Thank you to all the writers who entered our 2nd Annual International Chapbook Competition. We received entries from all over Ireland, as well as England, Scotland, Canada, Australia and the States. The standard was very high and so congratulations to all the writers on the long list.


(* Indicates a writer with multiple longlisted stories)


Ruth Aylett (Edinburgh)

Neil Burns (Belfast)

Jodi Chilson (Idaho, US)

Graham Connors (Dublin)

Garbhan Downey (Derry)

Jillian Godsill (Wicklow)

Paddy Halligan (Cavan)

Claire Hennessey (Dublin)

Robert Higgins (Longford)

Matt Hutchinson (London)

Jay Kauffmann (Virginia, US)

Martin Keaveney (Mayo)

Brian Kirk (Dublin)

Conor McManus  (Cork)

Maeve Mulrennan (Galway)

Clodagh O’Brien (Dublin)

Eithne Reynolds (Dublin)

Maire T. Robinson (Dubin)

Dan Sheehan (Dublin) *


Thank you to all the writers who entered our 2nd Annual International Fiction Chapbook Competition. We had entries from every corner of Ireland, as well as from England, Scotland, Canada, Australia and the States. The standard was very high. And a big thanks to our judge, the wonderful Celeste Augé.


A few words from competition judge Celeste Augé:

‘A strong selection of stories made a difficult task of judging the 2013 Doire Press Fiction Chapbook Competition. What stood out from this batch of short fiction was the unrelenting eye that the authors cast over the territory they described -- from people in the midst of escape to the rough reality of living with the consequences of decision and indecision. The voices were varied -- both those of the authors and those of the protagonists -- and the stories themselves took me on journeys from the Mayo Coastline to the Deep South to the open seas of the Arctic Circle. Worlds were created and characters plunged deep into those realities. What more could you ask of a story?’


About the winning story:

‘From the oblique title to the insightful observations made of different characters, the author skillfully constructs layer upon layer of a life, and the world surrounding that life. With intense but restrained emotion, these characters breathe and flex against the confines of the short story, creating a delicious tension. The story stayed with me long after I'd first read it.’



The Winners:

1st place - Máire T. Robinson (Dublin) - ‘We Share Our Mother’s Health’

2nd place - Robert Higgins (Longford) - ‘Copper’

3rd place - Maeve Mulrennan (Galway) - ‘Communion’


Honourable Mentions:

Garbhan Downey (Derry) - ‘An Act of Contrition’

Dan Sheehan (Dublin) - ‘The Living’






A very big congratulations to the following writers who have been short listed in our 2nd Annual International Fiction Chapbook Competition. All ten stories will be featured in an upcoming anthology:


Ruth Aylett (Edinburgh)

Jodi Chilson (Idaho, US)

Garbhan Downey (Derry)

Paddy Halligan (Cavan)

Robert Higgins (Longford)

Matt Hutchinson (London)

Jay Kauffmann (Virginia, US)

Maeve Mulrennan (Galway)

Maire T. Robinson (Dubin)

Dan Sheehan (Dublin)