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Write by the Sea Writing Competitions 2020

Write by the Sea Writing Competitions 2020

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Write by the Sea Literary Festival calls entries for 2020 Writing Competitions. There are three competition categories:

  • Fiction Short Story (maximum 3,000 words)
  • Memoir – a factual account of a memorable moment (maximum 3,000 words)
  • Poetry (maximum 40 lines)


Two category winners will be presented with a cash prize of €250 and the overall winner will receive the top cash prize of €500. All three winners will receive a beautiful hand-crafted Write By The Sea Festival 2020 Writing Competition trophy and all three winning pieces will be published on the Write By The Sea website.

Rules and Regulations 

  • Entries must be the original and unpublished work of the entrant.
  • Entries must relate to our Write By The Sea 2020 theme ‘Waves’.
  • Entries must be typed in Word document format and double-spaced* (see Note A below).
  • Entries must be submitted via the Online Entry Form on the Competition page of the WBTS website, writebythesea.ie where entrants will upload their names and contact details.
  • As submissions are judged on an anonymous basis, the author’s name and contact details must not appear anywhere in the text of the writing submission.
  • Entrants can submit as many entries as they wish at €10 per entry, or €25 for three entries (which can be in any or all of the three categories).
  • The decision of the judges is final.
  • No correspondence/contact will be entered into and no feedback will be given to individual entrants.
  • Entrants should retain copies of their work as entries will NOT be returned.
  • The closing date for entries is 11.59 pm on Friday 10 July 2020
  • Committee members and relatives of committee members of the Write By The Sea festival, its agents, contributors or sponsors are not eligible to enter the competition.
  • All non-winning entries will be deleted from the records after three months from the date of the announcement of the competition results.


  • Monday 16 March 2020: Competition opens
  • Friday 10 July 2020: competition closes at 11.59 pm
  • Friday 21 August 2020: shortlist of the winning entries will be posted on the WBTS website, writebythesea.ie
  • September 2020: winners will be notified by WBTS
  • October 2020: the winning pieces will be published on the WBTS website

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Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline10 July,2020
Open toAll
OrganizerWrite by the Sea



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