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 www.rte.ie/radio1/francis-macmanus-short-story/

    Click here for 2015 Winning Stories and Shortlist

    Francis MacManus Short Story Competition 2014

    Broadcast Schedule of Shortlist 2014

    1st Prize: The Oyster Catchers by Beth Tyrrell read by Kelly Campbell to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Monday 30 June 2014

    2nd Prize: The Chamber Pot by Richard Ball read by Andrew Bennett to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Tuesday 1 July 2014

    3rd Prize: Whalesong by Barbara Leahy read by Aonghus Óg McAnally to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Wednesday 2 July 2014

    Venus and a Little Hell by Annemarie Neary read by Robert O’Mahoney to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Thursday 3 July 2014

    He’s Going Nowhere, Your Son by Fiona O’Rourke read by Catherine Walsh to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Friday 4 July 2014

    Bus by Dermot Christophers read by Hugh O’Conor to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Monday 7 July 2014

    O Danny Boy by Peter McNiff read by Aaron Monaghan to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Tuesday 8 July 2014

    Silvercup by Fergal O’Byrne read by Andrew Bennett to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Wednesday 9 July 2014

    Early Days by Joanne Hayden read by Karen Ardiff to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Thursday 10 July 2014

    Bumblebee by Fiona Gartland read by Angela Harding to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Friday 11 July 2014

    Tying the Knot by Clare O’Reilly read by Aileen Mythen to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Monday 14 July 2014

    Mrs Ledbetter by Patrick Talbot read by Caitríona Ni Mhurchú to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Tuesday 15 July 2014

    Head Shot by John Martin read by Keith Hanna to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Wednesday 16 July 2014

    White by Alannah Hopkin read by Angela Harding to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Thursday 17 July 2014

    Poked by Anne Donnelly read by Catherine Walsh to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Friday 18 July 2014

    All There Ever Is by Toby McGrath read by Karl O’Neill to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Monday 21 July 2014

    Bedtime Routine by Simon Rochford read by Aaron Monaghan to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Tuesday 22 July 2014

    Red by Colin Burns read by Andrew Bennett to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Wednesday 23 July 2014

    Whaling Slang by John Fleming read by Gary Murphy to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Thursday 24 July 2014

    Chrysalis by Lesley Cassidy read by Bairbre Ní Chaoimh to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Friday 25 July 2014

    Spun Sugar by Anne Marie Harrington read by Aonghus Óg McAnally to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Monday 28 July 2014

    Happiness by Hilary Minch read by Bairbre Ní Chaoimh to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Tuesday 29 July 2014

    Reminiscence, an Ice Age, an Otter and an Eel by Pól Mac Mathúna read by Aonghus Óg McAnally to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Wednesday 30 July 2014

    The Last Time I Saw Valerie by Mary McGill read by Aileen Mythen to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Thursday 31 July 2014

    The Talking Doll by Daniel Hughes read by Patrick Dawson to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Friday 1 August 2014

     

    This year's judging panel from (L to R) Eoin Purcell, Editorial Director, New Island Books, Julie Parsons, writer, Tom McGuire, Head of RTÉ Radio 1, Cliodhna Ní Anluain, Series Producer and judging panel Chair of The Francis MacManus Short Story Competition and Christine Dwyer Hickey, writer.

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