Today I had fantastic news that a story of mine, Pure Lucky, has won second place in the UCC Carried in Waves short story competition.
I’m new to the world of competition entering, so it was thrilling enough to open the email last week saying I’d been longlisted. I was delighted to have accomplished that, so to be in the top three is amazing.
In first place is the wonderfully titled The Mystery of the Missing Finger and the Dead Cat by Fiona O’Connor, with the equally intriguing Boomerang Baby by Roisín Ní Dhónaill in third place. All of the winning and longlisted stories will be recorded and broadcast. There’s the teeniest chance that I’ll be popping the podcast link on here when mine has been uploaded, which I understand will happen in the next week or so.
What’s striking about the longlist is what an international affair it is. Although the competition was run by University College Cork’s student radio station in conjunction with the creative writing faculty, the power of word-of-Twitter is evident, with almost half the longlisted stories from abroad. Should make for very diverse listening.
Congratulations to all 40 finalists. I’m chuffed to be among you!