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Competition: The Sean Ó Faoláin Short Story Prize 2019

Article by Writing IE Admin © 31 May 2019 writing.ie .
Posted in the Magazine ( · Writing Competitions ).

Competition deadline: 31st July 2019

The Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition is an annual short story competition open to writers from around the world, submissions accepted from March to July annually. It is dedicated to one of Ireland’s most accomplished story writers and theorists and is sponsored by the Munster Literature Centre.

The competition is open to original, unpublished and unbroadcast short stories in the English language of 3,000 words or fewer. The story can be on any subject, in any style, by a writer of any nationality, living anywhere in the world. Translated work is not in the scope of this competition.

Word limit: 3,000 words
Closing date: 31st July (midnight)
Entry fee: €18 per story

1st Prize
— €2000
— Residency (one week) at Anam Cara Retreat
— Publication in Southword 38

2nd Prize
— €500
— Publication in Southword 38

Four Runners-Up
— €250
— Publication in Southword 38

How to submit

Email entry

Send to: sofcomp@munsterlit.ie
Subject: “SOF entry 2019”

The story for submission (Word document. We cannot accept PDF’s). As the competition is judged anonymously, we request that you do not write your name or personal details anywhere on this document.
A cover letter (separate word document attached to the same email). The cover letter should include
– Your name
– Story title
– Email address
– Phone number
– Postal address
– Image of PayPal receipt or the Paypal transaction ID number
– How your heard about the competition
– A brief bio (optional)
Please ensure that this information is in the attachment and not in the body of the email.
Payment of the €18 entry fee can be made through PayPal (see below)

Postal entry: Please include:

Submission manuscript (typed). To ensure anonymity, please do not write your name or any other personal details on the manuscript.
Cover letter – see details above. Cover letter should be on a separate page to ensure anonymity.
Payment: If you have paid through Paypal, just quote the Paypal transaction ID. Alternatively we accept cheques and bank drafts (see details below)
Send to:
The Seán Ó Faoláin International Short Story Competition,
The Munster Literature Centre, Frank O’Connor House,
84 Douglas Street,
Cork, T12 X802
Please DO NOT SEND ENTRIES BY REGISTERED POST. Unfortunately we are less likely to receive entries sent by registered post and your submission may be ineligible due to the delay incurred.
If you would like us to send you confirmation of your postal entry, please include a self-addressed stamped postcard or envelope. We can confirm the receipt of international entries via email.


Paypal will deduct the fee in your own currency. As proof of payment, please include an image of the receipt or quote the transaction ID in your cover letter.

Further information available here.