Congratulations to the winner of our 2017 Short Story Competition, Roisín Maguire for her short story INCANDESCENCE.
Louise Kennedy was the 2016 winner for her story ‘Ministry of the Interior’
Our Short Story Competition is not currently open. Find details below of the Short Story Competition below.
The world of John O’Connor is a world of the freshly snedded turnip, the new-sawn plank, the sod shining under the plough. His gift is to render the life of the Mill Row in Armagh as deftly and definitively as Steinbeck renders Cannery Row or Bob Dylan Desolate Row – Paul Muldoon
The competition commemorates the Armagh-born writer, John O’Connor, whose impressive literary legacy includes a collection of short stories which still retain a timeless appeal.
The prize-winner is awarded a bursary to attend the John O’Connor Writing School and Literary Arts Festival held in Armagh in November.
The festival, sponsored and supported by internationally renowned Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Paul Muldoon, has a two-fold purpose. It aims to celebrate and commemorate the life and works of John O’Connor as well as offering practical guidance and assistance to aspiring writers through its workshops and Master classes in the various literary genres and writing for commercial purposes.
The competition is not currently open but is anticipated to run for the 2018 Festival – with further details to follow during 2018. Do keep an eye on this page or the Festival’s social media presence to find out more when details are available.
The bursary prize allows the recipient to enjoy all events in the John O’Connor Writing School and Literary Festival 2017, and to attend one class in the writing genre of his/her choice.
The winning entrant will be formally announced at the opening of the Writing school on Friday 3rd November, and will have the opportunity to read at the ‘Write out Loud’ Literary Lunchtime event on Sunday 5th November.
Single room accommodation will be available free of charge to the winning entrant.