Carol Farrelly Wins Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition

New Writers Award recipient, Carol Farrelly, has been announced as the winner of the prestigious Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition. The competition, which receives up to nine hundred submissions annually, was founded by Ernest Hemingway’s grand-daughter in 1981 to ‘recognize and support the work of emerging writers’. Farrelly’s story, ‘The Telephone Man,’ recounts a boy's futile fantasies about a superhero saving his disintegrating family, a narrative which is said to have ‘impressed judges for its evocative quality and complex use of subtlety and nuance’. The award includes a cash prize of $1500 as well as publication in the journal, Cutthroat, later this year.

The success of Farrelly’s short story follows from her recent receipt of a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship. Subsequently, she is currently resident in Grez-sur-Loing, France, as the prize included a month’s stay at the infamous writers’ retreat. This opportunity has provided the nascent writer with the perfect environment to continue work on her first novel, The Starling Flock.

From first novel to short story, we expect to be hearing a lot more of Carol Farrelly. In the words of Ernest Hemingway himself, ‘All the guys who can paint great big pictures can paint great small ones’, and the evidence seems to suggest that this is true in the case of this particular author.