Writing Awards


July 2022

Awarded Jeannine Cooney Scholarship for excellence in fiction for Leopardi Writing Conference in July 2022.


October 2021

Second Prize Kanturk Arts Flash Fiction Competition.

April 2021

Awarded bursary for a course at the Irish Writers Centre.

March 2021

Awarded bursary to attend ‘Writers’ Day’ run for the first time online by The Literary Consultancy, UK. Talks and workshops. My memoir was longlisted in the TLC Pen Factor Competition.

Online Writers’ Day

October 2020

Won scholarship to 3 week online course ‘Writing As Sanctuary’ with Pat Conroy Literary Centre, USA.

October 2020


http://www.pendemic.ie won 3rd prize.

July 2020


Awarded a bursary from Dun Laoghaire County Council in conjunction with Creative Ireland for a mentorship with the Irish Writers Centre and a week-long residency in Tyrone Guthrie.

June 2020


Won fourth prize in Embassy of Ireland, Athens, inaugural Bloomsday Creative Writing Competition.

December 2019


Won Iceland Writers Retreat. Won 1 of 3 full bursaries.

August 2019


Bronte Parsonage Haworth. Won 1 of 2 full bursaries to attend a Festival of Womens Writing.

May 2019


Won 1 of 2 full bursaries to attend a week-long creative non-fiction course at The Stinging Fly Summer School with Arnold Fanning.

April 2019


Birr Writers Residency. Won 1 of 2 bursaries for a week-long residency in Tin Jug Studio in Birr.

March 2019


Date with An Agent. Won a Date with An Agent in Smock Alley. 1 of 60 writers from 500 applicants.

March 2019


First Page Pitch. Won a place to read to 2 London Agents as part of Cork World Book Festival.

February 2019


Kanturk Arts Festival Flash Fiction Competition. Won third prize.

December 2018


Greywood Arts. Won 1 of 2 bursaries – 3 day residency, membership of online writing group https://indulgeinwriting.com/, 15 hours editing with editor Sally Vince.

October 2018


Pharmanord. Won writing competition.

October 2018


Aurora Writing Retreats. Won scholarship to attend a weekend writing workshop.

September 2018


Pitch Perfect at The O’Brien Press Culture Night. Won a place to pitch my picture book to editors.

July 2018


The John Hewitt Society Summer School in Armagh. Won a bursary to attend a week of workshops and talks.


October 2021

Shortlisted in Kanturk Arts Flash Fiction Competition.

September 2021

Shortlisted flash fiction in Writer Advice Competition, USA.

August 2021

Short story shortlsted in Kilmore Quay Write by the Sea Competition. https://writebythesea.ie/writing-competitions/

June 2021

Runner-up prize in WOW! Women on Writing Creative Non-Fiction Essay Competition from 300 entries.

October 2020

A Page From My Life shortlisted in the An Post Irish Book Awards in the Best Irish Published Book Category.


August 2020

Shortlisted piece ‘Na Scealga’ in Kilmore Quay Write by the Sea Literary Festival in the memoir category.

July 2020

Shortlisted in Ray D’Arcy radio competition ‘A Page from My Life’ from over 2000 entries. The shortlist to be published in book form by Harper Collins in Autumn 2020.

January 2020


Shortlisted for partial scholarship for memoir writing with writers Mary Karr and George Saunders in Patmos, Greece.

February 2019 and 2020


Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris. Language bursary.

August 2019


Kilmore Quay Short Story Competition.

December 2018


October 2018


Benedict Kiely Short Story Competition.

April 2018

Birr Writers Residency.


April 2021

Longlisted in Fish Publishing Short Memoir competition. 1301 entries.

March 2021

My memoir longlisted in TLC Pen Factor Writing Competition.

September 2020

Retreat West Best Opening Page Competition.


February 2020

Kanturk Arts Festival Flash Fiction Competition.