St. Raphael's College Loughrea Student Success in Worldwide Writing Competition.

A 15-year-old student in St Raphael's College, Loughrea, has just taken her first steps into the literary world by having one of her short stories included in an anthology by UK Publisher Mirador. 

Annabel Hynes entered a worldwide short story competition last November (2010), after she saw the writing competition advertised on the internet. 

Although the web page consisted of a large number of competitions, Annabel chose Mirador as they were looking for up and coming authors and they wanted to create an anthology of the weird, the fantastical and the terrifying by the best new writers from across the globe.



The worldwide competition was open to all ages, and Annabel - who turned 15 last December - decided to enter with her story, simply entitled 'Fantasy'.

Mirador Publishing subsequently contacted Annabel on December 20 by e-mail to let her know she had come in  the top five overall in the competition and asked for her permission to publish her story in the anthology.

The book, which is called 'The Mirador Fantasmagoria- An Anthology of Wonder & Imagination', consists of twenty-eight stories by different writers, some of whom have had other books previously published.

According to a Mirador spokesperson, the publishing company was overwhelmed by the number and the quality of entries".

The spokesperson added: "Choosing the winners proved to be a monumental task. Our criteria centred on the gifts of storytelling and imagination.  We believe these should be the overriding considerations, for the exploration of the human condition through the storytelling process".

The spokesperson noted Mirador took great pleasure in presenting their selection by some of the world's most promising new writers and we look forward to working with these immensely talented storytellers on future projects.

Annabel is now in her Junior Cert year in St. Raphael's College in Loughrea.  Annabel always had an interest in reading and writing stories - long and short - and she has from a very young age aspired to be an author.

The book is available on Amazon and all other good book websites.