Write By The Sea Writing Competition 2017 Winners

The three winners of last year’s Write By The Sea writing competitions have recorded their winning entries for broadcast on RTE Radio 1’s Seascapes programme that airs every Friday night at 10.30 with presenter Fergal Keane.  This is the second year the programme has given invaluable support to the Kilmore Quay festival.

Marie Noonan penned the winning short story, while Mary Kavanagh was victorious in the poetry section for the second time in a row. The nonfiction section was won by Theresa Ryan.  It was a condition of entry that submissions must come from attendees at the festival.

As committee chair Lucy Moore says, “Having their work broadcast nationally is a substantial encouragement for our writers, and our thanks go to Fergal Keane for his generous support.”

Write By The Sea Writing Competition 2016 Winners

Winners of the 2016 Write By the Sea Writing Competition Imelda Carroll from Wexford for her prose piece, The Vigil, and Mary Kavanagh from Wicklow for her poem, My Friend Never Saw the Sea, pictured with RTE Radio1 Seascapes Producer & Presenter, Marcus Connaughton, at  RTÉ studios in Cork. The programme was broadcast on December 2nd 2016. In case you missed it, listen back here.

Write By The Sea Writing Competition Rules


We are delighted to offer a writing competition to attendees as part of the Write By the Sea Festival this year.  The winning entry will be broadcast on RTE Radio 1 Seascapes programme. Before you put pen to paper, please read the submission guidelines below carefully.


  1. The competition is open to original, unpublished and unbroadcast work in the English language. This work can be fiction, non-fiction or poetry, and this year a separate award will be made for each of these three categories.
  2. Submissions for this years’ competition should reflect the theme for this years’ festival ‘Our Island Heritage’.
  3. Fiction and non-fiction entries should be no more than 700 words, and poetry no more than 40 lines. Entry to the competition is strictly limited to attendees at the Write by the Sea festival who must quote their festival ticket number with their submission.
  4. The entrant’s name, festival ticket number and contact details (address, email and/or phone number) must be on a separate sheet of paper or in a separate Word document attached to your work. The entrant’s name MUST NOT appear on the work submitted. Regretfully, we cannot accept any work that is submitted with the entrant’s name contained within the body of the work to be judged.
  5. Manuscripts cannot be returned.
  6. Entries should be in print form, formatted with double spacing between lines.
  7. Closing date is Midnight on Sunday 15th October 2017
  8. The winners in each category will be selected by a panel of three judges in each case.
  9. The Judges decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into in this regard.
  10. Writers may submit one entry only.
  11. Members of the committee and members of their immediate family are excluded from participating in the competition.
  12. The winning entries will be broadcast on RTE Radio 1 Seascapes programme.


Email entries should be submitted as follows:

  1. Send your entry as a Microsoft Word document (files ending with “.doc”). Please ensure that you do NOT send PDF files.
  2. Competition entries should be emailed to writebytheseaKQ@gmail.com
  3. Please enter the words Writing Competition in the Subject line of your email.


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