The shortlist has been unveiled for ‘New Voices: The An Post Writing Prize’ which focuses on the Irish based Ukrainian community.
This new writing competition was introduced this year, inviting new and established writers from the Irish based Ukrainian community (16+) to compose a new and original short story, essay or poem. The piece could be written in either English or Ukrainian with the theme being to describe their experiences of flight and exile in no more than 1,000 words.
Entries received to date have the difficulties of abandoning one’s home to flee violence and destruction and the experience of settling in a new country. However, in the midst of these stories of hardship, there was hope, with many writers sharing the kindness and support of strangers and the establishment of new friendships where they had settled. These connections provided the authors with the strength to rebuild their life.
The shortlisted Dublin writers are Borys Koval with The Way from War to Peace, the Valley of Gratitude / Шлях від війни до Миру. Алея вдячності; Lyudmila Boyko with Ode to volunteers / Ода волонтерам; Tetiana Petrukhnova with The Leap / Стрибок and Valeriia Shmyrova with The Border / Кордон. Winners from Galway and Limerick are also shortlisted.
Over 100 entries were received for the new writing competition with six writers now shortlisted. They will be invited to attend the An Post Irish Book Awards ceremony at the Convention Centre, Dublin on Wednesday, November 22 where the overall winner will be announced. The winner will receive an official An Post Irish Book Awards trophy and a €500 voucher to use in creative writing courses at the Irish Writers Centre. The five other shortlisted writers will each receive a €100 voucher for the Irish Writers Centre which can be used for a variety of writing courses.
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