By Associated Press - Thursday, May 26, 2016

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) - An Irish author has won a 10-day writing stint in Ernest Hemingway’s former Key West study in Florida.

Organizers of the Florida Keys Flash Fiction Contest announced Thursday that Denyse Woods of Inniscarra, County Cork, beat more than 2,100 contestants who submitted entries not exceeding 500 words.

Her story, “Wallpaper,” depicts a woman so enthralled by a stranger’s letters that she papers her walls with them.

Contest judge Karen Russell, a 2012 Pulitzer Prize finalist for fiction, praised Woods’ story for tingling, vivid word pictures and eloquent description of the reading experience.

Woods receives free accommodations in a residency cottage at The Studios of Key West, travel funds and the never-previously-provided chance to work in the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum study where Hemingway penned several literary classics during the 1930s.



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