dlr Local Voices, prizewinning short stories

06 July 2020 / News
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dlr Local Voices Short Story Writing Competition

Thanks to all who entered our dlr Local Voices Short Story Writing Competition organised by dlr Libraries and we are delighted to announce the winning and highly recommended entries below. Thanks to our judges Leo Cullen, Sadhbh Devlin and Sara Keating and thanks to ALL who took part and shared their dlr stories, memories and musings with us.

As Sara Keating remarked ‘Despite their social isolation, the young writers of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown did not find themselves stuck for inspiration during the last few months. Many of them looked to the world around them for the stories they sent – inventing innovative cures for coronavirus, including temperature-reading dragons, fairies with magic potions, and fairies that had no magic spell to give, only sound advice: use soap and take care to keep social distance. Other stories re-imagined the local landscape, with lighthouses that were portals into other times, haunted landmarks, and enchanted trees at People’s Park’.

To quote judge Leo Cullen ‘Well done to each and every contributor’!

Keep writing and comhghairdeas mór daoibh go léir!

This project was generously funded by Creative Ireland. 


Adult English: Judged by Leo Cullen

1. Steve Wade Crispy, Dingdong, Rocko and the Hard Chaw

2. Rebecca Hickey Waves

3. Amanda I. Miller The Son

Highly Recommended

Steve Wade Weather the Storm

Justyna Kosmulska The Husband Snatcher

Catalina Gavril Sweet and Sorrow

Linda Cusack Stagefright

David Butler On Edge

Michael Nash The Lampworker

John Thompson The Conversation

Danielle McCormack The Yellow rose

Catherine McDonnell Bamboo River

Ger Collis Dublin’s Dreamcatcher

Young Adult English: Judged by Sara Keating

1. Killian Oman Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown in the grips of a pandemic

2. Ben Nolan The Mystery of Greythorn Manor

Children Under 12 English: Judged by Sara Keating

1. Izzy Finnie The Temperature Dragon

2. David Cyril The Honey Thief

3. Megan Lynch Stu Pid meets Coronavirus

Highly Recommended

Vaishnavi Dheepson And that’s the end of Coronavirus

Willow Grace Braddock Felicity’s Nightmare

Molly Sewell Hidden Notes in Kingstown’s Walls

Shane Donohue Into the Unknown

Adult Irish: Judged by Sadhbh Devlin

1. Cathal Ó Duibhir Baoill Triail is Earráid

Children Under 12 Irish: Judged by Sadhbh Devlin

1. Mac Dara Ó Drisceoil An Fathach ar Chnoc Chill Iníon Léinín


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