Eoin Colfer International Children's Short Story Award

Eoin Colfer International Short Children's Story Award

The Winner will be announced Friday 1st July 2022 at the Awards Night.



Winner of Eoin Colfer International Short Children's Story Award 2022
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Marie Day

Monsters In The Snow

Artist Bios


Marie is a part-time teacher and full-time daydreamer. Originally from an ex-mining town in Yorkshire, Marie now lives near Bristol with her family. She’s had stories published by @Flash500, PaperBound, Paper Lanterns and WriteMentor Magazine. Her unpublished middle grade novel won the Local Prize at the Wells Literary Festival in 2021. One day, she hopes to see her children's stories on shelves in libraries, schools and bookshops.

I am an independent children’s author and I have written and published nine children’s books through my own imprint, Tomser Cat Books (named after my three children, Tom, Seren and Catrin).

I am the mother of two amazing children and lucky enough to live a stone's throw from the beach on the beautiful East Devon Coast, in the South West of England. Having graduated with a BA Hons in History and English Literature, I later qualified as a Primary School teacher and have spent most of my working life teaching within special schools and pre-schools. I have loved writing since I was a child and always dreamt of having my stories published one day. Following a land mark birthday a few years ago I began to focus more seriously on my writing, predominantly writing for children. I was thrilled to reach the long-list in the recent Writing Magazine Children's Chapter Book Competition and continue to pursue my dream of becoming a published author one day. In my spare time I enjoy reading, trips to the cinema and theatre, painting furniture, home styling and spending time at the beach, which is a constant source of inspiration to me.

Gavin Eugene O'Toole is a journalist in London. He writes fiction and has won a number of competitions. His first novel, Molly Path, a story for young adults, will be published in August. He is married with three children.


Eoin is the author of over forty books including the internationally bestselling Artemis Fowl books which have sold in excess of 25 million copies worldwide. Kenneth Branagh directed the movie version which can be seen on Disney +. Eoin’s books have won numerous awards including The UK Children’s Book of the Year, The Irish Children’s Book of the Year and The German Children’s Book of the Year. The BBC made a hit series based on his book Half Moon Investigations. Eoin has collaborated with some of his favourite writers and artists, including Oliver Jeffers, Andrew Donkin, Giovanni Rigano and PJ Lynch on various projects including Imaginary Fred, Illegal and The Dog Who Lost His Bark. Eoin has recently finished a two year term as Ireland’s Children’s Laureate, and was delighted to be invited play around with the Iron Man character in his 2016 novel The Gauntlet. For theatre Eoin has written scripts for the musicals The Lords of Love, Bellbottoms, Noël and Dustin’s Comeback Vehicle with composer Liam Bates, and the plays Holy Mary and My Real Life which have toured nationally. Eoin’s latest books are The Fowl Twins and Highfire, a fantasy novel for big children.


Wexford Literary Festival welcomes entries to its first annual international Eoin Colfer International Children’s Short Story Award. Writers are asked to consider the guidelines below before submitting their entries.

All shortlisted writers will be invited to our Awards Ceremony the first week weekend of July.
Award is open for entries from 1 FEBRUARY to midnight 1 MAY, 2021.


This is an open competition for a short story, with no restriction on the subject matter.
The competition is open to people of 18 years and older.
Only one entry per payment is permitted.
Competition is open internationally.

Prize : €500

Entry requirements


Entries must be in English.

Word Count

Entries must be between 1,800 and 2,200 words in length . Entries outside this word count will not be permitted and will be automatically rejected and be formatted: 12pt, double-spaced or 1.5 spaces, Times New Roman.


Entries must be the original work of the author and must not have been previously published either in writing or electronically. Entries which have received awards in other competitions are also ineligible.


Only short stories will be accepted. Poetry and prose entries are inadmissible.


The author’s name and details should only appear on the accompanying e-mail. Please ensure that the title is clearly marked at the top of the entry and each page thereafter. The author’s name must NOT appear on the entry submitted, only on the e-mail accompanying the piece.


Entries will be accepted until midnight 1 MAY. Entries received after this date will not be considered. 


The judges’ decision is final and Wexford Literary Festival will not enter into correspondence concerning the judging or merits awarded. The onus is on the author to ensure that their entry complies with the rules of the competition


Entries should be submitted electronically only. Hard copies will not be admissible


Shortlisted writers will be invited to attend the award ceremony on Friday 3rd July 2020 , however all expenses incurred will be the writer’s own.


While copyright of the shortlisted story will remain with the author, Wexford Literary Festival reserves the right to arrange the first publication and broadcast of the selected works. The right to use the stories to further publicise this award is also retained by Wexford Literary Festival. Shortlisted authors will agree to have their photograph taken and used for publicity purposes by Wexford Literary Festival.


The entry fee of 10 euro must be paid via our online payment system. IF it is not in your entry name, in your email with your story state the name of the person or the organisation/business that is paying so that accounts can be reconciled.