RTÉ Radio 1 has invited short story submissions for one of Ireland’s longest established and most significant literary prizes, the RTÉ Radio 1 Short Story Competition in honour of Francis MacManus.

Judging the entries this year are bestselling author Liz Nugent, RTÉ Arts and Media correspondent and author Sinead Crowley, and Declan Meade of The Stinging Fly. Writers will have three months to get their submissions in, with a closing date of Friday May 10th.

The RTÉ Radio 1 Short Story Competition has been a critically important launch pad for new and emerging writers since its inception in 1986, with a wide ranging appeal including young aspiring authors in Ireland.

Liz Nugent

Giving her own words of encouragement, Liz Nugent says: "I was shortlisted for the Francis MacManus competition back in 2006. That short story morphed very slowly into my first novel, Unravelling Oliver, and launched my writing career. I had never written a complete short story before then, let alone a full-length novel. I had never attended a creative writing course either. So if you have an idea, write it down. Begin it, and see where the pen takes you. You have nothing to lose".

Listen to the 2018 winner, Ashes by Claire Zwaartman: 

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The RTÉ Radio 1 Short Story Competition has been championing new talent for decades, with the winner and shortlisted entries having their stories produced for radio broadcast and voiced by some of Ireland’s most talented and leading actors of the stage and screen. Last year’s winner and runners up were voiced by actors Andrew Bennett, Peter Coonan and Janet Moran.

Find out more about the RTÉ Radio 1 Short Story Competition in honour of Francis MacManus, and to download a copy of the Entry Form and Rules of the Competition, go here.