Irish Short Story of the Year 2021 LONGLIST | Magazine | News for Writers
An Post Irish Book Awards


The standard of the stories submitted for the An Post Book Awards has been exceptional again this year. To reflect that, we have longlisted eighteen stories. Judges Literary Agent Simon Trewin, Bob Johnston from the Gutter Bookshop and author and journalist Edel Coffey, will be now decide on the short list of authors whose stories will be published on to enable you to vote for your favourite – our 2021 winner.

The shortlist will be announced on 21st October 2021, when the stories will be published on and the public will be invited to vote for their favourite story.

The winning story will then be announced on 23rd November 2021 at the An Post Irish Book Awards event. RTE will televise the Awards Show on 8th December.

We are the only category in the An Post Irish Book Awards that publishes a longlist due to the nature of short story awards – and we want to acknowledge the huge talent and breadth of entries. Publishing our longlist does not imply any decisons have been made in any other category.

A note to authors: in order to keep the judging anonymous throughout, please DO NOT share the title of your story on social media etc. The long listed authors are as follows (in no particular order)… An Post Book Awards Short Story of the Year Longlist 2021

Roddy Doyle

Stuart Neville

Bernard MacLaverty

Aisling Kearney

Tanya Farrelly

Jan Carson

Jamie Guiney

David Butler

Carlo Gébler

Caoilinn Hughes

Sarah Gilmartin

Alan Murrin

Madeleine D’Arcy

Paul McVeigh

Deirdre Sullivan

Nuala O’Connor

Louise Kennedy

Gráinne Daly

Very Highly Commended

Noel King ‘The Derryquay Meander’ from Crannóg Magazine

Jaki McCarrick ‘The Station’ from Seren Press

Dearbhaile Houston ‘Credo’ from Tolka: Issue One

Peter Blair ‘Left-handed Jumpers’ from Same Same but Different, Everything with Words

We wish all the authors the very best of luck!

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