Francis MacManus Short Story Tuesday 17 September 2019

***UPDATE*** Shortlist is out! You can now read the 10 shortlisted stories from the 2020 competition at  

Vena Amoris by Niall McArdle, read by Eamon Morrissey

Vena Amoris by Niall McArdle, read by Eamon Morrissey

This story won 2nd Prize in the season of RTÉ Radio 1 Short Stories in honour of Francis MacManus 2019. In the story, a widower loses something precious: an object which has been his faithful companion through his marriage. It is read by Eamon Morrissey

About the Competition

A competition for original short stories for radio was first established in 1986 in memory of Francis MacManus (1909-1965), the Kilkenny-born novelist, biographer and former Head of Talks and Features at Radio Éireann. Since its establishment, the competition has been a launching pad for many writers who have gone on to receive national and international acclaim, including Claire Keegan, Molly McCloskey, Anthony Glavin, Danielle McLaughlin and Nuala Ní Chonchúir.

The winning and shortlisted short stories are produced for radio and voiced by some of Ireland's most talented actors of the stage and screen. In recent years these have included Peter Hanly, Ali White, Emmet Kirwan, Cathy Belton, Ingrid Craigie, Denis Conway, Andrew Bennett, Caitríona Ní Mhurchú, Kathy-Rose O'Brien, and many more. Listen to podcasts from past series here

Free to enter, the RTÉ Short Story Competition is open to anyone over 18 living on the island of Ireland, or living abroad who holds an Irish passport. Next year's competition will open for entries in spring 2021. 

The RTÉ Short Story Competition in honour of Francis MacManus is produced by Sarah Binchy. 



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Producer: Sarah Binchy

Broadcast Co-Ordinator: Carolyn Dempsey

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