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Two International Short Story Competitions

Article by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin © 7 February 2013 .
Posted in the Magazine ( · Writing Competitions ).

James Plunkett Short Story Award

Sponsored by the 1913 Lockout Commemoration, Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, Dublin City Council, Dublin City Libraries and ICTU, this competition is organised by the Irish Writers’ Union in partnership with the Irish Writers’ Centre.

James Plunkett was known as one of Ireland’s greatest social commentators. A founder member of the Irish Writers’ Union, James Plunkett’s seminal work, Strumpet City, still stands as one of the great Irish works of the 20th century. This year, it is of particular importance as it allows the reader to access the story behind the 1913 Dublin Lockout.

The Award will be presented on 16th October 2013 at the Irish Writers’ Centre.

  • 1st prize: €2,000
  • 2nd prize: €1,000
  • 3rd prize: €500

Winners will be chosen from 9 shortlisted candidates. The final shortlist of 9 will be generated as follows:

During the course of the year, there will be three separate competitions – each of which will lead to three winning authors being invited to read their stories at a public reading in the Irish Writers’ Centre. The readings will be presented as the James Plunkett Readings and the three winning authors promoted as being short-listed for the James Plunkett Award. There will be a separate guest judge, an established short story writer, for each of these three competitions. The guest judge will speak about the stories on the night, about the short story in general, and give a guest reading from his/her own work. A fourth guest judge will select the Award winner, runner-up, and third-placed prize-winner from the nine shortlisted candidates chosen at the three previous events.

The Competition was formally launched in December by Kevin Barry at an event attended by President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins.

In addition to the prize fund and the chance to speak alongside an established writer, the winners will be invited to speak at events organised by the Dublin City Library Service towards the end of the year as part of their promotion of Plunkett’s Strumpet City as the ‘One City, One Book’ title for 2013.

Discussions are also taking place with a major publication about the possibility of publishing the winning entry. Details will follow when confirmed.

Competition Deadlines:

  • First James Plunkett Reading Wed 10 April (Closing date for entries 07 Mar)
  • Second James Plunkett Reading Wed 5 June (Closing date for entries 30 Apr)
  • Third James Plunkett Reading Wed 16 Sept (Closing date for entries 16 Aug)
  • Presentation of Awards Wed 16 Oct

Entry Fee: €5 per entry

Terms and Conditions:

  • Entry is online, or by post if required.
  • You may enter as many times as you wish.
  • The competition is open to writers of any nationality writing in English that have not published a short story collection.
  • There is no restriction on theme or style.
  • Maximum number of words is 2,000.
  • The winning stories must not have been published previously.
  • Notification of receipt of entry will normally 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.
  • The title of the story must appear on each page, but the author’s name and contact details must only appear on the title page.
  • If submitting by email, please send the title page as a separate attachment.
  • The pages of the submission must be numbered.
  • Members of the Executive Committee of the Irish Writers’ Union, the judges, and the next of kin of these two groups will not be eligible to enter.
  • Entry is taken as acceptance of these rules.

Full Details on www.ireland-writers.com

William Trevor/Elizabeth Bowen International Short Story Competition


2nd prize: 500 Euro

5 runners up prizes of 200 Euro each.

Mitchelstown Literary Society is pleased to announce the launch of the third William Trevor / Elizabeth Bowen
International, Short Story Competition.

The Society was founded to celebrate the lives and works of two of Ireland’s literary greats with Mitchelstown connections. The short story competition evolved as a natural adjunct to our annual literary festival and aims to provide a competitive outlet for new and emerging writers in the short story genre. The continued support of William Trevor includes sponsoring the very generous First Prize.

Our preliminary adjudicators are both well-known short story writers and book reviewers. They will select a short list of approximately 25 stories to be passed on for final adjudication.

Drumshanbo born, Dublin resident, Ita Daly, will again be our main adjudicator. Ita was married to writer and editor, the late David Marcus. Educated at UCD, Ita holds a Master’s Degree in English. She has published five novels, a collection of short stories and two children’s books. Two times winner of the Hennessy Literary Awards and an Irish Times Short Story Award winner, Ita’s latest novel ‘Unholy Ghosts’ was long listed for the Impact Award.

Details of rules, official entry form(s), payment methods etc. can be had from any of our official contact points indicated below.

There is entry fee of 20.00 Euro per entry and the Closing Date for receipt of entries is last post on Friday, 5th April 2013.  The winner and runners up will be notified personally as well as results being posted to the competition website as they become available.
Entries, by post only, to:

Trevor/Bowen International Short Story Competition,

37 Upper Cork Street,Mitchelstown,Co. Cork,Ireland.

Contact Points:
Tel:025/84969 Mob:086/8248736
Email; cusakliam@eircom.net
Visit: www.mitchelstownlit.com

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