Thursday, 17 August 2017

Unique Poetry Submission Opportunity #PoetryJukebox

POESIOMAT - the Poetry Jukebox, is an on-street sound installation that provides an innovative new platform for poetry. It is curated by poets Maria McManus and Deirdre Cartmill. They are calling for submissions for the first Poetry Jukebox in the island of Ireland which will be launched as part of the Belfast International Arts Festival in October 2017. It will be located outside the Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast.

The deadline is very close - 20th August

All details here.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Dalkey Creates Short Story Competition

The Dalkey Creates Festival (19-22 October 2017) is running a short story competition that will be judged by Liz Nugent, the author of best selling crime novels  Unravelling Oliver and Lying in Wait. The winner will win a prize of €1,000. To read T&Cs and enter the competition, click here.

Friday, 11 August 2017

The Jonathan Cape/Observer/Comica graphic short story prize 2017

This is a great opportunity for artists and writers. The initial article doesn't make it very clear that collaborations between authors and artists are eligible, so click on through to the entry form for further information and T&Cs.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

The Honest Ulsterman - Open Submission Call

The Honest Ulsterman is seeking poetry (up to 4 poems), prose and critical writing, suggestions for interviews etc for their October issue. Prose can be up to 5000 words. They also welcome aural/video poetry. Submissions can be sent to

Closing Date for submissions is 25th September 2017

Click here to learn more about the magazine.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Fundación César Egido Serrano Flash Fiction Competition

With a first prize of $20,000 and a maximum word count of 100 words, this has to be one of the most generous micro/flash fiction prizes out there. Entries are accepted in Spanish, English, Arabic or Hebrew and there are three further prizes of $1,000 each for the best stories in each of the other remaining languages admitted in the contest, that are not winners of the main prize. Entry is via a simple online form. If you enter the competition after reading this blog entry, please enter 24554 in the code box on the entry form.

Friday, 4 August 2017

New Flash Fiction on KYSO Flash.

I have a new piece of flash up on the KYSO (Knock Your Socks Off) site called Bad Call. Beware, smartphone users! Read it here.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

How to Guarantee the Rejection of Your Submission - from the blog of KM Elkes

Some useful advice here about the absolute necessity of reading and adhering to submission guidelines. Well worth a read.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Flash Fiction - Stories for Homes

I have flash fiction piece called Alien in the latest online anthology from Stories for Homes. Sales of the print anthology are donated to the housing charity Shelter

You can read more about Stories for Homes here

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Summer Read Ideas

Some of Ireland's best known authors pick their holiday reads for this summer.

See the list here.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

The Fiction Desk - Flash Fiction Competition 2017 Open for Entries

From the site:
"Most of the stories we publish in The Fiction Desk anthologies are significantly longer than 1,000 words, but we do sometimes see great writing that's much shorter than that. In order to accommodate some of these miniature stories, and to provide more variety for our readers, we're pleased to announce the 2017 edition of our flash fiction competition."

Details on how to enter here.

Friday, 30 June 2017

Bray Literary Festival - Flash Fiction and Poetry Competition

Prizes in each category:
Winner €200
Runner-up €50

The judges are:

Poetry: Breda Wall Ryan, author of the award winning In a Hare’s Eye (Doire Press)

Flash Fiction: Catherine Dunne, author of nine novels, including the award winning The Things We Know Now (MacMillan)

Details here.