‘Five Days to Polling Day’, a story by Danielle McLaughlin, originally published in issue 8 of THE SOUTH CIRCULAR in December 2013, has been shortlisted for the 2014 Writing.ie Short Story of the Year Award. The winner will be announced at the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards on 26 November.
Danielle joins award-winning Irish writers John Boyne, Christine Dwyer Hickey, Ciarán Folan, Frank McGuinness and Donal Ryan on the shortlist. Her debut collection of stories will be published in 2015 by The Stinging Fly Press, of which John Murray (UK) and Random House (US) have bought the rights, along with her first novel. She was nominated for this prize last year too and was recently published in the New Yorker.
Meanwhile, we at THE SOUTH CIRCULAR find ourselves in the company of the Irish Times, New Island Books, the O’Brien Press and the London Magazine as publications included in the shortlist which the founder of Writing.ie, Vanessa O’Loughlin, says features ‘both stellar names in the world of Irish Fiction as well as new and exciting emerging voices. Just like last year, this is a shortlist to watch.’