The Irish Writers Centre launched its first bilingual flash fiction competition for young people (under 30) this spring. The competition asked writers to embrace the concepts of Imbolc and Lá Fhéile Bríd to inspire their contemporary pieces of writing.

Imbolc is a Gaelic traditional festival marking the beginning of spring and the period between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. It is believed that it was originally a pagan festival associated with the goddess Brigid.

Books Ireland is delighted to publish the four winning entries in English and Irish in the current issue – July/August 2018.

Meet the winners:

The Equinox—Kyle Malone
Kyle Malone is an emerging writer of speculative fiction based in Cork, Ireland. He has previously worked with the award-winning UCC Motley Magazine. He now writes for Comicbuzz, an Irish pop culture website, while finishing his debut fantasy novel, Mist Rock. His work is forthcoming in Deep Magic, Trembling with Fear, and Books Ireland.

The snow of the lambs—Roxana Zaha
Roxana Zaha is a writer from Romania. She is a journalist and moved to Ireland a year ago to find stories and study the micro-histories of immigrants in their everyday lives. Starting this autumn, she will be studying Anthropology at Maynooth University.

Bladhmanna is bláthanna—Lisa Nic an Bhreithimh
Lisa Nic an Bhreithimh is a writer of flash fiction and non-fiction through the medium of both English and Irish. Lisa has won three short story/flash fiction competitions to date and is a Fulbright alumna. She works in communications and presents an Irish language radio show.

Gan Teideal—Seán Mac Dhonnagáin
Seán Mac Dhonnagáin is a writer from Dublin. He has won awards for poetry and has written plays for stage and radio.

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July/August 2018(issue no.380)

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