The annual Francis MacManus Short Story Competition has been open to entries since February, and the closing date for the 2015 prize is the fast-approaching Friday, May 1st.
Unlike many prizes of the sort, which understandably seek a fee for entry (often without even covering costs), this one is free to enter.
Entry is open to anyone born or resident in Ireland and stories must be no shorter than 1800 words and no longer than 2000 – and no exceptions! (It is a prize designed for radio reading, so length is important.)
The judges this year are promoter-of-all-things-books Cormac Kinsella, novelist, short story writer and editor Evelyn Conlon and journalist, novelist, playwright and creative writing teacher Katy Hayes.
The 2014 winner was “The Oyster Catchers” by Beth Tyrrell and you can hear that one, as well as all other short-listed entries, over on the Francis MacManus Short Story Competition page here.