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The ITT Short Story Competition 2018

Submissions now open for the 2018 Red Line Book Festival ITT Short Story Competition

The Institute of Technology,  Tallaght [Dublin, Ireland] in association with the Red Line Book Festival and South Dublin County Council are pleased to announce the opening of the ITT Short Story Competition 2018 for entries.


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. This year’s judge is Deirdre Sullivan, an award-winning writer for young adults. Her most recent book, Tangleweed and Brine is a collection of Fairy-Tale retellings.


Entries should be submitted via the online form until 12.00 GMT (Irish Time), on 13th August 2018.


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and 2,000 words long, and should be completely the entrant’s own work written in English (high standard), original, unpublished.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 planned 2018 anthology will be called Stand Fast! and we are looking for strong stories that (even loosely) reflect this title. 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. Previous years' anthologies are available on Amazon.


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]

International entries are welcome.


Further information and the submission form will be available online on 2nd July at: http://bit.ly/ITTShorts18

The Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition 2018

Announcing The Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition 2018

South Dublin County Council is delighted to announce the opening of the 2018 Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition. This is a hugely popular event each year which receives entries from all across Ireland! This year we are honoured to have Adam Wyeth, a renowned poet and exceptional talent, as our judge for the competition. The winners of this competition will receive the following prizes: 1st Place €300, 2nd Place €200 and 3rd Place €100. 

Download the 2018 Competition Rules here (as a word document) 
Download the 2018 Competition Application Form here (as a word document)

The closing date for entries is Friday 10th August 2018 and this year will only be accepted by email. Check out the rules above for more information. The shortlist will be announced on Friday 14th September 2018.

ADAM WYETH is an award-winning poet, playwright and essayist living in Dublin. He has three books published. His critically acclaimed debut collection, Silent Music (2011) was Highly Commended by the Forward Poetry Prize. Adam’s second book, The Hidden World of Poetry: Unravelling Celtic Mythology in Contemporary Irish Poetry (2013) contains poems from Ireland’s leading poets followed by sharp essays that unpack each poem and explore its Celtic mythological references. Adam’s third book and second poetry collection The Art of Dying was published with Salmon in November 2016 and was named as an Irish Times Book of the Year.

Adam’s poetry has won and been commended in many international competitions, including The Bridport Poetry Prize, The Arvon Poetry Prize and The Ballymaloe Poetry Prize. His work appears in several anthologies including The Forward Prize Anthology (2012 Faber), The Best of Irish Poetry (Southword 2010) and The Arvon 25th Anniversary Anthology. In 2016, Adam was selected for the Poetry Ireland Review's Rising Generation of poets. Composer Michael Doherty (BBC, Channel 4) adapted three of Adam’s poems for a choral piece, called The Art of Dying, which got 2nd prize in the West Cork Chamber Festival 2017.


2017 Poetry Competition winners


First Prize:           Evan Costigan    The Lean Season

Second Prize:     Annemarie Ní Chuirreáin  Six Ways to Wash Your Hands (Ayliffe 1978)

Third Prize:         Benjamin Keatinge  Spring, Ballintemple