Judges 2017

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The winner of the 2020 RTÉ Short Story Competition has been announced!  Get all the details at rte.ie/cultureThe 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


Sarah Davis-Goff co-founded Tramp Press in 2014 to champion exceptional writing. Tramp writers have most recently won the Goldsmiths Prize, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book of the Year Award. Sarah has written about writing and publishing for the Irish Times, LitHub.com and the Guardian. She lives and works in Dublin.

Photo credit: Norah Ward

Photo credit: Norah Ward

Anthony Glavin is the author of two short-story collections, One For Sorrow & The Draughtsman and The Unicorn, and two novels, Nighthawk Alley & Colours Other Than Blue. Editor of ‘New Irish Writing’ in the Irish Press from 1986-88, he also served as commissioning editor for New Island Books from 1996 to 2004.

Lia Mills writes novels, short stories and literary non-fiction. Her radio essays have featured on Arena. Her memoir In Your Face is an account of her diagnosis with and treatment for mouth cancer. Her most recent novel, Fallen, was the Dublin/Belfast:Two Cities One Book selection for 2016. 

Photo credit: Mark McCall

Photo credit: Mark McCall



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