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Enter 'Wild Atlantic Writing Awards' (WAWA) 

9th edition

To enter our writing competition, please email us at irelandwritingretreat(at)gmail(dot)com and include the following information:

full name, email address, category you are entering (flash fiction or creative nonfiction) and date when entry fee was paid.


Attach your story to the email - accepted formats are: Microsoft Word Document (.doc or .docx), OpenDocument Text (.odt), Rich Text Format (.rtf), Text Document (.txt), and pages. Or send it in the body of the email.


Please let us know if you do not receive a confirmation email from us within one week of your submission day.

A submission fee of 10.00 euro is required for each entry, you can enter more than one story in the competition.

Good luck!


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Please read the rules carefully before submitting your entry. Entries not complying with competition rules may be disqualified.


  • Entries must be the work of the entrant.

  • Entries must be in English.

  • We accept previously published work (as long as the writer still retains the rights) and unpublished work.

  • We welcome entrants worldwide.



  • Entries must be no more than 500 words. Please be mindful of this requirement, even one word over the limit can disqualify your entry. Maximum length does not include the title. The word ‘danger’ cannot be used in stories or in the headlines of stories submitted for the competition, but judges should be in no doubt that the theme is reflected clearly in your stories.

  • Entries will only be accepted in the following formats: Microsoft Word Document (.doc or .docx), OpenDocument Text (.odt), Rich Text Format (.rtf), Text Document (.txt) and pages. Or in the body of the email. 



  • Entries must be received before midnight Irish time on Sunday, July 28th 2024.

  • Winners will be announced in August 2024.

  • There is no limit to the number of entries an entrant may make.

  • Multiple entries must be submitted separately.

  • Entries will be acknowledged by email.

  • No replacement of entry or editing is permitted after story has been submitted. 

  • Entrants retain all rights to their stories.

  • If you do not receive a confirmation email within one week of submission (don’t forget to check your spam), please contact us via the contact page.



  • Entry fee per story is 10.00 euro. 

  • Payment is through PayPal only, but you do not need a PayPal account to enter. If you do not have a PayPal account, and do not want to create one, you can pay using your debit or credit card.

  • Stories will not be read if the fee has not been paid.

  • No refunds will be given.



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