Young Irelanders – announcing a forthcoming anthology of the best of new irish fiction.


Following on from the success of 2013’s New Planet Cabaret project I’m teaming up with publishers New Island again, this time to edit an anthology of short stories by the best of the new wave of Irish fiction writers. The anthology, due in 2015, will be called Young Irelanders, and will feature stories set in present or near future Ireland. As an editor I am interested in promoting work which engages with the absolutely contemporary, with aspects of the present which have yet to be deeply reflected upon in our literature, and Young Irelanders¬†will be a perfect vehicle for this.

The 16 story anthology¬†will feature a selection of Ireland’s most gifted and daring contemporary short fiction writers including Mia Gallagher, Colin Barrett, Alan McMonagle, Sheila Armstrong, Kevin Curran, Cathy Sweeney, Roisin O Donnell, Oisin Fagan and Rob Doyle.

Young Irelanders will showcase the rich diversity of styles and thematic interests that marks a kaleidoscopic generation of Irish fictioneers, each of of them finding original ways to put into story the so far undescribed and unexamined Irelands of the present time.
As with New Planet Cabaret a part of the anthology will be opened to general submissions through a writing competition judged by Dave Lordan and Eoin Purcell, New Island’s commissioning editor. The competition will be open for submissions for the months of September and October 2014 and will be open to stories between 3000 and 5000 words long and set in present or near future Ireland.
The 3 competition stories will be included in the Young Irelanders Anthology and will reveive a publication fee of 200 euro.
Further Details to follow


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