Novelist Molly McCloskey was the judge for the 810 entries to the competition. Maureen wins 1000 euros, and her memoir will appear in the 2013 Fish Anthology to be launched during the West Cork Literary Festival in July 2013, at which she is also invited to read.
According to the judge, Luscus by Maureen Boyle “is a memoir in which the author strikes a wonderful balance between absolute control of her material and the achievement of a lightness and fluidity, as though the writing of it were happening easily and naturally; in fact it’s a highly crafted piece of writing. The author tells of losing an eye in a childhood accident; of the man who made her the succession of eyes that, as she grew, replaced her own; and of the world of doctors’ offices, with their wooden trays of eyes. The prose is restrained and unshowy and yet moves with a quiet power; with a wonderful concreteness, it roots us in the experience. The ending, about so much more than the narrator, the doctor, or the story at hand, moved me to tears.”