Here are our COMPETITIONS 2018 SHORTLISTS. Winners will be announced at our Culture Night event this Friday 21st in Bray Town Hall @ 7.30pm


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


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 
9.      Monster
10.     Entropy Held
11.     Belief
12.     Adam’s Apple
13.     Man on a Tractor
14.     The Tibetan Book Of The Dead
15.     Larceny, then mass murder
16.     Jetsam
17.     Bella Isola
18.     Superstition
19.     Rooted
20.     Leave no trace

POETRY (in no particular order)

  1. Bach’s Cello
  2. Driftwood
  3. Return
  4. What Freedom Remains
  5. Ploughland
  6. The Rag Tree
  7. Crystal Point
  8. Now That You Are Gone
  9. Striders
  10. Search Party
  11. Sentience
  12. Ophelia
  13. Sestina for Maggie
  14. The Loss of Yellowhammers
  15. During the Siege
  16. Upon Mistaking “pressure” for “pleasure” in a Poem by Anne Carson
  17. Ode to the Umbrella
  18. The Fifth Season
  19. In this Life
  20. Prelapsarian

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… 🙂


€500 in PRIZES
Prizes in each category:
Winner €200
Runner-up €50

We are delighted to announce that this year’s judges are:
Poetry: Breda Wall Ryan, author of the award winning In a Hare’s Eye (Doire Press)
Flash Fiction: David Butler, author of the novels The Judas Kiss and City of Dis (New Island), and a short story collection No Greater Love (Ward Wood)

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. Entry is by post only. Entries must be typed, on A4 paper, single sided only. Please send entries, accompanied by a cheque and cover sheet, to Bray Literary Festival Competitions, 9 Martello Manor, Bray, Co Wicklow, A98 T389.
5. There is no entry form. Please complete a separate cover sheet including all your contact details and titles of entries. 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. All cheques must be in euros, payable to Bray Literary Festival.
8. Work will only be accepted if accompanied by a cover sheet and fee. If you require acknowledgement of receipt, please include a stamped addressed postcard.
9. Entries must be received no later than 5:00 pm on Friday August 31st 2018. 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. Acceptance of a prize will indicate the author’s agreement to their work being published on the Bray Literary Festival website.
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 21st.
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 2018.
16. Manuscripts will not be returned.
17. The entry fee is non-refundable.
For full details of Bray Literary Festival, running Friday Sept 28th to Sunday 30th, see:

Here are the winners and shortlistees for the 2017 competitions…

Flash Fiction Competition:

1st Prize – Ronan Keenan

Runner-Up – Niamh MacCabe

Poetry Competition:

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
After Dinner
From Scratch
Falling Man
The Nightingale is a Brown Bird
Look Towards Sky
Genus Pan
Find Me
For I am fearfully and wonderfully made
Masaje! Masaje!
The Walk
Summer Rain
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
At Sea
Saving Turf
A Boy Standing on a Terrace
The Royal Hospital, Gloucester, 1953
Running Roar
An Irish Girl Meets Mellody Hobson in the Foyer of the Kimpton Hotel, Chicago
There was no Funeral
Supermarket Line
Phone Box
Autumn Day
Sailing in the Florida Keys