Tuesday 19 August 2014

Allingham Festival POETRY & FLASH FICTION Competition

Allingham Festival POETRY & FLASH FICTION Competition

€250 prize per category

The flash fiction competition will be judged by Donal Ryan, the poetry competition by Monica Corish. The prize in each category is €250. The winners and runners up will be invited to read their work at the Allingham Festival on Saturday, November 8, 2014.

The deadline for receipt of entries is midnight on Tuesday, 30 September 2014

The winners and runners up will be informed of the judge's decision by Friday, October 17.
Poems will not be returned and no correspondence about decisions will be entered into.


You may submit up to 5 poems, maximum 40 lines per poem;
and up to 5 flash fictions, maximum 700 words each (or short-short stories, or sudden, postcard, minute fictions, or furious, fast, quick, skinny, micro fictions... read http://www.writing-world.com/fiction/flash.shtml for more).

Your entries (whether emailed attachment or hardcopy) MUST NOT have any identifying name on them.

Entries must be typed.

Entrants must be over 18.

The entry fee for both competitions is €4 for 1 entry, €10 for 3 entries, €15 for 5 entries.

Entries can be submitted by email or by post.

Poems and flash fictions must be submitted separately i.e. in separate emails or in separate envelopes.


Post entries, cover letter and postal order or cheque to:

Allingham Poetry Competition or Allingham Flash Fiction Competition
A Novel Idea
Castle Street
Co. Donegal

In your cover note list:
- The number of entries submitted
- The title of each entry
- Your name
- Postal address
- Email address
- Contact phone number
Cheques should be made payable to "Allingham Festival"


Arrangements for email submission and payment by PayPal will be in place by late August. If mail by snail is not your thing, bookmark this page and use the time to polish your poems and flash...



Donal Ryan's novel The Spinning Heart won the Sunday Independent Best Irish Newcomer of the year award in 2012, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 2013, and won the Guardian First Book Award in the same year. His novel The Thing about December has also been critically acclaimed. His short story Eveline is included in Dubliners 100, published by Tramp Press.

Monica Corish is a Kinlough based poet. She won the 2013 North-West Words Poetry Prize and has received literature bursaries from the Arts Council, Leitrim Arts Office and the Arts and Disbility Forum. Her first collection, Slow Mysteries, was published by Doghouse Books in 2012. She is currently SPARK Writer in Residence at the Leitrim Observer.

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