Francis MacManus Short Story Thursday 8 October 2020

The Competition is now closed for entries. We received over 2,500 entries to this year's competition and reading and judging has now commenced. The shortlist will be announced in September 2021

Beneath the Trees Where Nobody Sees by Julie Cruikshank read by Cathy Belton

Beneath the Trees Where Nobody Sees by Julie Cruikshank read by Cathy Belton

In Beneath the Trees, Where Nobody Sees, by Julie Cruickshank, a woman takes her daughters and nephew on a playdate to a park where there's a tree the children love. But underneath the surface, something darker is going on.

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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