“The world of John O’Connor is a world of the freshly snedded turnip, the new-sawn plank, the sod shining under the plough. His gift is to render the life of the Mill Row in Armagh as deftly and definitively as Steinbeck renders Cannery Row or Bob Dylan Desolate Row”Paul Muldoon
Entries are invited from aspiring writers for the second John O’Connor Short Story Competition. It is being held to commemorate the Armagh born writer whose impressive literary legacy includes a collection of short stories which still retain a timeless appeal.
The prize winner will be awarded a full bursary to attend the John O’ Connor Writing School and Literary Arts Festival which will be held in Armagh from 1st to 4th November, 2018, plus a cash prize of £150. The winner will have the opportunity to perform an excerpt from their story at 2 key events in the festival programme.
The festival, sponsored and supported by internationally renowned Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Paul Muldoon, has a two-fold purpose. It aims to to celebrate and commemorate the life and works of John O’Connor as well as offering practical guidance and assistance to aspiring writers through its workshops and Master classes in the various literary genres and writing for commercial purposes.
General Rules & EligibilityClosing date for receipt of entries 12 noon on the 28th August 2018.
1. The competition is open to people of 16 years and older2. Only one entry per person is permitted and MUST be submitted online via this form.3. Entries must be in English4. Entries must be typed and be between 1,800 and 2,000 words in length. Entries outside this word count will not be permitted and will be automatically rejected.5. 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 ineligible.6. Only short stories will be accepted. Prose and poetry entries are inadmissible.7. An entrance fee of £10 per story must be paid and submitted. All entries must be submitted electronically to John O'Connor Writing School via this form.9. No indication of the author’s name should be given in the actual story.10. Entries will not be returned.11. The decision of the adjudicators is final and they will not enter into any correspondence concerning the competition.12. The winner will be notified by 2 October 2018.
Kit De Wall BursariesWith thanks to the generous sponsorship of author Kit de Waal, we are in a position to offer bursaries to cover the cost of five submissions (the short story competition is limited to one submission per person) for writers who might not otherwise through financial circumstance be able to enter the competition i.e, from a disadvantaged or minority communities, on low income, with a disability. To apply, complete this submission form and send a brief email outlining why you are applying for the bursary to email@example.com. Allocations are on a first-come-first-served basis.
FeesEntry fee is £10, there are no waivers available.
Payment is preferred to be made by credit/debit card via PayPal. Please use the link below which will take you directly to payment options. If the link does not open, please copy and paste into a new web browser page.
Payment can also be made by cheque (sterling/euro) or by postal order (sterling only). All cheques must be made payable to John O’Connor Writing School with the sender’s name, address and title of the story on the back.
Cheque, postal order or bank draft made payable to John O’Connor Writing School and sent to JOCWS c/o 18 Mount Merrion Park, Belfast, BT60GB, N. Ireland
CopyrightWorldwide copyright of each entry remains with the author, John O'Connor Writing School will publish the winning entry on our website from the 2 October for a maximum of one year.
JudgingFive adjudicators will judge the submissions. Their decision is final and no individual correspondence can be entered into.
PrizePrizewinner will be notified by the 2nd of October 2018.
There is a cash prize of £250, a bursary prize also allows the recipient to enjoy all events in the John O’Connor Writing School and Literary Festival 2018, and to attend one class in the writing genre of his/her choice. Their work will also be published on our website. The winning entrant will be formally announced at the opening of the Writing school on Friday 2nd November, and will have the opportunity to read at an event on Sunday 4th November.Single room accommodation will be available free of charge to the winning entrant. Please note, the winner will be responsible for their own travel expenses.
PublicationThe winning story will be published on our website from 1st September for the maximum of 1 year.
PLEASE COMPLETE ALL PARTS OF THIS FORM AND UPLOAD YOUR STORY FOR SUBMISSION.