Alumnus Receives 2021 Cúirt New Writing Prize

David Morgan O’Conner, MFA Graduate in Fiction was announced as the winner of the 2021 Cúírt New Writing Prize in the short story category for his story, “Antoine Solomon Takes a Job.” Sponsored by Tigh Neachtain and in memory of Lena McGuire, the Cúírt New Writing Prize is a poetry and short story competition which encourages entries from writers all over the world. The judges for 2021 were Colin Barrett, winner of Penguin Ireland Prize, who judged the short stories category and Poet Stephen Sexton who judged the poetry category. Judge Colin Barrett praised O’Connor’s story’s ‘formally inventive, effervescent and mischievous’ take on race and cultural dislocation.