Great shortlisting news for our recently graduated creative writing MA students. Tadhg Coakley has been shortlisted for the Mercier Press fiction competition – https://www.mercierpress.ie/news/short-list-for-mercier-press-fiction-competition. His collection, The All-Ireland, is among seven finalists for the competition. The winner will receive a €1000 cash prize and a publishing deal with Mercier. Results due in July.
Tadhg is also shortlisted for the 2017 From The Well anthology, along with classmate Nora Shychuk. The short fiction competition is sponsored by the Cork County Library and Arts Service. Having got through the first round, Tadhg’s story “Angels” and Nora’s “Separations” will be adjudicated by writers Billy O’Callaghan, Claire Kilroy and the Well Review editor Sarah Byrne – http://www.thewellreview.com. A winner will be selected in the coming weeks, and the publication is due out in late June 2017. The winning story will give the annual anthology its title.