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Thursday, September 27, 2012

2012 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Seán Kenny

Our competition judge John Corless has chosen Seán Kenny as the winner in the fiction section. Seán is also the 2012 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year. He will received €700 prize money, be a Featured Reader at an Over The Edge: Open Reading in Galway City Library next Spring and Doire Press will read a collection of his short stories.

Seán Kenny is 33 and from Dublin. As a journalist, he has written for The Irish Times and The Irish Examiner. He was shortlisted for the 2011 Swift Satire Award and his short fiction has been published in Crannóg, The Irish Times, Southword and Wordlegs. One of his stories can be read here
Sean's winning entry was his short story Ending It.

Fiona Smith
Our competition judge John Corless has chosen Fiona Smith as the winner in the poetry section. Fiona will receive €300 prize money and Salmon poetry will read a manuscript of her poems.

Fiona Smith is a freelance journalist and translator. She has published a wide range of journalistic work in both Irish and international publications. She currently writes on Irish topics for the German Press Agency dpa and translates from Scandinavian languages into English. 'Being Young', her first published poem was published in Southwords earlier this year and can be read here Fiona is working on a first collection of poems and lives in Kinsale, County Cork.

Fiona's winning entry was her poem At Letterfrack.

Over The Edge warmly congratulates Seán and Fiona as well as all those writers who made the shortlist and the longlist in what was another recording breaking year for the competition, in terms of the number of entries received: 457.



We thank our sponsors for this year's competition:

Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop,
ISupply Quay Street,
Ward’s Hotel,
Senator Lorraine Higgins,
Derek Nolan T.D.,
Trevor Sherlock
& The Creole Restaurant, Dominick Street