RTÉ Radio 1 Short Story Competition in honour of Francis MacManus

We are delighted to announce the shortlisted stories for the 2018 Francis MacManus Short Story Competition. selected from almost 1800 entries. Many thanks to everyone who submitted an entry. The judges were very impressed with this year's stories and here is their selection:


The Widower by Nora Pyne

Sunday Lunch by Sarah Gilmartin

Have You Seen Her Legs & Other Stories by Claire Mulligan

The House Guest by Aisling Flynn

Kamikaze by Aingeala Flannery

Shelter by Sarah Togher

The New Place by Peter McNamara

Dog Days by Sean Coffey

In Madness and In Feathers by Méabh DeBrún

Ashes by Claire Zwaartman


From these our judges will be picking the top three and the winners will be announced on 12th September on the website and on the journal.ie

The writer of the first prizewinning story will receive 3000 euros, the second prizewinner 2000 euros and the third prizewinner 1000 euros. The top three stories and seven shortlisted stories will be broadcast on a two week season of new writing on RTÉ Radio 1 in the autumn, read by some of Ireland’s leading actors. They will also be podcast.

The top three prizewinning stories will also be published in thejournal.ie.  

Pictured L to R:  The Competition Judges: Sinéad Crowley, Danielle McLaughlin, Cormac Kinsella


Find out more about the competition and its history. 



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