Writing Competitions 2018 at Write By The Sea

2019 Writing Competitions – Winners


Winning Story: “Time and Tide” by Steve Wade

Winning Memoir: “The Homecoming” by Rosemary Tumilty

Winning Poem: “Maude Jane Delap”  by Daniel Wade

Overall  Winner: “Maude Jane Delap” by Daniel Wade


2019 Writing Competitions – Shortlist


Sand in my sandwiches – Carmel Conroy

Aegean – John Simms

The Homecoming – Rosemary Tumilty


Drawn to the Sea – Kieran O’Shea

The Swimmer – Michelle Walsh

Lullaby – Maria Kenny

Love is all you need – Joan Treacy

The Bangle – Angela Graham

Marooned – Steve Wade

Time and Tide – Steve Wade


Autumn Swim – Billy Fenton

LIR – A.M Cousins

Visitor – A.M Cousins

At Kaats Strand – A.M. Cousins

Maude Jane Delap – Daniel Wade

An Fharragie Mhor – Martin O’Ciardubhain


2019 Writing Competitions – Competitions Closed

With prizes and publicity opportunities for the winners

In keeping with Kilmore Quay’s maritime location and traditions, the general theme is ‘Drawn to the Sea’. 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)

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

Competition Category Winners

Each category winner will be invited to the Opening Reception of the festival on Friday 27th September for a prize giving ceremony. Category winners will be presented with a hand -crafted trophy at the prize giving event and will be invited to read their winning entry at the event. Each category winner will be given two day-passes (worth €120) for Saturday 28th September. A Day Pass allows free entry to the various workshops, talks, interviews and other events on that day.

Overall Competition Winner

The overall winner will also receive a voucher, sponsored by Kelly’s Resort Hotel and Spa, Rosslare Strand, Co Wexford, for two nights bed and breakfast for two people (Autumn to Spring).


Rules and Conditions

  1. All entries must connect with our Write By The Sea 2019 theme of ‘Drawn to the Sea’ 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)
  2. Entries must be the original and unpublished work of the sender.
  3. Each Entry must be individually uploaded via the online entry form in a text document that can be opened by Microsoft Word, that is double spaced and contains no personal information or contact details.
  4. Names and contact details should not appear on the text of the competition entry. (Entries must not include name or contact details of the entrant.) These details will be captured on the online entry form when entering the competition.
  5. The decision of the judges is final.
  6. No correspondence/contact will be entered into.
  7. Winners will be notified directly in September 2019.
  8. Results will be posted on the WBTS website, writebythesea.ie  in October 2019.
  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. Entries may be submitted via the Competition Entry Form on the WBTS website, writebythesea.ie, from June 8th.
  11. Individual entries cost €10 per entry.  Any number can be submitted. The €10 fee must be included for each entry. A writer can enter all three categories once for a single fee of €20.
  12. The closing date for entries is Friday, 26th of July, 2019. A shortlist will be posted here on the WBTS website on Friday, 30th of August, 2019.
  13. Entries including payment must be submitted online via the entry form on the Write by the Sea website athttps://writebythesea.ie/writing-competitions/
  14. No refunds available.
  15. Entrants will receive an email containing a copy of the details submitted, confirming their entry has been received.
  16. All entries and personal data will be deleted 180 days after submission in line with our GDPR policy.