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Wild Atlantic Words Short Story Competition 2020

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Competition deadline: 31st July 2020

The  2020 Wild Atlantic Words literary festival short story competition will be judged by award-winning writer, Lisa McInerney.

Founded in 2016, the Wild Atlantic Words literary festival takes place every October in Castlebar. The short story competition is sponsored by Bridge St bar, with a first prize of €500, and second prize, €250. A reading and prize-giving ceremony is scheduled to take place on October 10th in the Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar. The closing date for entries is Friday, July 31 at 5pm.

Last year’s inaugural short story competition attracted more than 150 entries from across Ireland and from Irish people all over the world, as far afield as Columbia. The first prize went to Eamon McGuinness from Dublin, for his submission, ‘Everyone Here Has A Story’. The 2019 competition judges were Thomas Morris and Wendy Erskine.

This year’s judge, Lisa McInerney, has had her work featured in Winter Papers, The Stinging Fly, Granta, The Guardian, Le Monde, The Irish Times, BBC Radio 4 and various anthologies. Her story ‘Navigation’ was longlisted for the 2017 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. Her debut novel The Glorious Heresies won the 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and the 2016 Desmond Elliott Prize. Her second novel, The Blood Miracles, won the 2018 RSL Encore Award.

Covid-19 restrictions permitting, this year’s literary festival will run from October 9th – 11th. The festival aims to celebrate the literary heritage of our rugged coastline over a weekend of readings, recitals, debates and reflection, while also acknowledging our new and emerging writers. Previous guests have included former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson, plus a host of acclaimed national and international authors, including Sally Rooney, Mike McCormack, Donal Ryan, Billy Keane, Professor Diarmaid Ferriter, Dominic Price, Senator Marie Louise O’Donnell, Pat McCabe, Mary Kennedy, Eileen Dunne, Anne Chambers and many, many more.

Terms and Conditions

  1. The competition is open to people over 18 years of age who are Irish or resident in Ireland.

  2. Only one entry per person is allowed.

  3. Entries must be the original work of the author and not previously broadcast or published.

  4. Stories must be less than 3,000 words.

  5. The author’s name and contact details should only appear on the accompanying entry form and NOT on the short story manuscript. A 9-digit order reference number will be issued on receipt of the €10 entry fee and this reference number should appear on the top of the short story manuscript, preceding the story title.

  6. Entries should be typed and supplied in PDF format (A4 sheet, 12pt font size, double line spacing).  [Note: If you are having difficulty saving your story in PDF format, please send it as a Microsoft Word document instead]

  7. Entries must be submitted via the Wild Atlantic Words website, accompanied by entry form and entry fee order reference number. Entry forms and entry fee payment link are available on www.wildatlanticwords.ie.

  8. Entries will be accepted by email until 5pm on the closing date, 31st July 2020.  Winners will be announced prior to the Wild Atlantic Words festival.  Winners will be expected to attend the reading and prize-giving event on 10th October 2020, with Lisa McInerney, in The Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar.

  9. 1st prize is €500, 2nd prize is €250.

  10. By submitting an entry, the author agrees that the entry may be read at the prize-giving event during the festival.

  11. The judges’ decision is final and Wild Atlantic Words will not enter into any correspondence concerning any entry.

Entry forms, along with a full list of competition rules and regulations, are available on the festival’s website, www.wildatlanticwords.ie.

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