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2019 Red Line Book Festival TU Dublin Short Story Competition

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Competition deadline: 19th August 2019

TU Dublin – Tallaght Campus and Red Line Book Festival are 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. The 2018 winner was Clíona Saidléar for her short story The Merry-Go-Round.

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

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 competition is free to enter and open to all writers aged 16 or over. The overall winner will receive a cash prize of €500, with two runners up receiving €250 and €150 respectively.

Winners will be announced at a special event as part of the Red Line Book Festival, which returns for an exciting ninth edition from Oct 7th – 13th 2019.

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

JUNE CALDWELL worked for many years as a journalist before becoming a writer of fiction and has an MA in Creative Writing from Queen’s University Belfast. Her short story collection Room Little Darker was published In 2017. The Times described it as “an unflinching collection which thuds with life and kicks with horror” and the Independent wrote “Caldwell’s stories are ferocious beasts, kicking and screaming in rabid, frothing rage.” Caldwell has won the Moth International Short Story Prize and been shortlisted for many other awards, including the Calvino Prize in Fabulist Fiction. Her debut novel Little Town Moone is due in 2020.

Technological University Dublin [TU Dublin]  is Ireland’s first Technological University formed in 2019, from Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown, Institute of Technology, Tallaght, and Dublin Institute of Technology. Our new University is where career-focused students, dedicated staff and academic excellence in science, the arts, business, engineering and technology converge to create the leaders of tomorrow. We offer an inclusive and open learning experience with pathways to graduation, from Apprenticeship to PhD. Our 28,500 students learn in a practice-based environment informed by the latest research and enabled by technological advances.

Terms and Conditions

The competition is open to any living person over the age of 16.
Shortlisted authors under the age of 18 may require a guardian’s consent to have their details shared, if shortlisted.
International entries are welcome.
The competition is limited to one entry per person.
Entries must be in short story format (a short work of fiction) between 1,500 and 2,000 words long, no other formats or lengths will be judged.
Entries should be completely the entrant’s own work written in English (high standard), original, unpublished, and not entered into any other competition, nor submitted for publication, or another award which overlaps with this competition. (No simultaneous submissions)
Stories must be original fiction, i.e. neither a reprint nor adaptation of a previously-published work – (including on any website, public blog, online forum or broadcast medium)
No third party shall have been granted any licence or other rights to the submitted short story.
Entries should be typed in Arial font size 12, in double spacing, with consecutively numbered pages, and the name of the short story in the header of each page.
Entries should be submitted with a front cover page using BOLD font stating the title of the short story, the word count, the entrant’s name, address, phone number and email address.
The name of the author must not appear on the same page as the story.
All submissions are final, no changes or substitutions to a story are allowed once your entry is received.
All entry submissions will be acknowledged by AUTOMATIC email. No other form of communication will be undertaken before the final results are communicated. If you do not receive an acknowledgement e-mail after submitting your entry please contact the organisers.
Entrants should retain a copy of their entry as the files uploaded online will not be available post-submission.
There is no restriction on theme or style.
Entries will not be eligible where the author is a member of the judging panel, anyone involved in the administration of the competition or a close family relative of any such person.
Employees of South Dublin County Council and Employees and Students of TU Dublin are eligible to enter, except where working directly with the administration of the competition.
​Adjudication on all eligibility issues will be at the discretion of the competition organisers. Their decision will be final.

NOTE: Pseudonyms are not allowed.


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