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The Merriman Short Story Competition Guidelines:
- Entries, in English or Irish, must be the original work of the author and must not have been previously published or broadcast.
- The story must not exceed 2,500 words
- The story must be set in Ireland and can be on any subject, by any writer of fiction born in or living on the island of Ireland. Translated work is not within the scope of this competition.
- Manuscripts must be typed, and only one story per entrant will be accepted. Manuscripts will not be returned.
- The entrants’ names should not be written on the manuscripts but should be written on a separate sheet, along with the title of the story and full contact details (address, telephone numbers, email address). Writers’ names will not be revealed to the judging panel.
- All entries must be received by 5 pm on October 31st 2012. Entries may be submitted by email or in hard copy. Entries received after this deadline will not be considered.
- There is an entry fee of €10 to cover administration costs.
- Hard copies, accompanied by cheque or postal order for €10 (made out to Cumann Merriman Teoranta) should be addressed to Merriman Short Story Competition, Clare County Library, Mill Rd., Ennis, Co. Clare.
- Email copies in pdf format should be sent to email@example.com. Accompanying entry fees (cheque or postal order) must be posted to the address above. Entries for which fees have not been received will not be considered.
- The winner will be notified in February 2013, and will be invited to attend the Ennis Book Club Festival in March to read their story (or have it read, if that is their preference)
- The winning story will be published in the Irish Times after the festival.
- The Judges’ decision is final and no correspondence can be entered into concerning the judging or merits of any entry.