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Wild Atlantic Writing Awards (WAWA)

5th edition

Welcome to the fifth ‘Wild Atlantic Writing Awards’ (WAWA) competition to welcome the New Year which we hope will provide challenge, diversion and enjoyment for you over the holidays and into next year as well.


As with all our competitions, there will be two separate categories - flash fiction and creative nonfiction

 

And we’ve decided on an intriguing theme for both - TIME.

Deadline for submissions: Thursday, March 31st, 2022.  

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED

Flash Fiction Award

We feel the theme of ‘Time’ with all its dimensions and connotations will appeal to you as it spans so many genres – sci-fi, crime, romance, horror, humour, thriller, mystery, whatever tickles you and your Muse’s fancy. 

 

As you write your story, remember to keep in mind three important guidelines:

  • the maximum length of your story should be 500 words, not including the title (please be mindful of this requirement, even one word over the limit can disqualify your entry);

  • judges should be left in no doubt that the core theme in your story is linked to Time itself - past, present or future, or a combination of thereof. 

  • attention given to choosing a suitable, creative and suitable title for your story.

 

Let your imagination be your guide.

PRIZE

The winner will receive 500 euro in cash or a free participation* valued at 1,200 euro 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 our retreats of your choice this year.

And more.

 

With the writer’s permission, the top ten stories in each category will be published on the ‘Ireland Writing Retreat’ website, with a short bio and photograph of the writer. Writers retain all copyrights to their work.

 

 

(*Participation package does not include accommodation or travel costs to and from retreat)

Creative Nonfiction Award

 

As for our creative nonfiction competition, we offer you a similar challenge: to write a story of not more than 500 words with ‘Time’ as a key element. Your story can 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.

As you write your story, remember to keep in mind three important guidelines:

  • the maximum length of your story should be 500 words, not including the title (please be mindful of this requirement, even one word over the limit can disqualify your entry);

  • judges should be left in no doubt that the core theme in your story is linked to Time itself - past, present or future, or a combination of thereof. 

  • attention given to choosing a suitable, creative and suitable title for your story.

Let your imagination be your guide.

PRIZE

The winner will receive 500 euro in cash or a free participation* valued at 1,200 euro 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 our retreats of your choice this year.

And more.

 

With the writer’s permission, the top ten stories in each category will be published on the ‘Ireland Writing Retreat’ website, with a short bio and photograph of the writer. Writers retain all copyrights to their work.

(*Participation package does not include accommodation or travel costs to and from retreat)