Waterford City & County Council’s Arts Office is pleased to announce that it is currently accepting entries for the Molly Keane Creative Writing Award 2019.

Untitled.pngThe late writer lived, until her death in 1996, in Ardmore, Co. Waterford. Her first ten novels and four plays were published under the pseudonym M.J. Farrell.  In 1981 ‘Good Behaviour’ became a publishing sensation for which she was short listed for the prestigious Booker Prize.

Annually since 1998, to celebrate this rich literary life, the Waterford Arts Office, by kind permission of the Keane family has invited entries for a previously unpublished short story to a maximum of 2000 words.  There is no entry fee, no age limit and no restriction on the subject matter.  A prize of €500 will be awarded to the winner at a special ceremony during the IMMRAMA Literary Festival in Lismore, Co. Waterford in June 2019.

The closing date for receipt of entries is Friday 5th April 2019 at 12 noon.

Download an entry form –  Molly Keane Entry Form 2019

Contact: +353(0)58 41416



  1. Hi – are you planning to run the Molly Keane creative writing award again in 2020?
    Kind Regards, Wendy Edmond

      1. Great, thanks Conor. And thanks for extending the deadline, regards, Wendy

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