Davy Byrnes Stories 2014

The six prize-winning stories from the 2014 Davy Byrnes Short Story Award

2014 Judges: Anne Enright, Yiyun Li and Jon McGregor


The Stories:

‘Solesearcher1’ by Sara Baume (2014 Award Winner)

‘Go Down Sunday’ by Trevor Byrne

‘Harvest’ by Julian Gough

‘The Iron Age’ by Arja Kajermo

‘Absence’ by Colm McDermott

‘The Dinosaurs On Other Planets’ by Danielle McLaughlin


The six stories are published with the judges’ comments and with notes by the authors.

Judges’ comments on ‘Solesearcher1’

“Beautifully shaped, vividly imagined and realised, this story is the work of an original talent, a writer who has a distinctive vision and the formal discipline the short story requires.

‘Solesearcher1’ is set in a small town on the Irish coast and the characters in it are creatures of habit. The story shows the moment when that sense of habit becomes strange, difficult and sinister, but there is great pleasure in the writing and this makes a piece that is about loneliness and isolation very enjoyable, somehow, with tenderness and insight on every page.”

Danielle McLaughlin’s story was published in slightly different form in the September 15th issue of The New Yorker.

– About

The Davy Byrnes Short Story Award has been held twice previously, in 2004 and 2009. The 2004 competition was judged by Tobias Wolff, AL Kennedy and Caroline Walsh, the late literary editor of the Irish Times. The 2004 award was won by Anne Enright. The 2009 competition was judged by Richard Ford and was won by Claire Keegan, whose story ‘Foster’ was subsequently published in The New Yorker and in book form by Faber and Faber. A collection of the six prize-winning stories from 2009 was also published by The Stinging Fly Press and received warm praise from critics.

Praise for Davy Byrnes Stories 2014:

The collection is a treat: I almost feel I’ve won a prize by simply having the opportunity to review it. All in all, Davy Byrnes Stories 2014 is an absolute pleasure.

— Anna Grace Scullion, Totally Dublin