Elizabeth Bowen, May 1953 (unknown photographer)
At last a short story competition named for an Irish woman writer*. Well, half-named. I suggested this to them a few years ago - looks like they have finally (half-)listened. It seems William Trevor is back on board too. This prize was known as the Mitchelstown Short Story Prize for a while and before that the William Trevor Prize. Whatever the moniker, it's good to see it back.
WILLIAM TREVOR / ELIZABETH BOWEN INTERNATIONAL
SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2011
Mitchelstown Literary Society, the organising committee, is pleased to announce that entries are now being accepted for the above Competition; this being the first under this banner.
“This is an ideal opportunity for creative writers to have the standard of their literary efforts appraised. Our short listing adjudicator for the competition is Vincent McDonnell, who is a well known short story writer and has won several prestigious national competitions in recent years. He will select a short list of circa 25 stories.
The final adjudicator will be John MacKenna, whose recent book of short stories, "The River Field", has received much critical acclaim. If competition, in any facet of life, is the act of testing oneself against, or being judged by, the best then, in this competition, that tenet certainly holds true”.
Each story should contain a maximum of 3000 words and should be submitted, by post only, on or before Friday 29th. April 2011.
The winner will receive the Prize of €2,500 and a Laptop Computer.
Five runners up will receive cash prizes of €200 each.
There is an entry fee of €20.00 per entry and each entry must have an official entry form attached.
The names of the winner and runners-up will be posted to the competition website when they become available.
Closing date: Last post Friday 29th. April 2011.
Entries, by post only, to:
Trevor/Bowen International Short Story Competition,
37 Upper Cork Street,
*Yes, I know there's the Molly Keane Award too.