Francis MacManus Short Story Competition

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    Winner of the Francis Mac Manus Short Story Competition 2015 announced

    1st Prize: ‘Stoppin’ the Silence’ by Eleanor O’Reilly read  by Genevieve Hulme-Beaman.Listen

    2nd Prize: ‘Small Yellow Sun’ by Dolores Walshe read by Janet Moran.Listen

    3rd Prize: Irish Gothic: Waiting For Samhain’ by Kathryn Burke read by Caitríona Ní Mhurchú.Listen

    About The Francis Mac Manus Short Story Competition

    The competition for original short stories for radio was established in 1986 in memory of the RTÉ Radio broadcaster and novelist Francis Mac Manus (1909-1965).  Since then it has been a source of encouragement and support for new and emerging writers.  Previous winners include Claire Keegan, Ciarán Folan, Ivy Bannister, Nuala Ní Chonchúir and Martin Malone.

    The judges for this year’s competition were Evelyn Conlon, Katy Hayes and Cormac Kinsella.

    There were almost 700 entries for the 2015 competition and the judges commented that this year’s shortlist featured ‘an eclectic range of styles and voices’ and was of ‘an exceptionally high standard’.

    The author of the overall winning story receives €3,000.  Prizes of €2,000 (2nd prize) and €1,000 (3rd prize) are awarded to the authors of the second and third winning stories. 

    The 2014 short-listed entries can be heard on the RTÉ Player at

    Click here for 2015 Winning Stories and Shortlist

    Francis MacManus Short Story Wednesday 3 July 2013


    "Parknasilla" by Silke O'Reilly

    read by Ingrid Craigie

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