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Creative Ardagh Frightful Flash Fiction Competition

Article by EKTobin © 3 October 2017.
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Competition deadline: Monday 23rd October

Creative Ardagh are delighted to present the second annual Frightful Flash Fiction Competition in association with this year’s Ardagh Fright Fest.

We are looking for entries from anyone aged 13 or over. Get your creative juices flowing and send us in your scariest, spookiest or most twisted tales. All genres welcome: gothic, fantasy, mythology, sci-fi, reality etc. The only rule is that you stick to a maximum of 300 words.

Plans for this year’s Fright Fest are really coming together and we are very excited to be hosting four amazing authors this year between the 28th and 30th of October with a number of literary events for adults, teens and children.
The line-up starts at 12pm Saturday 28th with E.R. Murray’s event for those 8+ to adults, at 2pm we join authors Ruth Frances Long, Jane Gilheaney Barry and E.R. Murray for a discussion of writing, the Sidhe and the Irish landscape in fiction. A workshop for adults and teens with Jane Gilheaney Barry follows at 4.30pm.
On Sunday at 12pm Ruth Frances Long will discuss all aspects of writing for kids, teens and in-betweens in a workshop for adults and teens. The flash fiction awards will follow at 3pm, (don’t forget to send your entries by 23rd October).
On Monday 30th at 11am Caroline Busher will host an interactive workshop for 8 to 12 year old budding authors.
Full details of these and the rest of our Fright Fest events can be found here.

The awards ceremony will take place on Saturday 28th October. Award winners will be notified in advance.

Competition Terms and Conditions

Entry fees: Adults and Teens €5 or €10 for three entries.

Spooktacular Prize details:


  • The winner of the adult section will receive the following:
  • Cash Prize of €100
  • A quiet writing space during all opening hours for a whole year at Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre worth over €1300
  • Online publication as below.


  • The winner of the Teen section will receive the following:
  • Cash Prize of €50
  • 3 week residency during summer 2017 worth €225
  • Online publication as below.

All winning stories will be published online at on ardaghfrightfest.blogspot.ie and http://www.virtualwriter.ie

Send entries by email to: creativeardagh@gmail.com or by post to Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre, Ardagh, Co. Longford to reach us not later than 5pm on Monday 23rd October

Include your name, address and contact details on a separate sheet.
Fees can be paid online here or by cheque/money order made out to Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre.

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Emma Tobin is 19 and from Newbridge, Co Kildare, Ireland where she lives with her parents, one brother, four cats, and some fish. Emma is in her first year at UCD where she is studying English, Philosophy and History. Emma writes prose, poetry and fiction. Emma has completed two novels and is working on her third which is a YA contemporary novel with the title 'Paperweight Soldiers'. Emma blogs at abcofbeingateenager.blogspot.ie and is a regular contributor to the arts show Artyfacts on KFM Radio in Kildare. Emma has had a number of columns published in The Irish Times. In May 2013 her article 'Blinking Out' was included in a new HeadSpace magazine for young people focusing on positive mental health. Emma's poetry has won a number of national awards including the Trocaire/Poetry Ireland annual poetry competition in the senior post primary category in both 2014 and 2015. Emma was the recipient of the Conor Bowman Youth Award at the Hopkins Poetry Summer School in 2014. Emma was the joint poetry winner for June 2015 of the Hennessy New Irish Writing and had two of her poems published as part of that in The Irish Times. As a result she is not on the shortlist for the Hennessy Writer of the Year award in the emerging poetry category. You can find her on Facebook as Emma Tobin Writer and on Twitter as @EK_Tobin.

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