Have you a great idea for a story? You could Win €500 in our Listowel Writers’ Week writing competition
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Have you a great idea for a story? You could Win €500 in our Listowel Writers’ Week writing competition

WE are looking for an original short story, poem or piece of writing with an Irish theme of up to 1,000 words.

The winner will get the chance to take part in the prestigious Listowel Writers’ Week in Co. Kerry, which takes place from May 27 – May 31, plus €500 in prize money.

One of the oldest literary festivals in Ireland, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the popular event - which brings book fans from across Ireland and beyond on an annual expedition to the Irish town.

The winning piece of work will also be published in The Irish Post and the official Listowel Writers’ Week brochure.

Columnist and podcaster Roisin Ingle is also taking part in the event (Pic: Bryan O'Brien)

The 2020 line-up includes: James Runcie, Joanne Harris, Paul Muldoon, Roisin Ingle, Emma Langford, Carol Drinkwater, Neil Hegarty, Brian Dillon, Martin Lynch, Colette Bryce, Danielle McLaughlin, Thomas McCarthy, Joanne Harris, Philip Ardagh and Dirk Wittenborn.

Novelist and film-maker James Runcie is on the line-up for 2020 (Pic: Kate Mount)


Entries should be emailed to [email protected] with ‘Listowel Writers’ Week’ in the subject line.

Typed entries can also be sent to Listowel Writers’ Week Competition, The Irish Post, 88 Fenchurch Street, London EC3M 4BY.

Remember to include the story/poem title, your name, address, email and telephone number. Closing date for entries is midnight on Friday, February 28, 2020.
This competition is open to residents in Britain only.


  • Entries, which must be no more than 1,000 words and have an Irish theme, cannot have been previously published
  • All entries must be typed
  • Please retain a copy, as entries will not be returned
  • Please submit your name and contact details on a separate sheet. The entrant’s identity must not appear on the competition entry
  • Entries may be in Irish or in English / Is féidir iontrálacha a bheith i mBéarla nó i nGaeilge
  • An unlimited number of entries per person may be submitted for The Irish Post Creative Writing Competition
  • The judges verdict is final and no correspondence shall be entered into regarding individual competition entries
  • Winners only will be notified
  • The winner’s prize includes accommodation in Listowel during the festival (terms and conditions apply). No cash alternative will be offered in lieu of this and any other expenses must be covered by the winner themselves
  • The Irish Post and Listowel Writers’ Week are not responsible for any costs incurred
  • Awards may not be presented where an appropriate standard is not achieved
  • Listowel Writers’ Week reserves the right to withhold or to publish winning entries in the publication Winners’ Anthology 2020

About Listowel Writer’s Week:

Listowel Writers’ Week is an internationally acclaimed literary festival devoted to bringing together writers and audiences at unique and innovative events in the historic and intimate surroundings of Listowel, Co. Kerry. Founded in 1970, 2020 marks its 50th anniversary year.