Stephen Wade                

Irish Writer


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


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 is an easy reader book (6-9 years) accepted for publication by Little Acorn Press. 

Children's Book


Like a Lion is an easy reader book (6-9 years) accepted for publication by Little Acorn Press. 


On Hiker's Hill, Steve's novel, was awarded First Prize in the UK abook2read Manuscript competition. 


Latest Publications / News

Short story highly commended in MTP competition, and to be published in anthology called 'Turkish Delight'

First Prize in the Delvin Garradrimna Short Story Competition (third consecutive year to win this) 2017

Short story published in 'The Rider', an anthology by Crimson Cloak Publishing 2017

Short story to be published in Boyne Berries 20 in 2016

Short story to be published in Crannóg 43 in 2016

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


What Judges Think!

"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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Last Updated 20 June, 2018