Six short story and poetry competitions that are still open for submissions (2020 – 2021)

(Updated November 2020)

Looking to hone your craft? These short story and poetry competitions are still open for submissions.

With hundreds of thousands of people in Ireland now looking for a way to occupy themselves during this difficult time, one such way is through writing short stories and brushing off their writing skills.

Many creative people have a penchant for writing and thankfully though we are living in strange times there are still short story competitions and awards that are taking submissions. It’s worth getting your creative hat on.

Cracked Anvil Flash Fiction Competition [Closing Nov 30th]

The competition is open to any theme or genre, and your story must be a maximum of 500 words (not including the title). Entries must be the original and unpublished work of the entrant. The first prize is £100.

Click here to find out more about this flash fiction competition.

Anthology Magazine Poetry Prize [Closing Nov 30th]

This competition is open to original and previously unpublished poems in English. Entries are invited from poets of all nationalities, living anywhere in the world. Poems submitted must be on the theme of ‘Expectations’. There is no limit to entries per person.

The winner will receive a €500 cash prize and the opportunity to see their work published in a future issue of Anthology Magazine. Not only that but they will receive a limited edition pen created to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Weir & Sons and a one-year subscription to Anthology Magazine.

Find out more details about this competition here.

Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition [Closing Nov 30th]

1st Prize winners will receive €2,000, featured reading at the Cork International Poetry Festival (March 2021) and publication in Southword.

Both the 2nd Prize (€500) and 3rd Prize (€250) will also see publication in Southword. Ten runners-up will also receive €50.

Further details can be found here.

Wild Atlantic Writing Awards 2020 [Closing Dec 10th]

The second edition of these awards is open for both Flash Fiction and Creative Nonfiction. This short story competition is open to all genres but on one single theme: nature. The winner will receive €500 in cash.

Find out more here.

The Nine Dots Prize 2021 [Jan 18th]

The Nine Dots Prize is a prize for those looking to tackle contemporary societal issues. Entrants are asked to respond to a question in 3,000 words, with the winner receiving US$100,000 to write a short book expanding on their ideas.

The question for 2020/21 is: What does it mean to be young in an ageing world?

Find out more about this short story competition here.

The CWA Margery Allingham Short Mystery Competition 2021 [Feb 26th]

You have plenty of time to enter this competition which will close in February 2021. The international competition is open to all – both published and unpublished authors from all over the world – and is for short stories of up to 3,500 words.

The winner will receive a cash prize of £500 plus two weekend passes to CrimeFest 2021 and a selection of Margery Allingham-related books.

The story must not be previously published anywhere or shortlisted for this competition. Find out more about this short story competition here.

Looking for other things to browse? Check out our list of top Irish podcasts to listen to here or Irish short films to watch here.

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I'm a freelance content creator and a journalist who has a strong desire to do as much as possible in the time I've got left on this planet. I got a taste for storytelling when I interned in Storyful many moons ago and since then have worked for places like WorldIrish (now Irish Central), Her.ie and Lonely Planet. I am constantly curious.

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