The RTÉ Short Story Competition 2021 will open for entries at the end of January 2021.  An announcement will be made on the website and on RTÉ Radio 1.  Keep listening......

The winner of the 2020 RTÉ Short Story Competition has been announced!  Get all the details at announcement was made live on Arena on RTÉ Radio 1 as part of a special programme dedicated to the awards.

To listen to and read all ten stories on the shortlist click on  the story title link below after the story has been broadcast. They will be on air week nights at 11.20 p.m. during Late Date on RTÉ Radio 1.

Monday, 28th September 2020: 1st Prize: Flower Wild by Shane Tivenan, read by Ingrid Craigie

Tuesday, 29th September 2020: 2nd Prize: Kissing Booth by Alan Walsh, read by Bláithín MacGabhann

Wednesday, 30th September 2020: 3rd Prize: The Shape on the Strand by Katherine Duffy, read by Jane Brennan

Thursday 1st October: Hands; A Downpour, by Aengus Murray, read by Liam Carney

Friday 2nd October: Neadú by Ceri Garfield, read by Bríd Ní Neachtain

Monday 5th October: The Brow of the Hill, by Edel Moloney, read by Derbhle Crotty

Tuesday 6th October: Everything Will Be Recorded, by Seán Mackel, read by Lalor Roddy

Wednesday 7th October: Beneath the Trees, Where Nobody Sees, by Julie Cruickshank, read by Cathy Belton

Thursday 8th October: Tactics, by Andrew Maguire, read by Ignacy Rybarczyck

Friday 9th October: Guinness & Coke, by Lochlainn McKenna, read by Éanna Hardwicke


***updated 27 March 2020 -- online entries now accepted***

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. Please avoid excessive use of strong

6. Do not quote from copyrighted material e.g. song lyrics, literature,
poetry, scripts, in your story.

7. ****updated*** Due to the coronavirus crisis, hand-delivered entries cannot currently be accepted but electronic entries may now be submitted through the following online form.      Postal submissions continue to be accepted also.  You can download the form at,  email, or phone (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 or on the online form and not on the story itself.  

10. Entries will be accepted by post or online once they are received 
by us, up to 5pm on the competition closing date, Friday 8 May, 2020
The shortlist will be announced by early September.

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. If you are entering by post, your submission, enclosed in an A4 envelope and accompanied by an
entry form, should be delivered by the closing date, to:

RTÉ Short Story Competition,
Radio Centre,
Dublin 4




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