Writing Competitions 2018 at Write By The Sea

Writing Competitions Winners 2018



A Cloak of Grief  Helena Farrell


The Cockle Incident Mary Sheehan


On Sculptural Figures Hilary Hares


The overall winner will be announced at the closing ceremony.

Writing Competitions Shortlist 2018


  1. Coasteering
  2. All Through The Night
  3. People in Glasshouses
  4. The Cockle Picker
  5. Safety First
  6. Annie
  7. Coat of Grief


  1. Where my soul Sings
  2. Waterboy
  3. The Cockle Incident
  4. The History that lies beneath
  5. Pizzeria at the end of the world
  6. Harmonica on Sea
  7. September 1989


  1. Saved By A Swell Sea
  2. On Sculptural Figures
  3. Paradise Lost
  4. Where the land knows my name
  5. Topsy Turvy Heart
  6. Tsunami
  7. The Story of Silence
  8. Sophie and the Sea
  9. Rescue Me

Writing Competitions

With prizes and publicity opportunities for the winners

Entries are now invited for writing competitions organised by the Write By The Sea 2018 literary festival (WBTS).

In keeping with Kilmore Quay’s maritime location and traditions, the general theme is Coastlines. Entries can relate to local, national or international locations and situations with links to that theme.  There are three categories: 

  1. Fiction Short Story (maximum 2,000 words)
  2. Memoir – a factual account of a memorable moment (maximum 800 words)
  3. Poetry (maximum 40 lines)

The independent panel of judges will pick one winner in each category. One of the three category winners will be selected as the overall winner.

Each category winner will be invited to the Festival for Sunday, 30th of September.  Each category winner will be given two day-passes (worth €80), allowing two people free entry to the various workshops, talks, interviews and other events.

Category winners will be presented with an inscribed trophy. Each one will be given the opportunity to read their winning works at a prize giving ceremony as part of the Festival on Sunday afternoon. Winning entries will also be read on the popular maritime programme Seascapes on Ireland’s national broadcaster, RTE Radio 1, at a later date.

The overall winner will also receive a voucher sponsored by The Coast Hotels & Resorts, Kilmore Quay and Rosslare Strand, Co Wexford. The voucher is for a two-night stay with one dinner for two people in one of their Wexford hotels.

Rules and Conditions

  1. All entries must connect with our Write By The Sea 2018 theme of Coastlines.
  2. Entries must be the original and unpublished work of the sender.
  3. Entries must be typed on one side only of double-spaced A4 sheets.
  4. No entry form is required.
  5. For each entry please provide contact details on a separate cover sheet and not on the entry itself. The cover sheet should include the full name, postal address, phone number and email address of the entrant.
  6. Individual entries cost €10 (£8). Any number of entries can be submitted by email, or in one envelope by post. A €10 fee (£8) must be included for each entry. Writers can enter all three categories once for a single fee of €20 (£17).
  7. Entries may be submitted by post or e-mail.


Postal Entries: Please post your entry to Write By the Sea Coastlines Competitions, An Nead, Lough, Duncormick, Co. Wexford. A cheque or money order made payable to Write By The Sea must accompany your entry.  Please do not post cash.

E-mail Entries: Please lodge competition fees into the Write By The Sea bank account, Sort Code: 933341 IBAN:IE34 AIBK93334103135639, BIC: AIBKIE2D, AIB, North Main Street, Wexford. Then e-mail your entries to us on  competitionwbts@gmail.com with WBTS Writing Competition in the subject line. All documents should be in Word format and sent as attachments. For each entry Provide contact details as in 5) above.

The decision of the judges is final. No correspondence/contact will be entered into. Entrants should retain copies of their work as entries will NOT be returned. Winners will be notified directly. Results will be posted on the WBTS website, www.writebythesea.ie  in October 2018.

Committee members and relatives of committee members of the Write By The Sea festival, its agents, contributors or sponsors are not eligible.

The closing date for entries is Thursday, 26th of July, 2018. A shortlist will be posted here on the WBTS website on Thursday, 30th of August, 2018.

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.