Short Stories

The following works have been published in collections or anthologies or shortlisted for various competitions around the world.

Sleepwalkers & Other Stories

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Published by Whittrick Press. Now available on Kindle and on Kobo and on iTunes and in print from No Alibis Bookstore in Belfast.

Darkly moving and beautifully written, Bernie McGill's debut collection of short stories explores the lives of women across the generations. From the storm-battered coastline of the north of Ireland to the sleeping villas of Andalusia, McGill's characters grapple with the consequences of affairs, bereavement, alcoholism, illness and murder.

Compassionate and quietly powerful, McGill's stories capture intimate moments of loss, love and healing in a troubled age. 

'If I could be any other kind of writer, I would want to be Bernie McGill' Ian Sansom

'A writer to watch out for' Sunday Tribune

Read 'What I Was Left' from Sleepwalkers here.

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No Angel

British Short Stories 2011

'No Angel' is included in Sleepwalkers & Other Stories, is anthologised in The Best British Short Stories 2011, published April 2011 by Salt Publishing and edited by Nicholas Royle. It won second place in both the Michael McLaverty and the Seán O’Faóláin Short Story Competitions 2010, and is also published in Scandal and Other Stories available from the Linen Hall Library, Belfast.

Epistle & A Still Life

Barefoot Nuns

Published in The Barefoot Nuns of Barcelona & Other Short Stories, a collection of stories from the Orange Northern Woman Short Story Prize, Greer Publications, Belfast, April 2005.
Northern Woman magazine.

First Tooth & Service Interrupted

My Story

'First Tooth' is included in Sleepwalkers & Other Stories. It was originally published, along with 'Service Interrupted' in My Story, Blackstaff Press/BBC Radio Ulster, Belfast, April 2006, edited by Pauline Currie. 

The Lepidopterist (The Butterfly Cabinet)

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Extract from novel-in-progress The Lepidopterist (re-named The Butterfly Cabinet)
Published in Fortnight Magazine June/July 2007.


Home - Winners Bridport Cover

'Home' is included in Sleepwalkers & Other Stories. It was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize in October 2010 and published in The Winners of the Bridport Prize 2010.

Family Ties

Family Ties Brand

Published in Brand magazine Winter/Spring 2009.


All Story

'Sleepwalkers' is included in Sleepwakers & Other Stories. It was first Prizewinner in the Zoetrope: All-Story Short Fiction Contest (US) December 2008.