Thursday, 5 December 2019



Prize: €1,000, plus a Professional Reading in Siamsa Tíre, Tralee
This Competition CANNOT be entered online, all entries must be submitted by post to Listowel Writers’ Week, 24 The Square, Listowel Co Kerry V31 RD93
Plays submitted should be for stage presentation only
They must NOT have been previously staged
The professional rehearsed reading is subject to certain criteria and conditions. For further information contact Listowel Writers’ Week on 00 353 +68 21074
One-Act Plays are NOT eligible
Plays can be submitted only once for this competition
Re-submissions will be disqualified
NO Application Form Required
For Competition Rules click HERE

Adjudicator: Emer O’Kelly

Sponsor: Bill Walsh & Family Aspire Technology Limited

Entry Fee: €20 + (€3 booking fee)


This Award is for the best Collection of Poetry by an Irish Author published between the 1st February 2019 and  31st January 2020. It has a Prize Fund of €12,000.
First Prize €10,000 for a published Collection of Poetry by an Irish poet and €1,000 for each of the other shortlisted poets.
  • Collection must be published between the 1st February 2019 and 31st January 2020
  • 3 Copies of each book should be submitted to
    Listowel Writers Week Office, 24 The Square, Listowel, Co Kerry, V31 RD93
  • NO Application Form Required.
  • For Award Criteria click HERE
Jo Shapcott & Ian McMillan

Friday, 29 November 2019



The Moth Poetry Prize is one of the biggest prizes in the world for a single unpublished poem. The prize is open to anyone (over 16) as long as the poem is previously unpublished, and each year it attracts thousands of entries from new and established poets from over 50 countries worldwide.

The prize is judged anonymously by a single poet. The judge only learns who the shortlisted poets are following the selection of the winning poems. Past judges include Marie Howe, Deborah Landau, Daljit Nagra, Leontia Flynn and Billy Collins.

Past winners include Natalya Anderson, Paul McMahon, Lee Sharkey, Ann Gray (whose poem was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem) and Abigail Parry (who was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection).

The winner of The Moth Poetry Prize 2018 was Jude Nutter’
s ‘
Dead Drift’. You can read more about Jude and her poem in the Irish Times. All four shortlisted poems appear in the summer 2019 issue of The Moth.


Claudia Rankine will judge The Moth Poetry Prize 2019. Rankine’s numerous awards and honours include the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Forward Prize for Best Collection, the Lannan Foundation Literary Award and the T. S. Eliot Prize. Her collection Citizen was also the only poetry book to be a New York Times bestseller in the nonfiction category. In 2005, she was awarded the Academy Fellowship for distinguished poetic achievement by the Academy of American Poets. She is the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry at Yale University.


A very kind anonymous donor will pay the entry fee for the first 15 poets from Northern Ireland who enter The Moth Poetry Prize 2019. Contact for details.


The Prize is open to anyone (over 16), as long as the work is original and previously unpublished.

There is a no line limit, and the poems can be on any subject.

The entry fee is €15 per poem. You can enter online or send your poem(s) along with a cheque or postal order made payable to ‘The Moth Magazine Ltd.’ with an entry form or a cover letter with your name and contact details and the title of your poem(s) attached to: The Moth, Ardan Grange, Milltown, Belturbet, Co. Cavan, Ireland H14 K768.

If you are concerned about formatting online, please go through the online process and then email your poem as a Word attachment with your entry number directly to

Please remember to read the rules of the competition before you enter.


The shortlist will be announced in March 2020 and all four poems will appear in the spring 2020 issue of The Moth.

The overall winner of €10,000 will be announced at a special award ceremony at Poetry Ireland in Dublin on 30 April 2020.

Call 00 353 (0)87 2657251 or email for more details.

Thursday, 28 November 2019

Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition 2020

InterAct Stroke Support is delighted to announce that Thursday 1st August 2019 sees the launch of the seventh biennial Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition.

The short story competition was first launched in 2008 and the challenge remains the same: writers are requested to write a piece, in any genre, in no more than 1,000 words. The winner of the competition will write four further stories for InterAct Stroke Support over the course of one year and will receive £1,000.

The closing date for submissions is Sunday 22nd December 2019 and first place will be awarded at the winner’s ceremony in March/April 2020 (venue and date to be confirmed).

Baroness Ruth Rendell, a beloved patron, judge and friend of InterAct put her name to the award after the first short story competition in 2008 and sadly passed away in 2015. The competition continues to inspire writers in her honour. We delighted that this year the competition will be judged by esteemed novelist Dame Margaret Drabble.

2020 will be the charity’s 20th anniversary and we look forward to celebrating this achievement with colleagues, actors, authors and stroke survivors alike.

The competition asks writers to submit a piece in any genre in no more than 1, 000 words. Stories must be suitable to be read in the sensitive environment of a hospital setting. The winner of the competition will receive £1, 000 and will be commissioned to write four further stories for InterAct Stroke Support over the course of one year. The closing date for submissions is Monday 2nd December 2019. The winner will be chosen by Margaret Drabble and will be announced at the awards ceremony on Tuesday 3rd March 2020.

Paypal and Email

Pay your £15.00 per story submission fee via Paypal through the InterAct website. Send your Paypal receipt and attach your story(ies) in an email to

You will receive an email confirming whether your payment and story have been received and entered in to the competition.

The filename of email entries must be the title of the story and it must be either a .doc .docx or .pdf file. The entrants name and contact details must not appear anywhere on the manuscript of the submitted story.

We would appreciate it if, when submitting your story via email, you can tell us how you heard about the Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition.

Cheque and Post

Alternatively, you can send your submission to us in the post and include a cheque for £15.00 per story made out to ‘InterAct Stroke Support’.

Postal entries must be typed, single-sided, with pages numbered and unstapled. Stapled entries will not be accepted. Please include a covering letter detailing the entrant’s name, contact details, how you heard about the Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition and the word count of the story. The entrants name and contact details must not appear anywhere on the manuscript of the submitted story.

Send postal entries to:

Short Story Competition
InterAct Stroke Support
Victoria Charity Centre
11 Belgrave Road

Please enclose a stamped addressed postcard marked 'ACKNOWLEDGEMENT' if you require acknowledgement of receipt of your postal entry.

Win a spot at the Iceland Writers Retreat 2020!

We have partnered with the Radisson Blu Saga Hotel to offer one person a free spot at the Iceland Writers Retreat in April-May 2020. The winner will receive admission to all events for the Iceland Writers Retreat, as well as four nights accommodation at the Radisson Blu Saga Hotel.*

The deadline to submit an entry is 23:59 (GMT) Monday, December 16, 2019. There is no fee to enter. Click here to enter.

Submit a 350 word story, essay or poem inspired by this photo, which we’ve captioned: “Iceland: ethereal, exhilarating, sublime.” Given that our competition is to attend the Iceland Writers Retreat, we recommend that you mention Iceland somewhere in your entry.

Our judging panel will select one winning entry. Judges will be looking for creativity, originality, and style.

People who have already registered to attend the Iceland Writers Retreat are also welcome to apply. If the winner has already registered, his or her payment will be refunded.
Deadline: 23:59 (GMT) Monday, December 16, 2019
Entries will be judged anonymously.
Questions? Email

Note that this prize is to attend the Iceland Writers Retreat and not the Iceland Readers Retreat.

All the fine print:
– The author of the winning entry will receive one delegate spot at the Iceland Writers Retreat 2020, as well as four nights’ accommodation (if based outside of the Reykjavík Capital Area) at the Radisson Blu Saga Hotel and all other items listed on the registration page
– *The prize does NOT include airfare to Iceland, airport transfers, or any expenses not itemized in the delegate description.
– The prize is valid for one participant on a standard single room (if based outside of the Reykjavík Capital Area) basis. If the participant wishes to purchase a room upgrade or attend with an accompanying person, the standard additional fees apply.
– The prize does not include attendance at the Relax & Write extension.
– The entry must be submitted in English and must be your own original work.
– The entry must not have been published elsewhere, either in print or online. (If your entry does not win, you are welcome to publish it elsewhere after the contest winner is announced.)
– The winner grants Radisson Blu Saga Hotel and Iceland Writers Retreat the right to publish their submission (with credit) in conjunction with the promotion.
– Submissions that do not win will not be published. (We will publish second and third place entries with permission.)
– The judging panel is made up of representatives from the Radisson Blu Saga Hotel and previous volunteers of the Iceland Writers Retreat.
– The judges’ decision is final. Unfortunately we are unable to provide feedback on submissions.
– Only one entry per person.
– You must be 18 years old or older on the day the retreat begins (April 29, 2020) to enter.
– There is no entry fee.
– Contest closes at 23:59 (GMT) on Monday, December 16, 2019. The winner will be announced on January 13, 2020.
– Second or third place entries will be selected in the event that the first place winner cannot attend.
The photo in this piece is by Roman Gerasymenko and used with permission.

About the Iceland Writers Retreat
Held for the first time in April 2014, the Iceland Writers Retreat is an event comprised of a series of small-group writing workshops and cultural tours designed to introduce participants to Iceland’s rich literary heritage. Faculty in 2020 include Maria Semple, Elnathan John, Patrick Gale and David Chariandy. The Iceland Writers Retreat was named one of the world’s best writers’ retreats by the Sydney Morning Herald, and one of the top 10 “Events to travel for in 2014” by Four Seasons Magazine.


Judges this year are Stephen Fry & Prue Leith…

An introduction from Jeremy Mogford:

I am lucky enough to have enjoyed a lifetime in the hospitality industry with my involvement with Browns Restaurants, Rules in London and my current Oxford collection of the Old Bank and Old Parsonage Hotels, Quod Restaurant, Parsonage Grill and Gee’s Restaurant.

Wishing to give something back to the hospitality industry which has been very good to me and combining it with my longstanding link to literary Oxford, in 2013 I decided to sponsor a brand new short story prize whi
ch had to specifically relate to the subject of food, drink or both…

In 2019 the contest attracted 1,019 entries from around the world. The overall winner was Elisabeth Ingram Wallace for her story ‘Corvidae.’ Download the story here (PDF) or listen to an audio version below.



Food and drink must be at the heart of the winning tale. Your short story could, for instance, be about crime or intrigue; about a chance meeting over a drink; a life-changing conversation over dinner; or perhaps the details of a relationship explored through food or drink.

We are overjoyed to announce that our two judges in the 2020 competition are none other than Stephen Fry & Prue Leith!

To submit a story to this year’s competition, and pay the £10 entry fee, please click the ‘pay to enter’ button below…

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Life Writing Prize

The Spread the Word Life Writing Prize in association with Goldsmiths Writers’ Centre was established in 2016. Open to new and emerging writers living in the UK aged 18 or over, the Prize was established to celebrate and develop life writing in the UK thanks to a generous donation from Joanna Munro. Blake Morrison is Patron of the Prize.

Free to enter, the Prize aims to find the best life writing from emerging writers from across the UK. The Prize defines life writing as ‘intended to be true’, reflects someone’s own life journey or experiences and is not fiction. The competition is open to writers who have yet to publish a full-length work or have a literary agent.

The 2017 prize was won by Jon Paul Roberts for 1955-2012.
The 2018 prize was won by Danny Brunton for New Boy.
The 2019 prize was won by Charlotte Derrick for The Lady in Black.

The 2020 Life Writing Prize 2020 is open for entries from Monday 4 November at midday and will close on Monday 3 February at 11am.

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