I’m over-the-moon to be shortlisted for the Irish Short Story of the Year Award at the Irish Book Awards.
The shortlist is made up of 6 Irish authors who have been nominated by the editor of the magazine/publication that printed their story – mine was Numero Cinq in the USA.
I am the only male author and the only Northern Irish author on the shortlist. I’m proud to be representing Northern Ireland especially after news yesterday of my ACE funding from Arts Council NI.
The winner is chosen by the public and if you’ve read my story and want my story to win you can vote here. 🙂
If you haven’t read my shortlisted short story ‘Hollow’ you can read it along with all the other shortlisted stories over at Writing.ie who sponsor the award.
Wish me luck!
So it’s rare that I put work online. And I’ve never written anything like this.
I’d love to know what you think of this departure in style – ‘Hollow’.
Here’s what Numero Cinq said about the story…
“To close out our amazing Irish lit series Uimhir a Cúig (No. 5 in Irish) we have wonderfully strange and disturbing short story from the award-winning Belfast novelist Paul McVeigh. Think of Ovid and the brothers Grimm in a mash up, plant-human sex, and the inevitably terrible outcome.”
A little about the magazine…
“Now in its seventh year the magazine has published a stellar array of new and known (international, award-winning) writers including among others, Lynn Coady, Mavis Gallant, Lance Olsen, Lydia Davis, Anthony Doerr, George Szirtes, Andrew Gallix, Kevin Barry, Nuala Ní Chonchúir, John Kelly, Doireann Ni Griofa and Kevin Barry. They’ve published novellas, entire books, plays, poems, translations, fiction, nonfiction, sermons, criticism, memoirs, music, art work, hybrid art, conceptual art, provocative graphics.”
What do you think of Hollow?