Writing Competition 2024

The 2024 Write By The Sea Writing Competition closes Friday 21st June 2024


The winner of each category will receive a cash prize of €500 and a free weekend pass to Write By The Sea festival 2024.

All four winning pieces will be published in the winter issue of The Waxed Lemon Literary Journal.

The runners-up in each category will receive €300 and third place will receive €200.


There are four competition categories:

1. Fiction Short Story (maximum 2,500 words)
2. Flash Fiction (maximum 700 words) 
3. Poetry (maximum 40 lines)
4. Memoir/Personal Essay (maximum 1,000 words)

The independent panel of judges will select the winners and each category winner will be invited to read their work at a public event as part of the festival.

Rules and Conditions

  1. Entries must be the original work of the entrant and should not have been previously published in any format, online or print, self-published or paid.
  2. Entries must be double-spaced in Microsoft Word, 12 point, Times New Roman font – please do not include images or coloured fonts – and should be saved as .docx or .doc documents. The name of the entrant should not appear anywhere in the document. (see Note A below).
  3. Entries must be submitted via the Online Entry Form on the Competition Page of the WBTS website, where entrants will upload their names and contact details.
  4. All entries must be in English.
  5. Entrants can submit as many entries as they wish at €10 per entry, or enter 3 pieces, in the same or different genres, for €25.
  6. Should your entry win a prize or be published elsewhere, please let us know so that we can remove it from the WBTS 2024 Writing Competition.
  7. The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence/contact will be entered into and no feedback will be given to individual entrants.
  8. Entrants should retain copies of their work as entries will NOT be returned.
  9. 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.
  10. All non-winning entries will be deleted from our records after three months from the date of the announcement of the competition results.

Note A: It breaks our hearts when we have to disqualify entrants who break the rules. Sadly, each year we have to disqualify a significant number of the entries for disregarding simple rules such as not submitting text in double-spacing or including their names and addresses in the text of their submissions. Please remember to spell check and proofread your work. We look forward to receiving your entries and we wish you every success in the 2024 competition.


  1. Saturday 9th March 2024 – submissions open through
  2. Friday 21st June 2024, competition closes at 11.59pm
  3. Friday 2nd August 2024– shortlist of the winning entry titles will be posted on the WBTS website,
  4. Sunday 1st September 2024 – winners will be notified by WBTS
  5. Each category winner will be invited to read their work at a public event as part of the festival.
  6. October 2024 – the winning pieces will be published on the WBTS website
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