The Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition is an annual short story competition open to writers from around the world, submissions accepted from May to July annually. It is dedicated to one of Ireland’s most accomplished story writers and theorists, sponsored by the Munster Literature Centre.
Prizes are as follows:
- First Prize: €2,000 (approx $2308/£1583 in May 2016), publication in the literary journal Southword, AND a week-long residency at Anam Cara Writer's and Artist's Retreat.
- Second Prize: €500 and publication in Southword.
- Four more shortlisted entries will be selected for publication in Southword and receive a publication fee of €120.
In addition, if the winner comes to Cork to collect their prize, they will be lavished with hotel accommodation, meals, drinks and VIP access to the literary stars at the Cork International Short Story Festival (7 - 11 September 2016). The Munster Literature Centre is a not-for-profit organisation; all moneys raised from the competition benefits writers and writing.
The competition is open to original, unpublished and un-broadcasted short stories in the English language of 3,000 words or fewer. The story can be on any subject, in any style, by a writer of any nationality, living anywhere in the world. Minimum age for entry is 16 years old. Unfortunately, translated work is not in the scope of this competition.
Entry fee of €15 or £15 per entry. Entrants other than those from Ireland or the UK must pay by Paypal, where their currency will be converted to Euro. You may submit as many entries as you wish.
Entries close 31 July 2016. For details about the competition and the Anam Cara Writers’ and Artists’ Retreat, please visit the website here.