ITT Short Story Competition 2018


Opens 2nd July at 2pm GMT
Closes 13th August 12 NOON GMT (Irish Time) 

The Institute of Technology, Tallaght [Dublin, Ireland] in association with the Red Line Book Festival and South Dublin County Council, are pleased to announce the opening of the

ITT Short Story Competition 2018 for entries. Entry is free.

Competition Details:

The ITT Short Story Competition is run by the Institute of Technology Tallaght, in conjunction with South Dublin County Council, and in association with the Red Line Book Festival, and is free to enter.
This year’s judge is Deirdre Sullivan, an award winning writer for young adults. Her most recent book, Tangleweed and Brine, is a collection of Fairy-Tale re-tellings. She tweets and instagrams @propermiss.

Entries should be submitted via the official online form only, between 14:00 (GMT) on July 2nd 2018 until 12.00 GMT (Irish Time), on August 13th 2018.

Entries must be in short story format (a short work of fiction) between 1,500 and 2,000 words long, and should be completely the entrant's own work written in English (high standard), original, unpublished. There is no restriction on theme or style, however the planned 2018 anthology will be called Stand Fast! and we are looking for strong stories that (even loosely) reflect this title. Falsification of information and/or identity, plagiarism, racial discrimination and bigotry will see entries disqualified.
The judges' decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into. No criticism or advice will be provided.

Contest Prizes:
1. First Prize:       €500
2. Second Prize:  €250
3. Third Prize:     €150

It is the intention of the organisers that the winning and short listed entries may be published in an anthology, or other format. Non-prize winning published entries will receive no remuneration. Previous year’s Anthologies are available on Amazon.

You must read the Rules, and Terms and Conditions and agree to these before you can submit your entry.
Queries before submission should only relate to the contest rules or if there are difficulties in submission. Queries should be sent via e-mail to
International entries are welcome.

Further information and the SUBMISSION FORM are available online here or at:
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Library Reads for July 2018

To see the full list go to:

Check your local library for the titles:  Irish Public Libraries

Announcing the
July 2018

LibraryReads list!

July's LibraryReads Favourite is:
Spinning Silver
by Naomi Novik
(Del Rey)
"A wonderful reimagining of the Rumpelstiltskin story. A tale of love, family, magic, and destiny, told from the perspective of three strong female characters." 
Melanie Liechty, Logan Library, Logan, UT
And now, the rest of the LibraryReads
July Top 10:
Clock Dance
A Novel
by Anne Tyler

"Willa Drake gets a second act when she steps in to care for a nine-year-old in a complicated situation. Character driven fiction and a sweeping storyline." 

Mary Anne Quinn, Warwick Public Library, Warwick, RI
Dear Mrs. Bird
A Novel
by AJ Pearce

"In 1940s London, Emmy takes a job as a typist that evolves into answering rejected letters sent to an advice columnist."

Judy Hartman, Mechanicsville Public Library, Mechanicsville, IA
Baby Teeth
A Novel

by Zoje Stage
(St. Martin's Press)

"A fragile woman struggles against her mute daughter’s schemes for her father’s undivided attention. Dark, creepy, and downright scary."

 Kathryn Neal, Skiatook Library, Skiatook, OK
Give Me Your Hand
by Megan Abbott
(Little, Brown and Company)

"Kit competes for her dream job with a rival who was once her closest friend. Gripping psychological suspense."

Kristy Gates, Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library, Jonesboro, AR
Believe Me
A Novel
by JP Delaney
(Ballantine Books)

"An unemployed actress works for a divorce lawyer entrapping unsuspecting husbands until she finds herself ensnared in a murder investigation. This roller-coaster ride of a book will keep you guessing with an unreliable narrator and and a twisty plot."

Linda Quinn, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield, CT
Caught in Time
A Novel
by Julie McElwain
(Pegasus Books)

"The third book in the Kendra Donovan series finds our protagonist investigating the murder of a mill owner against the the backdrop of the Industrial Revolution." 

Melissa Barber, Lubbock Public Library, Lubbock, TX
Somebody's Daughter
by David Bell

“Michael Frazier is searching for the missing daughter he never knew he had. A multi-layered plot with so many compelling, complex characters, this book grabbed me from the first sentences.”

Evelyn Cunningham, Norwalk Public Library, Norwalk, CT
The Romanov Empress
A Novel of Tsarina Maria Feodorovna
by C. W. Gortner
(Ballantine Books)

"A look at Maria, Empress of Russia, and her trials before and after becoming the Russian Empress. Well written historical fiction."

Janette McMahon, Fremont County Library System, WY
Fruit of the Drunken Tree
A Novel
by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

"Set against the violence of 1990s Columbia, a young girl and a maid form an unlikely and dangerous relationship. Equal parts heartwrenching and beautiful." 

Alejandra Rodriguez, Osceola County Library, FL 
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