Dingle Lit Short Story competition launches

11:28am | Mon 4 Dec 2023

DINGLE LIT SHORT STORY COMPETITION, in partnership with Dingle Distillery 

Dingle Lit launches a short story competition to find the next generation of writers in Ireland.  The judges are Nicole Flattery, Anna Stein and Camilla Dinkel for the entrants in English with Cathal Póirtéir judging the entrants in Irish. Full details and entry guidelines are available on our website here

Following the success of Dingle Lit 2023, which was attended by over 2,000, the organisers of the festival have announced a new writing competition for book lovers. The Dingle Lit Short Story Competition, in partnership with Dingle Distillery, invites short story writers to submit work in English or Irish. The award is open to all writers who are resident on the island of Ireland at the time of submission. To enter in Irish click here. 

Writers are invited to submit previously unpublished work. Entries will be accepted from Monday, December 4th, 2023, through to midnight on Thursday, February 29th, 2024. 

Author Nicole Flattery said, “I’m delighted to be a judge on the Dingle Lit Short Story Competition. I’m excited to discover new, original and surprising work, and look forward to discussing these stories with my fellow judges. 

The winner of the Irish competition will receive a week’s retreat in the West Kerry Gaeltacht. The winner of the English competition will get a week at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig. Each Runner Up will receive €250 and a place on a Dingle Lit writing workshop in 2024, and the thirdprize for each category will be €100 and a place on a Dingle Lit writing workshop in 2024. 

Furthermore, the winners’ and runner-ups’ submissions will be featured on www.dinglelit.ie  and extracts from the winning short stories will be featured in the 2024 Dingle Lit festival brochure. The winners will also be invited to read from their work during next year’s Dingle Lit Festival.  

Nicole Flattery is the author of Nothing Special (2023), and short story anthology Show Them a Good Time (2019). She has won an An Post Irish Book Award, the Kate O’Brien Prize, the London Magazine Prize for Debut Fiction, and the White Review Short Story Prize.   

Writer and broadcaster Cathal Póirtéir works in both Irish and English. He has been a producer and presenter on RTÉ radio for over 30 years and holds an MA in Irish Folklore from UCD. His latest book is An Tiarna George Hill agus Pobal Ghaoth Dobhair.  

Anna Stein is a literary agent at Creative Artists Agency. Her clients include Hanya Yanagihara, Ben Lerner, Douglas Stuart, and Miranda Heller. She represents Irish writers such as Claire Keegan, Kevin Barry, and Roddy Doyle in North America. She works “in” New York and London—remotely from North Cork. 

Camilla Dinkel is one of the founders of the Dingle Literary Festival and former owner of the Dingle Bookshop.  

Dingle Lit 2023 took place between the 17th and 19th November across different venues in Dingle. It featured notable figures such as Booker Prize-winning novelist Anne Enright, Jan Carson, the recipient of the European Prize for Literature for Ireland in 2019, accomplished poet Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan, Martin Doyle, the Literary Editor of the Irish Times, and the award-winning chef and TV host, Mark Moriarty. 

‘We are delighted with the turnout at Dingle Lit 2023 and we are delighted to see the festival flourishing from year to year. Over 2,000 attendees enjoyed a diverse range of literary events, including sessions for children, workshops, and Irish author events. The sell-out success of discussions with authors like Anne Enright, Max Porter, and Kevin Barry underscores the growing interest in literature. We appreciate all the positive feedback about the festival. In a commitment to nurturing talent, we’re launching a literature competition. Dingle Lit will return in 2024 from the 15th to the 17th of November,’ said Sheila O’Reilly, Dingle Lit Festival Director. 

Full details and entry guidelines about the Dingle Lit Short Story Competition, in partnership with Dingle Distillery are available on https://dinglelit.ie/shortstory/ and in Irish here. One can subscribe to Dingle Lit’s newsletter through the website to receive updates about Dingle Lit and the competition. Dingle Lit festival is hosted with the support of RTÉ Supporting the Arts and the Arts Council, together with the Kerry County Council, Ealaín na Gaeltachta and Dingle Distillery. 

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