Thank you to everyone who submitted entries to the 2018 Irish Arts & Writers Festival writing contests.
Congratulations to Zoë Comyns, winner of the 2018 Short Story Contest.
Zoë Comyns is an award winning Independent Radio Producer working across live radio, documentary and drama in Ireland.
She produces The Book Show on RTE Radio 1, and has produced numerous documentaries for radio.
Read Zoë’s winning entry Plastic People here
Congratulations to Susan Sample, winner of the 2018 Shirley McClure Poetry Contest.
Susan is writer-in-residence at the Huntsman Cancer Hospital in Salt Lake City where she guides patients and their families, doctors and nurses in writing about their experiences.
She is also a faculty member in the University of Utah School of Medicine, teaching reflective writing and narrative to medical students, residents, and physicians.
Susan’s poetry has appeared in several literary journals.
Susan’s winning poem Famine Cottage can be read here
Sincere thanks to our judges Paul Muldoon, Delcan Meade, Caroline Bracken, Ethel Rohan, Jessica Traynor and Sally Ashton.
2018 Shirley McClure Poetry Contest Shortlist:
Self-portrait as the space between us
Exact Wrong Thing
Setting the Pace
In the Dog Kitchen
Circles in Donegal
2018 Short Story Contest Shortlist:
Some Haircuts I Have Had
Donncha Mac Cóil
Turning One Thing Into Another
A Mother’s Son
Seán Ó Súilleabhaín