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Write short stories? Here's your chance to have your work featured on TheJournal.ie and RTÉ

The RTÉ Short Story competition is back for 2020 – and once again we’ll be featuring three winning stories on our site.

No typewriter required.
No typewriter required.
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IF YOU’RE A short story writer who wants to get your work out there, then the RTÉ Short Story Competition is for you.

The best way to improve your work is to keep writing, and short story competitions are a great way of keeping on top of your skills. 

Submissions have opened for the 2020 RTÉ Short Story Competition, which is one of Ireland’s longest established and most significant literary prizes, and is held in honour of Francis MacManus.

Just like last year, the three winning stories will be featured on TheJournal.ie.  

Writers have until Friday 8 May to submit their short story. It will be judged by a panel of three judges: editor, lecturer and journalist, Madeleine Keane; award-winning short story writer and previous prize-winner of the RTÉ Short Story Competition, Danielle McLaughlin; and writer and broadcaster, Vincent Woods.

Since its inception in 1986, the RTÉ Short Story Competition has been a critically important launch pad for new and emerging writers in Ireland. 

The shortlist of 10 stories will be announced by early September, while the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in RTÉ later in September.

The overall winner will receive €3,000, while €2,000 and €1,000 will be awarded to the second and third place prize winners respectively.

A further seven runners-up will receive €250 each, and all 10 short stories will be broadcast in a season of new writing on RTÉ Radio 1 in the autumn. The top three prizewinning stories will also be published on TheJournal.ie.

Previous prize-winner and judge for 2020, Danielle McLaughlin, says: “A story told over the radio carries a particular intimacy, a sense that the telling of the story is a private thing between narrator and the individual listener. For the writer of the story, of course, there’s the wonder of realising that the story you wrote at the kitchen table, or in a café, is being heard by thousands. I still remember the joy of getting the phone call telling me I’d been shortlisted for the competition!”

So for anybody who has a story they’d like to get out into the world: get your entry in. You’ve got nothing to lose and wonderful things might happen.

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The winning and shortlisted short stories will be produced for radio broadcast 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.

Here are last year’s winners:

For information, competition rules and an entry form see www.rte.ie/writing. Submissions — hard copy, postal or hand-delivered only — must be received by 5pm on Friday 8 May 2020.

 The competition is open for entries now; for details on how to enter, click here.

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