*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.
Francis MacManus Short Story Competition 2016 – Broadcast dates
1st Prize: ‘The Speed of Light and How It Cannot Help Us’ by Chris Connolly read by Ingrid Craigie to be broadcast Monday 3rd October 2016
2nd Prize: ‘An Spideal Road’ by Lisa Frank read by Andrew Bennett to be broadcast Tuesday 4th October 2016
3rd Prize: ‘Chalk and Cheese’ by Mark Evans read by Patrick Dawson to be broadcast Wednesday 5th October 2016
‘The Sleeping Giant’ by Catherine Donnelly read by Ingrid Craigie to be broadcast Thursday 6th October 2016
‘Local’ by Edward Boyne read by Aonghus Óg McAnally to be broadcast Friday 7th October 2016
‘End Game’ by Shauna Colgan read by Caitríona Ní Mhurchú to be broadcast Monday 10th October 2016
‘But Only Love…’ by Brid Connolly read by Aileen Mythen to be broadcast Tuesday 11th October 2016
‘The Practical Heart’ by John Davies read by Patrick Dawson to be broadcast Wednesday 12th October 2016
‘The Tiny Fleck of Flame’ by Rory Duffy read by Aaron Monaghan to be broadcast Thursday 13th October 2016
‘An Apple for the Teacher’ by Fiona Gartland read by Caoimhe O’Malley to be broadcast Friday 14th October 2016
‘Garvan Point’ by Mary Hearne read by Marcella Plunkett to be broadcast on Monday 17th October 2016
‘Room 101’ by Angela Lyons read by Cathy Belton to be broadcast on Tuesday 18th October 2016
‘Iceland’ by Sean Mackel read by Aaron Monaghan to be broadcast on Wednesday 19th October, 2016
‘Ruby’ by Sharon Mannion read by Marcella Plunkett to be broadcast on Thursday 20th October, 2016
‘The Two of Hearts’ by Niall McArdle read by Caitríona Ní Mhurchú to be broadcast on Friday 21st October, 2016
‘Boiling Spuds’ by Medb Ni Chathalain read by Caitriona Ennis to be broadcast on Monday 24th October, 2016
‘Anna’s Picture’ by Mary O’Brien read by Cathy Belton to be broadcast on Tuesday 25th October, 2016
‘The Stone, 1966’ by Fiona O’Connor read by Caitríona Ní Mhurchú to be broadcast on Wednesday 26th October, 2016
‘The Parachutes of Dien Bien Phu’ by Tom O Keeffe read by Andrew Bennett to be broadcast on Thursday 27th October, 2016
‘Mini Mouse and Me’ by Kitty Rodgers read by Caitriona Ennis to be broadcast on Friday 28th October, 2016
‘Townies’ by Stephen O’Reilly read by Andrew Bennett to be broadcast on Monday 31st October, 2016
‘The Irish Mammy; Re-Worked’ by Máire Ryan read by Kathy Rose O’Brien to be broadcast on Tuesday 1st November, 2016
‘Where’s the Sunshine Gone’ by James Stapleton read by Aonghus Óg McAnally to be broadcast on Wednesday 2nd November, 2016
‘The Day, a Dream’ by Nicola Whilton read by Cathy Belton to be broadcast on Thursday 3rd November, 2016
‘Stoppin’ the Silence by Eleanor O’Reilly read by Genevieve Hulme-Beaman to be broadcast on Friday 4th November, 2016