The competition, which was founded to commemorate the writer and broadcaster, Francis Mac Manus, has been a source of encouragement and inspiration to thousands of emerging writers over the years and continues to offer a platform for the best of new Irish writing.
This year’s Francis McManus Award received 810 entries which were eventually whittled down to a shortlist of 25 short stories by panelists Molly McCloskey, John MacKenna and Alan Titley. The three finalists are:
- Austin Duffy from Dudalk, the Francis McManus Award winner with Orca (read by Diarmuid Murtagh)
- Patrick Griffin from Kilkenny City, in 2nd place with Platform 17, Grand Central Station (read by Susan Zalouf)
- Andrew Fox from Skerries, Co. Dublin, in 3rd place with Seven Steps Home – (read by David Croakly)
Congratulations to the finalists for demonstrating that the short story and literary tradition celebrated in Ireland is well and truly alive.