Thursday 11 July 2013

Published Short Story Competition on

Have you had a short story published this year? Check this competition out.

This is a new category in the prestigious Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards, the Short Story of the Year Award, and is open to short stories of up to 7,000 words published between 1st Nov 2012 and 31st October 2013 in any of the following contexts:
  • a collection of short stories by a single author; 
  • an anthology of short stories; 
  • or an established journal or magazine, digital or print, that has been in existence for at least six months within the period of eligibility.
Stories must be original fiction, i.e. neither a reprint nor adaptation of a previously-published work, and all stories must have been or will be published in English or Irish during the qualifying period.

Stories published in Irish must be supplied with an English translation.

The author must be Irish by birth, citizenship or long-term residence.

Stories may only be submitted by the editor of the publication in which the story appears, with full permission of the author, with a maximum of one story per edition or collection. Self published works, at this stage, are not admissible.

Stories should be submitted via the online form here. Closing date for entries is 1st September 2013.

Submissions will be judged anonymously, the long list read by an independent panel of four judges.
  • Author and tutor on Trinity College’s MPhil in Creative Writing, Carlo Gebler; 
  • Director of Dublin City of Literature Jane Alger;  
  • Author and bookseller Adrian White of Dubray Books 
  •’s Irish editor Cathal Póirtéir,
The judging panel will select the final four stories to be shortlisted for the Literary Academy and public vote. 
These stories must be available to be read online, at the publisher’s website or at

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