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Short Story Competition


WINNER: Shauna Mackay



Seán Ó Faoláin Prize & Reading

9th September at 4pm
Cork Central Library (Grand Parade)
Admission: FREE

 Shauna Mackay


Shauna Mackay is the 2016 winner of the Seán Ó Faoláin International Short Story Competition, for her story "The Idyllic Land of the 6's". She lives in Northumberland with her husband and family. She is a previous recipient of the Andrea Badenoch Award for fiction and has stories published, or forthcoming, at several places online.

"The Idyllic Land of the 6's" will be available to read in the winter issue of Southword Journal online, along with the 2nd prize winner and four shortlisted titles.

The Sean O’Faolain Prize is awarded to the best single story entered in the competition from anywhere in the world. The first prize is €2000. The winner also receives a week’s residency at the Anam Cara artist retreat in West Cork and publication of their winning story in Southword. The winner, if they choose to travel to Cork for this event, also receives accommodation with meals for the duration of the festival, a masterclass scholarship and entry into all events. This occasion is an opportunity to hear the winning story and the judge’s citation from Danielle McLaughlin. The competition is open for submissions through 31 July 2016.


Visit our competition page to learn more about the prize and this year's longlisted, shortlisted and winning authors!