Exciting Short Short Story Contest


Lismore Castle, Ireland, December 9-16, 2013

Short Short Story Contest

Judge: ROBERT OLEN BUTLER, Pulitzer Prize Winner & F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Outstanding Achievement in American Literature

Three Winning Stories will be published in the February 2014 issue of

Stinging Fly Magazine


How deep can you dive into your imagination? How breathless can you make readers feel? How brief can you make your best stories? Dazzle us with your brilliant brevity and you might just win a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience during that magical month of December with Abroad Writers’ Conference at Ireland’s historic and awe-inspiring Lismore Castle in County Waterford.

In 500 words or less write a standout story that seduces us, sings to us, shakes us, grabs us by the throat, or that’s so quiet we have to strain to hear. Any subject and any genre, but whatever you do be interesting and make us care. Take the leap, you just might be about to lose and re-find yourself inside a twelfth-century castle in picturesque, hospitable, and literary-loaded Ireland.


1st Prize: Free Admission to award-winning author Ethel Rohan’s 3 Day “Brilliance of Brevity” Workshop* & a Celebratory Lunch with Contest Judge, Robert Olen Butler


2nd Prize: A scrumptious full banquet dinner at Lismore Castle with conference luminaries: Robert Olen Butler, Karen Joy Fowler, Sarah Gristwood, Mariel Hemingway, Edward Humes, Claire Keegan, Jacquelyn Mitchard, Anne Perry, Michelle Roberts, Ethel Rohan, Alex Shoumatoff, Patricia Smith, Jane Smiley, and Lily Tuck.


3rd Prize: A complimentary pass of your choice to any one of our many exciting conference events at Lismore Castle.


  • Entries Accepted June 1st through July 15th, 2013
  • Winners Announced August 15th, 2013


*A $500 value to be used in full payment for Ethel Rohan’s “Brilliance of Brevity” 3 day/15 hr. workshop or can be applied as a $500 discount toward a conference package purchase.

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6 Responses to Exciting Short Short Story Contest

  1. tanita says:

    Wow! You’re part of the prize package!!!!?
    So. Cool.

    • Ethel Rohan says:

      Thanks, Tanita. It’s all a little surreal. Of course I no longer just want to write in a castle. Now I have to OWN one. Rewriting the wish list… 🙂

  2. Wow, fabulous!! I want to write in a castle…

    Congrats on being part of the contest, Ethel. That really is cool.

    • Ethel Rohan says:

      Thanks so much, Sarah. And congrats right back to you on your new book! I owe you an email. Coming soon…

  3. Maria says:

    Hi Ethel
    Great competition. I work in Lismore Castle! Your going to have a great time there. And, I look forward to meeting you!
    Maria 🙂