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.
REMINDER - MITCHELSTOWN COMP CLOSES SOON!
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