Writing Competitions 2018 at Write By The Sea

‘Write By The Sea Kilmore Quay…on the shores of imagination.’ 

The inspiring slogan which won our 2018 festival slogan competition. The winning entry was submitted by Oonagh Cullen. Congratulations Oonagh – enjoy your weekend away at Kellys Resort Hotel!

Writing Competitions Winners 2018



A Cloak of Grief  Helena Farrell


The Cockle Incident Mary Sheehan


On Sculptural Figures Hilary Hares


The overall winner is Hilary Hares with her poem On Sculptural Figures

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

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.

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