Paul Burns, a New Zealand citizen living in London, has won first prize in the Leonard A. Koval short story competition organised by the Labello Press in Ireland. Labello are preparing a printed anthology to be called Gem Street that will feature shortlisted entries from Ireland, the U.K., France, Spain, Canada and the United States and New Zealand.
“I have mostly worked on novels since I made time for writing three years ago. The Koval is the first short story competition I have entered. It was thrilling to make the long list and being shortlisted was as much I had dared to hope for.”