Stephen Wade                

Irish Writer


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Steve Wade Irish Writer


My first submitted short story garnered first prize in the Telecho/Rank Xerox Short Story Competition in 1990.

Chosen by the writer and competition judge Kate Cruise O'Brien, the story was called 'Mad Mary.'



Sidetracked by the demands of university studies, and then by the vagaries and demands of earning a living, it wasn’t until relatively recently I once more immersed myself in writing. It was whilst living and working as an English language teacher in Sardinia, a position that gave me the necessary time and solitude, that I began in earnest a commitment to writing short stories and novels.


Sample of my Work : | Voices from Ireland



Children's Book

Christmas in The Forest


An easy reader book (6-9 years) accepted for publication by Little Acorn Press.  Available from the publisher online at

or from Steve.


Children's Book

Like a Lion


An easy reader book (6-9 years) accepted for publication by Little Acorn Press.  Available from the publisher online at or from Steve.


On Hikers' Hill


Steve's novel 'On Hikers' Hill' was awarded First Prize in the UK abook2read Manuscript competition.  Available as an e-book from

(book cover painted by Steve)



Latest Publications / News

Short story accepted for publication in Crannóg. Invited to the launch of the publication and to read my story on 30th October 2015

Short story accepted for publication by Bridge House Publishing. Anthology due out in November 2015

Short story accepted for publication for Boyne Berries 18. Magazine to be published in October 2015

First prize in the Delvin Garradrimna Book Fair Short Story Competition. The story was published in the Westmeath Examiner

Short story to be included in the Nivalis anthology by Fabula Press

Two short stories longlisted in the The Fish International short story prize 2015

Interviewed live on Dundalk fm by Ms Jacinta Matthews on The Creative Flow. My short story 'Oswald the Fisherking' was aired on the same programme

Short story accepted by Crannog, to be published in Crannog 33, the summer edition.  

Invited to the launch of the magazine to read my story in The Crane Bar, Galway on Friday 28th June

Short story accepted for publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Awards 2014

Short story in Boyne Berries 16. Invited to read my piece at the launch in Trim on September 25th 2014

Short story in the Francis McManus Short Story competition 2013. The story was broadcast on RTE Radio One on 27/06/13

Invitation by Debbz Hobbs-Wyatt of Bridge House Publishing to write and contribute a short story for the 'Save the Rhino' project. Anthology published later, with all profits going to charity

Nominated by Deborah Mcmenamy of Labello Press for the Pushcart Prize for his story 'For the Children'

Short story accepted for print publication by WYRD Books, UK. Anthology to be published in 2013

Short story shortlisted in the Bridge House Short Story Competition. Anthology to be published in 2013


What the Judges Think!


"I thought the words put in were great like when you said the mother animals where sensible like other Mothers, it made me laugh and think of my mother. Great story, Daniel" (Daniel Tetis, young reader)

"It is quite a gift to make someone, who has read so much, actively want to read more, which your stories certainly did." (Clio Gray, novelist and HISSAC Judge Chair)

 Brian Lister of Biscuit Publishing described Steve as "a writer of excellence" after he finished second in The Biscuit International Short Story Prize. 

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Excerpt from Steve's Book 'On Hikers' Hill'


Five years old I was when my granny told me Bluebottles were 'dirty things.'

So I squished them between the net-curtain and the front window. The white mush expelled by the tiny carcases gave off a nasty pungency that tickled the inside of my nostrils. This stink I could avoid by alternatively removing the bluebottles’ wings and sticking pins into the bug bodies.


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