Manx Litfest has teamed up with our friends at the ManSat Group, a long-time sponsor of the festival, to provide an opportunity for short story writers in the Isle of Man to create tales inspired by life during the Covid-19 lockdown.

The Manx Lockdown Fiction competition has two categories, with the judges’ favourite five entries in each category winning £100. The first category is open to any genre, the second purely for ‘modern Manx fairy tales’.

Each writer can submit one story in each category, with all submissions judged by representatives of Manx Litfest and ManSat. Each piece must not exceed 2,500 words.

Click here for competition rules and guidelines.


OLIVE LAMMING WRITING PRIZE - details to be announced soon for 2020

The Olive Lamming Writing Prize started in the early 1970s and was held in memory of the late Olive Lamming, who was an active member of the then Isle of Man Literary Society. The then president of the society, Mr R.G. Morton, donated a sum of money to enable the competition to be held in perpetuity. Please click here for the 2019 Prize Guidelines and Rules.

The competition was first run by the Board of Education, then the former Department of Education, and most recently by the Isle of Man Literary Society. It hasn't been held for the last few years, but this year, following discussions with the Lamming family and the Literary Society, it will run under the auspices of Manx Litfest.



Established several years ago by Gloria Rukeyser, great grandaughter of Hall Caine, it was run by the Department of Education, Sport and Culture. It hasn't run for the last couple of years, but following discussions with Mrs Rukeyser and the DESC, Litest is coordinating the competition in IOM schools and colleges for 2019/20. Judging is underway and details of the winners will be announced soon.

Please click here for the rules and downloadable entry form.