Call For Submission: 2020 Michael McLaverty Short Story Competition | £2,000 - Pawners Paper

The Linen Hall Library in Belfast, Northern Ireland, has announced the launch of the 2020 Michael McLaverty Short Story Award

Call For Submission: 2020 Michael McLaverty Short Story Competition | £2,000





The Linen Hall Library in Belfast, Northern Ireland, has announced the launch of the 2020 Michael McLaverty Short Story Award. It therefore calls on interested writers to submit their best short stories to stand a chance to win a cash prize.

Michael McLaverty (1904 – 1992) was one of the foremost proponents of the Irish short story. His archive was donated to the Library by the Literary Executors of Michael McLaverty in 2005.

This prestigious award, which has run biennially since 2006, was set up to foster and encourage the tradition of the Irish short story.

2020 Michael McLaverty Short Story Competition Eligibility Requirements


All interested entrants must have been born in, or are citizens of, or resident in Northern Ireland/Republic of Ireland.

Cash Prize

For the lucky winners, below are the prizes to be won.

Winner's Prize: £2,000
1st Runner Up Prize: £250
2nd Runner Up Prize: £250

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Entry Fee: None required

Submission Guidelines:

Read the following guidelines to know how to submit for the competition.

The award is open to those who were born in, or are citizens of, or resident in Northern Ireland/Republic of Ireland.

NO entry form is required.

 Entries must NOT have been, by the date of submission, published or broadcast in any medium.

 Entries must be typed, in double spacing, using only one side of A4 paper.

Entries must NOT exceed the maximum of 3,000 words.

Entries can be emailed to info@linenhall.com or posted to the Linen Halllibrary at the address below. Hard copy entries will NOT be returned.

No indication of the writer’s identity may appear on the story to be entered.

Name, address, telephone number and e-mail address should be submitted separately, under the heading Michael McLaverty Short Story Award 2020.

No more than ONE story may be submitted by any entrant.

The decision of the adjudicators is final.

Winners and runners-up ONLY will be notified.

The adjudicators will not enter into any correspondence concerning the award.

 The staff of the Linen Hall Library will not enter into any correspondence concerning the award.

Should an appropriate standard not be achieved, no award will be presented.

The Linen Hall Library reserves the right to select for publication such entries as may be deemed appropriate, in any year.

The Linen Hall Library will liaise with successful authors in preparing texts for publication.

The award will be presented at the Linen Hall Library in June 2021.

Deadline

The slated deadline for the competition is midnight Sunday 31st  January 2021.

 

Judges


Adjudicators for this year’s competition are multi-award winning writer Donal Ryan (The Spinning Heart; The Thing About December; All We Shall Know; A Slanting of the Sun; From a Low and Quiet Sea; Strange Flowers) and Patsy Horton, Managing Editor of Blackstaff Press.

Donal Ryan said: “It’s an honour to be associated with the Michael McLaverty Short Story Award. Michael was a writer of sublime skill and I’m looking forward to reading the entries, and helping to choose a work that will honour his legacy.”

Linen Hall Librarian Samantha McCombe said: “The Michael McLaverty archive at the Linen Hall is a pillar of the rich and expansive literary archives held at the Library. The award celebrates the skill and artistry of this esteemed writer and continues Michael McLaverty’s commitment to foster and encourage creativity in the short story form.”

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