First we would like to thank everyone who entered our writing competition.
Our winners are:
1st Darothy Durkac — “What He Did With The Insides”
2nd Kelly Creighton — “Until They’ve Hatched”
3rd Hugh McQuillan — “Music To Drive By”
Soojin Kim — “You Sound Well”
Ellen McCarthy — “In The Rain”
From Robert Olen Butler:
I have to say that I was truly impressed with the high quality of submissions in this contest. The decision process was arduous and nuanced. The top twenty or so would have been among the winners of more than few flash fictions contests I’ve judged. And I saw real potential in virtually all of them. Ireland must have been a powerful lure for nascent talent. That I might have a chance to work with some of these writers is very exciting for me as a teacher.
The three winners are: First place, “What He Did with the Insides.” Second place, “Until They’ve Hatched.” Third place, “Music to Drive By.”
As you know, I took pains to judge these anonymously.
And please send all the submitters my warmest regards. There’s not a one of them I wouldn’t be sincerely delighted to work with. Honestly, given my years of experience judging contests, that surprises the hell out of me.