Colm Tóibín International Short Story Award 2017 longlist

event-invitation-1-300x169A bit of happy news dropped into my inbox yesterday – a story of mine, ‘A Simple Loss of Balance’, has been longlisted for the Colm Tóibín International Short Story Award 2017. I was even happier to see the name of my writing group pal Sinéad Slattery on there too, plus a host of writers whose work I admire. I’m chuffed to be among them!

The shortlist will be announced soon, with the overall winners decided by judges Carmel Harrington, Madeleine Keane and Donal Ryan.

The longlist in full is:

  • Searching For Elephants by Sinéad Slattery
  • Nugger Keating and The Red Louse by Declan Byrne
  • Light At The End Of The Tunnel by Anne McKeefe
  • A Window To Doubt by Kate McCaughley
  • The Rain by Theresa Barnett
  • The Dare by Tanya Farrelly
  • Aliens Like Myself by Helen Lahert
  • A Simple Loss Of Balance by Anne O’ Leary
  • Halla by Joseph Sweeney
  • Journeying by Jane Clare
  • Loving Icarus by Alex Reece Abbott
  • Pyramid by Michele Sheldon
  • The Angels of Chartres by Lorcan Byrne
  • The Ordinary Moments of by Susan Edwards
  • To Memorise the Skylark by Niamh MacCabe
  • Unbeknownst by Carol Corbett
  • A Day to Remember by Hannah McNiven
  • The Handshake men by Robert Barrett
  • Bitter Truth by Tricia Hagan
  • Evolution Of Love by Vicky MacKenzie
  • Horses by Sally Jubb
  • That Eejit Of A Dog by David Brennan
  • Time Heals by Pamela Hobbs
  • Out of Pure Spite by Mairéad Rooney
  • Big Lies, Small Lives by Catherine Power Evans
  • Sniper by Michelle Coyne
  • The Rain Falls Differently Over There by Niall McArdle
  • Variable Stars by Rose Stevens



7 thoughts on “Colm Tóibín International Short Story Award 2017 longlist

    1. You’re fast! It isn’t online anywhere as still under consideration. And they didn’t publish any of the winning stories last year, which was a shame. But I can email it to you if you want? – You don’t have to, I’ll still be your friend even if you don’t read my writing 🙂


      1. Well Anne – going well – well writing is like a well – and I keep going – when I was young in Clare we drew water from a well – but to be honest I seem to scoop only rejections at the moment – but I keep going to the well – I do not know if it is out of habit or desperation – but it keeps we occupied – so I aspire to your 200 euro.. thank you
        for your encouragement –

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