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    Winner of the Francis Mac Manus Short Story Competition 2015 announced

    1st Prize: ‘Stoppin’ the Silence’ by Eleanor O’Reilly read  by Genevieve Hulme-Beaman.Listen

    2nd Prize: ‘Small Yellow Sun’ by Dolores Walshe read by Janet Moran.Listen

    3rd Prize: Irish Gothic: Waiting For Samhain’ by Kathryn Burke read by Caitríona Ní Mhurchú.Listen

    About The Francis Mac Manus Short Story Competition

    The competition for original short stories for radio was established in 1986 in memory of the RTÉ Radio broadcaster and novelist Francis Mac Manus (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, Katy Hayes and Cormac Kinsella.

    There were almost 700 entries for the 2015 competition and the judges commented that this year’s shortlist featured ‘an eclectic range of styles and voices’ and was of ‘an exceptionally high standard’.

    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 2014 short-listed entries can be heard on the RTÉ Player at www.rte.ie/radio1/francis-macmanus-short-story/

    Click here for 2015 Winning Stories and Shortlist

    Francis MacManus Short Story - Shortlist 2013

    Francis MacManus Short Story - Shortlist 2013

    1st Prize - Uncle Ned by Mike MacDomhnaill, Caislean Nua, Co. Luimnigh read by Andrew Bennett – broadcast date 24/06/13

    2nd Prize - Dark Secret by James Alfred Simpson, Bushmills, Co. Antrim read by Pat Kinevane – broadcast date 25/06/13

    3rd Prize - Ending it by Sean Kenny. Blanchardstown, Dublin  read by Aaron Monaghan – broadcast date 26/06/13

    - Ruler of the Roost by Steve Wade, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin read by Aaron Monaghan – broadcast date 27/06/13

    - Hey Presto! by Clare O’Reilly, Maynooth, Co. Kildare read by Caitriona Ni Mhurchu – broadcast date 28/06/13 -

    -The Crawlspace by Sean Flynn, Bandon, Co. Cork read by Pat Kinevane – broadcast date 01/07/13

    - After the Rhododendrons by Paul McMichael, London, UK read by Gary Murphy – broadcast date 02/07/13

    - Parknasilla by Silke O’Reilly, Rosscarbery, Co. Cork read by Ingrid Craigie – broadcast date 03/07/13

    - Come here to me and tell me a story by Antoinette McCarthy, Gowran, Co. Kilkenny read by Andrew Bennett – broadcast date 04/07/13

    - Narcissus by Colm Reynor, Tallaght, Dublin read by Barbara Bergin – broadcast date 05/07/13

    - Lovebirds by Chris Connolly, Booterstown, Co. Dublin read by Angela Harding – broadcast date 08/07/13

    - Floater by Alan Weadick, Goatstown, Dublin read by Gary Murphy – broadcast date 09/07/13

    - Long Live Clutter by Una Wolf-Brennan, Lake Lucerne, Switzerland read by Ingrid Craigie – broadcast date 10/07/13

    - To the Tea Rooms by Danielle McLaughlin, Donoughmore, Co. Cork read by Noelle Browne – broadcast date 11/07/13

    - Balance by Fiona Cunnane, Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow read by Caitriona Ni Mhurchu – broadcast date 12/07/13

    - We’re closed Happy Christmas by Eamon Murphy, Coolcotts, Wexford read by Noelle Browne – broadcast date 15/07/13

    - An answer for the Pope by Maurice Maguire, Belfast, Co. Antrim read by Lalor Roddy – broadcast date 16/07/13

    - Intercession by Wayne O’Keeffe, Butlerstown, Co. Waterford read by Gary Murphy – broadcast date 17/07/13

    - Washi by Alastair O’Liathain, Rathfarnham, Dublin read by Brendan Laird – broadcast date 18/07/13

    - Hairdo by Ellen Kelly, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin read by Noelle Browne – broadcast date 19/07/13

    - The Promised Land by Cliona Campbell, Model Farm Road, Cork read by Noelle Browne – broadcast date 22/07/13

    - Bull Wall by Fiona Gartland, Drumcondra, Dublin read by Caitriona Ni Mhurchu – broadcast date 23/07/13

    - We all fall down by Brendan Killeen, Copenhagen, Denmark read by Emmet Kirwan – broadcast date 24/07/13

    - Solar System by Jenny Roche, Moycullen, Co. Galway read by Keith Hanna – broadcast date 25/07/13

    - The Books, they cry by Elizabeth Rose Murray, Schull, West Cork read by Gary Murphy – broadcast date 26/07/13

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