RED LINE BOOK FESTIVAL

Red Line Book Festival

The ITT Short Story Competition is run by the Institute of Technology Tallaght, in conjunction with South Dublin County Council, and in association with the Red Line Book Festival, and is free to enter.


Entries should be submitted via this online form only between 14.00 GMT (Irish Time), on July 24th, 2017 and 12.00 GMT (Irish Time) on August 21st, 2017.

No late entries will be accepted. No physical or printed copies will be accepted. 

Entries must be in short story format (a short work of fiction) between 1,500 and 2,000 words long, and should be completely the entrant's own work written in English (high standard), original, unpublished. There is no restriction on theme or style, however the story should stir the readers' spirit.
IMPORTANT: falsification of information and/or identity, plagiarism, racial discrimination and bigotry will see entries disqualified. 

The judges' decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into. No criticism or advice will be provided.

Contest Prizes:
  1. First Prize:         €500
  2. Second Prize:   €250
  3. Third Prize:        €150
It is the intention of the organisers that the winning and short listed entries maybe published in an anthology, or other format. Non-prize winning published entries will receive no remuneration. 

You must read the Rules, and Terms and Conditions and agree to these before you can submit your entry. 
Queries before submission should only relate to the contest rules or if there are difficulties in submission. Queries should be sent via e-mail to [email protected]

IMPORTANT: CHECK THAT YOUR ENTRY MEETS THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE COMPETITION AS ENTRIES WHICH DO NOT WILL NOT PROGRESS TO THE JUDGING STAGE. ENTRANTS SHOULD RETAIN A COPY OF THEIR ENTRY FOR THEIR OWN RECORDS, AS THE SUBMITTED ENTRY WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE POST UPLOAD. 

FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE RULES WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION.

Entry Rules
  • The competition is open to any living person over the age of 16.
  • International entries are welcome.
  • The competition is limited to one entry per person. 
  • Entries must be in short story format (a short work of fiction) between 1,500 and 2,000 words long, no other formats or lengths will be judged.
  • Entries should be completely the entrant's own work written in English (high standard), original, unpublished, and not entered into any other competition, nor submitted for publication, or another award which overlaps with the ITT competition. (No simultaneous submissions)
    • Stories must be original fiction, i.e. neither a reprint nor adaptation of a previously-published work - (including on any website, public blog, online forum or broadcast medium)
    • No third party shall have been granted any licence or other rights to the submitted short story.
  • Entries should be typed in Arial font size 12,  in double spacing, with consecutively numbered pages, and the name of the short story in the header of each page.  
  • Entries should be submitted with a front cover page stating the title of the short story, the word count, the entrant’s name, address, phone number and email address.
    • The name of the author must not appear on the same page as the story.
  • All submissions are final, no changes or substitutions to a story are allowed once your entry is received. 
  • All entry submissions will be acknowledged by AUTOMATIC email. No other form of communication will be undertaken before the final results are communicated. If you do not receive an acknowledgement e-mail after submitting your entry please contact the organisers. 
  • Entrants should retain a copy of their entry as the files uploaded online will not be available post-submission. 
  • There is no restriction on theme or style.
  • Entries will not be eligible where the author is a member of the judging panel, anyone involved in the administration of the competition or a close family relative of any such person.
    • Employees of South Dublin County Council and Employees and Students of IT Tallaght are eligible to enter, except where working directly with the administration of the competition. 
    • ​Adjudication on all eligibility issues will be at the discretion of the competition organisers. Their decision will be final.
NOTE: Pseudonyms are not allowed. 

SUBMITTING AN ENTRY  MEANS YOU ARE ENTERING INTO AN AGREEMENT THAT YOU HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD THE RULES, AND TERMS AND CONDITIONS, AND ARE PREPARED TO ABIDE BY THEM the same as if you were putting your signature to an entry form. 

ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY IRISH TIME (GMT) 12.00 ON AUGUST 21st, 2017 AND CAN ONLY BE SUBMITTED VIA THIS ONLINE FORM. 

Submissions will be accepted from 14.00 (GMT) on July 24th, 2017.