Francis MacManus 
Short Story Competition

Francis MacManus Short Story Competition

Monday - Friday, 11.20 pm

Guidelines

The Francis MacManus Short Story Competition

The competition was founded in memory of Francis MacManus, the Kilkenny born novelist, biographer and former Head of Talks and Features at Radio Éireann. 

Since its establishment in 1986, the competition has been a launching pad for several new and emerging writers who have subsequently received national and international acclaim.  They include Claire Keegan, Molly McCloskey, Anthony Glavin and Nuala Ní Chonchúir.

The winner of the overall prize will receive €3,000, with prizes of €2,000 and €1,000 being awarded to the second and third prize winners.

Each of the 25 short-listed stories is recorded being read by a professional reader.  The judges listen to these recordings and read the stories before selecting the winning entries.  The names of the authors are not known until the judging process has taken place.

Following the announcement of the competition winners, the entire shortlist is broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 in the autumn.

The deadline for the 2017 competition is Friday 31 March.

Competition guidelines are available here 

Download an entry form here

RULES AND REGULATIONS

  1.  The competition is open to people over 18 years of age born or resident in Ireland.
  1. Only one entry per person is allowed.
  1. Entries, in Irish or English, must be the original work of the author. Entries must not be under consideration elsewhere, and must not have been previously broadcast or published (including online).
  1. Stories must be between 1,800 and 2,000 words in length.  Please indicate word length under the title.
  1. Entries should be written in the knowledge that each of the short-listed stories will be read on air.  It is therefore advisable to avoid excessive use of strong language.
  1. Please do not quote from copyrighted material e.g. song lyrics, literature, scripts.
  1. Entries should be typed, double-spaced on one side only of A4 paper, with pages numbered.
  1. The author’s name should only appear on the accompanying entry form.
  1. The author is advised to retain a copy of their entry as RTÉ cannot return scripts.
  1. Entries will be accepted from Tuesday 3 January to Friday 31 March, 2017. The winners will be announced before the end of September 2017.
  1. The judges’ decision is final.  RTÉ cannot enter into correspondence concerning any entry.
  1. Employees of RTÉ are not eligible to enter the competition.
  1. Each submission should be sent in an A4 envelope, accompanied by an entry form to:

RTÉ RADIO 1 SHORT STORY COMPETITION,

RTÉ RADIO CENTRE,

DUBLIN 4.

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