The Sunday Business Post/ Penguin Ireland Short Story Prize 2016 : The Tiny Mermaid

Kevin Smith’s tale of a beguiling, but ultimately fatal, discovery on a beach is the second runner-up in our short story competition

1st May, 2016
Kevin Smith, second runner-up in The Sunday Business Post/Penguin Ireland Short Story Prize 2016, receives his prizePicture: Feargal Ward

Brendan rested his chin on his arms and peered into the deep-sided, Victorian-style bath. The tiny mermaid was asleep on her rock. He gazed at her pallid face with its graceful cheekbones and rosebud pout, at the straggle of dirty blonde hair falling across her fleabite-sized breasts. The Tesco’s frozen prawn he had given her earlier was untouched.

“You little monkey,” he murmured. Hearing his voice, she stirred and shifted, turning her back...

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