Monday, 14 April 2014

Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition

Hurry Hurry.
During this introductory year only the first 500 entries will be accepted for the competition. All writers are therefore urged to send in their stories at the earliest opportunity.  When we get close to this number we will post an alert on the front page of the Scottish Arts Club web site .
You are therefore encouraged to send in your entries well before the deadline.

Chief Judge: Alexander McCall Smith

First Prize of £300
Presented during the Scottish Arts Club Annual Garden Party
Saturday 16 August 2014 
Travel and accommodation during the Edinburgh Festival

To enable the winner to attend the award ceremony, the Scottish Arts Club will provide travel for 2 people from any UK location to Edinburgh and accommodation for 2 nights for 2 people sharing on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 August. This will allow the winner some free time to enjoy the Edinburgh Festival.

Publication of the winning story in the Scottish Arts Club Magazine
Signed copies of a novel by Alexander McCall Smith awarded to writers of the top ten stories
Top ten stories will be placed on the Scottish Arts Club website.

The Scottish Arts Club, located in Rutland Square, Edinburgh is delighted to announce our first Short Story Competition with celebrated author Alexander McCall Smith as the chief judge. Those familiar with McCall Smith’s work will know that the historic Scottish Arts Club, located in Rutland Square, has featured several of his popular novels.

Stories entered for the competition do not have to be associated with Scotland. The stories must not have been previously broadcast on radio, read aloud as part of a commercial performance or published in any format including on a web site that is open to the public. Previously published and unpublished authors may submit entries.
All entrants should be over 16 years and submit stories in Microsoft WORD via email.

1,500 words (stories over the word limit will be disqualified)
Every story entered carries a £10 fee
Link here

Sunday, 13 April 2014

22nd National Student Poetry Competition 2014

Better hurry if you are a student and have and entry for this competition.

Deadline: Friday 18th April 14

Windows Publications in association with Cavan Crystal present the 22nd National Student Poetry Competition 2014.

Judges Heather Brett and Noel Monahan.

€100 1st Prize in each category
With several runner-up prizes and over 50 highly commended certificates.

Entry to the competition is free and no entry form is needed. Entrant details (name, age, school and contact number) must be clearly marked on the back of each entry if posting work or at the end of the work if sending by email.

Poems must not have been published or won a prize in any other competition, and must be the student's own work.

Email entries, please send to:
By post to: Windows/Cavan Crystal Poetry Competition, Cavan Crystal Hotel, Dublin Road, Cavan, Co. Cavan on or before Friday 18th April 2014.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Wigtown Poetry Competition

Scotland’s international poetry prize in association with The Scottish Poetry Library

The 2014 Wigtown Poetry Competition is now open for entries.  You can enter online, or download this year's application form (.pdf).
Deadline for entries is 30th May 2014

Established in 2005, the Wigtown Poetry Competition offers a first prize of £2,000.
Entry is open to writers from the UK and abroad writing in English, while there are also dedicated categories for Scots Language and Gaelic.

This year’s judges are W.N. Herbert (Main Prize), Anne Lorne Gillies (Gaelic) and John Manson (Scots).

The competition event, which will include the announcement of the winners, readings of the victorious poems and contributions from
the judges will take place during Wigtown Book Festival (26 September to 5 October 2014).

Entry Fees: £6.50 for first poem
Multiple entries: the first three poems cost a total of £17.00.
Each subsequent entry after the first three costs £5 or a total of £12 for every additional block of 3,
ie: 1 poem £6.50; 2 poems £13; 3 poems £17; 4 poems £22; 5 poems £27; 6 poems £29; 7 poems £34; etc

Full Competition information and rules can be found on the Wigtown Book Festival Website

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Doghouse Books Swan Song

The publisher, Doghouse Books, is closing down after ten years and forty nine books. There is an evening of poetry and song to celebrate the contribution its editor, Noel King has made.

The event takes place on Friday 11 April 2014 at 7.30pm in the The Central Hotel, Exchequer Street, Dublin 2.

All are welcome.

Doghouse will continue to service its published writers until 30 June 2015. Until then, any volume still in print may be ordered through their website. You can get any number of copies postage free for the price of €12 to anywhere in the world.

Monday, 7 April 2014

Legends/Changing Times Literary Competition

Literary Competition

Theme: Legends/Changing Times.
The overall theme of the June Fest is ‘Legends’. This theme and/or  ‘Changing Times’ can be interpreted in any way you want, just so long as your prose/poetry has some connection to the theme.
Length: Prose(fiction, essay, memoir) up to 750 words, poetry up to 40 lines.

Closing date: Friday 2nd May

5 euro entry fee to cover costs. Cheques payable to: Junefest Newbridge

Entries can be posted or dropped in to Newbridge Library.  All entries must be type written. Include a separate sheet with your name and contact details and the name of your story/ poem. The pieces will be judged anonymously so please do not put your name on the entry itself.  Please clearly mark the envelope Junefest Literary Miscellany.

Prizes: 1st  50, 2nd book vouchers for 30, 3rd  book vouchers for 20 and the opportunity to read your entry at the Literary miscellany event. 
3 highly commended entries will also have an opportunity to read at the event.

Prize winners will be announced at the Literary Miscellany event on Tuesday 2nd June. Entries will be judged by Kildare writer Martin Malone, who will also read at the event.

Saturday, 5 April 2014


Arts Office & Public Library Service  
Call for Writer in Residence  
June 2014 - May 2015
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council invites applications for a writer in residence for the period June 2014 to May 2015. The writer in residence is a partnership between the Library Service and the Arts Office of the County Council, grant-aided by the Arts Council. 
The residency seeks to support writers in all genres. The residency is envisaged as a part-time position which will allow time for the writer's own work in addition to engagement and interaction with both the general public and, more specifically, with those with an interest in writing themselves. 

The writer in residence will focus on working in both the refurbished Blackrock Library and the new Central Library and Cultural Centre (CLCC) in Dún Laoghaire, due to open later in 2014
Closing date: 12 noon on Wednesday 30 April 2014

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Gladstone Library residence

Writer in Residence? This sounds wonderful.

Gladstone Library are looking for a Writer in Residence. A full month's residency in wonderful creative surroundings offered in return for two blogs, one day-long workshop, and an event at which you'll discuss your writing life.

Submit a one page CV/blog and a copy of your latest book.

More info online. Deadline: 30 Jun