My neighbor, Laura, died on Monday night. She and I are the same age, so it hit home rather hard. It was only a month ago she told me she had cancer. Laura was a warm, lovely person who always asked me about my writing. Her death reminded me that nothing is promised in life. It’s easy to noodle around and write when you feel like it, but your goals won’t be fulfilled unless you make it happen.
So, I spent yesterday polishing a short story for the Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition. The grand prize is fabulous: €2,000 (approx. $2,690), publication in the Irish literary journal, Southword, and a week-long residency at an Irish writer’s and artist’s retreat. The entry fee is €15 (approx. $20) and the deadline for postmarked entries is July 31, 2012.
This is an international competition, so anyone can participate as long as the entry is in English. If you have a story ready, or near ready, consider joining me and honoring Laura by entering this competition.