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Winner of Molly Keane Creative Writing Award 2018 announced

Waterford City & County Council’s Arts Office is pleased to announce that the winner of the national Molly Keane Creative Writing Award 2018 is Anne O’Leary from Glanmire, Co. Cork with a story titled ‘Fortune’.

Anne has previously won the From the Well Short Story Competition 2017 and was runner-up in the UCC/Carried In Waves Short Story Competition 2015.

She was shortlisted for the Colm Tóibín International Short Story Award 2016 and highly commended in 2017. She was long listed for the Irish Novel Fair 2016 and RTÉ Guide/Penguin Ireland Short Story Competition 2015. Her work has been published in The Nottingham Review, Halo Literary Journal, Spontaneity, The Incubator and The Sunday People newspaper. Last year, she was awarded a mentorship bursary by the Munster Literature Centre to work on a novel project with 2017 Frank O’Connor Fellow, Marie-Helene Bertino.

‘Fortune’ is the twenty first winner of the Molly Keane Creative Writing Award run by Waterford City & County Council’s Arts Office with support from the Arts Council and by kind permission of the Keane family. Anne read her winning story at a presentation ceremony during the IMMRAMA Festival, Lismore (16/6/2018) and was presented with prize money of €500 and a commemorative certificate.

Margaret Organ, Arts Officer thanked all the entrants and the judges for their efforts. She made particular reference to judges Mona and Des Manahan who retired this year from the panel after sterling years of work.

The results of bursary support for Waterford writers to attend a three-day writing course at the Molly Keane Writers Retreat, Ardmore were also announced as being awarded to Fergus Hogan, Waterford City, Siobhán Twomey, Lismore, Sandra Clarke, Dungarvan and Paul Edmondson/Waterford city.

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