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Competitions deadline: 15th July 2021

Michael Mullan Charity Fund Short Story, Flash Fiction, Poetry and Kildare Micro-fiction Competitions 2021

The Michael Mullan Charity Fund is seeking entries for the annual Short Story, Flash Fiction, Poetry and Kildare Micro-Fiction Competitions. Writers, whether established or not, are invited to submit on any theme.

The Michael Mullan Charity Fund has been set up by the Mullan family to remember Michael (Mick) Mullan who passed away on 23rd November 2020 following a long battle with cancer and to raise funds for deserving causes that he was associated with.

Key Information

CompetitionMax word countEntry Fee1st Prize2nd PrizeClosing Date
Short Story2,000€15€200€5015th July 2021
Flash Fiction1,000€10€100€5015th July 2021
Poetry40 lines€10€100€5015th July 2021
Micro-Fiction (Open to Co. Kildare Residents only)500€102 x 4-week writing courses with the Kildare Writing Centre1 x 4-week writing course with the Kildare Writing Centre15th July 2021

All entries by e-mail only to mmcfwritingcompetition@gmail.com

This is a very worthwhile cause with all proceeds going to support kidney cancer research at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

How to Enter:

Pay the entry fee on line and email your short story, flash fiction, poetry or micro-fiction to: mmcfwritingcompetition@gmail.com

Terms and Conditions:

This is an open competition for short stories, flash fiction, poems and micro-fiction on any subject matter.

The competition is open to people of 16 years and over.

1st Prize €200 for short story, €100 for flash fiction, €100 for poetry and 2 x 4-week writing courses with Kildare Writing Centre for micro-fiction.

2nd Prize €50 for short story, €50 for flash fiction, €50 for poetry and a 4-week writing course with Kildare Writing Centre for micro-fiction.

The winning entries in each competition will be published on the Michael Mullan Charity Fund website and also on the Kildare Library and Arts Service website.

Entries must be in English.

For the Short Story Competition entries must be no more than 2,000 words in length excluding the title.

Entries for the Flash Fiction Competition must not exceed 1,000 words, excluding the title.

Poems should not exceed 40 lines in length, excluding the title.

Micro-fiction entries should not exceed 500 words excluding the title and is restricted to applicants currently living in Co. Kildare.

Longer entries will not be permitted and will be automatically rejected.

Entries must be the original work of the author and must not have been previously published. Submissions which have received awards in other competitions are also ineligible.

Please ensure that:

  • the title is clearly marked at the top of the entry and each page thereafter
  • pages are numbered in the short story, flash fiction and micro-fiction competitions
  • entries in Word only must use a legible font (eg Times New Roman or Ariel 12 font or similar) with 1.5 spacing
  • the author’s name does NOT appear on the entry submitted, only on the e-mail accompanying the piece as all submissions will be judged anonymously.
  • the covering email should state in the subject header which competition the entry is for (ie short story, flash fiction, poetry or micro-fiction)
  • those entering more than one competition (short story, flash fiction, poetry or micro-fiction) should send their entries in separate emails.
  • brief author’s biography is included (max 100 words) 
  • entry is attached to their covering email
  • author’s address is included in the covering email for entries for the Kildare Micro-fiction competition

The closing date for entries is 12.00 midnight (GMT) on Thursday 15th July 2021.

 Entries received after this date will not be considered.

Overtly sexual, violent or hate filled submissions will not be considered.

A longlist of the top 20 submissions in each competition will be listed on the Michael Mullan Charity Fund website (www.michaelmullancharityfund.com) in August 2021. The top 6 shortlisted in each competition will also be listed on the website in September, and those shortlisted will be contacted by email. The top 6 shortlisted Short Story submissions will be judged by Niamh Boyce. The top 6 Flash Fiction entries shortlisted will be judged by Caroline E. Farrell.  The top 6 Poems shortlisted will be judged by John MacKenna. The top 6 Kildare Micro-fiction entries will be judged by Lynn Buckle.  The judges’ decision is final and the Michael Mullan Charity Fund will not enter into correspondence concerning the judging or merits awarded. The onus is on the author to ensure that their entry complies with the rules of the competition.

Entries should be submitted by email only to mmcfwritingcompetition@gmail.com

Hard copies will not be permitted.

Winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded at aspecial event (actual or on-line) as part of the 2021 Kildare Readers Festival Programme on 14th October in Kildare Town Library (to be confirmed later in line with Covid-19 Virus developments). The six shortlisted entries in each category will be read (in full or in part) on the night. All expenses incurred in attending will be the writer’s own.

Copyright of the entries will remain with the author. The winning authors, the runners up and those shortlisted agree to have their photograph taken and used for publicity purposes by the Michael Mullan Charity Fund.

The entry fee is €15 for short stories and €10 each for flash fiction, poems and micro-fiction. This must be paid using the link on the website www.michaelmullancharityfund.com/writing-competitions unless otherwise agreed in advance.

Donations in excess of the stipulated entry fee would be most welcome for this deserving cause.

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