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Entries open for 2024 RTÉ Short Story Competition


Entries open for 2024 RTÉ Short Story Competition

The RTÉ Short Story Competition was set up in 1986 to honour writer and broadcaster Francis MacManus…

One of Ireland’s longest established and most significant literary prizes which recognises and rewards the best new Irish fiction writing for radio, the RTÉ Short Story Competition presents the winning author with a cheque for €5,000, while the second and third placed writers will receive cheques for €4,000 and €3,000 respectively. A further seven runners-up will receive €250 each.

Writers over the age of 18 living in Ireland, and Irish writers around the world have until Friday 10th May 2024 to submit their short story to the competition at

This year’s entries will be judged by a panel featuring Neil Hegarty who joins returning judges and authors Kathleen MacMahon and Claire Kilroy. Claire’s latest novel, Soldier Sailor has just been longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction Prize.

Commenting on judging this year’s competition, Claire Kilroy:

“I was delighted to be asked back to judge this year as it was such an interesting and collegial experience last year. Bottom line: writers like talking about writing. We veered from unanimity to dissent and back again, as we worked through the stories. It was a thorough and satisfying process.”

At a special RTÉ Arena live programme with Seán Rocks in the autumn and all 10 shortlisted stories will be published on and broadcast in a season of new writing on RTÉ Radio 1.

The RTÉ Short Story Competition has been championing 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, Stephen Walsh and Sarah Gilmartin.

Kathleen MacMahon encourages all ROI writers to enter:

“This is a wonderful opportunity for writers to have their work read out loud by actors and heard on radio by a wide audience. The quality of work we saw on the shortlist last year was an amazing testament to the robust health of Irish writing.”

All shortlisted stories are produced for radio, voiced by some of Ireland’s most talented actors. In recent years these have included Marty Rea, Aaron Monaghan, Jane Brennan, Cathy Belton, Derbhle Crotty, Eamon Morrissey, Ali White, Ingrid Craigie, Janet Moran, Kathy Rose O’Brien, Peter Coonan, Emmet Kirwan and Andrew Bennett.

For rules and all information about the competition, see You’ll also find past winning and shortlisted stories there.

New judge, Neil Hegarty:

“I’m delighted to serve alongside Kathleen and Claire as a judge on this year’s RTÉ Short Story Competition. It’s a privilege, of course, to read new writing – and it’s always heartening to be reminded of the creativity at work in society. Do take the chance to send in your short stories: I’m looking forward to reading and admiring them.”

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