The shortlist for the 2009 Davy Byrnes Irish Writing Award will be announced on Saturday in The Irish Times.
Over 800 stories were entered for the competition and we are now down to the final six. The six winning writers have been notified.
The overall winner of the €25,000 prize will be announced on Monday June 22nd. The five remaining shortlisted writers will receive €1000 each.
Thanks are due to all who entered to the competition and to Redmond Doran of Davy Byrnes for his very generous sponsorship.
While the six shortlisted writers are clearly the main beneficiaries, the Award represents a great boost to the short story itself - encouraging people to write short stories, to read them and to celebrate them.
It's very fitting that the overall winner of the Davy Byrnes Irish Writing Award will be announced in the same week that Alice Munro will be in Dublin to receive the Man Booker International Prize.
Onwards and upwards...
The Stinging Fly