I hope some of the details of various competitions brought to my attention are of interest to the budding Writers/Photographers/Artists/Creators among you. Each competition should have a link where the details of


Art Competition Writing Competition

2018 Competition Now Open!

Trinity College Dublin is calling on the nation to get creative again this year and be inspired by one of Ireland’s greatest cultural treasures, the Book of Kells. Get your pens and paint brushes out, and write a poem, short story or create a drawing or painting based on the images of animals from the world’s most famous medieval manuscript. Our judges will be looking for modern and innovative interpretations of the animals in the Book of Kells from participants.

Competitions: Art and Writing. Enter one or both competitions.
Categories: Primary schools, secondary schools and adults (18+)
Theme: Animals of The Book of Kells
Prizes: Cash prizes for individuals, schools and clubs
Closing Date: Friday 30th November 2018 at 12 noon

 Go néirí libh!!!!

International Compost Awareness Week Poster Competition “Cool the Climate – Compost!”.

(Deadline September 1 until November 5, 2018.)

The 2019 ICAW theme, “Cool the Climate – Compost!” recognizes the connection between soil health and the climate. Soil plays an important role in our environment. Healthy soil is at the heart of planetary, agricultural and human health. This year’s theme highlights that soil management practices with compost is key to soil health and migrating climate change. By composting, we return nutrients to the soil, help capture carbon from the atmosphere, resist drought and disease and provide fresh air.

Who may enter: The contest is open to anyone.

Description: The winning poster will be used to promote International Compost Awareness Week, May 5-11, 2019.

Entries are limited to one submission per artist.


(Closing Date October 1st, 2018)

The 2018 Travel Photographer of the Year® awards are now open for entry. Amateur and professional photographers from across the globe and of all ages have until October 1st to submit their images to this long-established, renowned international competition at

Irish Farmer Journal 2019 Calendar Competition!

(Monthly deadlines)

IFA has teamed up with the Irish Farmers Journal and Irish Country Living to bring you the 12th annual IFA Calendar Competition. We had some fantastic entries in 2017 and look forward to the same in 2018!

The theme of this year’s calendar is ‘My Land’.

We are looking for fresh, clear and captivating photographs that show the magic or rural Ireland. The ‘My Land’ theme includes anything you think captures the beauty and magic of life in rural Ireland, including livestock, landscapes, farm buildings, farm yards and more!

A monthly winner will be chosen each month, with their winning entry published in the Farmers Journal! At the end of the year, an overall winner will be chosen, along with a runner up voted for on the Irish Farmers Journal Facebook.


(Weekly deadlines)

Whether you are a budding photographer or just like to take snaps on your compact camera or smartphone, we want you to share your best pictures with us. Each week two pictures will be chosen and featured on the Forum pages of our Saturday edition of the Irish Examiner. The two winners will receive a high quality A3 print of the page and will go through to the 2018 Readers’ Photography Competition Final at the end of the year.

First prize €1000 cheque from Irish Examiner, 2nd runner up prize €250, 3rd runner up prize €250.

Please read the important terms and conditions  before submitting your entry.

Hennessy New Irish Writing

(Weekly deadlines)

Hennessy New Irish Writing, edited by Ciaran Carty, and appearing in The Irish Times on the last Saturday of each month, is open to writers of 18 years or older who are Irish or resident in Ireland. All stories and poems published in Hennessy New Irish Writing will be eligible for the 2019 Hennessy Literary Awards.

Awards are made annually in three categories: First Fiction, for writers publishing their first story; Emerging Fiction, for writers still to publish their first book; and Emerging Poetry, for first-time poets or poets still to publish their first collection.

The winner of each category will receive a Hennessy trophy and €1,500. A Hennessy New Irish Writer of the Year, chosen from the winners of the three categories, will receive an additional prize of €2,500 and a trophy.

Stories submitted to Hennessy New Irish Writing should be between 1,650 and 2,200 words. Up to six poems may be submitted, with a single email please. There is no entry fee. Writers whose work is selected for publication will receive €130 for fiction and €65 for poetry.

Print anthology/collection copyright will remain with authors, but online publication is exclusive to the Irish Times.

You can email your entry to or post it (with a stamped addressed envelope) to Ciaran Carty, Hennessy New Irish Writing, The Irish Times, 24-28 Tara Street, Dublin 2. In both cases, please make sure to include your name and email address if you have one.

Benedict Kiely Short Story Competition

(Competition deadline: 1st September 2018)

2018 brings the second annual Benedict Kiely Short Story Competition and they’re open for submissions.

The competition is open to both published and aspiring writers alike, so long as they are over the age of sixteen, and gives you the opportunity to have your work become part of, and be associated with, a festival that has hosted some of Ireland’s greatest literary figures.

Submissions should be aimed at adults. There is no set theme, but the word count should be in the region of 2,000 words.

Terms and Conditions

Entries cost £5 which goes towards funding the competition prize money. Any further money raised from entry fees will go entirely towards funding the Omagh Literary Festival, organised by the Omagh Arts Committee, a small, voluntary organisation.


Photo Competition (Biodiversity Week)

(Closing Date 31st May 2018)

Are you are a keen amateur photographer that loves to capture striking landscapes, migration spectacles or dramatic close-up images of birds and mammals? Would you like to win up to €500 in cash prizes? Then we have the competition for you.

Nothing captures Ireland’s beautiful natural environment better than photograph, so as part of Ireland’s Biodiversity Week 2018 we have 2 photo competitions underway. Our ‘Biodiversity Photographer of the Year’ competition is open to the general public and our ‘Young Biodiversity Photographer of the Year’ competition is open to secondary school students.

All photos must be taken in the month of May and must be submitted by midnight on the 31st May 2018.

The winner will be determined by a judging panel whose decision is final. Judges include Frank Millar, Picture Editor of the Irish Times.

Please complete the following form to enter:

The winner will receive €500, with second place receiving €200 and third place €100.

We look forward to receiving your entries!


(Closing Date March 31st 2018)

10 of Dublin’s most famous statues have been given the gift of the gab! to hear them speak, swipe your phone on a nearly plaque and presto: you’ll get a call back from Oscar Wilde…. or Wolfe Tone…. or Cú Chulainn.

Two statues still await the gift of speech – but what do they have to say for themselves? The public are invited to write a short monologue – up to 300 words – on what they might be thinking! The winning piece will be recorded by the Abbey Theatre and included as part of Talking Statues Dublin.

Molly Malone statue


What does Molly Malone (sculpted by Jeanne Rynhart) on Suffolk Street think about as she watches the crowds passing?




How do the gravity defying spheres. Apples and Atoms (sculpted by Eilis O’Connell) in Trinity College feel about life, the universe, etc.

For more info and competition guidelines visit: talkingstatuesdublin

Send entries to