RTÉ Radio 1 Short Story Competition

Monday - Friday, 11.20 pm


The 2020 Francis MacManus Short Story Competition will be commencing in early February.  Details will be announced on RTE Radio 1 and the website when they become available. 



1. The competition is open to people over 18 years of age who are Irish,

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.

Entries must not be under consideration elsewhere, and must not have

been previously broadcast or published (including online).

4. Stories must be between 1,800 and 2,000 words in length. Please

indicate word length under the title.

5. Entries should be written in the knowledge that each of the shortlisted

stories will be read on air. It is therefore advisable to avoid excessive use

of strong language.

6. Do not quote from copyrighted material e.g. song lyrics, literature,

poetry, scripts, in your story.

7. Entries may be submitted by post only and must be accompanied by

a competition entry form. You can download the form from the website

https://www.rte.ie/radio1/francis-macmanus-short-story/, email

fmacmanusstories@rte.ie, or telephone (01) 208 3277 with your name,

phone number and postal address and request to be sent a printed

entry form.

8. Each entry should be typed, double-spaced on one side only of A4

paper, with pages numbered, and each page ending on a full stop. The

author is advised to retain a copy of their entry as RTÉ cannot return


9. The author’s name and contact details should only appear on the

accompanying postal entry form.

10. Entries will be accepted by post until the competition closing date,

Friday 10th May 2019. The shortlist and winners will be announced by

the end of September 2019.

11. The winners of the top three winning stories will receive prizes of

€3000, €2000 and €1000 respectively, and will be broadcast in the

autumn on RTÉ Radio 1, along with the seven other stories in the shortlist,

whose writers will each receive a runner-up prize of €250.

12. By submitting an entry for the competition, the author hereby

acknowledges and agrees that the winning entries and any other

shortlisted entry will be read out and reproduced and broadcast (in

whole or in part) on RTÉ’s radio services and via the RTÉ website and

online services (including RTÉ Radio Player) as well as featured in an RTÉ

podcast available for download.

13. The author also acknowledges that the winning entries may also be

used by RTÉ for publicity purposes around the competition and

published in full or as an extract in print or online (including without

limitation RTÉ Guide, RTÉ website and other third party platforms). Entry

to the competition constitutes acceptance of these terms. If an entry

makes the top 10 shortlist, then the author will be asked to sign a

contract and RTÉ will not broadcast the entry until that contract has

been executed by both the author and RTÉ.

14. The judges’ decision is final. RTÉ will not enter into correspondence

concerning any entry. RTÉ will not acknowledge receipt of entries and

does not accept any responsibility for late, lost or damaged entries.

Proof of sending is not proof of receipt.

15. Entrants must provide their name, email address, telephone number

and postal address. RTÉ will only ever use personal details for the

purposes of the competition.

16. Employees of RTÉ are not eligible to enter the competition.

17. Postal submission should be sent in an A4 envelope, accompanied by

an entry form to:

RTÉ Radio 1 Francis MacManus Short Story Competition,

Radio Centre, Donnybrook, Dublin 4



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