A massive congratulations to everyone and a big thank you to everyone who entered this year's competition.
Judge Rachael Kelly has this to say about this year's short story entries:
The quality was so very high that it was an incredibly difficult process to whittle down the shortlist to just 6. I've been telling my students for years that a rejection isn't necessarily a measure of the quality of their writing, but more a function of the fact that publishers/competitions/journals have many more submissions than spaces to publish, and I can absolutely confirm that for this year's Mairtín Crawford Award submissions. There have been entries that missed out on the shortlist by only the very narrowest of margins. It has been a genuine pleasure to read them.
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