Dingle Lit Short Story Competition, in partnership with Dingle Distillery

Short Story Competition

The Dingle Lit Short Story Competition, in partnership with Dingle Distillery, is now closed.

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1st Prize
One week’s accommodation at Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig for the winner of the short story in English and a week’s retreat in West Kerry Gaeltacht for the winner of the Irish language award.

Each Runner Up
€250 and a place on a Dingle Lit writing workshop in 2024.

Each 3rd Prize
€100 and a place on a Dingle Lit writing workshop in 2024.

In addition, we will publish the winners and runner-ups on our website and publish an extract from the winning short stories in our festival brochure. The winners will also be invited to the 2024 Dingle Lit festival to read from their work.


The competition was judged by Nicole Flattery, Anna Stein, Camilla Dinkel, and Cathal Póirtér.

Nicole Flattery is the author of the novel Nothing Special and the story collection Show Them A Good Time. She is the winner of An Post Irish Book Award, the Kate O’Brien Prize, the London Magazine Prize for Debut Fiction, and the White Review Short Story Prize. Her work has appeared in the Stinging Fly, the Guardian, the White Review, and the London Review of Books.

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 the former owner of the Dingle Bookshop.

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. Cathal will judge the Irish language entrants.

Entry Guidelines

We will welcome stories in English and Irish.

The short story entered must be unpublished and not scheduled for publication in print or online. This includes personal blogs and self-published collections. Please let us know immediately if this changes by emailing shortstory@dinglelit.ie

  1. The award is open to all writers who are resident on the island of Ireland at the time of submission.
  2. Entries must not have been, by the date of submission, published or broadcast in any medium.
  3. Stories submitted to other publications and competitions are acceptable. If your story is accepted, you must inform Dingle Lit immediately by email shortstory@dinglelit.ie, and will be withdrawn.
  4. Entries must be typed, in font size 12pt, black, double-spaced, and single side (A4), and number your pages.
  5. The maximum word count for entries is 3,000 words.
  6. Please submit your Word document by email to shortstory@dinglelit.ie
  7. No more than ONE story may be submitted by any entrant.
  8. To ensure anonymity, please do not write your name or any other personal details on the manuscript. See the instructions below.
  9. If your entry is long or short-listed by another competition or offered publication after you have entered the 2024 Dingle Lit Short Story Competition, you must let us know immediately by emailing shortstory@dinglelit.ie
  10. The cover letter should be on a separate page to ensure anonymity. See the instructions below.
  11. Please submit your name, address, telephone number, and email address separately under the heading
  12. Your entry must be accompanied by a €20 fee. Entries without the fee will not be considered. The proceeds of the competition cover prize administration.
  13. Payment can be made via PayPal via our website – see button below. Payment will NOT be accepted via cash or cheque.
  14. Stories generated by AI will not be accepted. Non-fiction, essays, memoirs, graphic novels, or poetry will not be accepted.
  15. The decision of the adjudicators is final. No editorial feedback can be provided on stories.
  16. Only winners and runners-up will be notified directly.
  17. The judges will not engage in any correspondence regarding their decision.
  18. Dingle Lit reserves the right to select for publication and/or broadcast (including online) such entries as may be deemed appropriate, in any year.
  19. Members of the 2023 Dingle Lit Festival Organising Committee are not eligible to enter the short story competition.
  20. Stories cannot be altered or substituted after entry.
  21. By entering the competition, you are accepting the rules of the competition.
  22. The copyright remains the author’s but each author, in submitting their stories, consents to Dingle Lit publishing online and in print, or otherwise broadcasting, long-listed stories.


Attachment 1: the story for submission in a Microsoft Word document format. As the competition is judged anonymously, we request that you do not write your name or personal details anywhere on this document.

Attachment 2: cover letter (separate text document attached to the same email, not in the body of the email). The cover letter should include:

  • Your name
  • Story title
  • Email address
  • Email associated with your PayPal account (if different from your contact email address)
  • Phone number
  • Postal address
  • Image of PayPal receipt or the PayPal transaction ID number
  • How you heard about the competition
  • A brief bio (optional)

Your name must not be anywhere on your short story submission. If it is, your entry will be automatically disqualified (you will not be refunded or notified if this is the case, so please, please double-check your entry before uploading it).

Entries will be accepted from Friday, December 1st, 2023, through to midnight on Thursday, February 29th, 2024.