The RTÉ Short Story 2022 competition in honor of Francis MacManus is now open for entries, and writers have until Friday 13 May to submit their short story to the competition.
This year’s entries will be judged by writers Lisa McInerney, Ferdia McAnna and Éilis Ní Dhuibhne.
Since its inception over 35 years ago, the RTÉ Short Story Competition has been a critically important launch pad for new and emerging writers in Ireland. Established in 1986 to honor writer and broadcaster Francis MacManus, the competition recognizes and rewards the best new writing in Irish fiction for radio. The competition is free and attracts thousands of entries each year.
This year, the first prize has increased to €5,000, while the second and third writers will receive €4,000 and €3,000 respectively. Seven other finalists will each receive €250.
A shortlist of ten stories will be announced in September, and the top winners will be announced on a RTE Arena special program on RTÉ Radio 1 later in the autumn. The 10 shortlisted stories will be published here on RTE Culture and broadcast in a season of new writing on RTÉ Radio 1. You can listen to and read the 10 shortlisted stories from last year here.
Judge for the second consecutive year, Lisa McInerney, said: “I am honored to be back as a judge for the RTÉ News Competition, and look forward to a repeat of what proved in 2021 to be a uplifting and inspiring experience.Reading the entries last year, I was struck by how we use stories to make sense of the world around us, to illuminate dark places or to understand the lives of others. I can’t wait to find out what awaits us in 2022.”
The RTÉ news competition has championed new talent for decades; past winners and shortlisted writers include Claire Keegan, Danielle McLaughlin, Anthony Glavin, Chris Binchy, Nuala O’Connor, Liz Nugent, Colin Walsh and Sarah Gilmartin. Last year’s winner was Kevin Donnellan for his short story, The third day.
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Listen to the winner of the RTÉ Short Story Competition 2021, The Third Day by Kevin Donnellan.
Sarah Binchy, Series Producer, said: “The competition just keeps going from strength to strength, and we’re delighted to be able to increase the top prizes this year to €5,000, €4,000 and €3,000, making it an annual competition. very important in Irish literature. calendar. We are delighted to see many of our shortlisted and award-winning authors in recent years continue to land agency and publishing contracts. I encourage anyone who is serious about of their writing fiction, whether they are a long-term practitioner or someone just starting out, to write a story this year Admission is free and you have the opportunity for your work to reach a wide audience on RTE Cultureto Arena and on late date on RTE Radio 1.”
Go here for contest rules, information on how to enter, and to read and listen to past winning stories.