The Irish Writers’ Center has recently announced that their monthly competition The Lonely Voice was no longer running. Instead, they are organising the James Plunkett Short Story award, which sounds great!
It had three rounds, either of which you can enter, and the three winners from each three rounds will constitute the shortlist for the award. The first deadline is March 5th, and the overall winner will be selected in October.
I like that the shortlisted authors for each round will be invited to read at the IWC (I did my first reading there for the Lonely Voice competition, great experience!), that the judge will be a different writer for each round and will be there on the night of the reading to talk about the stories, and last but not least, that the entry fee is very affordable (€5)!
More details here.