The Irish Writer’s Center in Dublin (through the Lonely Voice competition) hosts on the last Thursday (used to be Wednesday) of every month a reading for four writers whose stories have been selected. I was delighted to have a story selected last November, and I have to say very nervous too as it was my first reading.
It was a great experience, thanks as well to their guest judges. Catherine Dunne was the judge in November and was very encouraging and offered a great critique of my story, pointing out the good and the bad.
They have just opened a new website for their 2nd anniversary, with all the winning stories (mine is not there yet – it is out hiding in a couple of slush piles) and news on current competitions and writerly stuff.
Submission guidelines here (under 2500 words)