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World renowned author to judge Armagh story competition

The novelist and screen writer Stuart Neville is to head the panel of judges for the first John O’Connor Short Story Competition.

In the past few years Stuart, who comes from Armagh, has been short-listed for some of the world’s most prestigious crime novel awards.

He is currently on a book signing tour of America having recently completed a European tour.

One of his recent novels, Ratlines, is now in development for a television series.

His first novel The Twelve won rave reviews and the mystery/thriller prize in the Los Angeles Times Book Competition. It was also chosen by the New York Times and Los Angeles Times as crime novel of the year in 2009.

Entries are now being invited for the competition, which closes on October 8, 2016.

The prize-winner will be awarded a bursary to attend the John O’Connor Writing School, which runs in Armagh from November 3-6, 2016.

The school which is sponsored and supported by the internationally renowned Pulitzer prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon has a two-fold purpose: to celebrate the life and works of Armagh novelist and short story writer John O’Connor, and to  offer practical guidance and assistance to aspiring writers through its workshops, Master classes in various literary genres, and writing for commercial purposes.

The competition is open to people of 16 years and older, and entry details can be found at

The bursary prize allows the recipient to attend all events at the John O’Connor Writing School including classes of their choice as well as the opportunity to have a pubic reading of their work and to meet publishers.

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