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And here are our much anticipated Shortlists for 2020!

Milk BreathHowling
CatUnilateral Declaration
OystercatcherBaby Teeth
MercurochromeMy Life in 45 Minutes
The Value of cut FlowersJohnny Weissmuller

We are delighted to announce our 2020 Competition Longlists.

Well done to all! Shortlists will be announced next Saturday 12th September with winners announced on Culture Night: Friday 18th!

Milk BreathHowling
Off Duty HearseUnilateral Declaration
On the Cliff EdgeBaby Teeth
The Disquieting FrogCan I pick your brain?
CatPaper People
OystercatcherBacon, Lettuce and Tomato
MercurochromeThe Potter’s Needle
Migrating SouthMy Life in 45 Minutes
The Value of cut FlowersJohnny Weissmuller
The Last WeddingVertebral Artery Dissection
Mother’s MemoryReturn

Our 2020 competitions will be open for submissions between June 1st – August 15th. Please find submission guidelines below. For queries, email:

€700 in PRIZES
Prizes in each category:
Winner €300
Runner-up €50
Third Prize: €25

We are delighted to announce that this year’s judges are:


Brian Kirk is a poet and writer from Dublin. He published a poetry collection, After the Fall (Salmon Poetry 2017), and a fiction chapbook, It’s Not Me, It’s You (Southword Editions 2019). His poem ‘Birthday’ was chosen as Irish Poem of the Year at the Irish Book Awards in 2018.

Flash Fiction:

Edward O’Dwyer is the author of three collections of poems from Salmon Poetry: The Rain on Cruise’s Street (2014), Bad News, Good News, Bad News (2017) and Exquisite Prisons (2020). A collection of stories, Cheat Sheets, was published by Truth Serum Press in 2018. He lives in Limerick.

1. The competition is open to authors of any nationality writing in English.
2. The word limit is 500 for flash fiction, 40 lines for poems.
3. Work submitted should not have been previously published nor have won a prize in another competition.
4. Entries must be typed, on A4 paper, single sided only. Please email entries to:
5. There is no entry form. Please complete a separate cover sheet including all your contact details, titles of entries and your PayPal receipt number. Do not write your name or provide any other form of identification on the entries.
6. Please do not enter more than one poem or flash fiction on a single page.
7. Entry fees are €5 for a single entry, €10 for three entries. These may be to either category, ie, categories can be mixed. Please pay via our PayPal link on our competitions page on the website:
8. Work will only be accepted if accompanied by a cover sheet and proof of payment.
9. Entries must be received no later than midnight on August 15th 2020. We regret that we cannot accept entries received after this date.
10. Manuscripts cannot be altered after submission.
11. The judges’ decision is final. No correspondence or discussion concerning the judges’ decision will be entered into.
12. The copyright will remain with the winning authors.
13. Winners and runners-up in each category will be invited to read at the prize-giving event on Culture Night, Friday Sept 18th.
14. Shortlisted authors will be notified by email and will be invited to the prize-giving event.
15. A shortlist will be published on the Bray Literary Festival website in early September 2020.
16. Manuscripts will not be returned.
17. The entry fee is non-refundable.

To see our past winners, click here.

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