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The Writing.ie Short Story of the Year Award

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Article by Site Editor © 27 June 2013 .
Posted in the Magazine ( · News for Writers · Writing Competitions ).
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Writing.ie is very excited to announce a new category in the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards – a much anticipated recognition of a form that Irish writers excel at – the Writing.ie Short Story of the Year Award.

The Irish short story has a distinctive place in the modern Irish literary tradition. Many of Ireland’s most celebrated writers, both in English and Irish, have been practitioners of the genre, its roots without doubt, in our ancient tradition of story-telling. Indeed, many award winning novelists have launched their careers with short stories, gaining recognition through a form that the internet has breathed new life into, by providing writers with new places to publish, making their work accessible to millions of potential readers with the click of a mouse.

From Conan Doyle’s adventures of Sherlock Holmes to James Joyce’s “epiphanies”, as Flannery O’Connor put it, in Writing Short Stories. “A story is a way to say something that can’t be said any other way, and it takes every word in the story to say what the meaning is. You tell a story because a statement would be inadequate. When anybody asks what a story is about, the only proper thing is to tell him to read the story. The meaning of fiction is not abstract meaning but experience meaning, and the purpose of making statements about the meaning of a story is only to help you to experience that meaning more fully.”

This new category in the prestigious Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards, the Writing.ie Short Story of the Year Award, is open to short stories of up to 7000 words published between 1st Nov 2012 and 31st October 2013 in any of the following contexts: a collection of short stories by a single author; an anthology of short stories; or an established journal or magazine, digital or print, that has been in existence for at least six months within the period of eligibility.

Stories must be original fiction, i.e. neither a reprint nor adaptation of a previously-published work, and all stories must have been or will be published in English or Irish during the qualifying period.  Stories published in Irish must be supplied with an English translation.

The author must be Irish by birth, citizenship or long-term residence.

The submission period is now closed and the judges are keenly reading all the entries to produce a shortlist for the public to vote on.

Vanessa O’Loughlin, Vice Chairperson of Irish PEN and founder of Writing.ie said, “Writing.ie was developed to assist writers everywhere to perfect their craft through the wisdom and experience of Irish authors, and to promote those authors to a global audience. With over 2000 articles, a listing of Irish literary and book events, and details of writing courses running worldwide, we also publish the much anticipated Neilsen Irish bestseller lists every week.

‘As a global hub for Irish writing we are thrilled to be involved in Bord Gais Energy Book Awards and are very much looking forward to hearing from new and established voices.”

Submissions will be judged anonymously, the long list read by an independent panel of four judges. Author and tutor on Trinity College’s MPhil in Creative Writing, Carlo Gebler; Director of Dublin City of Literature Jane Alger;  and author and bookseller Adrian White of Dubray Books will be joined by Writing.ie’s Irish editor Cathal Póirtéir, a bestselling author who presented Comhluadar na Leabhar, the weekly book programme broadcast on both RTE Raidió na Gaeltachta and RTE Radio 1.

The judging panel will select the final four stories to be shortlisted for the Literary Academy and public vote. These stories must be available to be read online, at the publisher’s website or at www.writing.ie.


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