no more than 42 lines
  • short story - no more than 5,000 words.   
  • flash fiction category - stories of up to 250 words 
  • First Novel - 5,000 to 8,000 words
This year’s judges are Daljit Nagra, & (poems) Monica Ali (flash fiction and short stories) and Kamila Shamsie (First novel).

    Closing: 31st May (postmarked)


In each of the main categories (Short Stories, Poems) - £5,000, £1,000, £500.  There are also ten runners-up prizes of £100.  These are called ‘supplementary prizes’ to make you feel less like an also-ran.  The top four poems will be submitted to the Forward Prize. 

Prizes in the Flash Fiction category are £1,000, £500, £250, plus three supplementary awards of £100.

Note: Entries must never have been published, self-published, published on any website, blog or online forum, broadcast nor winning or placed in any other competition.

    Entry Fees have increased:Poems - £9.  Short Stories - £10.  Flash Fiction - £8, Novel - £20

    Comp PageClick Here.

Friday, 18 May 2018

Sand Submissions

SAND is an English-language literary journal published twice annually in Berlin. It features prose and poetry, translations, art and photography. Our contributors come from all over the world and include established and emerging writers, poets, artists, and translators.

We look for work that is fresh, well-written, accessible, and diverse, as we take pride in producing a beautiful journal that can be enjoyed by a wide audience.  We’re particularly interested in writing from perspectives that are generally underserved in literature, including work by women, people of color, people from the LGBTQ+ community, and people from the wider international writing community.

There is a good Q&A on Six Questions - a great idea for a blog!

Deadline: 6th July 2018


Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Mslexia submissions on the theme of cooking

Note: Open to women writers only.

Themed Writing
Twice annually we ask for themed poetry and prose submissions for the Showcase (previously New Writing) section of the magazine. Winners are selected by our Guest Editors (in the past they have included Julia Blackburn, Nicci Gerrard, Pascale Petit, Rachel Cusk and Sarah Dunant) and are published in the magazine. We also make a small payment for most submissions we publish.

We look for stories of up to 2,200 words, poems of up to 40 lines, and short scripts of up to 1,000 words (including character names and stage instructions).

Please note: we only accept up to four poems, two short stories and two short scripts per entrant.

 Issue 79: COOKING
Making a meal can be an act of love and sensual pleasure – or an act of hatred and grudging resentment. It can also be source of intense anxiety. Can I afford it? Will there be enough? Will they like it? Will it be on time? CLOSING DATE: 4 June 2018

Submitting your work
Entries are judged anonymously, so please put your name on a separate cover sheet and omit your name from your poem or story.

Or online here

Monday, 14 May 2018

Spectral Lines: Poems about Scientists

Alternating Current Press

At the intersection of science and poetry, strange things happen. There exists such a bizarre human experience and shared understanding, that we can’t help but admire and celebrate it. That’s what we’re hoping to achieve with this anthology. We want your poetry, prose poems, and hybrid work (that leans toward poetry) for an anthology of poetry about scientists. We are looking for the fundamentals of those scientists, a feeling, an atmosphere, something humanistic that breathes life into their beings, into their work. 
We are not looking for “biographies with line breaks,” and we are also not looking for poems about just science in general or “all scientists” or “all astronauts,” &c., combined. We want specific poems about specific scientists. Heavier consideration will be placed on poetry about female scientists, scientists of color, and more obscure subjects. Scientists can be dead or alive, and “scientist” is a very liberal term that can range anywhere from biologists to computer techs to inventors to chemists and beyond. Please note that we are not seeking prose for this collection. 

Because we do not want more than 2 poems about the same scientist within the same collection, once 2 poems have been accepted about the same person, we will list that scientist’s name here, and we will no longer be reading pieces about that individual (so please don’t submit them, once we are closed for them!). We are no longer looking for:
 Galileo Galilei
Marie Curie

This is a paid anthology.
There is no reading fee. We will accept approximately 40-50 poems for this collection, depending on length. 

Deadline 1st June 2018

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Frogmore Press

The people at Frogmore Press make it difficult to enter - post only, UK cheque - so I suspect the entry numbers will be lower a greater chance of success!

The winner of the Frogmore Poetry Prize for 2018 will win two hundred and fifty guineas and a two-year subscription to The Frogmore Papers. The first and second runners-up will receive seventy-five and fifty guineas respectively and a year’s subscription to The Frogmore Papers. Shortlisted poets will receive copies of selected Frogmore Press publications. 

Adjudicator: Janet Sutherland
  • Poems should be typed and no longer than forty lines.
  • Any number of poems may be entered on payment of the appropriate fee of £3 per poem.   Cheques and postal orders should be made payable to The Frogmore Press.
  • The following methods of payment are acceptable: cheque drawn on UK bank; British postal order; sterling.
  • The winner, runners-up and shortlisted poets will be notified by post. All shortlisted poems will appear in number 92 of The Frogmore Papers(September 2018), which will be available at £5.00 from the address below, and on the Frogmore Press website.
  • Closing date for submissions: 31 May 2018.
  • Entries should be sent to: The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1PJ.
Link here

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Welsh Poetry Competition

The 2018 competition is now open and accepting entries.
Prize money
1st Prize – £500
2nd Prize – £250
3rd Prize – £100
plus 17 runners-up, specially commended entries.
Judge – Sally Spedding.
Deadline: Sunday 27th May 2018
  • Each poem must be no more than 50 lines in length, excluding titles.
  • £5 per poem (£6 PayPal).
  • Entries must be in English, not previously published in any form (including appearing on the Internet).

All entries to the competition will be judged anonymously so your creativity will be judged on its own merits. No filter judges!

Further information

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

iota submission call

In the next issue, IOTA will explore work and play. 

Send your take on this theme. Be as oblique as you like (and they like oblique...) 

They are looking for short stories, poems, life writing, memoir, travel writing, food writing and more. These forms can be combined, played with, deconstructed and all can be completely fictive - they only ask that your writing is bold and original. To quote Emily Dickinson, "tell us all the truth, but tell it slant."

Features and essays - Email us your work

Stories - Email your short stories to us we’ll read and respond to submissions as they come in 

Poems - Email up to four poems

We will read all submissions and get back with our decisions within four weeks. Please send your work to:

  • Fiction/non-fiction submissions may range between 500 and 2000 words 

  • Poems - we will consider submissions of up to four poems 

  • We can’t accept work that has previously been published in print or online

  • Please include your full contact details on a separate cover sheet with each submission

  • The closing date for submissions is July 1st 2018

Friday, 23 March 2018

Poetry Divas come to Kinsale

The Poetry Divas in the form of Maeve O'Sullivan, Triona Walsh and Kate Dempsey are bringing their poetry to Kinsale next week. Blurring the wobbly boundaries between page and stage in the lovely Prim's Bookshop on Main Street starting at 8pm. 
Please come along and you can sign up for an open mic after. 
All welcome

Monday, 19 February 2018

Edgeworthtown Society Competitions

Poetry Competition
Up to 5 entries at €5 each
  • 1st Prize - €250 
  • 2nd Prize - €100 
  • 3rd Prize - €50 
40 lines per poem limit.

Short Story Competition. Entry €5
  • 1st Prize - €250 & Deirdre Purcell Perpetual Cup
  • 2nd Prize - €100 
  • 3rd Prize - €50 

  • 2,000 words max.
    Deadline: 9th March

    Link to enter here

    Saturday, 17 February 2018

    Poetry on the Lake

    Deadline: 15th April 2018 (last postmark or 24.00 email)

    3 categories:

    • Silver Wyvern (all forms, max 42 lines); Adjudicator Fred Johnston
    • Short poems (max.10 lines); Adjudicator Kevin Bailey
    • Formal (max 40 lines) Adjudicator Kevin Bailey

    Theme for Silver Wyvern: Cinema– may be interpreted widely but must bear a reference to the theme.

    No set theme for Short & Formal categories.

    • Silver Wyvern category winner: Silver Wyvern and €500.
    • 2nd - €200; 
    • 3rd €100. 
    • Formal & Short categories: winners: €100 each
    Postal entries:
    • UK: £10 first poem; further poems £6 each. UK cheques/BPOs only, payable to
      G. Griffin-Hall.   
    • ROW: €15 first poem; 2 or more, €10 each. Pay Paypal

    Online Entries: £ 10 or € 15 or $ 15 first poem; further poems £8/€ 10/$12 each.

    Usual competition rules apply:

    Open category embraces all forms of poems providing they do not exceed 40 lines (title excluded); free verse, traditional or formal verse - anything goes!

    Formal category: traditional verse forms: sonnets, sestinas, ballards,haiku (up to five haiku on one page count as one entry) villanelles etc or your own rhyming or metrical scheme. NOT free verse and just dividing a free verse poem into couplets without a rhyming or metrical scheme doesn't make for a Formal poem and just because a poem has 14 lines doesn't make it a sonnet, a sonnet should have a metre and rhyme scheme.

    Short: all forms not exceeding 10 lines (title excluded)

    Results on website July, winners contacted earlier

    Link here to enter

    Tuesday, 23 January 2018

    Poetry Ireland Introductions

    Applications are now open for Poetry Ireland Introductions 2018, which will offer poets in the early stages of their careers, writing in Irish or English, the opportunity to showcase their work through workshops and performance. 

    The poets selected for Introductions 2018 will participate in a workshop focused on poetic form and craft, as well as a masterclass on the art of reading and performing poetry in public. A third workshop will be provided on marketing and self-promotion for poets. 

    Poetry Ireland Introductions 2018 will culminate in a number of public readings during the International Literature Festival Dublin.

    Poetry Ireland is delighted to announce that poet Sinead Morrissey will select this year’s participants and will also lead the form and craft workshop. Theo Dorgan will lead the poetry reading and performance workshop.

    How to apply: 
    Interested poets should submit their work to be considered for selection for Introductions 2018. Applicants are required to submit:
    A short biography and covering letter.
    A selection of published or unpublished poems (no more than 10 pages in total).
    Submitting poets should ideally have had work published in established journals and magazines.
    Only poets resident on the island of Ireland or Irish poets living abroad may apply.
    Applications are facilitated by an independent, established assessor.
    Selected applicants are usually informed within four weeks of the deadline and, depending on the number of submissions, approximately 12 poets are selected each year.
    Applications should be sent to:  
    Introductions 2018, Poetry Ireland, 11 Parnell Square East, Dublin 1
    Application Deadline: 
    Friday 16 February 2018

    Friday, 12 January 2018

    The 2017/18 International Book & Pamphlet Competition - Poetry Business

    The 2017/18 International Book & Pamphlet Competition
    Judged by Liz Berry & David Constantine

    Deadline: last post on Thursday 1st March 2018, or midnight on Thursday 1st March 2018 for online entrants.

    Prizes: publication by smith|doorstop; a share of £2,000 cash; a launch reading at The Wordsworth Trust; publication in the North magazine; book vouchers from Inpress and more.

    Entrants are invited to submit a collection of 20-24 pages of poetry. Four winners will be selected by the judges to be published by our award winning imprint smith|doorstop books.

    All winners will also receive a share of £2,000, publication in the North magazine, a reading at The Wordsworth Trust and gift vouchers from Inpress Books.

    All winners will be guaranteed pamphlet publication, however there is also an opportunity to submit a full-length manuscript, which if successful, will be published as a book in the Autumn of 2018.

    Full-price entry is £28. Subscribers to the North, Friends of the Poetry Business, and members of the Poetry Society are eligible for the discounted fee of £25.

    Entries can be submitted by post (with a cheque and completed entry form) or online by clicking here. 

    Interestingly, all entrants to the main competition will automatically be entered into The Laureate's Prize, which will celebrate and showcase the best single poems by entrants to The 2017/18 International Book & Pamphlet Competition.

    The competition judges will shortlist sixteen poems from all manuscripts entered into the main competition. A first, second and third prize winner will be chosen by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy.

    Three winners will be awarded prizes of £500 (1st prize), £200 (2nd prize), and £50 (3rd prize) respectively. The winners will also be invited to read a selection of their work alongside the winners of our main International Book & Pamphlet Competition at The Wordsworth Trust.

    The three winning poems will be published in the North magazine in 2018. 

    Wednesday, 10 January 2018

    Bristol Poetry Prize 2018

    This competition is one of the longer poem competitions, up to 100 lines.

    1st Prize: £600 plus an invitation to read your poem at Bristol Poetry Festival 2018
    2nd Prize: £300
    3rd Prize: £100
    Open theme
    Line restriction: 100 lines.
    Judge: Helen Ivory (All poems will be seen by Helen Ivory)
    Entry fee: £6.00 per poem

    Deadline for entries: Midnight (GMT) Saturday 31st March 2018

    Info link here

    Monday, 8 January 2018

    20 years of Strokestown

    To celebrate 20 years of the Strokestown Poetry festival, they have a new competition.

    To mark 20 years, there is a new competition for 20 lines of poetry, based on any of 20 picture prompts - with 20 prizes. The winning entries will be displayed alongside the images during the Festival, from May 3rd - 7th 2018.  

    The poetry competition is available on-line, costs just €3 per poem, and will be judged by poet Noelle Lynskey, who will read all entries.

    The first prize is €100, with 19 runners-up each receiving €20. 

    Deadline: February 9th 

    Entries can be less than, but no more than, 20 lines.

    So let's be brief

    More details – and 20 picture prompts- are available on 

    Saturday, 6 January 2018

    Flash Fiction Competition: Kanturk Arts Festival

    This Year’s Kanturk Arts Festival takes place from Thursday 15th March to Monday 19th March 2018 inclusive.

    Flash Fiction Prizes

    1st €200, 2nd €75 and 3rd €25

    The 2018 competition will be judged by novelist Denyse Woods.
    Your Flash Fiction entry can be inspired by, suggested by or based on the image below, using no more than 500 words.

    Terms and Conditions

    There is no entry fee for this competition
    Maximum number of words is 500
    Your entry must be original and must not have been previously published in print or online, been broadcast or have won a prize.

    Deadline: 10 pm Wednesday, January 31st, 2018.

    A shortlist will appear on Kanturk Arts Festival page at no less than two weeks prior to Kanturk Arts Festival. Shortlisted authors will be contacted by email.

    To enter online, click: Enter Flash Fiction Contest
    and follow the instructions.


    (Judging is done anonymously.) Your entry and name are linked automatically when you enter. Receipt of entry will be by email only.

    How to Enter by Post

    Post to: Kanturk Arts Festival, Raveloe, Curragh Court, Kanturk, Co. Cork

    All entries must be printed on one side of the page only in a reasonably sized type and using double spacing.

    Thursday, 4 January 2018

    2018 York Literature Festival / YorkMix Poetry Competition

    The prestigious competition, now in its sixth year, is established as a major national literary event.

    The closing date for entries is February 25, 2018.

    This year’s judge is acclaimed poet Andrew McMillan. There are some interesting comments on what he is looking for in a poem here.

    The first prize rises to £600, with a runner-up award of £150, a third prize of £75 and a new, fourth prize of £50.
    At the judge’s discretion, up to ten Highly Commended and 15 Commended poems will each win their writer a certificate.

    The minimum entry fee is £6 for a single poem; £15 for up to two or three; £17.50 for four; £20 for five. There is no limit to the number of poems that can be submitted.
    The award ceremony will be on a boat.

    Link here