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!
The Big Smoke Team
Short, political poems, with a £200 prize. Submission deadline is 26th March.
Poetry can be submitted only from established poets, submission deadline 30th March.
Outstanding manuscripts from members in 6 categories. Submission deadline 31st March.
300 word limit on submissions, deadline 31st March.
€1000 prize, for poems by an adult for children aged 7-11, deadline 31st March.
Open to any young poet wishing to attend the International Festival of Literature. Includes accommodation, travel and tickets. Letter of interest to be submitted by 31st March.
Award to first full-length poetry collection for person aged under 35, UK or Irish resident, British / Irish Citizenship, writing in English. Deadline 31st August.
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.
A chance to host an event with the International Festival of Literature. Submissions deadline 3rd April.
Up to 3 poems may be submitted on the theme of politics, submission deadline 7th April.
RTE Guide / Puffin Young People’s Short Story Competition (no link)
3 categories for kids to enter, in any chosen style or genre:
- 7-10 y/o, 400 words submission, with optional illustration
- 11-14 y/o, 750 words submission
- 15-18 y/o, 1000 words submission
Entries can be submitted via email or post and include your name, age, full postal address, email address and telephone number. Email entries should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘RTÉ Guide / Puffin Young People’s Short Story Competition’ in the subject line.
Postal entries should be posted to RTÉ Guide / Puffin Young People’s Short Story Competition, PO Box 1480, RTÉ, Donnybrook, Dublin 4.
Entrants under the age of 18 must have signed parent/guardian consent to enter.
Deadline 7th April, 5pm.
Entries are invited in three categories: primary school, secondary school and adult. Writers are invited to submit a short story or poem with an African theme, set in either Ireland or Africa. Submission deadline 3rd May.
Best first chapter of a work-in-progress from a Munster resident.
- Applicants must submit the first chapter of their novel (max 3,000 words) via email and also two printed copies (double-spaced and printed on one side of the page only) by Friday 19 May
- Place your name and address on a separate sheet with the printed copies. Please send two hard copies to JG Farrell Award, West Cork Literary Festival, 13 Glengarriff Road, Bantry, Co Cork and email a copy to email@example.com with ‘JG Farrell Award’ in the subject line.
Award for independently published authors, submission deadline 31st May.
EXIT EARTH is a short story competition open to published and non-published authors, the submission deadline is 31st May.