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The Dalkey Writing Prizes 2019

Dalkey Short Story Prize 

Dalkey Poetry Prize

€1000 Prize Money & Publication

In Partnership with Books Ireland Magazine

The 2019 competitions are now closed.

Any late entries will be forwarded to the 2020 competitions. 

Entry Form 2020

Competition Details 

Welcome to the Dalkey Short Story Prize and the ALL-NEW Dalkey Poetry Prize at Dalkey Creates, in partnership with Books Ireland. We are delighted to announce this year’s winners!

Winning Short Story

Tinder by Louise Farr

Joint Runners Up

Plexiglass by Aoibheann McCann

The Swimming Pool by Laura-Blaise McDowell



The Opposite of Rain by Jane Lavelle

Holding by Rebecca Collis

Mammy’s Mask by Niamh O’Reilly

Da’s Chair by Carol Farrelly

The Webbed Window by Pat McCusker

The Last Breath by Brid McGinley

Unsightly by Estelle Birdy

Keith and Jack’s Annual St Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl by Robert Kibble

Winning Poem

Mother’s Tears by Wilma Kenny

Joint Runners Up

Photograph by Gerry Boland

The Dodo at the Bar by Martin Sykes



Wisp by Erika Doyle

Gold by Sara Shine



The winning story and poem will be awarded €1000 and be published on our website and in Books Ireland Magazine.


 Terms & Conditions 

  • Entry is online only, via the Dalkey Creates website.

  • You may enter as many times as you wish. Each entry costs €15.

  • The competition is open to any writer of any nationality, anywhere in the world, writing in English, aged 18 years and older on the closing date.

  • There is no restriction on theme or style.

  • For  the Story Competition the maximum number of words is 2000.

  • For the Poetry Competition, the maximum number of lines is 30.

  • The stories and poems must not have been broadcast or published previously in any form, nor winning or placed in any competition.

  • Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant. 

  • Dalkey Creates holds publishing rights for one year from the current festival, after which publishing rights revert to the author.

  • Notification of receipt of entry will be by email.  

  • The judges' verdict is final. No correspondence will be entered into.

  • Stories cannot be altered or substituted once they have been entered.

  • All entries are judged anonymously. Name and contact details must not appear on the stories, only in the box provided when entering online.

  • Font should be Times New Roman, Font size 12, double-spaced

  • Word count must be noted at the top of the first page. 

  • All stories must be submitted as a PDF file or Microsoft Word doc.

  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed but will become ineligible should the entrant win a prize or be published prior to the prize giving date; entry fees will not be refunded.  You must inform Dalkey Creates immediately should your entry be published or win a prize elsewhere.

  • Stories received after the deadline will not be eligible for the current year's competitions and will automatically be forwarded to the following year's competitions; entry fees will not be refunded.

  • Failure to adhere to these rules will result in immediate disqualification.

  • Entry is taken as acceptance of these rules.