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Competitions: Dalkey Short Story Prize and Dalkey Poetry Prize 2020

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Competition deadline: 2nd August 2020

Welcome to the Dalkey Short Story Prize and the Dalkey Poetry Prize at Dalkey Creates.

In response to Coronavirus, we are opening the competition early this year.

We are conscious that everyone’s movements have been curtailed, and we want to encourage you to use the changed circumstances to create something: so why not write a short story or poem and be in with a chance to win €1000?

As an add-on to this year’s competitions, we will also be creating  content for you in a series of blogs from published authors, teachers and coaches with tips, skills, advice, exercises and recommended reading to teach, inspire and motivate you to write the best short story or poem you can.

Simply subscribe to Dalkey Creates and you will receive updates direct to your Inbox.

Learning and improving creative and poetry writing, are skills that can bring you a huge amount of joy and satisfaction, not just for the current period of confinement, but for the rest of your life.

So let’s get writing, and together we can create.

Terms and Conditions

  • Entry is online only, via the Dalkey Creates website.

  • You may enter as many times as you wish. Each entry costs €15.

  • The deadline is Midnight, Sunday 2nd August, 2020.

  • The competition is open to any writer of any nationality, anywhere in the world, writing in English, aged 18 years and older on the closing date.

  • There is no restriction on theme or style.

  • For  the Story Competition the maximum number of words is 2000.

  • For the Poetry Competition, the maximum number of lines is 30.

  • The stories and poems must not have been broadcast or published previously in any form, nor winning or placed in any competition.

  • Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant.

  • Dalkey Creates holds publishing rights for one year from the current festival, after which publishing rights revert to the author.

  • Notification of receipt of entry will be by email.

  • The judges’ verdict is final. No correspondence will be entered into.

  • Stories cannot be altered or substituted once they have been entered.

  • All entries are judged anonymously. Name and contact details must not appear on the stories, only in the box provided when entering online.

  • Font should be Times New Roman, Font size 12, double-spaced

  • Word count must be noted at the top of the first page.

  • All stories must be submitted as a PDF file or Microsoft Word doc.

  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed but will become ineligible should the entrant win a prize or be published prior to the prize giving date; entry fees will not be refunded.  You must inform Dalkey Creates immediately should your entry be published or win a prize elsewhere.

  • Stories received after the deadline will not be eligible for the current year’s competitions and will automatically be forwarded to the following year’s competitions; entry fees will not be refunded.

  • Failure to adhere to these rules will result in immediate disqualification.

  • Entry is taken as acceptance of these rules.

Further information available here.

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