Books Ireland in partnership with Dalkey Creates Short Story Comp: deadline Aug 24th

A reminder that this Friday (Aug 24th) is the submission deadline for the 2018 Dalkey Creates Short Story Competition.

Entry your story for a chance to win €1,000 and publication in Books Irelandmagazine. More details below. Good luck to all the entrants!

Short Story Competition – WIN €1000 First Prize!

Dear Writers,We are delighted to share news about the Annual Short Story Competition at Dalkey Creates, supported by Bank of Ireland, in partnership with Books Ireland​This year’s Judge is international, best-selling author, Monica McInerney.Please read the rules and information carefully. The closing date for submissions is midnight, Friday 24th August 2018. Entry costs €15 per story.​

If you are shortlisted, you will be contacted in person and your name will appear on the Dalkey Creates website two weeks prior to the the festival.​

The winner will be informed one week before the festival.​


The winner of the Dalkey Creates Short Story Competition 2018 will receive a prize of €1,000 sponsored by Bank of Ireland at Open Mic Live! on the evening of Thursday 11th October.​

​The winning story will be published in the January/February 2019 issue of Books Ireland Magazine.

Click here for more details on the competition and this year’s festival:

Read the Winning Story 2017

The Long Goodbye by Martin McSweeney 
Judged by Liz Nugent

Terms & Conditions

  • Entry is online only, via the Dalkey Creates website.
  • You may enter as many times as you wish. Each entry costs €15.
  • The competition is open to any writer of any nationality writing in English, aged 18 years and older on the closing date.
  • There is no restriction on theme or style.
  • Maximum number of words is 2000.
  • The stories must not have been broadcast or published previously in any form, nor winning or placed in any competition.
  • Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant.
  • Dalkey Creates holds publishing rights for one year from the current festival, after which publishing rights revert to the author.
  • Notification of receipt of entry will be by email.
  • The judges’ verdict is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
  • Stories cannot be altered or substituted once they have been entered.
  • All entries are judged anonymously. Name and contact details must not appear on the stories, only in the box provided when entering online.
  • Font should be Times New Roman, Font size 12, double-spaced
  • Word count must be noted at the top of the first page.
  • All stories must be submitted as a PDF file or Microsoft Word doc.
  • The winner must be available to travel to the opening night of Dalkey Creates on Thursday 11th October 2018, at their own expense, to receive their prize.
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed but will become ineligible should they win a prize or be published prior to the prize giving date; entry fees will not be refunded.  You must inform Dalkey Creates immediately should your entry be published or win a prize elsewhere.
  • Stories received after the deadline will not be eligible; entry fees will not be refunded.
  • Failure to adhere to these rules will result in immediate disqualification.
  • Entry is taken as acceptance of these rules.
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