Wednesday, 15 November 2017

The Competition - Social Media: A Writer's Tail

Over the past fifteen years, with the rise of social media, the most extraordinary changes have taken place in people’s lives across the globe. In terms of the way we communicate, a whole new world has opened up as people make use of Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Instagram, and a whole host of other platforms and apps.

There are huge pluses involved, as we all find groups of like-minded souls to connect with, spread the word quicker than ever before – and generally make social media hay. But there have been downsides too, with Fake News dominating elections, social media bullying impacting adversely on individuals – and so on.

The Challenge

One of the key objectives of the Creative Ireland Programme is to nurture and develop new creative talent. Write Here, Write Now has joined forces with Creative Ireland to uncover the best new young writing talent in the country. We want you to to unleash your imagination and create a story which involves – or which reflects on – social media. Whether it’s kicked off by an unexpected like on Facebook, a tweet that really hits home, an Instagram post that makes you laugh or cry, or a group conversation on WhatsApp that goes askew, we all have social media stories to tell. In Social Media: A Writer’s Tale, we want you to draw on any or all of them: the good, the bad, the humorous, the mysterious, the downright strange.

The Fine Print

It will be up to the entrants to set their vision down, create a fictional world, or reflect on the theme of Social Media and its impact on our lives in whatever way they think works best. Competition entries can be in the form of stories, poems, songs, monologues, film scripts – or whatever medium the entrant chooses. What we are asking students to do in Write Here, Write Now is – in the spirit of the Creative Ireland Programme – to unlock their creativity and give us something brilliant and inspiring to think about.
No limits will otherwise be set about where, when, in what era – or indeed galaxy! – the entries will be located. Nor indeed about what form the written entry can take. We want students to use their imagination...
Remember, the competition will be a test of creativity, of originality, of vision, of style – of good writing! – and of the ability to entertain or enthral. In Social Media: A Writer’s Tale, the best entry in each category, in the opinion of the judges, will be the winner.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Verve Poetry Festival 2018 City Poetry Competition

Verve Poetry Festival 2018 City Poetry Competition

1st prize £500, 2nd £250 and 3rd prize worth £100.
The authors of the best fifteen poems will be invited to read alongside six commissioned poets at the City Poetry Event at Verve 2018!

Acclaimed Birmingham poet Roy Fisher famously published his long poem City as a kind of poetic hymn to a city he often loathed but ultimately loved. Decades later, another poet with Brummie roots, Benjamin Zephaniah, wrote his City Psalms, placing verse covering the topics of politics, race and injustice in a resolutely city setting.

A city centre poetry festival needs city poems! For this year’s competition they’d like to hear and read yours. But how will you write about the city, and will your city be real or imaginary? Will your city be your focus, or will you set your poem in your city with the cosmopolitan conurbation as a back-drop? Will your city be a positive, lively place, filled with energy and vigour? Will it be violent and threatening? Will you be alone in your city, or amongst friends? Will your poem take on the shape of your city? Will it be tall and thin like a sky-scraper? Or widen and narrow like your city’s river? Only you can answer these questions.

Deadline and city theme
Verve’s poetry contest this year is for city themed poems.
It opens on Sunday, 1st Oct 2017 and closes midnight Saturday, 25th Nov 2017.

The Judge
Luke Kennard has published five collections of poetry, including The Harbour Beyond the Movie and most recently and to great acclaim, Cain. He won an Eric Gregory Award in 2005 and was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection in 2007. He lectures in Creative Writing at the University of Birmingham. In 2014 he was selected by the Poetry Book Society as one of the Next Generation Poets. His debut novel, The Transition, was published in 2017 by Fourth Estate.

He closed Verve Poetry Festival in 2017, and will do so again in 2018 as part of Local Legends– our Birmingham Spoken Word Scene Night of Nights!

Luke will read all the entries and choose 3 winning poems and 12 commended poems. Luke will also attend the City Poetry event at Verve and introduce the poets.


1st Prize: £500
2nd Prize: £250
3rd Prize: £100
Commended: 12 commended poets will be invited to read their poem alongside the prizewinners and six commissioned poets at our City Poetry Event at Verve.

Entry Fee
The cost of entry to our competition is £5.00 for the first poem and £3.00 for each subsequent poem.

Full entry details and how to pay can be found on the Verve website:

Thursday, 9 November 2017

2018 Fiction Desk Ghost Story Competition

The 2018 edition of the Fiction Desk Ghost Story Competition is now open for entries.

This year there’s a first prize of £500, along with second and third prizes. Entry costs £8, and the closing date is Wednesday, 31st January 2018. (The competition closes at midnight UK time, so don’t get caught out if you’re sending an entry from overseas.)

The main page of the competition can be found right here. Full terms of entry can be found at the bottom of our online entry form.

Winners from the last two years appear in our latest anthology, New Ghost Stories III. It’s well worth picking up a copy if you want to see the stories that have been successful in the past – or if you just want a good spooky read to get you through the winter nights

Tuesday, 31 October 2017


Win the 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!

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.

For more details email or visit our blog at

Monday, 30 October 2017

The Magic Oxygen Literary Prize

In its fourth year, yet again #MOLP has an incredible prize fund of £3,000, which will be awarded in each category as follows:

First Prize – £1,000
Second Prize – £300
Third Prize – £100
Two Highly Commended – £50

We also plant a tree for every single entry we receive in Boré, Kenya and we’ll email you the GPS coordinates of it once the contest has closed and we’ve received confirmation of them from our Word Forest Coordinator.

Additionally, your entry will also help fund the construction of another much needed new classroom in the same community – click here to see the one our previous contests built.

All of this will be done via the newly formed charity The Word Forest Organisation, which was founded as a direct result of the Magic Oxygen Literary Prize
The Rules in Brief
Open for entries 1st October 2017, through to midnight on 31st December 2017
Short Stories up to 4,000 words, excluding title
Poetry up to 50 lines, excluding title and lines between stanzas
The theme for short stories and poetry is open
Online entries preferred but written entries are also accepted (Click here for the address and postal details)
Open to writers all over the world
Entrants must be 15 or over at the time of submission
Entries must be written in English and must be your own previously unpublished work
Entries must show no name, address or identifying marks other than the title
You may submit as many entries as you wish
£5 per entry
Closing date midnight 31st December 2017

Click here to read the rules, Ts and Cs in full.

Your submission will also act as your acceptance of the rules.

Thursday, 26 October 2017


Entry guidelines for the Seren Christmas Poetry Competition

Please submit one poem only to: Amy Wack, Editor.
Please include your name, email address, telephone number and postal address in your Cover Letter

Please also include your name in the file name of your document, e.g. 'Jane_Doe_Xmas_Poem_Submission'.

We look forward to reading your entry to the Seren Christmas Poetry Competition. All submissions will be read and judged by our Poetry editor Amy Wack, and the winner will be announced through our website and social media channels on 27 November.

The Prize
The winning poem will be distributed as the official Seren Christmas card, sent to all publishing & literary friends. The winner will also receive 50 printed copies of the card to send to friends & family this Christmas. Longlisted poems will be considered for a 2018 poetry pamphlet.

Terms and Conditions

1. Entries to the competition must be on the subject of ‘Christmas’.
2. The closing date for entries is 08 November 2017.
3. Each entrant must submit only one poem. In the event that multiple entries are made, only the first will be judged and subsequent entries will be discounted.
4. Poems with joint authorship are ineligible.
5. Entries must be written in English, and must be no longer than one A4 page in length.
6. Entries must be written in Times New Roman, 12pt.
7. Entries must be the original work of the author, and must not have been previously published, broadcast or submitted to another competition.
8. The copyright of each poem remains with the author. The author of the winning poem will grant Seren permission to print, email, distribute, and sell their submitted poem to individuals and trade organisations as the official Seren Christmas Card.
9. All entrants grant Seren permission to consider their poems for publication in a 2018 poetry pamphlet.
10. The judge’s decision is final. No correspondence about the result will be entered in to.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017


International awards for Poetry, Flash Fiction, and Short Story.

The fourth year of the Bare Fiction Prize is upon us as we edge towards a little milestone. With this fourth iteration of the awards Bare Fiction will have awarded over £10,000 in prize money to writers across the globe. New and old writers alike all have a chance to win big cash prizes and publication within each of the three categories offered. Each entry is judged anonymously by our judges, with the poetry and flash fiction category judges reading every single entry in their category and our short story judge reading a longlist selected by Bare Fiction magazine editor, Robert Harper.

Entries can be submitted online or by using the postal entry form which you can download below.

Flash Fiction: 500 words

Short Story: 3000 words

Poetry: 40 lines

DEADLINE: 31ST OCTOBER 2017 (Download a calendar reminder below)

Winners will be notified in January 2018 and a list published on the website shortly afterwards. Click here for full competition rules.

Wayne Holloway-Smith was born in Wiltshire and lives in London. He received his PhD in English and Creative Writing from Brunel University in 2015. He teaches at the University of Hertfordshire and co-edits the online journal Poems in Which. Alarum, his debut collection of poetry, was published by Bloodaxe in 2017.



Naomi Booth is an award-winning writer and academic who lives and works in Yorkshire. Her first work of fiction, The Lost Art of Sinking, was published by Penned in the Margins and won the Saboteur Award for Best Novella. Set in the Pennines, it tells the story of a character who compulsively passes out and it has been selected for the New Writing North Read Regional campaign 2017. Her debut novel, Sealed, is a work of horror and will be published by Dead Ink Books later this year. Naomi lectures in creative writing and literature at York St John University.



Adam O’Riordan received an Eric Gregory award in 2008 and, in that same year, became the youngest Poet-in-Residence at The Wordsworth Trust, the Centre for British Romanticism. His first collection, In the Flesh (Chatto and Windus), won a Somerset Maugham Award in 2011. His second collection, A Herring Famine (Chatto & Windus) was published in early 2017 as was his debut book of stories, The Burning Ground (Bloomsbury Publishing). He is Academic Director of the Manchester Writing School and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing (Poetry).


Previous judges have included: Helen Mort, David Gaffney, Courttia Newland, Tania Hershman, Angela Readman, Adam Horovitz, Rachel Trezise, Jo Bell, Paul McVeigh, Richard Skinner.

1st Prize: £500
2nd Prize: £200
3rd Prize: £100
2 x Highly Commended Award: £25

1st, 2nd & 3rd prize winners will be published in the Spring 2018 issue of Bare Fiction Magazine and on our website, with the prizes to be awarded at the launch reading in Birmingham in Spring 2018.

Bare Fiction Prize Competition Deadline: Yearly Calendar Reminder

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Bare Fiction Prize 2017 Flyer & Postal Entry Form

Click the button below to download an A5 competition flyer and postal entry form for the Bare Fiction Prize 2017.
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The RW Flash Fiction Prize 2017

Judge: Tania Hershman

Tania Hershman’s first collection, The White Road and Other Stories (Salt, 2008), was commended by the judges of the 2009 Orange Award for New Writers, and contains flash fiction and short stories inspired by science. Her second story collection, My Mother Was An Upright Piano: Fictions, was published in May 2012 by Tangent Books and contains fifty six very short fictions. Tania’s first book of poetry, Nothing Here Is Wild, Everything Is Open,won 2nd prize in the Fool For Poetry chapbook contest and was published by Southword Editions in Feb 2016. Her stories and poems have won various prizes, been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, been published, broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and 4 & performed.

Tania’s third short story collection, Some Of Us Glow More Than Others, will be published by Unthank Books, and her debut poetry collection, Terms & Conditions, by Nine Arches Press. Tania is curator of ShortStops (, celebrating short story activity across the UK & Ireland.

1st Place: £250
2nd Place £150
3rd Place £75
Shortlisted: £15
All winning and shortlisted stories published in the annual anthology.

Entry Fees:
£10 for 1 story
£18 for 2 stories
£25 for 3 stories

Deadline: 29th October 2017

Word Count: Up to 500 (title not included)

Writing a winning story: The best way to discover what kind of stories impress the initial readers and the judges is to read them. The 2016 winning and shortlisted stories have all been published in the anthology, What Was Left, available in paperback and ebook.

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Competition Rules
Submit stories written in English through Submittable using the button below by 23.45 GMT on the deadline date (sorry late entries will not be included)
Do not include your name on the story or submission title but provide a short bio in the body of the email All stories are read anonymously so any showing the author’s name will be disqualified.
Stories must be your own original work and not have been published online or in print, or have won any other competitions (longlisted and shortlisted places in other competitions is fine)
By entering the competition you agree to your story being published in the winners’ anthology
Simultaneous submissions are allowed but if your story wins a prize or is published prior to the winner’s announcement your entry will become ineligible and entry fees will not be refunded
Stories can be in any genre apart from children’s fiction
You can enter up to 3 stories
The judge’s decision is final
Anthologies and cash prizes will be presented at a launch event

Monday, 23 October 2017

‘Between the Lights’

‘Between the Lights’ Writing Workshop with Bernie McGill
28 October 2017, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Roe Valley Arts Centre, Limavady

£25 (£22 concession)

The Celtic Festival of Samhain traditionally marks the end of the lighter half and the beginning of the darker half of the year. It was believed that at this time, the division between this world and the otherworld was at its thinnest, allowing spirits to pass through. As we head into the darker weeks of the year, this one-day writing workshop will use as its theme that idea of passing between the lights. Open to all from experienced writers to first-timers, poets and prosers alike, the workshop will be fully participative with attendees taking part in writing exercises throughout the day. Maximum numbers 12. (One hour break for lunch. Lunch not provided.)

To book, phone: 028 7776 0650 or email:

The Competition - Social Media: A Writer's Tail

Over the past fifteen years, with the rise of social media, the most extraordinary changes have taken place in people’s lives across t...