• West Cork Literary Festival 8-15 July 2022

Competition: Wild Atlantic Words Short Story Competition 2022

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Competition deadline: 31st July 2022

Award-winning writer, Elizabeth Reapy has been named as judge of this year’s Wild Atlantic Words literary festival short story competition.

Elizabeth Reapy is from Mayo, has an MA in Creative Writing, a Postgraduate Diploma in Education and is a certified hypnotherapist. She is author of two novels, Red Dirt and Skin. Red Dirt won Newcomer of the Year at the Irish Book Awards and The Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. In 2018, Elizabeth was UNESCO Dublin City of Literature writer-in-residence and in 2021, Mayo County Council’s writer-in-residence. At present, she is completing her debut feature length screenplay and facilitating workshops on creative flow with musician Donal McConnon.  The short story competition is jointly sponsored by Bridge St bar and Mayo Books Press, with a first prize of €500, and second prize, €250. A reading and prize-giving ceremony will take place during the Wild Atlantic Words festival in October.

Founded in 2016, the Wild Atlantic Words literary festival takes place every autumn in Castlebar. This year’s festival will run from Tuesday, October 4th to Sunday, October 9th and will see the welcome return of the Wild Atlantic Words Festival Dome at Bridge Lane.

The festival aims to celebrate the literary heritage of our rugged coastline over several days 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, Maureen Gaffney, Michael O’Connor, Tommie Gorman, Pat O’Connor, Tony Lynott and many, many more.

  • Judge: Elizabeth Reapy
  • First prize: €500
  • Second prize: €250
  • Closing date: Sunday, 31 July 2022 at 5pm
  • Entry size: Less than 3,000 words
  • Entry fee: €10

Terms and Conditions

  1. The competition is open to people over 18 years of age who are Irish or resident in Ireland.
  2. Only one entry per person is allowed.
  3. Entries must be the original work of the author and not previously broadcast or published.
  4. Stories must be no more than 3,000 words.
  5. 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.
  6. 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]
  7. 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.
  8. Entries will be accepted until 5pm on the closing date, 31st July 2022. 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 Castlebar during festival week, in October. Further details will be provided at a later date.
  9. 1st prize is €500, 2nd prize is €250.
  10. By submitting an entry, the author agrees that the entry may be read at the prize-giving event during the festival. The festival also reserves the right to publish all shortlisted stories online and/or in print. Entrants may also be invited to take part in a podcast/reading with our sponsors, Bridge St and Mayo Books Press.
  11. 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.

  • allianceindependentauthors.org
  • www.designforwriters.com

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