2018 Writing Contests


Congratulations to Susan Sample, winner of our 2018 Shirley McClure Poetry Contest, and to Zoë Comyns, winner of the 2018 Short Story Contest

The winning entries will be published shortly, subject to author permission.


Thank you to everyone who submitted entries to the 2018 Irish Arts & Writers Festival writing contests.

We are pleased to announce the shortlists as follows

2018 Shirley McClure Poetry Contest Shortlist:

Self-portrait as the space between us
Trace DePass

Famine Cottage
Susan Sample

Exact Wrong Thing
Eric Berlin

Setting the Pace
Joshua Plack

In the Dog Kitchen
Ann Leahy

Circles in Donegal
Sighle Meehan

Philip Arnold

2018 Short Story Contest Shortlist:

Duncan Murrell

Some Haircuts I Have Had
Donncha Mac Cóil

Gerard McKeown

Turning One Thing Into Another
Gareth Fox

Plastic People
Zoë Comyns

A Mother’s Son
Seán Ó Súilleabhaín

‘Death Duties’
Fiona Ennis

The Wake
Alan Murrin

Winners will be announced by Friday, October 12th