Author and columnist Martina Devlin has been named 2012 winner of the Royal Society of Literature's prestigious VS Pritchett Memorial Prize.

The annual award for an unpublished story is now in its 13th year.

It was founded by the Royal Society of Literature at the beginning of the millennium, to pay tribute to the writer VS Pritchett.

This year's judges were Jane Gardam, Aamer Hussein and Penelope Lively and the prize will be awarded in London in November.

The winning piece is called Singing Dumb and is about a young girl in a rural community minding her three-year-old brother who, unfortunately, is run over by a car.

Ms Devlin has won a Hennessy Literary Prize and has been shortlisted twice for the Irish Book Awards.

She writes a weekly column for the Irish Independent and contributes regularly to RTÉ Radio One's Sunday Miscellany.