Sean O Faoláin and Peguin Winners for their respective short story comps

Posted: September 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

Results of the 2013 Seán Ó Faoláin
International Short Story Competition.

1st & 2nd prize winning stories, and the four runners-up, will be published
in the December 2013 issue of Southword Journal.

1st Prize

Molia Dumbleton–Illinois, USA
‘The Way We Carried Ourselves’

2nd Prize

Danielle McLaughlin–Co Cork, Ireland
‘The Others’


Ariel Berry–Indiana, USA
‘To the Stranger in the Corner Drawing Wings on a Napkin with a Felt-tip Pen’

Kevin Doyle–Cork, Ireland
‘We Should Be Beyond This’

Aoife Fitzpatrick–Dublin, Ireland
‘The Observable Universe’

Gaynell Gavin–South Carolina, USA
‘Blue Hour’

Highly Commended

Joanna Campbell–Gloucestershire, UK
‘When Saturday Stopped’

Tracey Iceton–Stockton-on-Tees, UK
‘Butterfly Wings’

P.A. Gallagher–Belfast, Northern Ireland
‘The Winner’

Ruth Joffre–Iowa, USA
‘Three Sides Surrounded by Mountains, One Side by Water’

Aviya Kushner–Illinois, USA

Sheila Mulhern–Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK
‘The Thaw’

Siobhan Murtagh–Co Kildare, Ireland
‘Praying to Rubens’

Joseph Neal–New York, USA
‘The Heavy Man’

Jill Widner–Washington, USA
‘When Stars Fell Like Salt Before the Revolution’


Pigs' Feet, White Socks & Hoovers


More information about the Seán Ó Faoláin Prize print anthology here, containing the winning stories from the last 10 years of the competition.

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Although the number of entries for this year’s competition
was down slightly on 2012, the quality was unquestionably
higher. From a high calibre shortlist, the judges, after much
deliberation, chose Soft Rain by Trisha McKinney, a touching
and compelling tale of two men bound by blood and
Shortlist for the 2013 RTÉ Guide / Penguin Ireland Short
Story Competition
Berry Nide by June Caldwell, Glasnevin, Dublin 9.
Daisy by Kathryn Burke, Clontarf, Dublin 3
The Hireling by Maureen Gallagher, Rahoon, Galway, Ireland
The Last Time I Saw Valerie by Mary Róisín McGill, Athenry,
Co Galway
Head Shot by John Martin, Kilcullen, County Kildare
Extra Virgin Olive Oil by Brigid O’Connor, Ratoath, Co Meath
A Day Unlike Any Other by Martin Malone, Kilmead, Athy,
Co Kildare
Cowtime by Micheál O’Flaherty, Mallow, Co Cork
My First Cigarette by Ciarán Folan, An Spidéal, Co Galway

 Congrats to all 🙂


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