Waterford City & County Council’s Arts Office is pleased to announce that the winner of the national Molly Keane Creative Writing Award 2016 is Niamh MacCabe from Co. Leitrim with a short story titled ‘Golden Stone Territory’.
Niamh MacCabe was born in Dublin. She grew up in Paris, in north-west Ireland, and in Washington DC, where she graduated as a visual artist from the Corcoran School of Art. She worked overseas in the Animated Film industry. She now lives in North Leitrim with her two children.
Previously she has been highly commended in the Books Ireland Magazine Award, got a Special Mention in the Galley Beggar Press Award, came second in the People’s College Competition, was shortlisted for the Allingham Festival Flash Fiction Prize and the Carried in Waves Award. She was longlisted for the Fish Short Story and Fish Memoir Prizes.
In 2016, Niamh won second place in the Bare Fiction Magazine Award, got a Special Mention in the Fabula Press Nivalis Competition, was shortlisted for the Fish Prize, the Cúirt New Writing Award and Mslexia Short Story Competition, she was longlisted for the Colm Toibín Short Story Award and was a Finalist in the Atlantis Short Story Competition.
She is published in the Aesthetica Anthology, The Incubator Journal, and Bare Fiction Magazine.
Niamh MacCabe’s story ‘Golden Stone Territory’ is the nineteenth winner of the Molly Keane Creative Writing Award run by Waterford City & County Council’s Arts Office with support from the Arts Council and by kind permission of the Keane family. Niamh read her winning story at a presentation ceremony during the IMMRAMA Festival, Lismore (18/6/2016) and was presented with prize money of €500 and a commemorative scroll.
Margaret Organ, Arts Officer also extended congratulations to the Waterford writers who were awarded bursary support to attend the annual Molly Keane Writers Retreat Week in Ardmore this August. The recipients are James Hyde, Lismore and Emma Penruddock, Clashmore.
- For more information, see WaterfordArts.com
Hi I am eleven and was wondering if I could enter the molly Keane creative writing competition…. it’s okay if I can’t but it says that there is no age limit….
thanks for getting in touch Sadhbh – I’ll enquire and let you know.
Hi Sadhbh – good news ! There is no age limit. Every year some young people apply, so we’d be delighted to see an entry from a young writer. Best of luck !