Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards Short Story of the Year Award 2014 announced today that they will be sponsoring the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards Short Story of the Year Award 2014. Last year’s inaugural winner, Cork based author Billy O’Callaghan said, “It is no exaggeration to say that winning the Short Story of the Year Award has changed my life. I have been writing for several years now, and for most of that time it has been a bit like trying to push a piano up the side of a mountain. Not only has it been a vindication of all my hard work, it has put me, suddenly and definitively, on the map. Maybe it’s a question of the credibility that the major industry recognition of an Irish Book Award brings, but magazine editors are becoming more receptive to my stories, and reading opportunities have begun to open up for me, at festivals both at home and abroad. In the past six months, opportunity has come knocking over and over again, in small ways and big, and all are as a direct consequence of winning the award.”

The Irish short story has a distinctive place in the modern Irish literary tradition. Many of Ireland’s most celebrated writers, both in English and Irish, have been practitioners of the genre, and many award winning novelists have launched their careers with short stories, gaining recognition through a form that the internet has breathed new life into, making work accessible to millions of potential readers with the click of a mouse.

The Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards, Short Story of the Year Award, is open to short stories of up to 7000 words published between 1st November and 31st October 2014. The author must be Irish by birth, citizenship or long-term residence. Please read the full Terms and Conditions here.

Vanessa O’Loughlin, founder of The Inkwell Group publishing consultancy, of, and Chairperson of Irish PEN said, “ was developed to assist writers worldwide to perfect their craft through the wisdom and experience of Irish authors, and to promote those authors to a global audience. With thousands of articles designed to inspire and assist writers, we are an active hub for Irish writing and are thrilled to be involved in Bord Gais Energy Book Awards again this year. We are very much looking forward to hearing from new and established voices.”

Submissions will be judged anonymously, the long list read by an independent panel of four judges: last year’s winner, author Billy O’Callaghan; Director of Dublin City of Literature Jane Alger; literary agent Simon Trewin, Partner and Head of Literary at WME London, plus’s Irish editor Cathal Póirtéir. The judging panel will select the final four stories to be shortlisted for the Short Story of the Year Award 2014. The winner will be announced at the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards on 26th November.

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For more information contact: Vanessa O’Loughlin 00 353 87 2835382