Award is open for entries from 1 FEBRUARY to midnight 1 MAY.

First place prize: €700

Second place prize: €500

Third place prize: €300

Details on entry requirements are listed after our 2018 prize winners:


All shortlisted writers will be invited to our Awards Ceremony via Zoom the first weekend in July.

Wexford Literary Festival welcomes entries to its annual international Colm Tóibín International Short Story Award. Writers are asked to consider the guidelines below before submitting their entries.

Click below to pay €10 submission fee and then submit your entry to

Competition Entry
Wex Lit Fest Competition:


    • This is an open competition for a short story, with no restriction on the subject matter.
    • The competition is open to people of 18 years and older.
    • Only one entry per payment is permitted.
    • Competition is open internationally.
    • 1st Prize is €700, 2nd: €500, 3rd: €300
  1. Entries must be in English.
  2. Entries must be between 1,800 and 2,200 words in length . Entries outside this word count will not be permitted and will be automatically rejected;
    •  and be formatted: 12pt, double-spaced or 1.5 spaces, Times New Roman.
  3. Entries must be the original work of the author and must not have been previously published either in writing or electronically. Entries which have received awards in other competitions are also ineligible.
  4. Only short stories will be accepted. Poetry and prose entries are inadmissible.
  5. The author’s name and details should only appear on the accompanying e-mail. Please ensure that the title is clearly marked at the top of the entry and each page thereafter. The author’s name must NOT appear on the entry submitted, only on the e-mail accompanying the piece.
  6. Entries will be accepted until midnight 1 MAY. Entries received after this date will not be considered. 
  7. The judges’ decision is final and Wexford Literary Festival will not enter into correspondence concerning the judging or merits awarded. The onus is on the author to ensure that their entry complies with the rules of the competition
  8. Entries should be submitted electronically only. Hard copies will not be admissible
  9. Shortlisted writers will be invited to attend the award ceremony on Friday 3rd July 2020 , however all expenses incurred will be the writer’s own.
  10. While copyright of the shortlisted story will remain with the author, Wexford Literary Festival reserves the right to arrange the first publication and broadcast of the selected works. The right to use the stories to further publicise this award is also retained by Wexford Literary Festival. Shortlisted authors will agree to have their photograph taken and used for publicity purposes by Wexford Literary Festival.
  11. The entry fee of 10 euro must be paid via our online payment system. IF it is not in your entry name, in your email with your story state the name of the person or the organisation/business that is paying so that accounts can be reconciled.