Shortlisted for the Colm Tóibín International Short Story Award 2017

Well, you could knock me down with a feather. Despite announcing that the Colm Tóibín International Short Story Award shortlist would be revealed in a week’s time, the organisers of the Wexford Literary Festival actually released it yesterday – and there was yours truly’s name on it.

Air-punching word herder posed by model

It’s the second time around for me, as I was also on the shortlist last year, with my writing group pal Lourdes Mackey taking third prize for a superb historical story. Now I’m looking forward to another trip to lovely Enniscorthy at the end of May for the announcement of the winners. Exciting!

Here’s the shortlist:

  • Angel of Chartres by Lorcan Byrne
  • Time Heals by Pamela Hobbs
  • Bitter Truth by Tricia Hagan
  • Horses by Sally Jubb
  • Variable Stars by Rose Stevens
  • The Handshake Men by Robert Barrett
  • Aliens Like Myself by Helen Lahert
  • A Simple Loss Of Balance by Anne O’Leary
  • The Sniper by Michelle Coyne
  • To Memorise A Skylark by Niamh MacCabe



12 thoughts on “Shortlisted for the Colm Tóibín International Short Story Award 2017

    1. Thanks, Tom. After seeing last year’s winners have to come up with acceptance speeches on the hop, I’m not sure I’d be able for it! But delighted to be under consideration


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