With the coronavirus outbreak causing so many difficulties, the team at the ‘Ireland Writing Retreat’ felt the need to support you and fellow writers worldwide at this particularly difficult time – by launching their first-ever world wide competition, with key prizes for winners.

Welcome to the inaugural ‘Wild Atlantic Writing Awards’ (WAWA), a competition they hope will provide challenge, diversion and enjoyment for you as a wordsmith in the strange times we live in right now.

Fiction and Creative Non-fiction.

Deadline for submissions: Sunday, May 31st, 2020.

Flash Fiction Award

​Ireland Writing Retreat  decided their fiction writing competition should be open to all genres – sci-fi, crime, romance, horror, humour, thriller, mystery, whatever tickles you and your Muse’s fancy. And that it should take the form of flash fiction, a field growing rapidly in popularity.

The theme is writing itself.

In other words, upon reading competition entries, judges are left in no doubt that a key element in your story is linked in some way to writing itself. For example, one of the characters, human or non-human, is a writer or a piece of writing plays a key role in the story. Let your imagination be your guide.

They would like you to pen a flash fiction story in any style or genre focusing on the act of writing in any way, shape or form, with a maximum length of 500 words.

PRIZE

The winner will receive 500 euro in cash.

And more.

An added bonus of 990 euro in value in the form of free participation* – including all excursions, by land and sea, food and drinks tastings, concerts and dance performances, and all writing workshops and author talks – at one of their retreats of your choice, either this autumn in either Paris or Donegal, or one of their retreats next year.

In effect, a total prize equal to almost 1,500 euro.

Creative Nonfiction Award

Write a story of not more than 500 words on any subject – whether it be in the form of memoir, profile, literary journalism, personal essay, travel (and remember, award-winning travel articles don’t have to be about exotic destinations, it could be about your own hometown), food or any creative nonfiction category you prefer.

PRIZE

The winner will receive 500 euro in cash.

And more.

An added bonus of 990 euro in value in the form of free participation* – including all excursions, by land and sea, food and drinks tastings, concerts and dance performances, and all writing workshops and author talks – at one of their retreats of your choice, either this autumn in either Paris or Donegal, or one of their retreats next year.

In effect, a total prize equal to almost 1,500 euro.

Deadline: 31st May 2020.

Further essential information, including full submission guidelines can be found on the Ireland Writing Retreat website.