Thursday, 20 November 2008


Aiden O’Reilly has won the Michael McLaverty Short Story Award. Congrats Aiden! His blog The Stoneybatter Files resides here.

His story 'To the Trade', 'presents a rare insight into the gritty actuality of physical work', and it will be published by the Linen Hall Library in a limited-edition anthology To the Trade and Other Stories.

The two runners-up are Margaret Irish, from Tipperary, and Suzanne Walsh, from Kilkenny. Their respective stories, 'To the Limit' and 'Lily’s Day at the Beach', will also be published in the anthology.

The competition was judged by Anne Tannahill, freelance editor and former MD at Blackstaff Press, and short story writer and novelist and son of Edna O'Brien, Carlo Gébler.


You could be the next Aiden O'Reilly if you enter The Mitchelstown Short Story Prize.
A shortlist of 20 stories will be selected by me, and Cork writer Vincent McDonnell; the final shortlist and winner will be chosen by Kildare writer John MacKenna.

Word count: max of 3000 words

Closing date: Friday 12th December 2008

Prize: €2,500 and a laptop computer

Five runners up will receive €200 each

Entry fee: €20.00 per entry and each entry must have an official entry form attached.

For more and to download an entry form see: Mitchelstown Short Story Prize


Uiscebot said...

Fair Play to Aiden! He's a great writer and a decent skin too. He was published in the trib recently as well. I hope his success continues.

Women Rule Writer said...

Yes, Aiden is a v nice guy. Funny how a little roll starts like that, isn't it? It's always the same. Success breeds success, somehow.
Good luck at the Shoestring on Sunday, btw. I hope it's a blast.

Tania Hershman said...

Aiden just got in touch with me last week about science and fiction... so wonderful news! Well done to all!

Women Rule Writer said...

Hi Tania, it is great to see Aiden get some kudos. Well done him!