Shortlist 2015

*JULY 2020 UPDATE* JUDGING UNDERWAY FOR 2020 COMPETITION  

Over 4000 entries received; shortlist to be announced early September

  "We Irish have an obsessive need to tell stories" – Madeleine Keane

"You're looking for someone who can make an entire world in 2,000 words" – Vincent Woods

"The familiar world around us suddenly looked very strange"– Danielle McLaughlin

RTÉ has received over 4000 entries, a record number, to this year’s RTÉ Short Story Competition, one of Ireland’s longest established and most significant literary prizes, in honour of Francis MacManus. 

The panel of three judges  met on Friday 3 July to begin the process of shortlisting the stories to a final 10 nominees which will be produced for radio, and announced in early September. A virtual awards ceremony in RTÉ will follow later in September, where the top three prize winners will be announced.

This year’s judges are editor, lecturer and journalist, Madeleine Keane; award-winning short story writer and previous prize-winner of the RTÉ Short Story Competition, Danielle McLaughlin; and writer and broadcaster Vincent Woods.

Previous prizewinner and judge for 2020, Danielle McLaughlin, says: "This competition offers writers a great opportunity to reach such a large audience. And at a time when the familiar world around us suddenly looked very strange and inspired so many people to write stories, it really is wonderful for those writers to think that the story they have written at the kitchen table, maybe over several months, and invested so much in has the opportunity to be listened to by so many people all over the country."

The overall winner will receive €3,000, while €2,000 and €1,000 will be awarded to the second and third place prize winners respectively. A further seven runners-up will receive €250 each. All 10 short stories in the shortlist will be broadcast in a season of new writing on RTÉ Radio 1 in the autumn and will feature in an RTÉ podcast. The top three prizewinning stories will also be published on thejournal.ie, and all 10 stories will subsequently be published on rte.ie/culture

1st prize: Stoppin’ the Silence by Eleanor O’Reilly read by Genevieve Hulme-Beaman to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Monday 5th October, 2015 Listen

2nd prize: Small Yellow Sun by Dolores Walshe read by Janet Moran to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Tuesday 6th October, 2015Listen

3rd prize: Irish Gothic: Waiting for Samhain by Kathryn Burke read by Caitríona Ní Mhurchú to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Wednesday 7th October, 2015Listen

The Lobster Pot by David Butler read by Aonghus Óg McAnally to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Thursday 8th October, 2015 Listen

Keyhole Cut by Mary Butler read by Cathy Belton to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Friday 9th October, 2015 Listen

Bleep by Thomas Connolly read by Keith Hanna to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Monday 12th October, 2015 Listen

Half-A-Boy by Anne Walsh Donnelly read by Aaron Monaghan to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Tuesday 13th October, 2015Listen

The Prodigal by Tanya Farrelly read by Cathy Belton to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Wednesday 14th October, 2015 Listen

Flame by Fiona Gartland read by Andrew Bennett to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Thursday 15th October, 2015 Listen

The Bridge by Joanne Hayden read by Gemma Reeves to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Friday 16th October, 2015 Listen

All in my Head by Aideen Henry read by Marion O’Dwyer to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Monday 19th October, 2015 Listen

When Blue Snowflakes Fall by Eoin Lane read by Kelly Campbell to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Tuesday 20th October, 2015 Listen

Lan Zhou Lost by Jim Lydon read by Gary Murphy to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Wednesday 21st October, 2015 Listen

Checkpoint by Pat J. Mullan read by Conor MacNeill to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Thursday 22nd October, 2015 Listen

Waiting by Damien Murphy read by Aonghus Óg McAnally to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Friday 23rd October, 2015 Listen

The Kiss by Riona Judge McCormack read by Ingrid Craigie to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Monday 26th October, 2015 Listen

The Act by Colm McDermott read by Keith Hanna to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Tuesday 27th October, 2015 Listen

Swoop Low and Scatter the Birds by Kevin McDermott read by Patrick Dawson to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Wednesday 28th October, 2015 Listen

Envelopes by Neasa McHale read by Neilí Conroy to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Thursday 29th October, 2015 Listen

Transference by Joe McKiernan read by Gary Murphy to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Friday 30th October, 2015 Listen

The Border Fox by Billy O’Callaghan read by Aaron Monaghan to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Monday 2nd November, 2015 Listen

Song of the Seals by Silke O’Reilly read by Caitríona Ní Mhurchú to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Tuesday 3rd November, 2015 Listen

In Mrs. D’s by Alice Redmond read by Kelly Campbell to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Wednesday 4th November, 2015 Listen

Dates by Joseph Smith read by Genevieve Hulme-Beaman to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Thursday 5th November, 2015 Listen

Down Watery Lane by Alan Weadick read by Andrew Bennett to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Friday 6th November, 2015 Listen

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