The Dalkey Writing Prizes 2020

Congratulations to our 2020 winners!

€1000 Short Story Prize: 'Cupcakes and Carburetors' by Caroline Sutherland

€1000 Poetry Prize: 'Love was almond shaped' by Denise O'Hagan


with Online publication in Books Ireland Magazine

Congratulations also to our 2nd and 3rd place winners: it was a very close call!

Thank you to everyone who entered, it's so heartening to see your endeavours. We look forward to reading your stories and poems again next year!

Entry Form 2020

Competition Details 

Welcome to the Dalkey Short Story Prize and the Dalkey Poetry Prize.

Winning Short Story 2020

Cupcakes and Carburetors by Caroline Sutherland

2nd Place

Living Light by Mairin Stronge

3rd Place

The Good Room by Jarlath Tivlin


Something in the Corner of my Eye by Peter Hankins

The End by Kate Phelan

Decolonisation by Amy Gaffney

The Nature of Meat by Adian Khair

Gallowstown by Adam O'Keeffe

Winning Poem 2020

Love was almond shaped by Denise O'Hagan

2nd Place

My Fair City by Derek Seymour

3rd Place

Hurricane by Daragh Byrne


Mother by Cormac Fitzgerald

Air Looms by Glen Wilson

Enfants Mielles by Marian Kilcoyne


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

They will be available to read here shortly.


 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 deadline is Midnight, Sunday 16th August, 2020.

  • 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.

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