Eoin Colfer, Wexford Writer


Eoin Colfer, Wexford Writer.
To read about his international accomplishments as a children’s author, scroll to the bottom of this page.

Award is open for entries from 1 FEBRUARY to midnight 1 MAY, 2021.

First place prize: €500




All shortlisted writers will be invited to our Awards Ceremony the first week weekend of July.


Wexford Literary Festival welcomes entries to its first annual international Eoin Colfer International Children’s 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




    • 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.
    • Prize : €500
  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, Times New Roman, and be 1.5 times spaced to double space.
  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.  
  5. Poetry, prose, comic-style or entries that require illustration are inadmissable.
  6. Entries should be submitted electronically only. Hard copies will not be admissible.
  7. The entry is to be attached to the email as a Word or equivalent, or as a PDF formatted document.
  8. 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.
  9. Entries will be accepted until midnight 1st MAY. Entries received after this date will not be considered. 
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.

About Eoin Colfer

Eoin is the author of  over forty books including the internationally bestselling Artemis Fowl books which have sold in excess of 25 million copies worldwide. Kenneth Branagh directed the movie version which can be seen on Disney +. Eoin’s books have won numerous awards including The UK Children’s Book of the Year, The Irish Children’s Book of the Year and The German Children’s Book of the Year. The BBC made a hit series based on his book Half Moon Investigations. Eoin has collaborated with some of his favourite writers and artists, including Oliver Jeffers, Andrew Donkin, Giovanni Rigano and PJ Lynch on various projects including Imaginary Fred, Illegal and The Dog Who Lost His Bark. Eoin has recently finished a two year term as Ireland’s Children’s Laureate, and was delighted to be invited play around with the Iron Man character in his 2016 novel The Gauntlet. For theatre Eoin has written scripts for the musicals The Lords of Love,  Bellbottoms, Noël and Dustin’s Comeback Vehicle with composer Liam Bates, and the plays Holy Mary and My Real Life which have toured nationally. Eoin’s latest books are The Fowl Twins and Highfire, a fantasy novel for big children.