Thursday, 10 September 2020

The 2020 National Poetry Competition

 



The 2020 National Poetry Competition is now open for entries!  Start your entry by following this link.

2020 CRAFT Flash Fiction Contest

 

2020 CRAFT Flash Fiction Contest
Open: September 1 to November 1, 2020
Judged by Leesa Cross-Smith
 
Welcome back to our annual flash fiction contest for unpublished stories up to 1,000 words!
 
Guest judge Leesa Cross-Smith will select three winning stories and each winning writer will be awarded $1,000, publication, a bundle of the Rose Metal Press Field Guides, and more. We have an editors’ choice round, too!
 
Submit Here
 
 
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Sunday, 30 August 2020

Saturday, 29 August 2020

LIBERTIES PRESS HUMOROUS SHORT STORY CONTEST - 2 DAYS LEFT TO ENTER


Judged by Irish comedian Kevin Gildea



First Prize €500

Second Prize €600

Third Prize €1,000


Liberties Press, in conjunction with Irish Pensions & Finance, are delighted to announce the launch of their Humorous Short Story Competition for 2020.

​We’re looking for your funniest original story, real or imagined, from Graham Norton’s red chair to Waiting for Godot - and all points in between. We don’t mind how irreverent or inappropriate you are but there are other rules:


You must be over 16 years of age
You must be an Irish citizen or long-term resident of Ireland
The closing date for submissions is 31st August 2020
Maximum 1500 words per entry
One entry per person
The judges' decision is final
Entry is FREE, so whether you are a published writer who wants to demonstrate their range, an unpublished writer who wants to prove they’re every bit as good as a published one, or simply a chancer looking to make a few bob..…send in that story and give us a laugh; we could do with it.

Entries will be judged by Irish comedian Kevin Gildea and the top ten stories will be published in an Anthology, to be launched early 2021.

Please don’t use real people’s names or copy their stories as they’re liable to get shirty; litigious even.


ENTER HERE




The MOTH Nature Writing Contest

                         

Wordsmiths Competition 2020




‘Wordsmiths’ is set to be an annual writing competition of a different nature. The format has been thrown wide open to give a level-playing field for beginners and veterans alike. Rather than a specific theme entrants are asked to create or rework an existing piece from a certain perspective. This year, the opening year, quite aptly we ask writers to apply themselves in words as a jeweler would in gold. In the right hands words are more precious and that’s what we seek to find.

The winner will receive €550 and all shortlisted entries will have a personal critique prepared and sent to them privately. The winning piece will also be published on our webpage. The entry fee is €11. We accept multiple entries and the winner will also have their entry fee refunded.

The style, genre and format is up to the writer. We set no limits on length or presentation and allow combinations of prose and poetry as well as dialectic and colloquial speech patterns, unusual grammatical formulation and anastrophe. This was in response to protests of rigid rules in an era of restrictions.

Entries must be sent digitally to bethestudent@icloud.com along with payment via PayPal to the same email address. Clearly photographed handwritten work is also acceptable. For full details of rules and conditions see https://www.wordperiscope.co.uk/

Judges are set to be:

Michael O’Hanlon, Poet and Author of ‘Free Spirits’

Raymond Cummings, Senior Lecturer in English Literature at St. Mary’s University College

Melanie Patrick, Staff Writer for The Lamp Theatre

Deadline for submissions is: 12 pm on November 15th 2020

Shortlisted entrants will be notified by: December 30th 2020

Winner will be announced on: February 1st 2021

Terms and Conditions

• Contestants may submit work in the English language (no other) on any subject and in any style, genre or presentation form

• Prose, poetry or a combination of the two are among the perfectly acceptable forms

• Work will be judged anonymously so the entrants name or details should not appear anywhere in the manuscript

• Entries are to contain a minimum of 1 word (no half words please) and there is no upper limit. Entries not adhering to this rule will be disqualified and contestants banned

• All entries must be submitted digitally to email address: bethestudent@icloud.com

• Entrants are asked to put ‘WORD 2020’ as the email subject and provide their FULL name, postal address, telephone number and brief bio (2-3 sentences) in the body of the email. Manuscript to be attached

• Clearly photographed handwritten work is acceptable (but no selfies please)

• The entry fee is £10 GBP. Please send via PayPal to bethestudent@icloud.com

• Deadline for submission is 15th Nov 2020

• Shortlisted contestants will be notified by 30th December and the winner will be announced by 1st February 2021

• All shortlisted entries will receive feedback

— — — — and just in case — — — —

• By submitting you agree to all the rules

• Entry fees will be only be refunded for the winner. If the winning contestant has submitted more than one entry they will be refunded for all entries

• Excessively graphic or offensive content will result in the piece being disqualified

• The winning piece may be subject to minor editing or correction before publication on the webpage

• Rules are subject to change if necessary

• Judges are considered capable of impartiality and contestants may not appeal their decisions (even if the same work has also been nominated for the Nobel Prize)

Sunday, 16 August 2020

Ireland’s Own Open Short Story 2020


Ireland’s Own  Open Short Story section (maximum 2,000 words) is open to all and carries a prize fund of €1,000 – a first prize of €600; second prize of €200 and two runners-up prizes of €100.

The Beginners Short Story section is restricted to those who have never had a story published before. It carries a first prize of €300 and three runners-up prizes of €100. Entries for both short story sections should be of approx. 2,000 words, reflect the ethos of Ireland’s Own and be of a non-experimental nature.

Occasionally, stories may need some slight adjustments to comply with our requirements; we reserve the right to make such changes.

Entry in the competitions is deemed an acceptance of this condition.

For the Memories section we are asking entrants to tell us of some special, moment or event in not more than 800 words. It could be about school, holidays, falling in love, getting married, emigrating, a special person you have known, etc. This section carries a first prize of €200 and four runners-up prizes of €100.

In all three sections, entries should be the original and unpublished work of the sender, and should be typed on one side only of A4 paper, double spacing. Any number of entries may be submitted, but each story must be accompanied by a €10.00 (£8 Stg) fee, in cheque or money order – post no cash), made payable to IRELAND’S OWN.

Entries must be submitted by post; make sure you include your own name and address on each entry, and also your email address if you have one to facilitate easy contact.

The results will appear in the Christmas Annual in early December.

The winning entries will be published in our Winning Writers Annual next May.

It is our intention to publish an anthology next year featuring the winners and best of the recommended entries.

No entry form is needed; the decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Entrants should retain copies of their work as manuscripts will NOT be returned.

Entries should be sent to: 2020 Original Writing Competitions, Ireland’s Own, Channing House, Rowe Street, Wexford. Which section each entry is intended for should be clearly marked on the envelope.

CLOSING DATE IS Friday, September 25th, 2020.

For full terms and conditions please visit our website www.irelandsown.ie

Wednesday, 5 August 2020

​The Liberties Press ​Humorous Short Story Competition



First Prize €500

Second Prize €600

Third Prize €1,000


Liberties Press, in conjunction with Irish Pensions & Finance, are delighted to announce the launch of their Humorous Short Story Competition for 2020.

​We’re looking for your funniest original story, real or imagined, from Graham Norton’s red chair to Waiting for Godot - and all points in between. We don’t mind how irreverent or inappropriate you are but there are other rules:


You must be over 16 years of age
You must be an Irish citizen or long-term resident of Ireland
The closing date for submissions is 31st August 2020
Maximum 1500 words per entry
One entry per person
The judges' decision is final
Entry is FREE, so whether you are a published writer who wants to demonstrate their range, an unpublished writer who wants to prove they’re every bit as good as a published one, or simply a chancer looking to make a few bob..…send in that story and give us a laugh; we could do with it.

Entries will be judged by Irish comedian Kevin Gildea and the top ten stories will be published in an Anthology, to be launched early 2021.

Please don’t use real people’s names or copy their stories as they’re liable to get shirty; litigious even.



Entry Form Here

Max file size: 50MB - Please do not include your name on file as entries will be judged anonymously



By entering the competition, you are allowing your story to be used in an anthology to be published by Liberties Press in Spring 2021. By ticking the box below you confirm that you agree to the Terms and Conditions of the competition as outlined above *
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The 2020 National Poetry Competition

  The 2020 National Poetry Competition is now open for entries!    Start your entry by following this link.