I write stories.
THE MECHANICS’ INSTITUTE REVIEW: THE CLIMATE ISSUE - September 2019
“The trouble with climate change is that it’s too big to see.”
Delighted to have a story in this important anthology. My piece, Specks, is about women, climate change and mental health.
THE MAIRTÍN CRAWFORD AWARD - June 2019
Madra won first place in the 2019 Mairtín Crawford Short Story Award.
The prize was judged by Wendy Erskine.
Mairtín Crawford was a writer and poet and a significant figure in Northern Ireland's literary community.
LITRO - June 2019
One weekend last year, I watched way too much film noir and wrote a story about a priest, a woman and some oranges.
You can read Confession over at Litro Magazine.
TSS FLASH FICTION 400 COMPETITION - May 2019
Skyscraper Woman won first place in the spring 2019 TSS Flash Fiction Competition.
The prize was judged by Elisabeth Ingram Wallace and Rupert Dastur.
You can read Skyscraper Woman online. The story will also be published in a chapbook with the other winners of the last four or five competitions.
CAMBRIDGE SHORT STORY PRIZE - April 2019
Hold Fast was awarded third place in the 2018 Cambridge Short Story Prize and Another Girl was shortlisted.
The prize was judged by Angela Readman, C. G. Menon and Rupert Dastur.
Both stories will be published in The Cambridge Short Story Prize Anthology 2018 later in the year.
COMMONWEALTH WRITERS SHORT STORY PRIZE - April 2019
Humans was longlisted for the 2019 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Over 5,000 stories were received.
The judging panel was chaired by novelist, playwright and essayist Caryl Phillips and included Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Mohammed Hanif, Karen Lord, Chris Power, and Courtney Sina Meredith.
FISH PUBLISHING SHORT STORY PRIZE - March 2019
Another Girl and Humans were longlisted in the 2018/19 Fish Short Story Prize.
The Fish Short Story Prize was started in 1994 and has become an established event on the literary calendar. Previous judges, Roddy Doyle and Colum McCann are honorary patrons.
The prize was judged by Mia Gallagher.
GALLEY BEGGAR PRESS SHORT STORY PRIZE - February 2019
Sal received a special mention in the 2018/19 Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize.
Special mentions were awarded to stories which impressed and moved one or more of the judges.
The prize was judged by Philip Langeskov, Aki Schilz and Jonathan Gibbs.
LONDON SHORT STORY PRIZE - November 2018
Dead Shark was highly commended for the 2018 London Short Story Prize. The prize seeks to discover, publish and profile the best stories and writers coming out of the capital.
The 2018 prize was judged by authors Guy Gunaratne and Clare Fisher, and literary agent Sarah Such.
Dead Shark is published in The London Short Story Prize Anthology 2018.
SEÁN O’FAOLÁIN SHORT STORY PRIZE - September 2018
The Dogs was a runner-up in the 2018 Seán O’Faoláin International Short Story Prize. The competition is dedicated to one of Ireland’s most accomplished story writers and theorists, and sponsored by the Munster Literature Centre.
The 2018 prize was judged by author Paul McVeigh.
The Dogs is published in issue 36 of Southword.