In view of the extraordinary times in which we are all currently living, Words By Water: Kinsale Literary Festival has decided to make some changes to its annual short story and poetry awards.
Rather than leave the theme open, we invite writers and poets to reflect on the current challenges our society faces and address them in story and poem. The theme remains broad, we leave it up to you to decide if you want to address the Covid-19 outbreak specifically or look at a particular facet such as isolation or the changes the restrictions have wrought in our social structures.
With new norms for everything from how we say goodbye to lost loved ones to how we shop and interact with each other on the street, we think there is huge scope for poets and writers to address the current situation. We will also welcome entries which, rather than looking at life as it is now, imagine how our lives will look in the post-pandemic future.
Rather than our usual charge, we ask only a fee of €2 per entry, for both poems and short stories, in order to cover processing costs. Entries are capped at TWO per entrant for each competition. In addition to the usual prize of cash and publication in The Echo, we are also hoping to choose a selection of entries for an online compilation, and may publish a physical copy of this collection in the future.
Competitions for young people
This year, as we are unable to host our outdoor play and other events for young people in our area, we will also hold separate short story competitions for younger writers from Cork. Our U16 competitions will be free for young people to enter, and capped at one entry per entrant.
In addition to the prize of book vouchers and publication in The Echo, we are also hoping to choose a selection of entries for an online compilation, and may publish a physical copy of this collection in the future.