Winning Stories & Shortlist 2014

Francis MacManus Short Story Competition Winners Announced

Dubliner Chris Connolly has been announced as the first place winner of the 2016 Francis MacManus Short Story Competition. The 33 year old impressed the judges with his submission, The Speed of Light and How It Cannot Help Us.  The story explores the complicated nature of unconditional love, in particular the love of a mother for her son, and how far that love can be stretched before it finally reaches breaking point.

 Chris Connolly says: “I'm delighted to have won the competition. The Francis MacManus award has been top of my list for some time now, and having been shortlisted twice before it's an amazing feeling to finally win it. I know from previous years how consistently high the standard of the shortlist is, and for my story to be judged as anywhere near the best is a huge validation, and extremely encouraging.”

In second place is Lisa Frank’s An Spidéal Road, a story that sees a man tormented by a recent breakup travel the vast, narrow roads of Connemara to take back what's his.

In third place, Chalk and Cheese by Mark Evans sees an elderly man wallow in his own company, happy to exist on a diet of Inspector Morse and cheap cheese. But when the supermarket runs out of his favourite food, a good deed from an unexpected source triggers a chain of events.

The Sleeping Giant by Catherine Donnelly was placed fourth and received a special commendation.

The Francis MacManus Competition for original short stories for radio was established in 1986 in memory of the RTÉ Radio broadcaster and novelist Francis MacManus (1909-1965). Since then, it has been a source of encouragement and support for new and emerging writers. Previous winners include Claire Keegan, Ciarán Folan, Ivy Bannister, Nuala Ní Chonchúir and Martin Malone.

The judges for this year’s competition were Evelyn Conlon, Mary Morrissy and Declan Meade.

There were over 800 entries for the 2016 competition and from these 24 stories were shortlisted.

All 24 shortlisted stories will be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1, beginning with Chris Connolly’s winning story. The Francis MacManus Short Story Competition broadcasts begin on Monday 3rd October at 11.20pm (in the Book on One slot) and will continue for five weeks.

The full shortlist can be seen on the Francis MacManus website: http://www.rte.ie/radio1/francis-macmanus-short-story/

The author of the overall winning story receives €3,000. Prizes of €2,000 (2nd prize) and €1,000 (3rd prize) are awarded to the authors of the second and third winning stories.

The shortlisted stories for 2016 

WRITERS SHORTLISTED FOR THE FRANCIS MAC MANUS SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2016      

(listed in alphabetical order)

1.  ‘Local’ by Edward Boyne

2. ‘End Game’ by Shauna Colgan

3.  ‘But Only Love’ by Bríd Connolly

4. ‘The Speed of Light and How It Cannot Help Us’ by Chris Connolly

5. ‘The Practical Heart’ by John Davies

6. ‘The Sleeping Giant’ by Catherine Donnelly

7. ‘The Tiny Fleck of Flame’ by Rory Duffy

8. ‘Chalk and Cheese’ by Mark Evans

9. ‘ An  Spiddal Road’ by Lisa Frank

10. ‘An Apple for the Teacher’ by Fiona Gartland

11. ‘Garvan Point’ by Mary Hearne

12. ‘Room 101’ by Angela Lyons

13. ‘Iceland’ by Seán Mackel

14. ‘Ruby’ by Sharon Mannion

15.  ‘The Two of Hearts’ by Niall McArdle

16. ‘Boiling Spuds’ by Medb Ní Chathaláin

17. ‘Anna’s Picture’ by Mary O’Brien

18. ‘The Stone, 1966’ by Fiona O’Connor

19. ‘The Parachutes of Dien Bien Phu’ by Tom O’Keefe

20. ‘Townies’ by Stephen O’Reilly

21. ‘Mini Mouse and Me’ by Kitty Rodgers

22. ‘The Irish Mammy; Re-Worked’ by Máire Ryan

23. ‘Where’s the Sunshine Gone’ by James Stapleton

24. ‘The Day, a Dream’ by Nicola Whilton

About the competition:

The competition was founded in memory of Francis Mac Manus, the Kilkenny born novelist, biographer and former Head of Talks and Features at Radio Éireann.  Since its establishment in 1986, the competition has been a launching pad for several new and emerging writers who have subsequently received national and international acclaim.  They include Molly McCloskey, Anthony Glavin, Claire Keegan and Nuala Ní Chonchúir.

The winner of the overall prize will receive €3,000 and prizes of €2,000 and €1,000 will be awarded to the second and third prize winners.

Each of the 25 short-listed stories is recorded being read by a professional reader. The judges listen to these recordings and read the stories to consider their broadcasting and short story qualities before they select the winning entries. The entire shortlist is broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 following the announcement of the competition winners. 

The judges for this year are Evelyn Conlon, Declan Meade and Mary Morrissy.

1st prize : The Oyster Catchers by Beth Tyrrell read by Kelly Campbell to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm Monday 30 June 2014 Listen

2nd prize: The Chamber Pot by Richard Ball read by Andrew Bennett to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm Tuesday 1 July 2014  Listen

3rd prize: Whalesong by Barbara Leahy read by Aonghus Óg McAnally to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm Wednesday 2 July 2014  Listen

Shortlisted Stories
Venus and a Little Hell by Annemarie Neary read by Robert O’Mahoney to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm  Thursday 3 July 2014  Listen

He’s Going Nowhere, Your Son by Fiona O’Rourke read by Catherine Walsh to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm  Friday 4 July 2014  Listen

Bus by Dermot Christophers read by Hugh O’Conor to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Monday 7 July 2014  Listen

O Danny Boy by Peter McNiff read by Aaron Monaghan to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm Tuesday 8 July 2014  Listen

Silvercup by Fergal O’Byrne read by Andrew Bennett to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Wednesday 9 July 2014  Listen

Early Days by Joanne Hayden read by Karen Ardiff to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Thursday 10 July 2014  Listen

Bumblebee by Fiona Gartland read by Angela Harding to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Friday 11 July 2014  Listen

Tying the Knot by Clare O’Reilly read by Aileen Mythen to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Monday 14 July 2014  Listen

Mrs Ledbetter by Patrick Talbot read by Caitríona Ni Mhurchú to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Tuesday 15 July 2014  Listen

Head Shot by John Martin read by Keith Hanna to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Wednesday 16 July 2014  Listen

White by Alannah Hopkin read by Angela Harding to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm  on Thursday 17 July 2014  Listen

Poked by Anne Donnelly read by Catherine Walsh to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm  Friday on 18 July 2014  Listen

All There Ever Is by Toby McGrath read by Karl O’Neill to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Monday 21 July 2014  Listen

Bedtime Routine by Simon Rochford read by Aaron Monaghan to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Tuesday 22 July 2014  Listen

Red by Colin Burns read by Andrew Bennett to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm Wednesday on 23 July 2014  Listen

Whaling Slang by John Fleming read by Gary Murphy to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Thursday 24 July 2014  Listen

Chrysalis by Lesley Cassidy read by Bairbre Ní Chaoimh to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm Friday 25 July 2014  Listen

Spun Sugar by Anne Marie Harrington read by Aonghus Óg McAnally to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Monday 28 July 2014  Listen

Happiness by Hilary Minch read by Bairbre Ní Chaoimh to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Tuesday 29 July 2014  Listen

Reminiscence, an Ice Age, an Otter and an Eel by Pól Mac Mathúna read by Aonghus Óg McAnally to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Wednesday 30 July 2014  Listen

The Last Time I Saw Valerie by Mary McGill read by Aileen Mythen to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm on Thursday 31 July 2014  Listen

The Talking Doll by Daniel Hughes read by Patrick Dawson to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 at 11.02pm Friday 1 August 2014  Listen

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