Francis MacManus 
Short Story Competition

Francis MacManus Short Story Competition

Monday - Friday, 11.20 pm

Francis MacManus Short Story Monday 28 July 2014

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

Francis MacManus Short Story Competition

Francis MacManus Short Story Competition

A reading of one of the 25 finalists of the Francis MacManus Short Story Competition: Spun Sugar by Anne Marie Harrington read by Aonghus Óg McAnally.

Spun Sugar by Anne Marie Harrington

A reading of one of the 25 finalists of the Francis MacManus Short Story Competition: Spun Sugar by Anne Marie Harrington read by Aonghus Óg McAnally.

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