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Red Line Book Festival Poetry and Short Story Competitions

Article by ERMurray © 14 August 2019.
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Competition deadlines: 19th and 23rd August 2019

Red Line Book Festival is calling on creative writers to submit their work for its 2019 poetry and short story competitions.

Now in its seventh year, the Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition attracts hundreds of entries from all across the island of Ireland annually. The 2018 winner was Linda McKenna for her poem Unsettled.

The winning poet will win a cash prize of €300, as well as an invitation to read their poem as part of the 2019 Red Line Book Festival, which runs 7th – 13th October. There is also a cash prize of €200 for second place and €100 for third place.

This year, Red Line Book Festival we are honoured to have Nell Regan, an award-winning poet, non-fiction writer and translator, to judge the competition entries.

The closing date for entries is Friday 23rd August 2019 and entries will only be accepted by email. The shortlist will be announced on Friday 20th September 2019,with the winner announced during this year’s Red Line Book Festival.

TU Dublin, Tallaght and Red Line Book Festival are also inviting writers to submit their work to the 2019 Red Line Book Festival TU Dublin Short Story Competition.

The prestigious competition, now in its fourth year, has a top prize of €500 and attracts entries from all over the world.

This year’s competition will be judged by award-winning writer June Caldwell, whose collection Room Little Darker was published in 2017.

Writers can submit a short story, free of charge, until Monday 19th August 2019.

The winner will receive a cash prize of €500, with two runners up receiving €250 and €150 respectively. The 2019 anthology of shortlisted stories will be called Infinite Possibilities and, although there is no restriction on theme or style for entries, writers are invited to respond to this title if they wish.

The 2018 winner was Clíona Saidléar for her short story The Merry-Go-Round.

Entry details and rules for both competitions can be found at https://www.redlinebookfestival.ie/news/

THE RED LINE BOOK FESTIVAL is an initiative of South Dublin County Council. Held in October each year, the festival celebrates the very best in local, national and international writing. Taking place in venues across South County Dublin, the Red Line Book Festival provides a programme of events and workshops that appeals to people of all ages and interests, from children to adults, casual readers to bookworms. The 2019 festival runs October 7th – 13th. http://www.redlinebookfestival.ie

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Elizabeth Rose Murray lives in West Cork where she writes, fishes, and grows her own vegetables. Her first book for young adults Caramel Hearts (Alma Books) was published June 2016. Her debut novel for children aged 10-12, The Book of Learning - Nine Lives Trilogy 1 (Mercier Press) was chosen as the 2016 Dublin UNESCO City of Literature Citywide Read for Children and the follow-up The Book of Shadows - Nine Lives Trilogy 2 was shortlisted for the 2016 Irish Book Awards. The final installment The Book of Revenge will be published in February 2018.

Elizabeth has poetry and short fiction published in journals across the UK and Ireland - including Ogham Stone, Southword, South Circular, Esc and 3am - and has been shortlisted in various competitions including TV3AM Short Story, Francis MacManus, and Aesthetica Creative Works. She has also performed in Ciudades Paralelas: Station - a live writing installation.

Hoping to encourage new writers, Elizabeth provides manuscript reports and online writing courses through Inkwell Writers and Big Smoke Writing Factory. She is a regular at literary festivals, and offers adult workshops on writing for children and young adults, as well as multiple events and workshops for children and teens.

You can connect with Elizabeth on Twitter @ERMurray, Facebook www.facebook.com/ERMurray.Author or her blog www.ermurray.com