Francis MacManus Short Story Friday 9 October 2020

 The 2021 competition is now open for entries!


Tactics by Andrew Maguire, read by Ignacy Rybarczyck

Tactics by Andrew Maguire, read by Ignacy Rybarczyck

Tonight's story from the shortlist of this year's RTÉ Short Story Competition, Tactics, by Andrew Maguire, is "impressive, commanding and intense" in the words of the judges. Unusually - but to great effect - it's told in the future tense. It features a boy, Wojciech, who plays snooker with older Irish men in a shebeen - playing to win

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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