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Competitions: Dalkey Short Story Prize and Dalkey Poetry Prize

Article by Writing IE Admin © 6 September 2019 Writing.ie .
Posted in the Magazine ( · Writing Competitions ).

Competition deadline: 6th October 2019

In partnership with Books Ireland, Dalkey Creates Writing Festival’s Competitions; the annual Dalkey Short Story Prize and the ALL-NEW Dalkey Poetry Prize are now open for entries. Both competitions welcome writers from all over the world, writing in the English language. A piece may be entered provided it has not been entered previously or published elsewhere.  Dalkey Creates Festival Director, Anna Fox stated her objective for setting up this writing festival as ‘encouraging and supporting writers, and providing a platform for their work. Our Poetry and Short Story Prizes are a great opportunity and incentive for writers to complete and polish a piece of work.’  In addition to the €1000 Euro prize money, winners of the competitions will be published by Books Ireland Magazine (spring edition).  See here for further details. The deadline for entries is Sunday, 6 October.

The Dalkey Short Story Prize and the Dalkey Poetry Prize are part of the Dalkey Creates Writing Festival, which takes place on 28-30 November.  Dalkey Creates offers a range of workshops, an open mic, informal writer talks, a writer-in-residence, a publishing forum and networking opportunities for writers.

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 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; 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.