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Ireland’s first Crime Writing Festival

For anyone writing crime this is a fantastic opportunity to listen to authors at the top of their game, from International bestseller Michael Connelly (preview event 28th October) and Lynda La Plante to Peter James and many more. In a jam packed weekend 2nd-4th November get tips from the greats at a killer event! Weekend rover tickets or individual event tickets available, check out www.murderone.ie for details.

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Competition: The Short Story Project ‘My Best Story’

5 days to go!!!! Big prizes. Give it a shot


The Short Story Project website publishes short stories from all around the world both in text and audio, and offers an open stage for upcoming and emerging writers. The Short Story Project staff translates, records and publishes short stories that are read and listened to by over 500,000 people worldwide.



Checkout the Westport Literary Festival Westival

Enter the poetry competition. Details here


Poetry Competition

Literature has been a core strand of our festival since its inception in 1976. In recent years, Edna O’Brien, John Banville, Paul Durcan, Dermot Healy, Mike McCormack, Donal Ryan and Kevin Barry have joined us to share their work. An annual highlight is the poetry competition which has attracted increased entries each year with a corresponding increase in prize money. This year’s first prize is €1,000, with two runners-up prizes of €200 and €100 respectively.

There is an entry fee of €10 for up to three poems. The closing entry date is Friday, Sept 21st, 2018. Winners will be announced during the festival on Thursday the 25th of October 2018 at the Open Mic evening. Shortlisted entrants will be notified one week in advance and invited to attend an open-mic night before the prizewinners are publically announced.




Submissions now open for the 2018 Red Line Book Festival ITT Short Story Competition

12 Jul, 2018

Submissions now open for the 2018 Red Line Book Festival ITT Short Story Competition
The Institute of Technology, Tallaght [Dublin, Ireland] in association with the Red Line Book Festival and South Dublin County Council are pleased to announce the opening of the ITT Short Story Competition 2018 for entries. This year’s competition will be judged by award-winning author Deirdre Sullivan.The competition is free to enter and submissions should be received via this online form by 12pm GMT on 13th August 2018.First Prize: €500
Second Prize: €250
Third Prize: €150International entries are welcome. Further information and the submission form are now available online at: http://bit.ly/ITTShorts18



Bray Literary Festival

Check out this exciting festival of all things literary on https://brayliteraryfestival.com/about/

Our esteemed Co-Editor-in-Chief is giving a beginner’s class in Creative Writing


How do you tell a story?
If you’ve always wanted to write but didn’t know where to start, or if you’re returning to writing after some time away this beginner’s workshop is for you. Justine Carbery will help to trigger your imagination through practical, creative and fun exercises.

Justine Carbery

Justine teaches Creative Writing at UCD and is a widely published short-story writer and journalist with the Sunday Independent, The Gloss and Image. She is the Editor-in-chief of the HCE Review, a prestigious online literary and arts journal.


Come and enjoy Culture Night by the sea and all the wonderful offerings from this unique festival.



Deadline Submission Opportunities

The Caterpillar Poetry Prize 2018 Deadline: 31 March 2018 Prizes: A prize of €1,000 is given to the best poem. Details: If you have written a poem you think would appeal to 7–11-year olds, then why not enter the prestigious Caterpillar Poetry Prize? The prize is open to anyone over 16, and the poem can be on any subject. http://www.thecaterpillarmagazine.com/a1-page.asp?ID=7253&page=12

Ballyroan Library Poetry Competition 2018 The Ballyroan Library Poetry Competition 2018 is open until April 5, 2018 open to poets aged 18 and over and based in Dublin. Submit by email only ballyroanlibrarypoetrycomp@gmail.com. No set theme, poems must not exceed 40 lines and they must be original and unpublished. Submit up to 2 poems.Prizes: €100, €50, €30 and all poems will be published on South Dublin Libraries’ website. The winning poets must be able to attend an event in Ballyroan Library in April. http://www.poetryireland.ie/writers/opportunities/ballyroan-library-poetry-competition-2018.

Deviant Minds is a writing prize open to unagented authors, with an unpublished adult crime novel or thriller. The author must be born or resident in the UK or Ireland. 19th February 2018: submissions open until 27th April 2018 (midnight GMT). For further details: https://www.writing.ie/writing-comps/competition-deviant-minds-2018/

The Edinburgh International Flash Fiction Award The winner will receive £500, an invitation to participate and perform during the annual Scottish Arts Club Short Story Awards Dinner, publication in an anthology, a trophy and a dedicated page on their new website. Competition deadline: 30th April 2018. The entry fee is £5 per story. https://www.storyawards.org/enterflash-fiction-award/

Ver Poets Open Competition The Ver Poets Open Competition is open until April 30, 2018. Adrian Buckner will be judging the entries. Prizes: £600, £300, £100. The winners and selected poems will be published in an anthology. Entry Fee: £4 each or £10 for three. https://verpoets.co.uk/poetry-competitions/

Ware Poets Poetry Competition The Ware Poets Poetry Competition is open until April 30, 2018. Prizes: £600, £300, £150. Entry Fee: £4 each, £12 for four, £3 each thereafter. http://www.orbisjournal.com/2018/02/ware-poets-open-poetry-competition-2018/

Bristol Short Story Prize Deadline: 01 May 2018 Prizes: 1st prize is £1,000, 2nd prize is £700, 3rd prize is £400. 17 further prizes of £100 will be presented to the remaining shortlisted writers. All shortlisted writers will receive 2 free copies of the anthology. https://www.bristolprize.co.uk/

Literary Taxidermy Short Story Competition deadline: 4th June 2018 $1500 in cash. See website for details https://literarytaxidermy.com/

Words by Water Kinsale Writers are invited to submit a short story of up to 2000 words, for consideration by judge Alanah Hopkin. Theme: Open. 1st Prize is €400 plus publication in the Evening Echo. €14 per entry. https://www.wordsbywater.ie/competition Entries will be accepted between March 1 and July 15, 2018.

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The Moth Short Story Prize 2018 Deadline: 30 June 2018 Prizes: 1st prize €3,000; 2nd prize week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France plus €250 travel stipend; 3rd prize €1,000, open to anyone (over 18) as long as the work is original and previously unpublished. There is a word limit of 5,000. The entry fee is €12 per story. http://www.themothmagazine.com/a1-page.asp?ID=3056&page=19

The 12th Aesthetica Creative Writing Award Deadline: 31 August 2018 Prizes: Include: £1,000 for the Short Fiction and Poetry winners, publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual for 60 finalists, Consultation with Redhammer Management, membership to the Poetry Society, one year subscription to Granta and a selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage. Details: Celebrating excellence in Poetry and Short Fiction, the Creative Writing Award is a platform for emerging and established poets and writers to showcase their work to an international audience. Poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines and Short Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words. Works previously published are also accepted and you may enter as many times as you wish. http://www.aestheticamagazine.com/creative-writing-award/

Mslexia Women’s Fiction Awards open until October 1, 2018. There are four categories: children’s novel, novella, short story, flash fiction. Prizes: Children’s Novel: first prize is £5,000. Short Story: £5,000. Novella: £1,000. Flash Fiction: £500. Prizes also include publication, a writers’ retreat, introductions to agents and editors, manuscript feedback, pitch training and mentoring. Entry Fee: £5 for flash fiction, £10 for short stories, £25 for children’s novel, £15 for novellas. https://mslexia.co.uk/competitions/

Ongoing Submission Opportunites

Skein Press Deadline: Ongoing, seeking submissions of fiction pieces, short stories and novel extracts, from emerging or established authors to be published in a multi-author collection. These pieces should reflect under-represented voices – experiences and themes not widely explored in Irish literature. Please email your story or a chapter from your novel as an attachment to skeinpress@gmail.com. Or check out https://skeinpress.com/ for more details.

Epoque Press: a new independent publisher open to ongoing submission, looking for novels or collections of short stories from new and established authors. Please email submissions to submissions@epoquepress.com.  Or check out https://www.epoquepress.com/submissions for more details.

Cold Coffee Stand– Deadline: Ongoing submission call. See submissions guidelines at https://coldcoffeestand.wordpress.com/

Flight Writing Deadline: Ongoing. Seeking innovative short stories of up to 3000 words and poetry of max. 50 lines in English, Irish, Spanish and German.  Submit at flightwriting@gmail.com or check out https://flightwriting.com/ for more details.

Hennessy New Irish Writing: Deadline: Ongoing. Email your entry to hennessynewirishwriting@irishtimes.com Submissions are open to writers who are Irish or resident in Ireland. All accepted stories will be printed in the Irish Times, as well as being considered for the Hennessy Literary Awards, with prizes of €1500 and €2500, as well as a trophy.

Idler Deadline: Ongoing. Accepts submissions for short-form creative writing, including essays, poems and stories, from writers in Ireland and internationally. https://idler.co.uk/

Palm-Sized Press Deadline: Monthly/Ongoing. Genre: Flash Fiction. Prizes: Publication on the website’s page. Monthly prompt for each submission. Submissions to: palmsizedpress@gmail.com. Check out https://palmsizedprompts.wordpress.com/submissions/ for more details.

Visions International Deadline: Ongoing. Genre: Poetry. https://visions2010.wordpress.com/contact-ussubmissions/ . Email vias.poetry@gmail.com. No poems longer than 3 normal pages.

Reedsy’s Writing Prompts Inspired Short Story Contest Sign up for Reedsy’s weekly writing prompts newsletter, and respond to one of their prompts with a short story for the chance to win $50 and get featured on the Reedsy-Medium Blog! Deadline: Ongoing, weekly contest. Fee: Free. https://reedsy.com/writing.

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