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Wishing you and yours a very Happy Christmas and we look forward to welcoming you all back to Abbeyleix in August 2021

-from all the team at The Power of Words Festival.

The Power of Words Festival, in association with Hilliard Press, are delighted to announce our Short Story Competition!

Writers were invited to submit a short story of up to 5000 words on any theme.

- TEN selected stories will be published in our Festival Anthology, which will be launched at our 2021 Festival.
- The competition was open to everyone over the age of 18 and resident in Ireland.
- Entries must be the original work of the author and must not have been previously published.
- The author’s name must NOT appear on the entry submitted, only on the e-mail accompanying the piece.
- Entries must be in the English language.
- Given the nature of the publication, writers are asked to refrain from the use of crass/crude language.
- The judge’s decision is final. The Power of Words Festival will not enter into correspondence concerning the judging or merits awarded.
- The winning entries will be announced publicly one month before the festival.
- The winning writers will be invited to attend the Power of Words Festival 2021, where they will be given the opportunity to read their work to an
  invited audience.
- Each of the chosen ten authors will receive five free copies of the Winners Anthology and a small locally crafted memento of the festival.
- All expenses incurred will be the writers own.
- While copyright of the short story remains with the author, POW reserves the right to further use the stories for festival promotion purposes.

Entries will be accepted between Monday, August 31st 2020 and Friday, December 4th 2020.

The cost of entry is €10.00 (non refundable) payable by Stripe online here, using the entrant’s name as the reference.

(If you'd prefer to pay by EFT, Cheque or Postal Order, let us know here and we'll facilitate your request)

Entry must be sent as an attachment, in the form of a ‘Microsoft Word’ document, or other editable formats.

E-Mail your entry here
or to:


We are delighted to announce Andrea Carter, as Judge of our Short Story Writing Competition!

Andrea grew up in Ballyfin, Co. Laois and studied law at Trinity College Dublin before moving to the Inishowen peninsula in Co. Donegal where she ran the most northerly solicitors’ practice in Ireland. In 2006 she returned to Dublin to work as a barrister.

She is the author of the Inishowen Mysteries, which will shortly be adapted for television. Her short story The Lamb which was part of the Counterparts Anthology published by The Stinging Fly and edited by Dannielle McLaughlin was shortlisted for Short Story of the Year at the Irish Book Awards 2019.

All the details on how to enter the competition can be found below.

We look forward to receiving your story! Best of luck!


“There's no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you"
― Maya Angelou