Check out these inspiring and challenging writing competitions happening over the next few months! Don’t forget you can brush up on your writing techniques with our extensive writing classes, covering skills from poetry to publishing, and beginners to advanced!
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The Best New British And Irish Poets – deadline 2nd April – 15th September
A full-length collection of poetry for submission, for inclusion in The Best New British And Irish Poets publication. Submissions between 2nd April – 15th September.
Los Gatos: Irish Writers’ Festival 2017 – deadline 21st September
Youth Poetry Contest, Shirley McClure Poetry Contest, and Short Story Contest.
The Caledonia Novel Award 2018 – deadline 1st May 2017 – 1st November 2017
Open to unpublished or self-published novelists with a work over 50,000 words. Paid entry.
MSLEXIA WOMEN’S NOVEL COMPETITION – Deadline 18th September
Novels of at least 50,000 words written for adults (and young adults) in any genre by previously unpublished women novelists. £25 per novel extract.
Submission guidelines detailed on the website – click the link above for further info.
Deborah Rogers Foundation: Writer’s Award 2018 – Submissions 1st October – 15th December 2017
£10,000 will be awarded to a first-time writer, fiction or non-fiction.
Submissions 1st October – 15th December 2017
Prole Laureate Poetry Competition 2018 – deadline August 1st 2017 – 31st January 2018
Winner: £200, Publication in Prole 25 in April 2018. Publication on the Prole website. 2 x runner up prizes of £50, publication in Prole 25. Publication on the Prole website.
Words and Women Annual New Writing Competition – deadline 15th November
Offers a national prize for women over 40 of £1,000 and a month’s writing residency provided by Hosking Houses Trust and a regional prize (East of England) of £600 and a mentoring session with Jill Dawson of Gold Dust. The winning entries will be published online and in a Compendium of Words and Women’s best entries from the last 4 prize-winning anthologies. Entries can be fiction, memoir, creative non-fiction and life-writing on any theme. 2,200 words. Guest judges: Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney, authors of A Secret Sisterhood: The hidden friendship of Austen, Bronte, Eliot and Woolf. National prize open to women writers over the age of 40. Regional prize open to women writers over the age of 16 living or working in the East of England.
The Book of Kells Creative Competition – deadline 30th November 2017
Trinity College Dublin is calling on the nation to get creative this autumn and be inspired by one of Ireland’s greatest cultural treasures, the Book of Kells. Get your pens and paint brushes out, and write a poem, short story or create a drawing or painting based on the images from the world’s most famous medieval manuscript. Our judges will be looking for modern and innovative interpretations of the Book of Kells from participants.
The Matador Review – deadline 30th November.
The Matador Review is an online literature and art quarterly, and are currently accepting work for their seventh issue, the Winter 2018 publication. The call for submissions will end on November 30, 2017. They invite all unpublished literature written in the English language (and translations accompanied by the original text) as well as many forms of visual art. The genres are as follows: Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Flash Fiction, Poetry, and Visual Art.
Doolin Writer’s Competition 2018 – deadline December 1st 2017
Hotel Doolin is delighted to announce Doolin Writers’ Competition 2018 with a prize fund of €2500. Entries are now being accepted for Short Stories, Poetry and Flash Fiction and the closing date is December 01st 2017. This year Doireann Ní Ghríofa will judge the poetry competition, Sarah Davis-Goff and Lisa Coen from Tramp Press will judge the Short Story and the Flash Fiction Category. Meanwhile, Hotel Doolin has confirmed the weekend of the 2nd-4th February for the 6th Annual Doolin Writers’ Weekend.