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The Molly Keane Creative Writing Award 2021

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Competition deadline 25th June 2021

Since 1998 the Waterford Arts Office has been running this national annual Creative Writing Award to celebrate the rich literary life of the late Molly Keane.

Molly, pictured here in front of the Ardmore Round Tower, lived in Ardmore, Co. Waterford until she died in 1996. She started writing at a young age to ‘supplement her dress allowance’. Her first ten novels and four plays were published under the pseudonym M.J. Farrell.

She married into the Keane family of West Waterford but sadly her husband died at the age of 36. Molly ceased writing until 1981 when ‘Good Behaviour’ was published under her real name. It became a publishing sensation and was well received as a masterpiece of black comedy for which she was short-listed for the prestigious Booker Prize in 1981.
The Arts Office, Waterford City & County Council by kind permission of the Keane family is now inviting entries for a previously unpublished short story for this year’s award.


This is an open competition for people resident on the island of Ireland for a short story. The selection process will be from entries which have been previously unpublished or printed. Entries, which have received awards in other competitions, are also ineligible. It is highly advisable that entries are not currently submitted elsewhere for consideration.

Only short stories will be accepted.
Poetry and prose entries are inadmissible.
Online submission only via Waterford Submit platform – see video with instructions.
All entries should be typed, saved in PDF or Word document format and uploaded onto Waterford Submit platform.
The limit for each piece is 2000 words.
The exact word count should be typed at the end of the final page.
There is no entry fee. There is no age limit.
Previous winners of the award are ineligible to enter.
The author’s details are to be given on the official online entry form. None of these details are to appear on the work being submitted.
No more than one entry can submitted by any individual. Persons using pseudonyms to enter with different email addresses will have all their entries deemed ineligible.
The closing date for receipt of entries is Monday 25th June 2021 at 12 noon. Late submissions will not be accepted by the online system.
The judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding their decision.

While copyright will remain with the competitor, the Arts Office reserves the right to arrange the first publication and broadcast of the selected works. The right to use the stories to further publicise this award is also retained.

The winning story will be announced at an online Culture Night event in September 2021.
€500 will be awarded to the winner.

Submission of a written piece implies the authors acceptance of the rules and conditions.

See here for further details.

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