Our 2019 competitions will be open for submissions between May 1st – July 31st. Please find submission guidelines below. For queries, email: email@example.com
€700 in PRIZES
Prizes in each category:
Runner-up €50 + Weekend Festival Pass
Third Prize: Weekend Festival Pass
We are delighted to announce that this year’s judges are:
Poetry: Nessa O’ Mahony, author of the collections: Bar Talk, Trapping a Ghost, In Sight of Home and Her Father’s Daughter. Also the historical crime novel The Branchman.
Flash Fiction: Tanya Farrelly, author of the award-winning short story collection When Black Dogs Sing, as well as the novels The Girl Behind the Lens and When Your Eyes Close.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: http://www.brayliteraryfestival.com
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 July 31st 2019. 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 in the Town Hall, Bray, on Culture Night, Friday Sept 20th.
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 2019.
16. Manuscripts will not be returned.
17. The entry fee is non-refundable.
Here are our COMPETITIONS 2018 SHORTLISTS. Winners will be announced at our Culture Night event this Friday 21st in Bray Town Hall @ 7.30pm
POETRY (IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER) :
135. Ophelia – A.M Cousins
156. The Loss of Yellowhammers – John D. Kelly
171. The Fifth Season – Partridge Boswell
72. Bach’s Cello – Eithne Lannon
30. Driftwood – Diarmuid Fitzgerald
108. The Rag Tree – Eilish Fisher
169. Ode to the Umbrella – Partridge Boswell
119. Crystal Point – Ria Collins
FLASH FICTION (IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER)
11. How to repair your liver after long term cirrhosis of the heart – Olivia Fitzsimons
13. Photomechanical Reproduction of a Market Girl in a Senegalese Town – Olivia Fitzsimons
42. Dead Uncle – Niamh McCabe
45. Monster – Joan Thorpe
48. Entropy Held – Alison Wells
60. Man on a Tractor – Frank O’ Connor
69. Larceny, then mass murder – Aingeala Flannery
96. Rooted – Zandra Carrington
Big congrats to all of our shortlistees. We hope that you can join us for the announcement of the winning poems and stories on Culture Night where the top three in each category will be asked to read their work.
Announcing our longlists for our 2018 competitions:
FLASH FICTION titles (in no particular order)
1. How to repair your liver after long term cirrhosis of the heart
2. Photomechanical Reproduction of a Market Girl in a Senegalese Town
3. Birch Tree
4. The Weekend Girl
5. Meeting Mikey Mac
6. Fishing for Music
7. One Thousand Years
8. Dead Uncle
10. Entropy Held
12. Adam’s Apple
13. Man on a Tractor
14. The Tibetan Book Of The Dead
15. Larceny, then mass murder
17. Bella Isola
20. Leave no trace
POETRY (in no particular order)
- Bach’s Cello
- What Freedom Remains
- The Rag Tree
- Crystal Point
- Now That You Are Gone
- Search Party
- Sestina for Maggie
- The Loss of Yellowhammers
- During the Siege
- Upon Mistaking “pressure” for “pleasure” in a Poem by Anne Carson
- Ode to the Umbrella
- The Fifth Season
- In this Life
SHORTLISTS will be published here next Sunday 16th September!
This Friday 31st August at 5pm is the cut-off point for receipt of entries! As we are passing the entries to the judges next weekend, there can be no exceptions to this! Don’t wait, get them in now… 🙂
BRAY LITERARY FESTIVAL 2018
POETRY AND FLASH FICTION COMPETITION
Here are the winners and shortlistees for the 2017 competitions…
Flash Fiction Competition:
1st Prize – Ronan Keenan
Runner-Up – Niamh MacCabe
1st Prize – A.M. Cousins
Runner-up – Simon Lewis
Hearty congrats to all and huge thanks to Catherine Dunne and Breda Wall Ryan for judging. And to Brian Kirk for his whittling down. 🙂
Flash Fiction Shortlist 2017
Carol Caffrey – The sea that has cost them.
Ronan Keenan – Granda
Niamh McCabe – House
Averil Meehan – Exiled
Kevin Hora – Envoi
Chris Connolly – It is Isn’t it Yes it is
Poetry Shortlist 2017
A.M. Cousins – Brooch
A.M. Cousins – Phone Box
A.M. Cousins – The Royal Hospital, Gloucester
Eilish Fisher – Domestic
Simon Lewis – An Irish Girl Meets Melody Hobson in the Foyer of the Kimpton Hotel, Chicago
Simon Lewis – Supermarket Line
Here is the LONGLIST of the Bray Literary Festival FLASH fiction 2017 competition. We will release the shortlist together with names of those shortlisted on Friday 15th September. Congrats to all and many thanks to Catherine Dunne for judging!
The Sea That Has Cost Them
The Nightingale is a Brown Bird
Look Towards Sky
For I am fearfully and wonderfully made
It Is Isn’t It Yes It Is
Here is the LONGLIST of the Bray Literary Festival POETRY 2017 competition. We will release the shortlist together with names of those shortlisted on Friday 15th September. Congrats to all and many thanks to Breda Wall Ryan for judging!! The flash fiction result will follow soon.
Another Quiet Evening at Home
A Boy Standing on a Terrace
The Royal Hospital, Gloucester, 1953
An Irish Girl Meets Mellody Hobson in the Foyer of the Kimpton Hotel, Chicago
There was no Funeral
Sailing in the Florida Keys