Local authors long listed for award

Two local authors have been long listed for the 2013 Sunday Times EFG Private Bank short story award – one of the world’s most prestigious events in the genre.

Two local authors have been long listed for the 2013 Sunday Times EFG Private Bank short story award – one of the world’s most prestigious events in the genre.

Longford native, Belinda McKeon – author of Solace, and Carrick-on-Shannon based Philomena Kearney Byrne are among the 16 chosen few that were selected from a pool of around 500 writers who submitted material for the literary award. The long list also includes Graham Swift – a Booker Prize winning author; Helen Dunmore – winner of the Orange Prize and Junot Diaz, Pulitzer Prize winner.

McKeon’s Solace, which was published in 2011 won the Bord Gais Book of the Year award and her entry in the Sunday Times short story award ‘Eyes on Me, Eyes on You’ is based on Irish immigrants in Brooklyn, New York.

Leitrim based Kearney Byrne is also an award winning author – having secured the RTE Francis McManus short story prize 2012 for ‘It’s All a Cod’. Her entry in the Sunday Times short story award is entitled ‘Honda Fifty’ and was inspired by the iconic motorbike, which continues to remain very much part of the fabric of rural Irish life to this day.

This year’s judges include novelists Andrew O’Hagan and Joanna Trollope and they will decide on the short list by February 24 next. All those selected will receive £1,000 while the ultimate winner will secure £30,000. The public will be provided with a unique opportunity to read the material in a specially produced ebook and vote on line at the Sunday Times website for their favourite piece. The winner will be announced at the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival in March.