Davy Byrnes Short Story Award 2014

€15,000 for the best short story plus five runner-up prizes of €1,000

Sponsored by Davy Byrnes and organised by The Stinging Fly in association with Dublin UNESCO City of Literature

The six short-listed writers will be announced on Friday May 23rd and the overall winner announced in Davy Byrnes on Tuesday June 3rd.

The short-listed writers have now all been contacted. A big thank you to everyone who entered this year's competition — 600 stories were received up until the February 3rd deadline.


2014 Competition Judges

Anne Enright won the 2004 Davy Byrnes Irish Writing Award with her short story, 'Honey'. Her short story collection, The Portable Virgin, was published in 1991, and won the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. Two collections of stories, Taking Pictures and Yesterday's Weather were published in 2008. Her novels are The Wig My Father Wore, What Are You Like?, The Pleasure of Eliza Lynch, The Gathering and The Forgotten Waltz. The Gathering won the 2007 Man Booker Prize. Anne is editor of The Granta Book of The Irish Short Story.

Yiyun Li is the author of two collections of stories: A Thousand Year of Good Prayers, which won the inaugural Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, PEN/Hemingway Award, and Guardian First Book Award; and Gold Boy, Emerald Girl, which was shortlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award and was a finalist for Story Prize. The Vagrants, her first novel, was shortlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. She is a MacArthur Foundation fellow, and was named as one of the 20 best writers under 40 by The New Yorker. She served as a judge for 2011-2013 Man Booker International Prize.

Jon McGregor has written three novels and the recent collection of stories, This Isn't The Sort Of Thing That Happens To Someone Like You. He won the Impac Dublin Literary Award in 2012 for his third novel, Even The Dogs. He is writer in residence at the University of Nottingham, where he edits The Letters Page, a literary journal. He lives in Nottingham, England, and divides his time.

The Davy Byrnes Short Story Award has been held twice before: in 2004 as part of the Bloomsday centenary celebrations and again in 2009. The judges in 2004 were AL Kennedy, the late Caroline Walsh and Tobias Wolff. Richard Ford judged the 2009 competition, which was won by Claire Keegan with ‘Foster’. We published the six shortlisted stories from 2009 in the collection Davy Byrnes Stories.

The Stinging Fly gratefully acknowledges Davy Byrnes and the Doran family for their sponsorship of this award — and Dublin UNESCO City of Literature for their support.