This year I was honoured and thrilled to be shortlisted for the prestigious Fish prize for my short story ‘All that Thinking.’ To be shortlisted signifies a progression in my skills and confidence as a writer and is a wonderful affirmation that people enjoy my writing and find something worthwhile in it. I will always write but my raison d’etre is to connect with others and to say something that moves them, resonates with them or illuminates a shadowy corner of their mind where they reach towards a thought or feeling and, reading something of mine, grasp it.
This years Fish competition had 1800 entries and the shortlist comprised 140 of those entries. The competition was judged by novelist Ronan Bennett. Visit the Fish site for details of the winners and further competitions including a One Page prize that is still open. The Fish prizes will be presented in Bantry at the West Cork Literary Festival on Wed 7 July.