Short Story Competition 2019

Judges: Thomas Morris & Wendy Erskine

Thomas Morris ’s debut story collection,  We Don’t Know What We’re Doing  (Faber & Faber) was chosen as a Book of the Year by  The Guardian ,  The Observer,   The Spectator ,  The Irish Times , and  The Irish Independent,  and the book won the 2016 Wales Book of the Year, The Rhys Davies Trust Fiction Award, and a Somerset Maugham Award.  His stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and published and anthologised in a number of venues, including  Best European Fiction 2018  and the  Penguin Book of the Contemporary British Short Story.  Thomas is a contributing editor at  The Stinging Fly .

Thomas Morris’s debut story collection, We Don’t Know What We’re Doing (Faber & Faber) was chosen as a Book of the Year by The Guardian, The Observer, The Spectator, The Irish Times, and The Irish Independent, and the book won the 2016 Wales Book of the Year, The Rhys Davies Trust Fiction Award, and a Somerset Maugham Award.

His stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and published and anthologised in a number of venues, including Best European Fiction 2018 and the Penguin Book of the Contemporary British Short Story. Thomas is a contributing editor at The Stinging Fly.

Wendy Erskine ’s debut story collection,  Sweet Home , was published by  The Stinging Fly  Press in September 2018, and by Picador in June 2019. It was shortlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize, and is currently longlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize and the Edge Hill Short Story Prize. ‘Inakeen’, a story from the collection, is longlisted for the 2019  Sunday Times  Audible Short Story Award.  Wendy’s stories have appeared in  The Stinging Fly ,  Winter Papers ,  Female Lines  (New Island),  Being Various  (Faber and Faber),  We’ll Never Have Paris  (Repeater),  Belfast Stories  (Doire),  Still Worlds Turning  (No Alibis Press), and on BBC Radio 4 and RTÉ Radio 1. She lives in Belfast, where she works as a teacher in a secondary school.

Wendy Erskine’s debut story collection, Sweet Home, was published by The Stinging Fly Press in September 2018, and by Picador in June 2019. It was shortlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize, and is currently longlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize and the Edge Hill Short Story Prize. ‘Inakeen’, a story from the collection, is longlisted for the 2019 Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award.

Wendy’s stories have appeared in The Stinging Fly, Winter Papers, Female Lines (New Island), Being Various (Faber and Faber), We’ll Never Have Paris (Repeater), Belfast Stories (Doire), Still Worlds Turning (No Alibis Press), and on BBC Radio 4 and RTÉ Radio 1. She lives in Belfast, where she works as a teacher in a secondary school.

 

SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2019

Sponsored by Bridge St

As part of the 2019 Wild Atlantic Words festival, there will be a short story competition, with a reading and prize-giving ceremony on 12th October in the Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar.

  • Judges: Thomas Morris & Wendy Erskine

  • First prize: €500

  • Second prize: €250

  • Closing date: Friday, 30th August 2019 at 5pm

  • Entry size: Less than 3,000 words

  • Entry fee: €10

 
 

RULES & REGULATIONS

  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 by email only to wildatlanticwords@gmail.com, 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, 30th August 2019.  Winners will be announced prior to the Wild Atlantic Words festival.  Winners will be invited to attend the prize-giving event on 12th October 2019 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.

 

HOW TO ENTER

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1) WRITE YOUR SHORT STORY

  • Stories must be less than 3,000 words

  • The author’s name and contact details should NOT appear on the short story manuscript

  • Closing date: 5pm, 30th August 2019

  • NB: See full list of rules and regulations

2) PAY €10 ENTRY FEE

  • Click on the button below to go open the payment portal in a new window. A 9-digit order reference number will be issued on receipt of the €10 entry fee. Put this reference number on the top of your short story manuscript, preceding the story title. You will also need this number when filling out your entry form. [Note: If you are having difficulty navigating the payment portal, please click on the step-by-step guide button below]


3) SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY FORM AND MANUSCRIPT BY EMAIL

  • Download and fill out the entry form

  • Email (1) your completed entry form together with (2) short story manuscript to wildatlanticwords@gmail.com before 5pm on Friday, 30th August 2019