The winners of this year’s Wild Atlantic Words literary festival short story competition have been announced.

First prize went to Chris Kennedy of Curry, Co. Sligo for his story, ‘Farmer Wife’.

The runners-up were Ryan Wiles of Co. Antrim for ‘A Bit Part’ and Kevin Dardis of Co. Dublin, now living in Germany, for ‘Envy’.

‘The Blue Star’ by Aoibheann McCann (Co. Galway) also made the shortlist.

Although the 2020 Wild Atlantic Words literary festival was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, its short story competition still attracted more than 200 entries from Irish writers.

Three winning stories are available to read on the festival’s website,, until October 24.

Judge Lisa McInerney says the winning story 'Farmer Wife’, is clever, and moving, and perfectly-formed.

An unnamed young wife goes about the day under her own ‘new normal’, adapting to what needs to be done after her husband suffers a serious injury.'


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