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  • previously unpublished work only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.

The 2018 Shirley McClure Poetry Contest judges will include Jessica Traynor, Caroline Bracken, Sally Ashton and the final shortlist will be judged by Paul Muldoon. 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  • previously unpublished work only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.




Irish Arts & Writers Festival