'From The Well' Short Story Competition 2024

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Cork County Council Library and Arts Service is accepting submissions to the From the Well Short Story competition 2024. The competition invites entries from writers aged 18 and over who are registered members of any library. From the Well is a long standing short story anthology published annually by Cork County Council’s Library and Arts Service.

Now in its 20th year, it continues to provide an opportunity for writers in the short story genre to have their work considered by leading Irish authors and ultimately to see their stories in print.

Twenty stories will be selected for inclusion in the 2024 edition of the From the Well short story anthology, while the winning story and two others will feature in the 2024 West Cork Literary Festival as part of the anthology launch event in Bantry Library within the festival dates of 12-19 July.

The winning writer will be offered a place on West Cork Literary Festival’s three-day short story writing workshop and €250 toward accommodation costs. The tutor will be Jan Carson and the workshop will run from Monday 15 to Wednesday 17 July 2024.

The closing date for receipt of applications is Sunday 28 January at 17:00.

Apply here: From the Well Short Story Competition - Competition Details - www.yourcouncil.ie
For further information about the competition, please contact the Cork County Arts office at: arts@corkcoco.ie

Conditions of Entry

  • Entrants may only submit one short story which must be the original work of the author.
  • Stories must be less than 2,000 words. 
  • Stories must be previously unpublished and not accepted for future publication elsewhere.
  • Stories must be submitted on Yourcouncil.ie.
  • The Judges’ decision is final.
  • Copyright of each story will remain with the author; however Cork County Library and Art Service reserves the right to one publication and/or one broadcast of shortlisted stories.
  • For further information please contact Emma Dwyer, County Arts Office 021-4346210.
  • The closing date for receipt of entries is 5pm on Sunday 28 January.