Monday Roundup!

Halloween is over, Nanowrimo has begun and the evening are short, dark and dreay. The perfect time to escape and write some stories!

Submission Calls
Flash Fiction Competitions
Short Story Competitions
Poetry Competitions
Playwriting Competitions
Novel Writing Competitions
Novella Submissions and Competitions
Grants and Scholarships

As always, contact us with anything you feel should be included!

Submission Calls

Litro Magazine

Deadlines: Space (November 2015), Going Home (December 2015), Love (February 2016), Britishness (March 2016)
Notes: Accept short fiction, flash/micro fiction, nonfiction (memoir, literary journalism, travel narratives, etc), and original artwork (photographs, illustrations, paintings, etc) based on the designated monthly theme.

The Ogham Stone Literature and Arts journal 2016
Deadline: November 2nd 2015
Notes: Fiction, creative non-fiction, memoir, poetry, short graphic fiction, visual arts and photography

Dublin Inquirer
Deadline: 14 November
Notes: Between 3,000 and 5,000 words, Dublin superheroes that we can publish in the Christmas fiction issue,
Feel free to interpret the theme as loosely as you’d like.

The Stinging Fly
Deadline: Monday November 30th 2015.
Notes: There is no specific theme for this issue

The Stinging Fly
Deadline: November 30th 2015
Notes: Short stories and poems should always be just as long (or as short) as they need to be. (In our Winter 2012-13 issue the longest story is over 5,000 words; the shortest has less than 600.)

Buffalo Almanack
Deadline: November 2015.
Notes: Theme: “Where Thou Art”. Submit creative non-fiction, short stories and visual art, free to enter, The best work of writing and visual art will receive $100 each. There’s also a $50 consolation prize to a third runner-up of either genre.

Deadline: 9 December 2015
Notes: 1-2 short stories of up to 2,200 words and 1-4 poems of up to 40 lines

1916 Today: An Anthology of Reactions
Deadline: 31st December
Notes: Writing reflecting reactions to the 1916 Rising and what it means for us today, these may be historical, or of a contemporary nature. Word count is limited to 1500/2000, poetry and graphics can also be submitted and is limited to three poems/graphics per submission. New and established writers are invited to submit.

Deadline: April 1st 2016
Notes: 3,000-6,000 words, not currently accepting poetry.

Deadline: Ongoing
Notes: Respond to any piece from any issue of the magazine if you’d like to be part of the next issue, flexible on word count

Deadline: Ongoing
Notes: Poetry and Prose, short stories upper word limit of 7500 words, small collection of up to five pieces,

The New York Times

Deadline: Ongoing
Notes: Modern Love are interested in receiving deeply personal essays about contemporary relationships, marriage, dating, parenthood…any subject that might reasonably fit under the heading “Modern Love.” 1500-1700 words

Unbuild Walls
Deadline: Ongoing
Notes: Speculative literary fiction up to 5,000 words.

Sixteen magazine

On the 16th of every month leading up to the 16 months before April 2016, they will publish an issue of their magazine online.
Deadline: Different prompts with different closing dates
Looking for: Submissions that relate to their prompts.

Hamburgers n’ Heroin
Deadline: Ongoing
Looking for: If interested in submitting a story or writing for them encouraged to get in touch, get back to you within 24hrs

The Flexible Persona

Deadline: ongoing
Notes: Open to all genres, Simultaneous Submissions between 1200 – 6500 words accepted.

The Future Fire

Deadline: Ongoing
Looking for: social-political elements of imaginary, futuristic, fantastic, horrifying, surreal or otherwise speculative universes. We are particularly interested in feminist, queer, postcolonial and ecological themes, writing by under-represented voices, and stories from outside the Anglophone world.

Deadline: Ongoing
Looking for: PoetryStuff including literature and poetry (see submission guidelines)


Deadline: Ongoing
Looking for: For poetry submissions, we ask that you send a cover letter with a brief bio, with no more than five poems, For fiction, commentary & narrative non-fiction no more than five pieces per submission (as an attachment) and include a cover letter, and a short bio, 2,000-3,000 words per piece.

Poetry Ireland Review

Deadline: Ongoing
Looking for:Send a maximum of six poems, Keep a hard copy / digital copy of each submission, Poems should be original, and previously unpublished, Editor, currently Vona Groarke, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry Ireland,
32 Kildare Street, Dublin 2, Ireland.

The 2015 Ernest Hemingway Flash Fiction Prize

Deadline: 1st of December 2015.
Notes: The winner will receive $200 and publication in the magazine, Fiction Southeast. The runners-up will also be published in Fiction Southeast. Submit flash fiction, up to 1,500 words. Entry fee is $10.

Mini-competition: ‘Dark Interiors’
Deadline: 31 Dec 2015
Prizes: Publication for winners
Notes: Theme of dark interiors, micro-fictions (maximum 1,000 words), entry fee is £3 per entry or £10 for 4 entries.

The Flash 500 Short Story Competition
Deadline: 28th of February 2016
Prizes: £500, £200, £100.
Notes: Submit stories between 1,000 and 3,000 words in any genre, entry fee is costs £7 for one story, £12 for two, £16 for three, £20 for four.

The Brilliant Flash Fiction Science Fiction Contest
Deadline: 15th of January, 2016.
Prizes: 50 euro, 25 euro, 15 euro. All winning entries (including shortlisted stories) will be published in the January issue of Brilliant Flash Fiction.
Notes: Free to enter. Submit flash fiction (up to 750 words)

Short Story Competitions

The Fiction Desk Newcomer Prize for Short Stories

Deadline: 6th November 2015, midnight.
Prizes: £500, £250.
Notes: The entry fee is £8.

The Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize 2015

Deadline: 15th of November 2015
Prize: The winner will be invited to choose from a cash prize of £500 or year-long editorial support from the directors of Galley Beggar Press. The stories of the long-listed, short-listed and winning authors will also be anthologised in an ebook. They will also be invited to read their work at an event on the 10th of March at Waterstones Piccadilly in London.
Notes: No longer than 6,000 words, entry fee is £10 per short story, Judges are Sam Jordison and Eloise Millar (the directors of Galley Beggar Press) and authors Paul Ewen and Benjamin Myers.

1000 word challenge
Deadline: 30th of November 2015
Prizes: £100, £50, £25. The winning stories will also be published on their website.
Notes:The current theme is: Fresh, submit short stories of up to 1000 words, entry fee is £5.

The Fish Short Story Competition

Deadline: 30th November 2015
Prizes: 1st prize is 3,000 euros, 1,000 of which is for travel expenses to the anthology launch. Second prize is a week at the Anam Cara Writers & Artists’ Retreat in Cork with 300 euros travel expenses. Third prize is 300 euros. Ten stories will be published in the 2016 Fish Anthology and the authors will receive five free copies and an invitation to read at the launch during the West Cork Literary Festival in July.
Notes: Short stories of up to 5,000 words on any subject, Judge: Kevin Barry, entry fee is 20 euro for the first entry, 10 euro for each subsequent entry.

The Aeon Award
Deadline: November 30th
Prizes: Grand Prize: €1000, Second Prize: €200, Third Prize: €100
Notes: If your story is science fiction, fantasy or horror, is less than 10,000 words in length and has not been previously published, €7.50 entry fee.

Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers contest
Deadline: November 30 2015
Prizes: 1st place wins $1,500, physical publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 10 copies, 2nd place wins $500, or, if chosen for publication, $700 and 10 copies, 3rd place wins $300, or, if chosen for publication, $700 and 10 copies.
Notes: exclusively open to writers whose fiction has not appeared, nor is scheduled to appear, in any print publication with a circulation over 5,000, Most entries run from 1,500 – 6,000 words, but any lengths up to 12,000 words are welcome, entry fee is $18 per story.

Celtic Mythology Short Story competition

Deadline: 10 December 2015
Prizes: First Prize is $500 and story published in Irish Imbas Celtic Mythology Collection, second prize is
$250 and story published in Irish Imbas Celtic Mythology Collection, third prize is $100 and story published in Irish Imbas Celtic Mythology Collection
Notes: Any kind of fiction short story will be considered (action, romance, drama, humour etc.) as long as they meet the following criteria: 1. Celtic mythology or folklore forms a fundamental element of the story (i.e. the characters can be characters from Celtic mythology, the action can take place in a mythological location, mythological concepts can be used etc.). 2. Any Celtic folklore or mythological reference used should be as authentic as you can make it (for example; no dedicated pantheon of Irish Gods, no werewolves or vampires etc.)
3. A compelling story/theme, engaging characters.

The Soundwork Short Story competition
Deadline:December 31st, 2015.
Prizes: The winner, and possibly others, will have their story recorded by Soundwork and posted on the website, along with a photo and details.
Notes: Your story can have any theme and shouldn’t be longer than 2,000 words.
No entry fee. No limit on number of entries.

The Henshaw Competition
Deadline: 31st of December 2015
Prizes: £100, £50, £25.
Notes: up to 2,000 words, any theme, entry fee is £5.

The Hourglass Literary Magazine Competition
Deadline: December 31st, 2015.
Prize: The winner in each category will receive US$1000 as prize money, publication in Hourglass and three copies of the issue.
Notes: Entry Fee is US$8, there are no theme, or genre limitations and boundaries, short story should not exceed7000 words or be less than 700 words, Essays should not exceed 9000 words or be less than 1000 words

The Boulevard Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers

Deadline: December 31st, 2015
Prizes: $1,500 and publication in Boulevard for the winning story.
Notes: Entry fee is $15 for each story and includes a one-year subscription, eligibility: a writer who has not yet published a book of fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction with a nationally distributed press, submit stories up to 8,000 words.

The Travel & Water Writing Competition
Deadline: 31st of December 2015.
Prize: £100
Notes: Submit articles (max 750 words), theme is Travel and Water, it can be fact or fiction, anyone 16 years old and above is invited to submit an entry.

Glimmer Fiction open

Deadline: January 2, 2016
Prizes: 1st place wins $2,500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of that issue, 2nd place wins $1,000 (and 10 copies, if accepted for publication),3rd place wins $600 (or, if accepted for publication, $700 and 10 copies).
Notes: Open to all subjects, all themes, and all writers.Most entries run from 2,000 to 8,000 words, but stories from 2,000 to 20,000 words are fine.

The Medical Science Fiction Competition
Deadline: 31st January 2016
Prizes: £300, £200, £150, £50.
Notes: Looking for science fiction short stories and self-contained novel excerpts of up to 3,000 words that address themes of medicine, health and illness. Max two entries per person, Open to writers of any nationality over 18 years of age, free to enter.

Fish Publishing International Short Memoir Contest

Deadline: 31st January 2016
Prizes: First – €1,000, Second – Fish online writing course, the ten published authors will each receive five copies of the Anthology and will be invited to read at the launch during the West Cork Literary Festival in July.
Notes: There is no restriction on theme or style, Maximum number of words is 4,000. Entry fee for online- 16, subsequent 10 and postal 18, subsequent 12

The Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook 2016 Short Story Competition
Deadline: 15th February 2016
Prizes: £500, a place on an Arvon residential writing course of your choice and publication of your story on the Writers’ & Artists’ website.
Notes: Submit a short story for adults, max. 2,000 words. Theme: ageing. One entry per person. There is no fee, but you must be registered on before you enter.

2016 Bristol Short Story Prize
Deadline: 30th April 2016
Prizes: 1st prize is £1,000, 2nd prize is £700, 3rd prize is £400, the 17 remaining shortlisted writers will receive £100.
Notes: The competition is open to all published and unpublished writers, maximum length of submissions is 4,000 words, there is no minimum length, any theme or subject, entry fee is £8

Poetry Competitions

The Cultured Vultures competition

Deadline: Midnight every Saturday.
Prize: The winning poem will be published every Monday on their website, along with the second and third place winners.
Notes: Free to enter poetry competition, submit three poems of your choice (should be previously unpublished, apart from social media or your personal blog) and a small bio.

3rd Ó Bhéal Five Words Poetry Competition
Deadline: The competition runs for 41 weeks, until the last week of January 2016.
Prizes: The winner will receive 500 euros and an invitation to read at Ó Bhéal’s ninth anniversary event in April, 2016. The shortlisted poems and winning entry will also be published in their next annual anthology of five word poems.
Notes: They will post five words every Tuesday at noon (GMT). Entrants then have one week to submit poems (not exceeding 50 lines) that include all five words given for that week. It’s open to writers around the world and costs 5 euro to enter.

The Resurgence Poetry Prize
Deadline:1st November 2015
Prizes: £5,000 for the best single poem embracing ecological themes. Second prize is £2,000 and third prize is £1,000.
Notes: ‘Ecopoetry’ award. Entry fee is £7 for the first poem. Each additional poem after that: £3

The Charles Causley Poetry Competition
Deadline: 3rd of November 2015 (noon UK time)
Prizes: £2,000, £250, £100. Five Highly Commended of £30 each.
Notes: Submit poems of up to 40 lines on any subject. Postal entries only.
You must be 18 and over to enter, entry fee is £7 for the first poem, £5 thereafter.

The Iota Shot Pamphlet Awards 2015
Deadline: 16th of November 2015
Prizes: Up to three pamphlets/winners will be published by Templar Poetry. The winners will also have an option to submit work for consideration as a later full collection.
Notes: Submit a manuscript of 12-16 pages of poetry, with up to 40 lines per page and written in any style. It costs £15.50 to enter online.

Respond – Human Rights Poetry Award 2015/2016
Deadline: 20 Nov 2015
Prizes: First prize – 300 Euros and a certificate, second prize – 200 Euros and a certificate, third prize – 100 Euros and a certificate
Notes: The poems must be in English and cannot be longer than 200 words.

The 2016 Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition
Deadline: 30 November 2015
Prizes: 1st Prize €1000, a week’s residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, publication in Southword
and a trip to Cork, Ireland, 2nd Prize €500 & publication in Southword, 3rd Prize €250 & publication in Southword. Ten runners-up to be published in Southword and receive €30 publication fee.
Notes: entry fee of €5 per poem or€20 per batch of five, original, unpublished poems in the English language of 40 lines or less

Debut Poetry Prize
Deadline: 30 November, 2015
Prize: £500 plus publishing contract.
Up to 25 runners up published in a poetry anthology.
Notes: Open to those who have not had a full collection published. judged by Susan Richardson, entry fee is £12.

The Plough Prize 2015
Deadline: November 30th 2015
Prize: 1st Prize: £1,000, 2nd Prize: £500, 3rd Prize: £250
Notes: Entry fee is £5 per poem, Forty lines or under, no theme, Long and short lists published, Online and postal entry available

IHS International Haiku Competition 2015
Deadline: November 30th, 2015.
Prizes: €150, €50 and €30
Notes: Submit unpublished haiku/senryu of 17 syllables or fewer, entry fees are €3 each or €20 with each seven haiku.Judge: Anatoly Kudryavitsky, editor of Shamrock Haiku Journal and the current President of the Irish Haiku Society.

2016 Porter Prize
Deadline: 1 December, 2015
Prize: First Prize: $5,000 and Arthur Boyd’s etching and aquatint The unicorn and the angel, 1975 from the series The lady and the unicorn, 1975.
Shortlisted Poets: $500
Notes: All poets writing in English are eligible, regardless of where they live, entry fee of AU$22, or AU$15 for current ABR subscribers

The Earlyworks Press Poetry Competition
Deadline: 1st of December 2015.
Prizes : £100 for first prize, £25 for the runner-up, £5 for any published on their website. The best entries will also have the option of publication in their next anthology.
Notes: poems of up to 40 lines, entry fee is £3 each, or £15 for six.

The Enfield Poets: International Poetry Competition 2015
Deadline: 1 Dec 2015
Prizes: 1st – £500, 2nd – £200, 3rd – £100. Prizewinners and commended poets will be invited to read their poems at a special prize reading, featuring our Judge, Anne-Marie Fyfe, at the Dugdale Theatre in Enfield Town on 6th February 2016.
Notes: Open to anyone aged 17 or over at the time of entering. Entries from outside the U.K. are welcome, but must be written in English. There is no limit to the number of entires. All poems must have a title and must not exceed 50 lines in length (excluding the title). Entries can be on any subject. The entry fee is £4 per poem, or £10 for 3 poems.

The Hourglass Literary Magazine Competition
Deadline: December 31st, 2015.
Prize: The winner in each category will receive US$1000 as prize money, publication in Hourglass and three copies of the issue.
Notes: Entry Fee is US$8, there are no theme, or genre limitations and boundaries, poems should not have more than 3500 words and can submit up to three works.

Mini-competition: ‘Dark Interiors’
Deadline: 31 Dec 2015
Prize: Publication for winners
Notes: Theme of dark interiors. Poems (up to 50 lines), Entry fee is £3 per entry or £10 for 4 entries.

The Magma Poetry Competition
Deadline: 18th of January 2016
Prizes: Magma Judge’s Prize – Prizes: £1,000, £300, £150. Magma Editors’ Prize- First prize is £1,000, second is £300, plus 10 Special Mentions (£15 each). The winners will also be invited to read at Magma’s prize-giving event in Spring 2016 and five prize winning entries will be published in the magazine.
Notes:Magma Judge’s Prize (poems of 11-50 lines, Magma Editors’ Prize (Submit poems of up to 10 lines), entry fee is £5 for the first poem, £4 for the second and £3.50 for the third and each subsequent poem.

The Kent & Sussex Poetry Society Competition
Deadline: 31st of January 2016
Prizes: £1,000, £300, £100. Fourth prize is 4 x £50.
Notes: Entry fee is £5 per poem, 3 or more poems: £4 each, poems must be typed and not longer than 40 lines

Irish Children’s Haiku Contest
Deadline: 14 Feb 2016
Prize: Winner will be published in the Haiku by Children of the World anthology.
Notes: Entries should be from Ireland, and can be written in English, Irish, or any other language (with english translation attached). No entry fee is required, theme is morning. One entry per child.

The Caterpillar Poetry Prize
Deadline: 30 March 2016
Prizes: First Prize is €1,000 plus publication in the summer 2016 issue of The Caterpillar.
Notes: Entry fee is €12, single unpublished poem written for children aged 7-11 years.

Playwriting Competitions

Smock Allies : Scene + Heard
Deadline : 20th November 2015
Prizes: Performance in the festival of new work in Spring 2016
Notes: Smock Alley is calling for submissions for their festival of new work in Spring 2016. The aim is to rouse + inspire audiences and showcase new work that animates + stimulates, seeks applications under Music, Theatre, Comedy, Dance + Children’s categories.

The Brave New Ending Writing Challenge

Deadline: 31st of December 2015.
Prizes: All submissions will be published online and the ten top submissions will be invited to a playwriting workshop with Nigel Planer.
Notes: Open to writers of all ages, write a final scene for your own imagined version of Brave New World, judges are Dawn King and Jenny King.

The 25th International Radio Playwriting Competition
Deadline: 31st of January, 2016.
Prizes: The playwright of the best play written with English as a first language, and the playwright of the best play written with English as a second language will both receive £2200. They will also win a trip to London to see the play being recorded for broadcast on the BBC World Service and to attend a prize-giving evening.
In addition, there’s the Georgi Markov Prize for the writer of the script identified by the judges as showing most promise.
Notes: Only open to writers who live outside the UK. Submit a script for a 53 minute radio play with up to six central characters, a synopsis (up to 400 words) and an entry form.

Deadline: 31st January 2016
Prizes: Best play: $3000, second best play: $2000, third best play: $1000
The winning plays will be performed during the 2016 Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers for a five night season.
Notes: Aspiring and experienced playwrights are invited to submit unpublished one-act play scripts, no restrictions on subject matter, theme or style, Entry fee is $30 / $45 per script

Novel Writing Competitions

The St. Martin’s Minotaur/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition
Deadline: 14th of December 2015
Prize: Publication by Minotaur Books, with a $10,000 advance.
Notes: Submit a crime story of not less than 200 pages (approx. 60,000 words). You should be previously unpublished, it’s free to enter and limited to one entry per person.

Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition

Deadline: Friday 18th December 2015
Prizes: Worldwide publishing deal with Chicken House, with an advance of £10,000 (subject to contract).
All longlisted entrants will receive a reader’s report of their work.
Notes: Full-length novel suitable for children aged somewhere between 7 and 18 years; minimum of 30,000 words and ask that manuscripts entered do not exceed 80,000 words in length. Entry fee is £15.00 (incl. VAT)

Novella Submissions and Competitions

10th Annual Black Orchid Novella Award.
Deadline: 31st May 2016
Prizes: First prize is $1,000 and publication in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine.
Notes: Each entry must be an original unpublished work of fiction that conforms to the tradition of the Nero Wolfe series, entries must be 15,000 to 20,000 words in length, no entry fee.


Deadline: ongoing
Notes: Pay contributors half of what we make in subscriptions, publishes novellas through a serialized format. Each week we send out a 2,000-5,000 word section of the story to subscribers, 13,000 and 40,000 words

Grants and Scholarships

New Writer Scholarship 2015

Deadline: Nov 29, 2015
Prize: The scholarship award is $4,000
Notes: Anyone at least 16 years of age, your submitted work (Short story/Poem/Blog post/Any written material you are proud of) cannot be published and your submission has not been submitted to any other printed material that may publish this same work, work must be in English but your country of residence can be anywhere.

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