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Submissions open for RTÉ Short Story Competition in honour of Francis MacManus

RTÉ Radio 1 short story competition opens for submissions until May 7th

It’s that time of year again—when writers all over the country set their eyes on one of the most sought-after awards for short fiction—The RTÉ Short Story Competition.

Now running for thirty-five years—in honour of the life and work of author Francis MacManus—the competition seeks short stories written especially for radio.

Judging is blind, and so it is one of the best opportunities for those who might not have tried to push open a publishing door before—your background, history, and contacts don’t mean anything here, the only thing considered is the quality of the writing.

Over the years the competition has given a voice and a home to writers such as Claire Keegan, Danielle McLaughlin and Nuala O’Connor, with last year seeing a bumper crop of over four thousand entries.

The winner and the shortlisted stories will be broadcast on RTÉ Arena, voiced by some of Ireland’s most talented actors.

The judges this year are Lisa McLnerney, Lucy Caldwell, and Declan Hughes, and the deadline is Friday 7th May.

You can read recent winning and shortlisted entries here, and find all of the competition rules and guidelines here.

Best of all, it’s free to enter! Good luck.

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