I have been so excited to release The Braid… until my good friend Rachel told me about the Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition. The prizes are worth going for; first prize: is €2,000, publication in the literary journal Southword, and a week-long residency at Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat. I’d be happy with second prize of €500 and publication in Southword. Four more shortlisted entries will be selected for publication in Southword and receive a publication fee of €120.
The competition is open to original, unpublished and unbroadcast short stories in the English language of 3,000 words or fewer. The story can be on any subject, in any style, by a writer of any nationality, living anywhere in the world.
I’m going to submit The Braid and see what happens. I’ll publish in October after the Cork International Short Story Festival in Cork, September 23-26.