Cairde Sligo Arts Festival has announced Cairde Word, its inaugural short story competition, with submissions welcome from March 1st to April 30th.

The introduction of the short story competition this year is the latest addition to the growing literary strand of the Cairde programme, which has featured acclaimed writers such as Maggie Nelson, Sara Baume, Kevin Barry, Emma Dabiri, Ian Maleney and more.

The short stories will be judged by writers Sinéad Gleeson and Louise Kennedy.

Louise Kennedy

Speaking about the importance of such competitions, Louise Kennedy said; 'I'll never forget the sense of validation and purpose my first short-listing in a writing contest gave me. This is a fantastic new opportunity for writers and I’m thrilled to have been asked to join Sinéad in the judging process.’

The competition is open to anyone aged 18+. The longlist will be announced on June 9th, followed by the shortlist on June 23rd. The winners will be informed privately by email, and formally announced during this year's Cairde Sligo Arts Festival on Saturday July 10th - find out more about the Cairde Word competition here.