The fiction winner is Rachael Hegarty from Dublin for her short story 'Betty'. Rachael receives a cash prize of €300 and her short story manuscript will be read by Doire Press.
The poetry winner and 2014 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year is Ruth Quinlan, Galway for her poems 'The Passing', 'Home for the Holidays', and 'Painted Lady'. Ruth receives a cash prize of €700; her poetry manuscript will be read by Salmon Poetry; and she will be a Featured Reader at an Over The Edge: Open Reading during the first half of 2015. Ruth also receives a basket of books from Kenny’s Bookshop.
Highly commended in Poetry:
Maurice Devitt for ‘The Man at the Shop’
Victoria Kennefick for ‘Shanagarry’, ‘Lighthouse’, & ‘Writer's Retreat’
Angela Carr for ‘Bone Yard’, ‘CAT Scan’, ‘July, a Storm’
Highly commended in Fiction:
Rory Duffy for ‘Young Robbins Don't Have Red Breasts’
Edel Burke for ‘Fractured’
Averil Meehan for ‘Chapter One’
You can read the shortlist here.
We thank our judge Eleanor Hooker and our sponsors: Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop; ISupply Quay Street; Ward’s Hotel; Derek Nolan TD; Clare Daly TD; and Kenny’s Bookshop & Gallery.