JOURNEYS by CONOR CRUMMEY (1st PRIZE, €3,000)
Conor Crummey who was born and grew up in Belfast and now lives in
London, where he is a lecturer in Public Law at Queen Mary University of
London, and is completing a PhD at University College London in legal
philosophy and constitutional law.
‘To have drawn praise from a writer of
Kit de Waal’s talent and standing, and to see my story in a publication that
has done as much for Irish writers as The
Moth, is the most astounding and unexpected affirmation I could have
imagined. Thank you to Kit, to The Moth,
and to anyone who might read this. I have stewed with the idea of sending
stories out into the world before, but never quite had the courage. If anyone
has contemplated doing the same, go for it! You never know what might happen.’
‘At no time was I aware of the
words on the page. I was on a journey, I was in a taxi, I was frightened for my
life … The story is every bit as clever as it is emotional, with the cleverness
hidden in its simplicity. No easy task. Well done. More please.’You can read Conor's story in the Irish Times online.ROOTS by B. S. CUMMINGS (2nd PRIZE, WEEK AT CIRCLE OF MISSE PLUS €250 STIPEND)
Cummings is a short story writer born in
the UK and now living in South Australia. She has had stories published in both
the UK and Australia, including the Big
Issue and the Bath Short Story
Anthology. She has also been shortlisted in the Overland Story Wine Prize
and received three special commendations from the Scarlett Stiletto Crime and
Mystery Short Story Awards. She is currently working on
a longer work of fiction – a supernatural thriller set in a remote Australian
‘An original story in an entirely
convincing world. Some beautiful touches and a strong sense of
place. The restraint in the telling is beautiful, heightening the sense
of tragedy and loss. Entirely believable. I loved it.
THE EGG by PATRICIA TRAXLER (3rd PRIZE, €1,000)
Traxler, a two-time Bunting
Poetry Fellow at Radcliffe, is the author of four poetry collections and a
novel, Blood. Her writing has
appeared widely, including in The Nation,
The Boston Review, Agni, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train,
the LA Times and Best American Poetry. She has read or served as resident poet at
many universities, including Ohio State, Harvard University, the University of
Montana, Utah State and the University of California San Diego. Traxler
received the 2019 Kansas Book Award in Poetry for her fourth volume, Naming the Fires. ‘The Egg’ is part of
her forthcoming short story collection,
I'll Always Love You (unless you love me, too) which will be published
later this year. This is her first publication in an Irish magazine.
‘My Irish grandmother, Honora (Nora) Barry
Dunne, was a poet from Whitegate, County Cork who immigrated to the US in her
twenties. She lived with us during a lot of my childhood, and she and I became
very close. And of course it was she who gave me poetry
I think Gran would have been absolutely thrilled to see her granddaughter
published in an Irish literary magazine.’
‘ Very well balanced and well crafted. A story
that you want to read again as soon as it’s over. The story brings the reader
right up close to passion and its loss, loneliness and despair. A very
unusual take on a subject we all think we know but this is fresh and exciting.’
All three stories are published
in the autumn 2019 issue of The Moth,
available to purchase here.
Kit de Waal also commended stories by
Chris Edwards-Pritchard (UK), Catherine Chidgey (New Zealand) and Andrea Watts
Catherine Chidgey is a New Zealander and a multiple award-winner whose novels
have attracted international acclaim. In a Fishbone Church, her debut,
won Best First Book at both the New Zealand book awards and the Commonwealth
Writers’ Prize (South-East Asia and South Pacific region). It also won the
Betty Trask Award and was longlisted for the Orange Prize. Her second
novel, Golden Deeds, was a Best Book in the LA Times
Book Review and a Notable Book in the New York Times Book Review.
Her novel The Wish Child won the 2017 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize –
New Zealand’s richest writing prize. Radio New Zealand called it ‘a brilliant,
brilliant novel…a masterpiece’, and The Times (UK) ‘a remarkable book
with a stunningly original twist’. Other honours include the Katherine
Mansfield Short Story Award, the $60,000 Prize in Modern Letters and the Janet
Frame Fiction Prize. Catherine teaches creative writing at the University of Waikato
and is currently completing her sixth novel. Later this year she will release
her first children’s book, Jiffy, Cat Detective.
Chris Edwards-Pritchard is a 29-year-old writer. His work has appeared
in the Bellevue Literary Review, Crannog, The Writers’ & Artists’
Yearbook, and twice in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology. In
2018 he won the Fabula Press Short Story Prize, and over the past few
years has picked up a TSS International Writers Award and received the Gregory
Maguire Award for Short Fiction, presented by Michael Morpurgo in London.
His work has also been shortlisted for BBC Opening Lines, the Royal
Academy & Pin Drop Award, and the Colm Toibin Short Story Award.
Chris lives near Bristol in the UK with his wife and baby daughter, and
works for a tech start-up building bionic limbs for amputees.
Andrea Watts is a fiction
and life writer from London. Her stories have appeared in Influx Press
anthology, Acquired for Development; Aesthetica magazine and Quick Fictions. She studied fine art at
Chelsea School of Art, and has an MA in Creative Writing from Goldsmiths
University, London, where she was shortlisted for the Pat Kavanagh Prize.
She teaches creative writing at Mary Ward
Centre, Bloomsbury and has been employed as a short story competition sifter
for The Society of Authors.