The John O’Connor Writing School Short Story Competition 2018

 

“The world of John O’Connor is a world of the freshly snedded turnip, the new-sawn plank, the sod shining under the plough. His gift is to render the life of the Mill Row in Armagh as deftly and definitively as Steinbeck renders Cannery Row or Bob Dylan Desolate Row”

Paul Muldoon

The John O’Connor Writiing School and Literary Arts Festival, sponsored and supported by internationally renowned Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Paul Muldoon, has a two-fold purpose. It aims to to celebrate and commemorate the life and works of John O’Connor as well as offering practical guidance and assistance to aspiring writers through its workshops and master classes in the various literary genres and writing for commercial purposes.

Entries are currently invited from aspiring writers for the third John O’Connor Short Story Competition. It is being held to commemorate the Armagh born writer whose impressive literary legacy includes a collection of short stories which still retain a timeless appeal.

Prize

The prize winner will be awarded a full bursary to attend the John O’ Connor Writing School and Literary Arts Festival which will be held in Armagh from 1st to 4th November, 2018, plus a cash prize of £250. The bursary prize allows the recipient to enjoy all events in the John O’Connor Writing School and Literary Festival 2018, and to attend one class in the writing genre of his/her choice. The winner will be notified by 2 October.

The winning entrant will be formally announced at the opening of the Writing school on Friday 2nd November, and will have the opportunity to read at an event on Sunday 4th November 2018. Single room accommodation will be available free of charge to the winning entrant.

Ts & Cs

The competition is open to those 16 years and over. Short stories must be the original work of the author and not previously published or have received awards in other competitions. Entries must be in English and between 1,800 and 2,000 words in length. There is an entry fee of £10. One entry per person. Submit your entry online by 12.00 noon on 28 August 2018.

Find full terms and conditions, and online entry form on http://thejohnoconnorwritingschool.com

A word from previous winners:

“I won the inaugural John O’Connor Short Story Competition in 2016, the news delivered to me via a lovely phone call from Cathy McCullough, a personal touch which is one of the things that makes the weekend so special. I had started writing in 2014, and the win gave me a sense of validation that is so nourishing and necessary for a new writer. That year I attended Bernie McGill’s brilliant prose workshops, which generated an idea for a novel, and Stewart Neville’s masterclass. Last year Martina Devlin facilitated the prose workshops, and again I went away full of ideas for new work. The win also gave me opportunities to read my own work in public, a prospect I once found appalling which I now actually enjoy. My stories have won other prizes, but the John O’Connor win is the one that keeps on giving. “

Louise Kennedy, 2016 winner

“Thanks to the JOCWS I have made contact with an agent who is willing to read it [her novel] when it is ready… I hope all goes as well this year as last and I will certainly be coming along to the writing workshops again. I found them really useful. “

Roisin Maguire, 2017 winner

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Submissions Call for Crossways #3

Crossways is pleased to announce that we are accepting submissions for our Autumn issue. All short fiction and poetry considered. Based in Cork, Ireland, we are particularly interested in writing with an Irish connection. Check out our submissions guidelines!

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Crossways #2 Online Now!

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Crossways #2  is now online! Enjoy poetry and short fiction from both emerging and established authors. Crossways publishes a broad selection of work from around the world but we have a particular interest in writing with an Irish connection.

Come visit the site and you are bound to find something you’ll like.

Yes, take a stroll down to the crossways and see who you might meet! It’s fabulous and it’s free! We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Writing Competition: Short Story, Flash Fiction, Poetry

Just over a week to go now for this great competition for a great cause. So get finalising those poems, flash fictions and short stories. Closing date is next Friday 20th July at 17.00hrs.

Just over 3 weeks to go on this one so get the biros, pencils and laptops working. Closes 5 pm on 20th July

Writing Competition in aid of the Michael Mullan Cancer Fund.

Michael Mullan (26) is battling cancer for third time and needs funds to continue availing of life saving treatment in Boston that is not available in Ireland.

How to Enter

  • Email your short story, flash fiction or poetry entry to: mmcancerfundwritingcompetition@gmail.com.
  • Pay: PayPal.Me/mmcancerfund or by clicking here. Donations in excess of the stipulated entry fee would be most welcome for this deserving cause.

  • Competition is open in Ireland and internationally.

  • Longlist of top 20 authors will be published on www.michaelmullancancerfund.com in mid-August 2018.

  • Shortlist of top 6 authors will be published in early September.

  • Winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded at Kildare Readers Festival on 3rd October 2018.

  • Please read the Terms & Conditions before entering: Terms & Conditions

Number Eleven Issue Nine

It may have taken me a while but Number Eleven is back!! Issue Nine of Number Eleven is live, ready and waiting for you. Featuring the work of 10 authors from around the world, I invite you to pull up your favourite chair, turn on your reading light and slip into the wonderful worlds created for you by our carefully selected authors.

As a little aside, we are currently preparing Issue Ten and we would love to read YOUR work!! If you have a piece of short or flash fiction burning a hole in your digital pocket then please do send it our way, we’d love to step into your world and get lost, quite possibly! You can submit to numbereleveneditor@gmail.com, we look forward to hearing from you!

Until next time, close your eyes and hope for the best!

Graham

Tales From The Forest: Issue #5

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Tales From The Forest are happy to announce the theme of our next issue will be “Those Things We’re Not.” Deadline April 2nd.
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New Year has just gone flying past, and it’s maybe time to review those resolutions of ours. What’s realistic? What’s unheard of? What are we? What are we not? More importantly, Donald Trump has just become president of America, and that’s the world we live in now. It may be time for a reminder on What We Are Not, and What We Will Not Be Told, and What We Will Not Tell People. We’re hoping this will be a positive issue, or at least an enlightening one.
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That sounded a little lofty. You can also submit cartoons and limericks if you like.