Competition deadline: 31st July 2021
As part of the 2021 Wild Atlantic Words festival, there will be a short story competition, with a reading and prize-giving ceremony in the Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar. Founded in 2016, the Wild Atlantic Words literary festival takes place every October in Castlebar. The short story competition is sponsored by Bridge St bar, with a first prize of €500, and second prize, €250.
This year’s literary festival will take place during the second week of October. The festival aims to celebrate the literary heritage of our rugged coastline over a weekend of readings, recitals, debates and reflection, while also acknowledging our new and emerging writers. Previous guests have included former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson, plus a host of acclaimed national and international authors, including Sally Rooney, Mike McCormack, Donal Ryan, Billy Keane, Professor Diarmaid Ferriter, Dominic Price, Senator Marie Louise O’Donnell, Pat McCabe, Mary Kennedy, Eileen Dunne, Anne Chambers and many, many more.
First prize: €500
Second prize: €250
Closing date: Saturday, 31 July 2020 at 5pm
Entry size: Less than 3,000 words
Entry fee: €10
Judge: John Patrick McHugh
JP McHugh is from Galway. His work has appeared in The Tangerine, Banshee, Granta, Winter Papers and The Stinging Fly. Pure Gold is his debut collection of short stories.
Terms and Conditions
The competition is open to people over 18 years of age who are Irish or resident in Ireland. Only one entry per person is allowed. Entries must be the original work of the author and not previously broadcast or published. Stories must be less than 3,000 words. The author’s name and contact details should only appear on the accompanying entry form and NOT on the short story manuscript. A 9-digit order reference number will be issued on receipt of the €10 entry fee and this reference number should appear on the top of the short story manuscript, preceding the story title. Entries should be typed and supplied in PDF format (A4 sheet, 12pt font size, double line spacing). [Note: If you are having difficulty saving your story in PDF format, please send it as a Microsoft Word document instead] Entries must be submitted via the Wild Atlantic Words website, accompanied by entry form and entry fee order reference number. Entry forms and entry fee payment link are available on www.wildatlanticwords.ie. Entries will be accepted by email until 5pm on the closing date, 31st July 2021. Winners will be announced prior to the Wild Atlantic Words festival on the festival website. Winners will be expected to attend the reading and prize-giving event in The Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, if Covid-19 restrictions permit. Further details will be provided at a later date. 1st prize is €500, 2nd prize is €250. By submitting an entry, the author agrees that the entry may be read at the prize-giving event during the festival and published on the festival website for a period of two weeks from when the winning entries are announced. The author may also be invited to take part in a podcast/reading with our sponsors, Bridge St. The judges’ decision is final and Wild Atlantic Words will not enter into any correspondence concerning any entry.
See here for further information and to apply.