Award-winning Mayo writer, Elizabeth Reapy has been named as judge of this year’s Castlebar –based Wild Atlantic Words literary festival short story competition.

In 2021, Elizabeth was Mayo County Council's writer-in-residence and at present  is completing her debut feature length screenplay and facilitating workshops on creative flow with musician Donal McConnon. 

The short story competition is jointly sponsored by Bridge St bar, Castlebar  and Mayo Books Press, with a first prize of €500, and second prize, €250. A reading and prize-giving ceremony will take place during the Wild Atlantic Words festival in October. Entry forms, along with a full list of competition rules and regulations, will be available on the festival’s website,, from early next month.

The closing date for entries is Sunday, July 31 at 5pm.

Founded in 2016, the Wild Atlantic Words literary festival takes place every autumn in Castlebar. This year’s festival will run from Tuesday, October 4th to Sunday, October 9th and will see the welcome return of the Wild Atlantic Words Festival Dome at Bridge Lane.

The festival aims to celebrate the literary heritage of our rugged coastline over several days of readings, recitals, debates and reflection, while also acknowledging our new and emerging writers. 




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