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RTE Radio 1’s Short Story Competition Is Now Open

Submissions are being sought after for RTE Radio 1’s Short Story Competition for 2018.

The writer who wins first place will receive €3,000, while second and third place winners are to be awarded with €2,000 and €1,000 respectively. is to publish all top three stories on their website.

An additional seven shortlisted entrants will receive a runner-up prize of €300 each.

All ten of the above mentioned will have their work broadcast on a two-week season of new writing on RTÉ Radio 1 this Autumn, voiced by some of Ireland’s most talented stage and screen actors.

Required Guidelines Are:

  • Applicants must be over the age of 18 who are Irish or are a resident in Ireland.
  • Short stories must be original content and also unpublished.
  • A word count of 1,800-2,000 applies.
  • Entries may be submitted by post only, and must be accompanied by a competition entry form.
  • In order to be sent out a printed entry form you can phone 01-2083277 or email with your name, phone number and postal address.

Judging the entries this year are writer and former finalist in the competition, Danielle McLaughlin; RTE’s Arts and Media correspondent and author Sinead Crowley; and books and arts publicist, Cormac Kinsella.

The annual competition, named after former RTE broadcaster Francis MacManus, was set up in 1986 to honour the esteemed Irish writer and continues to do so to this very day.

The closing date for submissions is Friday, June 8th 2018 with winners and the shortlist due to be announced by the end of September.

For further information on the competition you can visit



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