2019 Competition: Stories go to air!
The winning stories from this year's competition have been announced at an awards evening in RTÉ, chosen by judges Sinéad Crowley, Liz Nugent and Declan Meade from over 2000 entries, and will be broadcast weeknights on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.20pm. To listen click the story title link after it is broadcast.
Monday 16 September 2019: 1st Prize: Honey Days by Stephen O'Reilly read by Jane Brennan. To hear and see the story in the journal.ie please click the link.
Tuesday 17 September 2019: 2nd Prize: Vena Amoris by Niall McArdle, read by Eamon Morrissey
Wednesday 18 September 2019: 3rd Prize: The Boxer Rebellion by Liz Houchin, read by Janet Moran
Thursday 19 September 2019: WonderHouse (Some Assembly Required), by Stephen Walsh, read by Peter Hanly
Friday 20 September 2019: News by Sheila Barrett, read by Ali White
Monday 23 September: Out the Pontoon Road by Edward Melvin, read by Emmet Kirwan
Tuesday 24 September: Filling in Blanks by Niamh Heery, read by Ruth McGill
Wednesday 25 September: The Planters by Mel O'Doherty, read by Gary Murphy
Thursday 26 September: Toby, Toby, Toby, by Deirdre Roycroft, read by Andrew Bennett
Friday 27 September: Salt, by Tríona Walsh, read by Caitríona Ní Mhurchú
For more information on the winning stories, click here or thejournal.ie
RTÉ RADIO 1 FRANCIS MacMANUS SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2019
RULES AND REGULATIONS
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 Do not quote from copyrighted material e.g. song lyrics, literature,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
firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone (01) 208 3277 with your name,
phone number and postal address and request to be sent a printed
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