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

(Updated June 2021)

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.

The Aurora Prize for Writing 2021 [June 7th]

“In 2021 , the prize will be awarded to outstanding new writing in two categories, short fiction (of up to 2,000  words) and poetry (of up to 60 lines), with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes in both categories.”

Check out the website for more information.

The Molly Keane Creative Writing Award [June 25th]

This is an open competition for residents of Ireland for submission of a short story. The winning story will be announced at an online Culture Night with €500 will be awarded to be awarded.

Find out more here.

DRF Writers Award 2021 [July 1st]

An award of £10,000 will be presented to a first-time prose writer. Open to Ireland.  Submissions should be between 15,000 – 20,000 words of a work in progress, fiction or non-fiction, which is not agented, under option or contract. Each runner-up receives £1,000

Find out more about this award here.

Michael Mullan Charity Fund Writing Competitions 2021 [July 15th]

“This is an open competition for short stories, flash fiction and poems on any subject matter. We also have a micro-fiction entry, open to Co. Kildare residents only.  The competition is open to people of 16 years and over. All entry fees will go towards Kidney Cancer Research at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute where Michael was treated.”

More information here.

Fabula Press Short Story [July 31st]

Minimum 2000 to maximum 6000 words. Pseudonyms are not permitted, simultaneous submission are allowed, but authors must let Fabula know if the story is accepted elsewhere before their results are announced.

See here for the full details and how to apply.


The winner will receive a €500 cash prize and the chance to see their work published in an issue of Anthology.

Further details 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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  1. Hi I have wonderful stories to tell but I’m not a wonderful writer. Are you a ghost writer.?

    1. Una-Minh Kavanagh says:

      No I’m not Maggie – best of luck with your writing and your search!

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