Doolin Writers' Weekend


The Doolin Writers' Weekend takes place annually in February and is an eclectic mix of workshops, readings, music and food and has something for every level of writer from beginners to expert wordsmiths and lovers of literature alike. ‘Doolin has long been associated with the arts, providing inspiration for musicians, painters & writers. Many of the greats spent time in Doolin, including JM Synge, George Bernard Shaw & Dylan Thomas and each spring Hotel Doolin invites the best of Irish writers back west. 

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Hotel Doolin is delighted to announce Doolin Writers' Competition 2018 with a prize fund of €2500. Entries are now being accepted for Short Stories, Poetry and Flash Fiction and the closing date is December 01st 2017. This year Doireann Ní Ghríofa will judge the poetry competition, Sarah Davis-Goff and Lisa Coen from Tramp Press will judge the Short Story and the Flash Fiction Category.

Meanwhile Hotel Doolin has confirmed the weekend of the 2nd-4th February for the 6th Annual Doolin Writers’ Weekend. County The 2018 programme will feature some of the best of Irish Writers such as Patrick DeWitt, Sean O’Reilly, Sally Rooney, Ann-Marie Ní Chuireann, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, John Cummins, Sinead Gleeson, Rob Doyle, EM Reapy, June Caldwell, Doire Press, Kimberley Campanello, Abby Olivera, Raven, James Martyn Joyce, Tramp Press and many more to be announced. Weekend tickets from €99.

‘It’s a great opportunity for aspiring writers as well as literary fans and established authors to get together and mix, as Anne Enright, Irelands Laureate of fiction says, “there is no VIP room in Irish Literature,” and this is true also for the Doolin Writers’ Weekend, one of the key aspects of the festival for us is that it has the feel of a community with people joining  us here every year and just picking up where things left off, audiences and artists feeling at one and enjoying the communal spirit of the weekend.’ Donal Minihane- Event Organiser- Hotel Doolin General Manager

‘Doolin has long been associated with the arts, providing inspiration for musicians, painters & writers. Many of the greats spent time in Doolin, including JM Synge, George Bernard Shaw, Dylan Thomas, Augustus John & Oliver St. Gogarty. Post-crash Ireland is on the cusp of a new literary boom and we look forward to welcoming a new wave of bold and original writers to Doolin.’ 


2018 Judges

Doireann Ní Ghríofa

Doireann Ní Ghríofa is a bilingual writer whose books explore birth, death, desire, and domesticity. Among her awards are the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature.

She frequently participates in cross-disciplinary collaborations, fusing poetry with film, dance, music, and visual art.  She writes "with tenderness and unflinching curiosity” (Poetry Magazine, Chicago). 

Sarah Davis-Goff and Lisa Coen (Tramp Press)

Tramp Press is committed to publishing only the best and most deserving books, to support literary talent, and to enrich the lives of readers. Founded by Lisa Coen and Sarah Davis-Goff, Tramp's inaugural publication was Flight by Oona Frawley in 2014. They have since published writers including Sara Baume and most recently Mike McCormack, whose novel Solar Bones won the Goldsmiths Prize, two Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards, and has been longlisted for the Man Booker. 

 For the Competition Terms & Condition Click Here

For Postal entries please post your submission to Doolin Writers' Competition Entry with a cover letter with your name, email address and contact number and with the €10 Fee in a cheque or Postal order form made payable to Hotel Doolin. Your name and contact details must appear only in the cover letter and not the story or poem.

For online submissions please click the below submitable button


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If you have any queries, please contact:
Donal Minihane
Hotel Doolin
Co. Clare

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