Ennis Book Club Festival is delighted to announce the launch of a new short story competition, with the winner to be revealed at Ennis Book Club Festival 2024.  The 18th annual festival, which will bring a host of international and Irish authors to Ennis to promote and celebrate the joy of reading, will be held from March 1st to 3rd 2024.

Each year Ennis Book Club Festival runs a popular debut authors event and Martina Durac, the Artistic Director, notes that in launching this new initiative the festival aims to support and encourage the development of new writing. This is an exciting development and we look forward to receiving entries from writers who have not yet published a full collection of work. The story competition adds a new dimension to the festival and the winner will have an opportunity to read their story at an event during the festival weekend.

The competition will be judged by writers Aingeala Flannery and Neil Hegarty.  The winner will receive €750 and there will be two runners up with prizes of €500 and €250.

Interested writers should send their entries to entries@ennisbookclubfestival.com by the entry deadline of Tuesday December 12th 2023.

Terms & Conditions:

  1. An entry fee of €20 per story applies, payable via this link.
  2. Short stories should be no longer than 2,500 words.
  3. Writers submitting work should not have had a full collection or work published; this does not include the publication of single stories. If you have had single stories published, you are still eligible to submit.
  4. The story submitted should not have been accepted for publication elsewhere.
  5. You must notify EBCF if your story is accepted for publication or is shortlisted/wins elsewhere.
  6. There is no restriction on theme or style.
  7. The judges’ verdict is final.
  8. Stories cannot be altered or substituted once they have been entered.
  9. Judging is anonymous. Please DO NOT include your name or contact details within the body or title of your submission document.
  10. Entries should be submitted as follows:
    o in a single document as an attachment
    o In .doc or .docx format
    o Double spaced, in 12 pt font
    o Please title your submission in the following way, ‘TITLE OF STORY’. No other identifying information should be included on the story document.
  11. Entries in the body of an email will not be accepted.
  12. International writers can enter the competition, but we are unable to  provide travel expenses to attend the 2024 festival, should they be successful.
  13. Entries submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.
  14. Entry fees will not be returned if stories are withdrawn after entering.
  15. Entry is taken as acceptance of these rules.
  16. The winner will be announced at EBCF2024 and will be invited to read their story at an event during the festival.