Cairde Word

Cairde Word – Short Story Competition

We are delighted to announce Cairde Word – Cairde Sligo Arts Festivals inaugural short story competition and we welcome submissions from March 1st to April 30th.

The introduction of the short story competition this year is a very welcome addition to the growing literary strand of the arts festival programme which has featured acclaimed writers such as Maggie Nelson, Sara Baume, Kevin Barry,  Emma Dabiri, Ian Maleney and more.

The short stories will be judged by Sinéad Gleeson and Louise Kennedy. Any writers who wish to participate must read the terms and conditions and follow the link on the festival website to submit. The competition will open on March 1st and  is open to anyone aged 18+. Submissions will be accepted online only through submittable. Cairde Word Short Story Competition prizes include: 

1st prize: €2,000 sponsored by Callan Tansey Solicitors

2nd prize: 1 xThree night stay at TheRiver MillWriter’s Retreat 

3rd prize: €200 voucher from Liber Books.

The longlist will be announced on June 9th, followed by the shortlist on June 23rd. The winners will be informed privately by email, and formally announced during the festival on Saturday July 10th.

JUDGES:

Sinéad Gleeson is an Irish essayist and a short story writer. She was the editor of ‘The Art of the Glimpse: 100 Irish Short Stories’ which was published by Head of Zeus in August 2020. Her essays have been Published in Winter Papers (edited by Kevin Barry and Olivia Smith), Granta, Gorse, Banshee, Elsewhere: A Journal of Place and Autumn: An Anthology for the Changing Seasons. In May 2019 her short story ‘The Lexicon of Babies’ appeared in Being Various: New Irish Short Stories. In April 2019 her book of essays entitled Constellations: Reflection from Life was published in Ireland by Picador and in March 2020 it was published in the US by HMH. She is currently working on a novel. More information about the author can be found at: http://sineadgleeson.com

‘I’ll never forget the sense of validation and purpose my first short-listing in a writing contest gave me. The Cairde Word -Short Story Competition, with its particularly wonderful prizes, is a fantastic new opportunity for writers and I’m thrilled to have been asked to join Sinéad in the judging process.‘ Louise Kennedy

Louise Kennedy’s writing has appeared in literary journals including The Stinging Fly, The Tangerine, Banshee, Wasifiri and Ambit. Her debut short story collection The End of the World is a Cul-de-sac is due to be released on  April 1st. She has written for the Guardian, the Irish Times, BBC Radio 4 and RTE Radio 1. She was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award in both 2019 and 2020. She currently lives in Sligo with her husband and two children.

Submissions will open on March 1st and close on April 30th.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

  • You must be over the age of 18 to enter.
  • You can enter multiple times – each entry costs €10*
  • Entries will be accepted from March 1st to April 30th.
  • Entries must be no longer than 3000 words.
  • International entries are welcome.
  • Please make sure your entry is in .docx or .pdf format.
  • Work cannot be previously published anywhere – online or in print.
  • Simultaneous entries are accepted; however, you must notify us if your story wins another competition. Your entry will be withdrawn and your entry fee will not be refunded.
  • All entries must be in English.
  • Entries must be written in double spaced 12pt Times New Roman or Arial.
  • Once an entry has been submitted, it can not be corrected.
  • All entries must be submitted through the submittable link on the festival website.

*A  limited number of free entries are permitted if the €10 entry fee presents a barrier. Please contact the festival if this is the case.

The longlist will be announced on June 9th, followed by the shortlist on June 23rd. The winners will be informed privately by email, and formally announced during the festival on Saturday July 10th.