This year the Frances Mac Manus Short Story competition celebrates its 25th anniversary. It is one of the foremost competitions in Ireland, both in terms of prestige and the generosity of its prizes. Prizes of €3,000, €2,000 and €1,000 will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd winning stories. The story must be should be within the range of 1,800 to 2,000 words. Competition is tough, as there are over 700 entries every year.
Writing a short story for radio has particular considerations, imagery has to be extremely vivid and character voices distinct. Guest blogger Kellie Jackson (who was commissioned to write a story for BBC Radio 4) gives some great tips on Emma Darwin’s site This Itch of Writing.
The winners and all of the shortlisted stories will be broadcast on RTE Radio 1. You can listen to previously successful entrants on the RTE website.
The closing date for entries is Monday 26th October 2009. The prize will be announced in April 2010. For full details of rules and application form, see the 25th Frances McManus Short Story Competition.