Canada by Rebecca Kemp

In the slow unravelling of his life, from an introverted teenager with a polyester coat buttoned too tight; riding the bus out of Sandwich to a wider, built-up place in London where he learnt nothing, Mike tried not to remember much. Nothing about his older brother Jack who drove tractors on the farm with a cigarette in his mouth, saluted girls who walked their siblings in prams, and went on to marry one of them. No Mike remembered none of that.

Read the full story in the anthology Second Chance

Writing Awards

Eating Snake, Short Fiction Journal



Publications and Anthologies

  • Short Fiction Journal 
  • Second Chance Anthology 
  • Brilliant Flash Fiction 
  • RTE 1 Book Show's 100 Words 100 Books anthology
  • Highlands & Islands 2014 Short Story 10 year anniversary anthology
  • Visions: An Anthology of Emerging Kerry Writers
  • The Incubator Journal
  • Retreat West Flash Fiction Anthology


Competitions & Contests

  • Contest Winner (the only one from Ireland), #TwitterFiction Festival 2014 (a Top Twenty account to follow)
  • Winner, 2013 Kerry's Eye Short Story Competition
  • Winner, Can Write Will Write 'Make Us Laugh' Competition
  • Winner, Writing4all 'Over the Hills and Far Away' Competition
  • Finalist, Listowel Writers Week 2014 TwitterTales
  • Highly Commended, Highlands & Islands 2014 Short Story Competition
  • Second place, Retreat West Hysteria Flash Competition 2014
  • Shortlisted, Words with Jam Novel First Page Competition 2015
  • Shortlisted, Words with Jam Bigger Short Story Competition 2014
  • Two stories shortlisted, Galway Rape Crisis Flash Fiction Competition 2014
  • Shortlisted, 2011 Writers and Artists Short Story Competition (in top 12)
  • Shortlisted, Sunday Tribune New Irish Writing Hennessy Awards 
  • Shortlisted, In the Write Light 'The Holiday' Competition
  • Shortlisted, 2010 BBC Opening Lines Radio Drama (in top 65 of 600)
  • Shortlisted, 2010 Mslexia Short Story Competition (in top 50 of over 2,300)
  • In Pursuit longlisted for the 2013 MsLexia Novel of the Year​

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