Thursday, October 25, 2018

Over The Edge New Writer of the Year - WINNERS!

The winner in the Fiction category, and 2018 Over The Edge New Writer of the Year, is Maeve Mulrennan from Galway for her story 'A Blood Cure'.
Maeve Mulrennan - photo by Boyd Challenger
Maeve receives €700 in prize money, a hamper of books from Kenny's Bookshop, Galway, and will be a Featured Reader at an Over The Edge: Open Reading in the first half of 2019. Turas Press will read, without prior commitment to publish, a collection of short stories submitted to them by Maeve. 

The runner-up in the Fiction category is Aongus Murtagh, Berlin for his story 'Don’t Ask Why'.

In third place is Patrick Holloway, Brazil for his story 'Untitled'.

Highly commended in the fiction section are Theresa Sweeney, Galway for her story 'Some Young One’, & Pauline McNamee, Galway for her story ‘The Last Journey’.

The winner in the Poetry category is Morag Anderson, Scotland for her poem 'Tricky Dicky'. 
Morag Anderson

Morag receives prize money of €300 and Salmon Poetry will now read, without prior commitment to publish, a collection of poems submitted to them by Morag. Morag will also read her work at an Over The Edge event during 2019. Morag's winning poem will appear in the next issue of Skylight 47.

The runner-up in the poetry section is Sighle Meehan, Galway for her poem 'There Is No Forever'.

In third place is Caroline Bracken, Wicklow for her poem ‘Place Kanada’.

Highly commended in the poetry section are Nicola Geddes, Galway for her poem 'For Mum on Her First Birthday as a Widow '; Molly Twomey, Waterford for her poem ‘Prana’; Anne Walsh Donnelly, Mayo for her poem ‘Vows’; Linda McKenna, County Down for her poem ‘Blue’, and Vinny Steed, Galway for his poem ‘Canal Bank Hole’.

The shortlist from which the winners were chosen is available here

A huge thank you is due to our competition judge this year Rachel Coventry

Over The Edge would also like to warmly thank Charlie Byrne's Bookshop, Kenny's Bookshop & Gallery, Dock No. 1 Bar & Restaurant, Ward's Hotel, and Clare Daly T.D. for again sponsoring our competition this year.