Morning Coffee 2022

Submissions are now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted and/or donated. Your support is greatly appreciated. Anyone who submitted can expect to hear back this Autumn.

The Morning Coffee Writing Competition was created in association with Sonder Magazine in 2020 to fundraise for the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre. The idea behind the title is that, even if the world is pretty dark at times, there are still nice bright things to get us through the day or up in the morning. Thanks to the kind support and generosity of everyone who submitted and donated, we proved positives can come out of lockdown. The competition ran again in 2021 and we were overwhelmed by the response, receiving over 100 submissions and raising a total of €1,311 for the DRCC. 

We are thrilled to be back again this year – and even more excited to announce that thanks to the generous sponsorship of Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin and, the author of the winning story will receive a €200 cash prize

In addition, the winning story will be published on Sonder Magazine’s website and in Issue VII of the magazine. The stories to place second and third will be published on Sonder Magazine’s website.

Read last year’s winners here.


After a shortlist is selected by our panel of readers and the team at Sonder Magazine, the winning story will be chosen by our incredible guest judge, Nuala O’Connor.

Nuala O’Connor’s fifth novel NORA (New Island), about Nora Barnacle and James Joyce, was a Top 10 historical novel in the New York Times and is the One Dublin One Book choice for 2022. Nuala has curated the current exhibition at MoLI, –Love, Says Bloom. She is editor at flash fiction e-journal Splonk. Website: Twitter: @NualaNiC

Judging is independent of Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin and

Donation Fee

Entry is minimum €6.50, but larger donations are encouraged if you are able/willing and passionate about the cause.

All proceeds will go directly to the RCC.

For those who aren’t aware of their services, the DRCC offer a free, confidential listening and support service for women and men who have been sexually abused at any time in their lives. They also run prevention campaigns. If you would like to learn more, visit their website here. – Dublin Rape Crisis Centre | Home Page (

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