Billy O'Callaghan was born in Cork in 1974, and is the author of three short story collections: 'In Exile' and 'In Too Deep' (2008 and 2009 respectively, both published by Mercier Press), and the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Award-winning 'The Things We Lose, The Things We Leave Behind' (2013, published by New Island Press).
Over the past decade, more than seventy of his stories have appeared in a wide variety of literary journals and magazines around the world, including: Absinthe: New European Writing, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, the Bellevue Literary Review, Confrontation, Crannóg, the Fiddlehead (Canada), Hayden's Ferry Review, the Kyoto Journal (Japan), the Linnet's Wings, the Los Angeles Review, Narrative, Pilvax (Hungary), the Southeast Review, Southword, Verbal Magazine (Northern Ireland), Versal (Holland), and Yuan Yang: a Journal of Hong Kong and International Writing. He has also written for the Irish Examiner, the Evening Echo and the Irish Times.
A recipient of the 2013 Irish Book Award for Short Story of the Year, and a 2010 Arts Council of Ireland Bursary Award for Literature, his stories have been chosen for broadcast as Book of the Week on RTE Radio One's 'Book on One' programme, and selected as Ireland's representative for the ongoing UNESCO Cities of Literature project.
His stories have also won and been shortlisted for numerous other honours, including the George A. Birmingham Award, the Lunch Hour Stories Prize, the Molly Keane Creative Writing Award, the Sean O'Faolain Award, the RTE Radio 1 Francis MacManus Award, the Faulkner/Wisdom Award, the Glimmer Train Prize and the Writing Spirit Award, and he short-listed in three consecutive years, 2008- 2010, for the RTE Radio 1 P.J. O'Connor Award for Drama.