Hello everyone,I'm delighted to announce that Orlaith O'Sullivan is the winner of the 2008 Stinging Fly Prize. Orlaith's story 'A Tall Tale' appeared in Issue 10 Volume Two (Summer 2008) of the magazine.Poet Sinéad Morrissey who judged the award had this to say:'While there was evidence of strong work in abundance throughout all three issues, in both genres, nothing surprised me as much as Orlaith O'Sullivan's 'A Tall Tale', a suicide-story in the voice of a small boy born with primordial dwarfism (MOPD Type II). I was drawn, without even being aware of it, into the boy's mind from the opening sentence, and stayed with him to the end, forgetting where I was, the reason I was reading the story, the time of day etc. I experienced that intoxicating dissolution of boundaries between reader and author that all writers dream of and that very few achieve. Which can only come about when the machine is so carefully put together, its running is flawless and we don't even notice the mechanism.'The Stinging Fly Prize consists of €1,000 and a residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmekerrig, County Monaghan. It goes each year to a writer who has published work (poetry or fiction) in the magazine and who has yet to publish a book. Read Sinéad's full Judge's Report here:http://www.stingingfly.org/stinging_fly_prize2009.html
Orlaith O'Sullivan is originally from Dublin and now lives in Baltimore, County Cork. She has been writing full-time since 2006 and is in the process of finishing a novel, while also writing more short stories and a screen adaptation of The Female Quixote by Charlotte Lennox. Her website and blog are at www.orlaithosullivan.com.
Copies of Issue 10 Volume Two still available:
The latest issue of The Stinging Fly, now with more pages than ever, is out this week. Copies are now on their way to subscribers, patrons and contributors.
While adding 16 more pages, we've kept the cover price and our subscription rates the same—giving you more new writers and more new writing.
The Stinging FlyIssue 12 Volume Two / Spring 2009ISBN: 978-1-906539-06-1€7.00, 128 pagesSpecial Feature: On First DraftsColette Bryce, Mia Gallagher, Dermot Healy, Nuala Ní Chonchúir, Philip Ó Ceallaigh and Peter SirrFirst PassionsJoseph O'Connor on The Catcher In The RyeMy Struggle…to grow up to be a writer by Colm Liddy, author of 40 Fights Between Husband and Wife (Penguin Ireland)Featured PoetMonica Corish (six poems)New StoriesAlistair Daniel, Michéal Donnellan, Michael J. Farrell, Martin Hayes, James Kelman, Alan McMonagle and Máiríde WoodsNew Poems Liam Aungier, Enda Coyle-Greene, Patrick Deeley, Roderick Ford, Peggie Gallagher, Liam Guilar, Aileen Kelly, Edward Lee, Pat Maddock, Paula Meehan, Judith Mok, Sinéad Morrissey, Louis Mulcahy, Gerry Murphy, Michael O'Loughlin, Matthew Sweeney and Brian TurnerPoetry in Translation A poem by Knut Ødegård translated by Brian McNeilReviews David Wheatley reviews Connemara: The Last Pool of Darkness by Tim RobinsonDenis Kehoe reviews My Father's Wives by José Eduardo Agualusa and A River Called Time by Mia CoutoGrace Wells reviews Self-Portrait in the Dark by Colette BryceBilly Ramsell reviews Slipping Letters Beneath The Sea by Joseph Horgan and Lost Republics by Alan Jude Moore
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More anon… best wishes,
-- Declan Meade