Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Commonwealth Short Story Prize

until 1 Nov - two weeks to go! If you are contemplating entering, contemplate no more - dig out that story, finish & submit it! No prior publication necessary, is open to published & unpublished writers.We can't wait to read yours.

Check it out here

Tuesday, 8 October 2019


About the Prize

1st Prize
— €2,000
— Residency (one week) at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre
— Hotel accommodation & board at the Cork International Poetry Festival (March 2020)
— Publication in Southword 38

2nd Prize
— €500
— Publication in Southword 38

3rd Prize
— €250
— Publication in Southword 38

Ten runners-up
— €50
— Publication in Southword 38

The competition is open to original, unpublished poems in the English language of 40 lines or fewer. The poem can be on any subject, in any style, by a writer of any nationality, living anywhere in the world. Unfortunately, translated work is not in the scope of this competition. Simultaneous submissions are accepted but please notify us immediately should your work be accepted elsewhere.

Deadline: 30th November, 2019 (midnight). Entries will be accepted from the 1st August.

Cost of entry: €7 per poem or €30 for a batch of five. If you would like to submit more than five poems, please make more than one entry.

As the poem is judged anonymously, the entrant's name must not appear on poem pages / documents.

Submission Guidelines


Send to:
Subject: GOD entry 2020

The poems for submission with each poem in a seperate Word document. (We cannot accept PDF format.) Please use the title of the poem (or the first few words of the title) as the title of each document. As the competition is judged anonymously, please do not write your name or personal details anywhere on this document as this could lead to disqualification.
A cover letter (separate Word document attached to the same email). The cover letter should include:
- Your name
- Poem title(s)
- Email address
- Phone number
- Postal address
- Image of PayPal receipt or the PayPal transaction ID number
- How your heard about the competition
- A brief bio (optional)
Please ensure that this information is attached as a Word document and not in the body of the email.
Payment of the entry fee can be made through the following payment portal:

To Enter Click Here

Friday, 4 October 2019

SWC Annual Open Short Story Competition 2019

SOUTHPORT Annual Open Short Story Competition

Chief Judge: Dr Anna Maddison.

First prize: £150 Second prize: £80 Third prize: £30

Closing date: 31st October 2019

Online entries available HERE

Dr. Anna Maddison is an art historian who lectures on both the History of Art and English Literature, specialising in the Pre-Raphaelites and the Victorian era.

Anna received a BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature from Leeds University and an MA (with distinction) from Liverpool University in Victorian Literature. Her PhD thesis on Pre-Raphaelite poet-painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti presented new analyses of his poetry, painting and design work within the context of Victorian spiritualism and Swedenborgianism.

In addition to university lecturing, Anna has taught across a number of Merseyside art galleries, including the Walker, Tate Liverpool, and the Atkinson, Southport (where she co-curated an exhibition in 2009). She is currently researching a book on Liverpool shipping magnate and art patron Frederick Leyland.

In addition to academic writing, Anna also writes poetry and she was, for a number of years, a book seller and new books buyer at Broadhursts Bookshop in Southport.

Full Rules:
Your entry should be an unpublished, original story on any theme of up to 2000 words (previous publication includes via internet or independent press).
Do not put your name or any other identifying information on your story but do give it a suitable title. Titles should be both appropriate and interesting.
There is no set theme or style for the competition, other than the above.
You do not need an entry form. Send us a separate cover sheet with each entry’s title, word count, your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address.
For internet entries, put above details in body of email but also please include PayPal ref. number OR put the story(ies) names in the comments box when paying. Also please use basic formatting in any of .doc, .docx, rich text or .odf file types when attaching your entry file to the email. Any sidebars, headers, footers or unusual layouts may result in your electronic entry being rejected.
No individual correspondence will be entered into regarding receipt of works/payments. Please do not send any confirmational material or use Recorded Delivery.
Once your entry has been submitted, any entrant contacting the judges for any reason deemed an attempt to circumvent the judging process is liable to be disqualified.
Please include an SAE if you wish to receive a print of the results/judges report (if available) when the competition is finished. For email entries, please note clearly in the body of the mail that you would like to receive the results.
Winners will be informed in Dec 2019/ Jan 2020, results will be published on this site thereafter. There may be a delay publishing results and/or winning stories depending on circumstances and permissions.
Entries in English please (minor dialect allowable).
Winning stories may be published on this site for 12 months with permission of original author.

Optional – Paper saving single-spaced entries encouraged.
The fee is £3.00 for each story, or £10 for 4. You can pay by cheque or postal order made out to Southport Writers’ Circle. (E-entries have a processing fee.)

Send postal entries to:

Short Story Competition

5 Carrwood Park

Southport PR8 5FA

Online entries available HERE

WOW! Women On Writing Creative Nonfiction Essay Competition


IHS International Haiku Competition 2019

HS International Haiku Competition 2019 Rules

The Competition Prizes

The IHS International Haiku Competition offers prizes of

Euro 150, Euro 50 and Euro 30

for unpublished haiku/senryu in English.

In addition there will be up to seven Highly Commended haiku/senryu.

Entrants may win more than one prize.


All the entries shall be postmarked by 30th November 2019. Overseas (non-EU) entries mailed in the month up to and including this closing date must be sent by airmail.

Address for Entries:


The IHS International Haiku Competition 2019

75 Willow Park Grove


Dublin 11

D11 VK85


or ihshaikucompetition[at]gmail[dot]com

The Rules of the Competition

1. Entrants may submit an unlimited number of haiku/senryu in any language.

2. A haiku/senryu written in Irish (Gaelic), or in a foreign language, should be submitted accompanied by an English translation of the haiku on the same list. These translations cannot be made by the adjudicator of the competition or edited by him.

3. Haiku by international and Irish poets, including members of the IHS, are eligible for the competition. Haiku by the members of the Board of the IHS are not eligible.

4. Each haiku must be accompanied by a fee of Euro 3 or £2.50 sterling or ¥ 500, or USA $4. Or with each seven haiku: Euro 20 or £15 sterling or ¥ 3000 or $25. Methods of payment: personal cheques, International Bank Drafts or postal/money orders in Euro, or U.K Sterling, or US Dollars only, are acceptable and should be made payable to The Irish Haiku Society. No other cheques/ International Bank Drafts/ postal/money orders can be accepted. Entrants in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and other countries should send Euro, US, Sterling or Yen banknotes, unless they have an Ireland-, US- or UK-based bank account. Please do not send coins.
PayPal payments can be made via ihshaikucompetition[at]gmail[dot]com For that, please create an account with, then click "Send Money" in the menu bar at the top of the page - and send the required amount of money to ihshaikucompetition[at]gmail[dot]com You can link your Paypal account to your bank account and transfer some money onto it before you make this payment.

5. Haiku/senryu of 17 syllables or fewer are eligible for the competition. Free-form and experimental haiku are also welcome. All haiku must be the original work of a living author. They must not have been previously published, self-published, published on an edited or unedited website, or have won a prize, or Honourable Mention, at a haiku contest.

6. The poems must be typed or very clearly written on one side of the paper only. Each haiku must be submitted on a separate sheet of paper, or e-mailed to the competition administrator as a MS Word file attached to your e-mail. E-mail submissions can be made via ihshaikucompetition[at]gmail[dot]com

7. The haiku and payment should be firmly attached to the entry form/covering letter. The name of the entrant must not appear on the poems themselves (or in the file attached to the e-mail).

8. Contestants are asked to provide a covering letter with their Name, Address, Phone Number, E-mail address, Date of Birth, Nationality, Occupation, any Haiku group affiliation and the first lines of their poems. This information can be included in the body of the e-mail but not in the attached file. The name of the translator(s), if any, must also appear in the covering letter but not on the poems themselves.

9. No alterations can be made to the haiku once it has been submitted, and it is regretted that no entries can be returned.

10. Haiku cannot be submitted via the adjudicator of the competition. Any attempt to contact the adjudicator of the competition in relation to it will result in immediate disqualification.

11. The judge's decisions are final and no correspondence can be entered into regarding those decisions.

Submission of haiku implies the competitor's acceptance of the conditions set out above.

The prize-winners will be announced in January 2020 and subsequently awarded. A list of the prize-winners will be posted up on the IHS website at as soon as they are announced.

Copyright will remain with the competitors, but the Irish Haiku Society reserves the right to arrange first publication or broadcast of selected haiku as it sees fit.


Anatoly Kudryavitsky is the editor of Shamrock Haiku Journal and the founding President of the Irish Haiku Society. His own collections include Shadow of Time (2005), Morning at Mount Ring (2007), Capering Moons (2011) and Horizon (2016), the latter three being collections of haiku, senryu and haibun. His haiku have received awards in Ireland, Japan, USA, Italy, Croatia, Romania and Canada, were published in the main haiku magazines and widely anthologised.

IHS International Haiku Competition 2018 Results

The Irish Haiku Society is proud to announce the results of the eleventh IHS International Haiku Competition. Over 300 haiku by poets from fourteen countries/territories were submitted to this year's competition. It was adjudicated by Anatoly Kudryavitsky, and judged blindly. The following is the list of prize-winning and highly commended haiku.


Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers

$1,500 and publication in Boulevard awarded to the winning story by a writer who has not yet published a book of fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction with a nationally distributed press.

We are happy to announce that the winning story of the 2018 Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers is “Lost Gun, $1000 Reward, No Questions” by Claire Boyles.

Congratulations also to our runner-up, "Shirley” by Hannah Williams.
The 2019 contest will open for submissions on August 1, 2019.


All entries must be postmarked by December 31, 2019 or submitted online by midnight CT.

Entry fee is $16 for each individual story, with no limit per author, and includes a one-year subscription. Make checks payable to Boulevard.

Author's name, address, and telephone number, in addition to the story's title and "Boulevard Emerging Writers Contest," should appear on page one.

Manuscripts should be typed and double spaced.

Cover sheets are not necessary.

No manuscripts will be returned.

Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but previously accepted or published work is ineligible.

We accept works up to 8,000 words.

All entries will be considered for publication and for payment at our regular rates.

Entries will be judged by the editors of Boulevard.

No one editorially or financially affiliated with Boulevard can enter the contest.

The winning story will be first announced on the website, traditionally during June, though occasionally earlier, and then published in the follow issue of Boulevard.

Mail submissions to Boulevard Emerging Writers Contest, PMB 325, 6614 Clayton Road, Richmond Heights, MO 63117 or submit online.

Due to the number of submissions, we cannot respond to each writer individually. Please check the website for notification of the winner.

Applications are invited from Irish writers

Applications are invited from Irish writers of established reputation for the position of Creative Writing Fellow at the University of Limerick, 2020.Apply by 5pm on 14 October.
Find more details about the fellowship on our website:

Find Out & Apply Here

Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Now Available

 You can buy it At Tangent Books.

Thursday, 3 October 2019


Friday, 27 September 2019

CRAFT’s first flash fiction contest

2019 CRAFT Flash Fiction Contest
September 1 to October 31 2019

Judged by Benjamin Percy


Welcome to CRAFT’s first flash fiction contest for unpublished stories up to 1,000 words!

Benjamin Percy will select three winning stories
Each of these stories will be awarded $1,000
More awards and details below 

  • Open September 1 to October 31
  • CRAFT submissions are open to all writers
  • International submissions are allowed
  • Fiction only
  • Please submit work in English only
  • 1,000 word count maximum—flash only
  • We review literary fiction, but are open to a variety of genres and styles—our only requirement is that you show excellence in your craft
  • Previously unpublished work only—we do not review reprints, including self-published work, for contests
  • We allow simultaneous submissions—writers please notify us and withdraw your entry if your work is picked up elsewhere
  • $20 reading fee per entry allows up to two stories of 1,000 words or fewer each—if submitting two stories, please put them both in a SINGLE document
  • We allow multiple submissions—please submit each set of two flash stories as a separate submission accompanied by a reading fee
  • All entries will also be considered for publication in CRAFT
  • All submissions must be made via Submittable
  • All entrants will receive an exclusive digital compilation next spring that includes: the winning pieces, with Benjamin Percy’s introductions and the winners’ craft essays; excerpts from the editors’ choice and finalist pieces; notes from the readers and editors about the reading process; and more
  • Please, please, double-space your submission and use Times New Roman 12 pt font
  • Please include a brief cover letter with your publication history (if applicable)
  • We do not require blind submissions

Friends, family, and associates of the judge are not eligible for consideration for the award.

The writers of the three winning flash fiction pieces will each receive:
  • $1,000 award and a bundle of the Rose Metal Press Field Guides
  • Publication in CRAFT, with an introduction by Benjamin Percy, and an Author’s Note (craft essay) to accompany the story
  • A micro-interview with our flash fiction section editor, Tommy Dean

The $600 editors’ choice round:
  • $150 each and publication to four stories we just can’t let go

Benjamin Percy’s most recent collection of short fiction—Suicide Woods—releases this fall with Graywolf Press. He is also the author of four novels, two other story collections, and a book of essays, Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction. His fiction and nonfiction have been read on NPR and published in GQEsquireTimeOutsideMen’s Journal, the Wall Street Journal, the New York TimesTin HousePloughsharesMcSweeney’s, and The Paris Review. He writes for Marvel and DC Comics—and his series X-Force launches this fall as part of the new dawn of X-Men. His honors include an NEA fellowship, a Whiting Award, the Plimpton Prize, two Pushcart Prizes, the iHeartRadio Award for Best Scripted Podcast, and inclusion in Best American Short Stories and Best American Comics.

Commonwealth Short Story Prize

until 1 Nov - two weeks to go! If you are contemplating entering, contemplate no more - dig out that story, finish & submit it! No prio...