Fish Flash Fiction Competition 2014

This is an opportunity to attempt what is one of the most difficult and rewarding tasks – to create, in a tiny fragment, a completely resolved and compelling story in 300 words or less. The Flash Fiction Stories are wonderfully entertaining to read and challenging to write, but we love it and so do the readers of our Anthology. This is a chance to get a story, however small, into this year’s Fish Anthology.
The Fish Flash Fiction Prize has been an annual event since 2004. To view our catalogue of anthologies containing the winning stories from previous flash fiction competitions and to read extracts, click Fish Books.

Glenn Patterson, author of eight novels, several plays and two works of non-fiction, is the judge of the 2014 Prize.

If you would like to refine your flash fiction writing skills, you might like to take advantage of the Flash Fiction Writing Course.

Critique Service is for writers who require an appraisal of their work prior to entering a writing contest, or at any time.

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Flash Fiction: Take Note


Take Note

The note, yellow and handwritten, read simply: ‘I’m upstairs with piles. Please don’t disturb me. I can’t be helped.’


The housemates heeded the note, following it to the T.


Four days later, she was stretchered out in a body bag; empty pill bottles scattered around her room.


She was never a very good speller.

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The Bryan MacMahon Short Story Award

This long-standing award celebrates the art of short story writing. (Maximum 3,000 words)

Prize:                          €2,000

Adjudicator:              Eilís Ní Dhuibhne

Sponsors:                   Listowel Town Council

Entry Fee:                  €10.00 with each entry submitted.


General Competition Rules


The Closing Date for receipt of novels for The Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award is:  1stFebruary, 2014.
The Closing Date for receipt of all other competition entries is: 1st March 2014.

  • Entries cannot have been previously published.
  •  All Entries must be typed with the exception of the Writing for Youth Competitions.
  • Please retain a copy, as entries will not be returned.
  • Please submit your name and contact details on a separate sheet.  The entrant’s identity must notappear on the competition entry (with the exception of The Creative Writing for Youth Competitions).
  • Entries may be in Irish or in English / Is féidir iontrálacha a bheith i mBéarla nó i nGaeilge.
  • Please identify the specific competition for which you are entering on the front of the envelope, for example ‘The Bryan MacMahon Short Story Award’.
  • The appropriate fee must be included with the entry, otherwise the entry will not be adjudicated. (See below for payment options.)
  • An unlimited number of entries per person  may be submitted for the competitions with the exception of The Kerry County Council Creative Writing for Youth Competition where only one entry per student may be submitted
  • The adjudicators’ verdict is final and  no correspondence shall be entered into regarding individual competition entries. Winners only will be notified.
  • Awards may not be presented where an appropriate standard is not achieved.
  • Listowel Writers’ Week reserves the right to withhold or to publish winning entries in the publication Winners’ Anthology 2014.
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The Francis McManus Short Story Competition 2014

This year marks the 26th anniversary of the RTÉ Radio 1 Short Story Competition, which over the years has proved to be the launching pad for many renowned Irish writers.

Submissions for the 2014 RTÉ Radio Short Story Competition in memory of Francis Mac Manus are now being accepted. The closing date for submissions is Friday 31 January, 2014.

Applications forms and guidelines can be downloaded here or obtained by post (Please include a stamped addressed envelope)  to:

The Francis Mac Manus Short Story Competition,

RTÉ Radio 1,


Dublin 4.

The three judges for 2014 are Christine Dwyer Hickey, Award winning novelist and short story writer, Julie Parsons, best selling author and former radio producer, Eoin Purcell, Editorial Director, New Island Books.

About The Annual Short Story Series

Since its establishment in 1986 the competition has been the launching pad, as well as a great source of support and inspiration, for several new and emerging writers. Previous winners include Claire Keegan, Ciarán Folan, Ivy Bannister, Nuala Ní Chonchúir and Martin Malone. The competition was founded in memory of Francis Mac Manus: the Kilkenny-born novelist, short story writer, biographer and former Head of Talks and Features at Radió Éireann.

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Resumé by Dorothy Parker

Razors pain you;
Rivers are damp;
Acids stain you;
And drugs cause cramp.
Guns aren’t lawful;
Nooses give;
Gas smells awful;
You might as well live.
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Writers’ and Artists’ Year Book Short Story Competition 2014

For published and aspiring writers alike – enter the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook 2014 short story competition and you could win:

  • a cash prize of £500
  • a place on an Arvon residential writing course of your choice

We’re offering you the chance to win £500, plus a place on an Arvon writing course of your choice! All you have to do is enter a short story (for adults) of no more than 2,000 words, on the theme of ‘the visit‘ and email it to with “WAYB14 competition” as the subject line.

The closing date is midnight on Saturday 15th February 2014. The winners of the competition will be announced on this site in March 2014.

Arvon run four historic writing houses in the UK, where published writers lead week-long residential courses. Covering a diverse range of genres, from poetry and fiction to screenwriting and comedy, Arvon courses have provided inspiration to thousands of people at all stages of their writing lives. Find out more and book a course online

Don’t forget to read the full details, terms and conditions (below) before you enter. Please remember to register on before submitting your entry.

Good luck!

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A Word to Writers

Remember to keep your words sweet and tender; you never know when you will have to eat them.

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The White Review Short Story Competition 2014

About The White Review Short Story Prize

The White Review Short Story Prize is an annual short story competition for emerging writers. Made possible by the generous support of the Jerwood Charitable Foundation in 2013, the prize awards £2,500 to the best piece of short fiction by a writer resident in the UK and Ireland who has yet to secure a publishing deal.

The judges will be looking for short stories that explore and expand the possibilities of the form. We encourage submissions from all literary genres, and there are no restrictions on theme or subject matter. We would only emphasise that the prize was founded to reward ambitious, imaginative and innovative approaches to creative writing.


In addition to the £2,500 prize, the winner will be published in a quarterly print issue of The White Review. Writers to have been published by The White Reviewinclude László Krasznahorkai, Peter Stamm, Joshua Cohen, César Aira, Deborah Levy, Francesco Pacifico, D. W. Wilson, Helen DeWitt, Federico Falco, K. J. Orr, Jesse Ball and many others.

The winner will have the chance to meet with jury member and literary agent Anna Webber to discuss their writing, plans for future work and possible routes to publication.

Shortlisted writers will have their work published online and receive feedback from the editors of The White Review.


We are delighted to have assembled a prestigious panel of judges to decide the award.

Kevin Barry is the author of the story collections Dark Lies The Island and There Are Little Kingdoms and the novel City Of Bohane. He has won the Impac Dublin City Literary Prize, the European Union Prize for Literature, and the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award. His stories have appeared in the New Yorker, the Granta Book of the Irish StoryTin House, and many other journals. He also works on screenplays and plays.

Max Porter is Senior Editor at Granta Books and Portobello Books. His authors include Ben Marcus, Eleanor Catton, Sarah Moss and Norman Rush.

Anna Webber is an agent at United Agents. She looks after David Szalay, Samantha Harvey, Alice Oswald and Sheila Heti among others.

In 2013, the inaugural White Review Short Story Prize was judged by novelist Deborah Levy, agent Karolina Sutton and editor Alex Bowler.


- The prize opens to submissions on 1 December 2013.

- Submissions will close on 1 March 2014. No entries will be considered if submitted after 1 March 2014 (12 noon GMT).

- A shortlist will be announced on 1 April 2014.

- The winner will be announced at a prize-giving ceremony in London in April 2014.

For more info visit: 


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Davy Byrnes Short Story Award 2014

Ireland’s biggest short story competition.

€15,000 for the best short story plus five runner-up prizes of €1,000

Competition Judges: Anne Enright (right), Yiyun Li and Jon McGregor

Sponsored by Davy Byrnes and organised by The Stinging Fly in association with Dublin UNESCO City of Literature

—The competition is open to Irish citizens and to writers who are resident or were born in the thirty-two counties. Entries must consist of a previously unpublished short story written in English. The maximum word count is 15,000 words, no minimum. Only one story per entrant.

—We will be accepting entries from December 1st 2013. No online entries. Entries must be posted/delivered to Davy Byrnes Short Story Award, c/o Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, Dublin City Libraries, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2, Ireland.

—The deadline for receipt of entries is Monday Feb 3rd 2014. There is a €10 entry fee, payable online or by cheque/postal order.

—The six short-listed writers will be announced in late May/early June 2014 and the overall winner announced in June 2014.

For more info:

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