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Ireland’s Own Writing Competition 2021

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Competition deadline: 1st Ocotber 2021

Ireland’s Own is pleased to announce details of our 2021 Writing Competitions. Entrants are invited to compete for €2,450 in gift-card prizes.

The Open Short Story section (2,000 words maximum) is open to all and carries a prize fund of €1,000 gift cards – a first prize of €600; second prize of €200 and two runners-up prizes of €100.

The Beginners’ Short Story section is restricted to those who have never had a story published before. It carries a first prize of €300 and three runners-up prizes of €100. Entries for both short story sections should be of approx. 2,000 words, reflect the ethos of Ireland’s Own and be of a non-experimental nature.
Occasionally, stories may need some slight adjustments to comply with our requirements; we reserve the right to make such changes. Entry in the competitions is deemed an acceptance of this condition.

For the Memories Section we are asking entrants to tell us of some special, moment or event in not more than 800 words. It could be about school, holidays, falling in love, getting married, emigrating, a special person you have known, etc. This section carries a first prize of €200 and four runners-up prizes of €100.

In memory of Frank McDonald (12/4/1932 to 04/05/2020)
Frank McDonald was born in Dublin in 1932. He was an avid reader and a short story writer throughout his life, and was a regular contributor to Ireland’s Own magazine. His work also featured in the 2010 short story anthology. Following his retirement from his job as a bookbinder in 1998, Frank spent more than 10 years teaching adult literacy classes in Finglas,
Dublin. During these years he introduced many people to the joy of reading and writing. He was married to his wife, Lily, for over 60 years and had four children and five grandchildren. His family has very generously donated a €250 prize which will be awarded to a first-time writer in the competition.

In all three sections, entries should be the original and unpublished work of the sender, and should be typed on one side only of A4 paper, double spacing. Any number of entries may be submitted, but each story must be accompanied by a €10.00 (£8 Stg) fee, (in cheque or money order – post no cash), made payable to IRELAND’S OWN.
Entries must be submitted by post; make sure you include your own name and address on each entry, and also your email address if you have one to facilitate easy contact. The results will appear in the Christmas Annual in early December. The winning entries will be published in our Winning Writers Annual next May. It is our intention to publish an anthology next year featuring the winners and best of the recommended entries.
No entry form is needed; the decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Entrants should retain copies of their work as manuscripts will NOT be returned.
Entries should be sent to: 2021 Original Writing Competitions, Ireland’s Own, Channing House, Rowe Street, Wexford.
Which section each entry is intended for should be CLEARLY MARKED on the outside of the envelope.
Closing date is Friday, October 1st, 2021.


  1. Entries must be submitted to the address provided and should arrive no later than 5pm on Friday, October 1.
  2. Entries received after this date will not be included.
  3. Entries for the competition must be aged 18 or over.
  4. It is our intention to publish an anthology next year featuring the winners and best of the recommended entries. Featured entrants’ names and locations will be shared with third party (editors, designers and publishers) solely for the purpose of publishing the anthology.
  5. Data will be kept for three months after the closing date for receipt of entries, for the purpose of determining winners.
  6. Winners and highly commended entrants’ data will be kept for 18 months for use in our Winning Writers’ Annual and anthology.
  7. Unsuccessful entrants’ data gathered through this
    competition will be securely destroyed within three months of the winner(s) being announced.
  8. A letter and consent form will be sent to all shortlisted entrants to inform them that their work will appear in the anthology, once their explicit consent has been received via email or post. Only shortlisted entrants who have provided their consent will be printed.
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