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Wexford Literary Festival Writing Competitions

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Article by Writing IE Admin © 15 March 2019 writing.ie .
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Competitions Deadline: 4th May 2019

Wexford Literary Festival announces that the three writing Awards has opened for entries.

The  Colm Tóibín International Short Story Award with prize money of ¢700, ¢500 and ¢300;  and the Anthony Cronin international Poetry Award with prize money of ¢300, ¢200 and ¢100 closes for entries at 5p.m. May 4th, 2019. The ten shortlisted writers will also be invited to be involved in the Festival on Saturday 6th July in the new event: “Poetry & Prose in the Cafés”.

Billy Roche International Short Play Award with prize money of ¢300, ¢200 and ¢100 will now also close for entries at 5p.m. May 4th, 2019. The four shortlisted plays will be read as part of the Awards Ceremony Friday 5th July, 2019.

Terms and Conditions

Colm Tóibín International Short Story Award

This is an open competition for a short story, with no restriction on the subject matter.

The competition is open to people of 18 years and older.

Only one entry per person is permitted.

Competition is open internationally.

1st Prize is €700 and a crystal trophy, 2nd: €500, 3rd: €300

Entries must be in English.
Entries must be between 1,800 and 2,000 words in length (this count does not include words like “and /the”). Entries outside this word count will not be permitted and will be automatically rejected;
and be formatted: 12pt, double-spaced, Times New Roman.
Entries must be the original work of the author and must not have been previously published either in writing or electronically. Entries which have received awards in other competitions are also ineligible.
Only short stories will be accepted. Poetry and prose entries are inadmissible.
The author’s name and details should only appear on the accompanying e-mail. Please ensure that the title is clearly marked at the top of the entry and each page thereafter. The author’s name must NOT appear on the entry submitted, only on the e-mail accompanying the piece.
Entries will be accepted until 5pm 4th MAY. Entries received after this date will not be considered.
The judges’ decision is final and Wexford Literary Festival will not enter into correspondence concerning the judging or merits awarded. The onus is on the author to ensure that their entry complies with the rules of the competition
Entries should be submitted electronically only. Hard copies will not be admissible
Shortlisted writers will be invited to attend the award ceremony on Friday 5th July 2019 and participate in Saturdays’s “Pop-up Poetry & Prose in Cafés”, however all expenses incurred will be the writer’s own.
While copyright of the short story will remain with the author, Wexford Literary Festival reserves the right to arrange the first publication and broadcast of the selected works. The right to use the stories to further publicise this award is also retained by Wexford Literary Festival. The winning author will agree to have their photograph taken and used for publicity purposes by Wexford Literary Festival.
The entry fee of 10 euro must be paid via our online payment system.

Anthony Cronin International Poetry Award

There is no restriction on subject matter

The competition is open to people of 18 years and older

Up to three poems per person are permitted

Please submit each poem on a separate PDF or Word document

Competition is open internationally

1st Prize is €300 plus a crystal award, 2nd: €200 and 3rd: €100

Entries can be up to and including 40 lines in length per poem.

Entries must be the original work of the author and must not have been previously published either in writing or electronically. Entries which have received awards in other competitions are also ineligible.
The author’s name and details should only appear on the accompanying email. The author’s name must not appear on the entry submitted.
Poems should be formatted: 12pt, double-spaced, Times New Roman.
Entries will be accepted until 5pm on the 4th May, 2019. Entries received after this date will not be considered.
The judges’ decision is final and Wexford Literary Festival will not enter into correspondence concerning the judging or merits awarded. The onus is on the author to ensure that their entry complies with the rules of the competition.
Entries should be submitted electronically only. Hard copies will not be admissible.
Shortlisted poets will be invited to attend the award ceremony on Friday, 5th July 2019, however, all expenses incurred will be the writer’s own.
Shortlisted poets attending the Ceremony, will be asked to participate at our “Pop-up Poetry & Prose in Cafés” Event, Saturday 6th July 2019, with the opportunity of reading any of their poetry. More details will be provided to the shortlisted entrants.
While copyright of the poem will remain with the author, Wexford Literary Festival reserves the right to arrange the first publication and broadcast of the selected works. The right to use the stories to further publicise this award is also retained by Wexford Literary Festival. The winning author will agree to have their photograph taken and used for publicity purposes by Wexford Literary Festival.
The entry fee of 10 euro (for up to three poems) must be paid via our online payment system.

Billy Roche International Short Play Award

Each play should have a running time of up to and including 15 minutes. As a guide, using the format: 1 page equals 1 minute of performance time.
Scripts should be clearly formatted: 12pt, double-spaced, Times New Roman.
Each script should be numbered, with the title of the play at the top of each page.
The playwright’s name should not appear on the script.
The script should not have been performed previously, or be scheduled for performance.
The play should not be an excerpt from a longer work.
The play should require no more than four actors.
Plays should be sent as doc (Word) or PDF, via email only. We do not accept hard copy.
The play should have minimal sound, tech, set requirements.
We do not accept adaptations.
Closing date for entries is 5pm 4th May.
Each submission must be accompanied by a 10 euro entry fee paid via our online booking system.

Further information available here.