Writers in Donegal and beyond are invited to enter the prestigious Allingham Festival writing competitions.

These competitions attract entries from all over the world, with writers in with a chance to win €300. The winners will be invited to read their stories and poems at an awards ceremony which will take place at the Literary Lunch during the festival in November.

The two categories in the adult competitions are Flash Fiction and Poetry. This year’s judges are Theo Dorgan (Poetry), Paul McVeigh (Flash Fiction) and Monica Corish. The closing date for entries is September 21.

Writers can also take part in the Allingham Song Writing Competition. The shortlisted entrants will perform their songs in a live final. It takes place on November 9, and has a top prize of €1,000 up for grabs.

There are also schools' art and poetry competitions which will open soon.

The creative writing competitions are an important feature of the festival which is held in Ballyshannon every November in honour of the poet William Allingham. The idea is to encourage writers of all ages to follow in the footsteps of the great Ballyshannon poet.

 There will also be readings and workshops from some of Ireland’s top literary figures. These are a great way for writers to meet and talk about all aspects of the art.  Events are also planned for schools in the area, taking the festival right into the classroom. A range of other art forms feature at the festival too.


Full terms and conditions for all competitions, as well as details of the range of workshops, speakers and concerts can be found at allinghamfestival.com



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