5th Annual Festival



Dear festival friends,

We regret that our 5th annual Write by the Sea festival which was due to take place from September 25th-27th 2020 has been rescheduled due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Write by the Sea is distinctive in that it offers an opportunity for writers, facilitators, artists and festival goers to share performances, ideas and experiences in close contact, supported by a welcoming village volunteer force.  However, the health, safety and well-being of everyone involved, as well as full compliance with Government guidelines must take priority over everything else at this difficult time.

And now for the good news… Write by the Sea 2020/21 will take place from September 24th-26th 2021.  Our 2020 national and international writers will be there to celebrate an exciting programme of interviews, experiential workshops, readings and talks with you.  Save the dates in your diary now and come and enjoy drama, crime writing, short stories, storytelling, poetry, memoir writing, writing graphic novels and much, much more. We look forward to seeing you next year in Kilmore Quay, and in the meantime…

 Writing Competition Prize fund of €1,000

… our Writing Competition is attracting record entries this year and we are offering our biggest prize fund ever. There has never been a better time to sit down and write your heart out.  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 WBTS 2020 Writing Competition trophy and all three winning pieces will be published on the Write By The Sea website.  The competition is open for submissions now – see our competitions page for further details on how to enter


We are currently putting our 2020/21 programme together and we will announce the details as the year unfolds.  The festival will feature the return of some of our most popular writers and workshop and fringe events. Take a browse through our past programmes for a taste of what’s to come. Keep an eye on our website for the latest announcements. If you would like us to include you on our emailing list for alerts and updates, simply email us at writebytheseaKQ@gmail.com

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