Writing Competitions 2018 at Write By The Sea

Writing Competitions


Each year Write By The Sea hosts a competition to foster new writing in the genres of Poetry, Memoir and Fiction Short Story.

The 2019 winners were:

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

Renewed congratulations to our winning 2019 writers Daniel, Steve and Rosemary who are pictured below reading their work to a spellbound audience on festival opening night.

You could be one of our 2020 winners. In mid-2020 we will publish details on how you can enter the competition.

2019 Writing Competitions – Shortlist


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



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


Sand in my sandwiches – Carmel Conroy

Aegean – John Simms

The Homecoming – Rosemary Tumilty