Booker Prize nominee Donal Ryan has been named as judge of this year’s Wild Atlantic Words literary festival short story competition.

A native of Nenagh, Co Tipperary, Donal is the author of six novels and a short story collection.

He has won several awards for his fiction, including the European Union Prize for Literature, the Guardian First Book Award, as well as four Irish Book Awards, and shortlisted for many more like the Costa Book Award and the Dublin International Literary Award.

In 2021 he became the first Irish writer to be awarded the Jean Monnet Prize for European Literature.

The Wild Atlantic Words short story competition is jointly sponsored by Bridge St bar 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 annual Wild Atlantic Words festival in October. Entry forms, along with a full list of competition rules and regulations, are available on the festival’s website,

The closing date for entries is Monday, July 31 at 5pm. Founded in 2016, the Wild Atlantic Words literary festival takes place every autumn in Castlebar, Co. Mayo.

This year’s festival will run from Monday, October 9th to Sunday, October 15th and will once again see the welcome return of the Wild Atlantic Words Festival Dome at Bridge Lane in the town centre.

(photo credit Anne Marie Ryan)


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