Francis MacManus 
Short Story Competition

Francis MacManus Short Story Competition

Monday - Friday, 11.10 pm


About the competition:

The competition was founded in memory of Francis Mac Manus, 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 Molly McCloskey, Anthony Glavin, Claire Keegan and Nuala Ní Chonchúir.

The winner of the overall prize will receive €3,000 and prizes of €2,000 and €1,000 will be 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 to consider their broadcasting and short story qualities before they select the winning entries. The entire shortlist is broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 following the announcement of the competition winners. 

The judges for this year are Evelyn Conlon, Declan Meade and Mary Morrissy.

The shortlisted stories will be announced in the Autumn.

Click here for 2015 Winning Stories and Shortlist


  1. The competition is open to people over 18 years of age born or resident in Ireland.
  2. Only one entry per person is allowed.
  3. Entries, in Irish or English, must be the original work of the author.  They cannot be under consideration elsewhere and must not have been previously published (including online) or broadcast.
  4. Entries should be written in the knowledge that each of the short-listed stories will be read on air.  It is therefore advisable to avoid excessive use of strong language.
  5. Stories must be between 1,800 and 2,000 words in length and the word count must be displayed clearly on each entry.  Stories outside this word range will not be considered.
  6. Entries should be double-spaced and typewritten on one side only of A4 paper.
  7. The author’s name should only appear on the accompanying entry form.
  8. The author is advised to retain a copy of his/her entry as RTÉ cannot return scripts.
  9. Entries will be accepted from Monday 7th March 2016 until Friday 27th May 2016. The winners will be announced in Autumn 2016.
  10. The decision of the judges is final and RTÉ cannot enter into correspondence concerning the merits of any entry.
  11. Each submission should be sent/delivered in an A4 envelope and accompanied by a completed entry form to:





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