In 2005 she received the Cuirt Award for New Writing from Galway Arts Centre, (judged by Helon Habila, Nigeria), for her story, 'Primroses', which was published in their Annual. In 2008 she was shortlisted for the Brian Moore Award in Belfast. Her story, 'The Greatest Gift of All', was one of 24 included in the 'People's Friend 2008 Annual'.
In Sept 2009 her story, 'Giving Up', was commended in the Seán O’Faolain Short Story Competition, Cork - (Munster Literature Centre). Now, this same story is to be included in an anthology to be published next year by The Stinging Fly Press, Dublin.
The first part (24,000 words) of Gerry's book, 'Belfast Girls', is available to read on http://authonomy.com which you can join read the book, back it, comment, and watch it move up the ratings!
When a book reaches the highest level it is guaranteed to be read by the publisher, Harper Collins, with the possibility then of a publishing deal! It works like an online 'slush-pile', with YOU as the reader.
'Belfast Girls' is Number five tonight on the HarperCollins (publishers) website: authonomy.com
Help it stay in the top 5 for two more days by registering on the site and 'Backing' the book. The top 5 books at midnight on 30th April will be read by HarperCollins, with the possibility of a publishing deal resulting.
If you have not already done so, please
- Register (simple) on http://www.authonomy.com,
- Search for 'Belfast Girls' and click on it -
- Then click on 'Back the book'
UPDATE Sat 1st May - The book was selected for review by HarperCollins" - Authonomy Editors Desk - http://ht.ly/1FBJ5