The 2018 Youth Writing contest will be judged panel of three published writers and poets, names tba. 

The winner will receive a $400 Amazon Gift Card. 

Deadline September 30, 2018.

  • applicants must be under 18 (by 12/31/2018)
  • all submissions must be in English
  • short story submissions no more that 2500 word count 
  • poetry submissions must be no more than 50 lines
  • author's name cannot appear on manuscripts (ms with author name included will be disqualified.)
  • international submissions allowed
  • previously unpublished work only
  • $8 reading fee per poem

Winners will be notified directly in advance of the Irish Arts & Writers Festival, October 12th, 2018, and names announced at the opening reception. The winning work will be published on irishartsfestival.com after that date. Prize expires after 9 months, if unclaimed.

Non-winning or non-shortlisted applicants will not receive individual notifications.




The 2018 Shirley McClure Poetry Contest judges tba. The winner will receive a $600 cash prize. 

Deadline September 30, 2018.

  • applicants must be over 18 years of age
  • all submissions must be in English
  • submissions must be no more than 50 lines
  • author's name cannot appear on manuscript (ms with author name included will be disqualified.)
  • international submissions allowed
  • previously unpublished work only
  • $10 reading fee per poem

Winners will be notified directly in advance of the Irish Arts & Writers Festival, October 12th, 2018, and names announced at the opening reception. The winning work will be published on irishartsfestival.com after that date. Prize expires after 9 months, if unclaimed.

Non-winning or non-shortlisted applicants will not receive individual notifications.




2018 Short Story Contest submissions will be judged by a panel published authors, with shortlist judged by Delcan Meade, publisher, editor, and co-founder of The Stinging  Fly literary magazine, which showcases new and emerging Irish and  international writers.

The winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize. Deadline September 30, 2018.

  • fiction only
  • 5000 word count maximum
  • all submissions must be in English
  • standard formatting: 12 point font, double-spaced.
  • author's name cannot appear on ms. ms with author name included will be disqualified.
  • international submissions allowed
  • previously unpublished work only
  • $15 reading fee per story

Winners will be notified directly in advance of the Irish Arts & Writers Festival, October 12th, 2018, and names announced at the opening reception. The winning work will be published on irishartsfestival.com after that date. Prize expires after 9 months, if unclaimed.

Non-winning or non-shortlisted applicants will not receive individual notifications.

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