July 12, 2023:

John MacIlroy's book Whatever Happens, Probably Will (Short Story America), which was released May 15, 2022, had a formal launch event in October at the historic Lewis Reeve Sams home in Beaufort, SC. Named a 2022 finalist in the International Book Awards (Short Fiction), the book is a collection of eighteen short stories, including "Duke's," recognized as a Best of 2019; "The Man Inside," named a finalist in the 2021 Coker Fiction Fellowship and the Excellence in Southern Lowcountry Writing competition; and "Three Buses," winner of the 2021 Amy Munnell Prize.


In December, MacIlroy had a book signing at Main Street Reads in Summerville SC, and the book was recently selected as a January 2023 "Hot List" Pick by Local Life Magazine, which MacIlroy said "deftly leads the reader to the very moment when everything changes for the characters, then powers on to endings that reveal the fullness of the human condition."


In the spring, MacIlroy will be the featured author on the Los Angeles-based podcast "Writers Drinking Whiskey," where host and guest share a favorite "adult beverage" recipe, and a free-wheeling conversation about writing. Member News | Southeaster Writers (southeasternwriters.org)


March 17, 2023: With a salute to the great work Jon Rawl is doing over at "Y'all" for the Southern writer, we invite you to read "The Painting," lead story in MacIlroy's award-winning collection "Whatever Happens, Probably Will: Stories" at https://yall.com/featured/the-painting.

February, 2023: Grand Strand (Myrtle Beach, SC) Book Review by Ashley Daniels

August 4, 2021: Podcast - A Conversation with Author John "Mac" Macllroy

June 30, 2022: WHATEVER HAPPENS, PROBABLY WILL was just named "Finalist" in the 2022 International Book Awards in the category Fiction: Short Story.


WHATEVER HAPPENS, PROBABLY WILL was featured in the Galleys and Giveaways promotion section of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Newlsetter in May, with more to come from SIBA:  the Southern Booksellers Review Shelf will from June 21-27.  https://www.amazon.com/Whatever-Happens-Probably-Will
MacIlroy's review of RECIPROCITY appeared in the April 26th edition of Lowcountry Weekly. Please visit http://www.lowcountryweekly.com to read this 5-star review.

14 September 2021: Southeastern Writers.org 2021 Contest Winners:
The Amy Munnell Award for Character Essays
1st Place:. "Three Buses" – John MacIlroy

The Lowcountry Award for Excellence in Southern Writing
Finalist: "The Man Inside" – John MacIlroy

August 4, 2021,

August 4, 2021: Podcast - A Conversation with Author John "Mac" Macllroy

March 14, 2020,
MacIlroy's short story "The Caretaker's Daughter" will appear in Catfish Stew, a print anthology of both short fiction and essay by Carolina writers. It will be released in late April, in conjunction with the South Carolina Writers Conference and The Pettigru Review.

August 23, 2019,

Awarded "Best Of 2019" by Y’all Magazine. In August 14, MacIlroy's short story "Duke's" was published in the on-line edition of "Y'all," [Yall.com, note no apostrophe.] The magazine is lively and fun, dedicated to the unique "vernacular" of the South, and spotlighting Southern culture, travel and authors. In addition to an introduction to the story on the "Y'all Show" podcast the day before, the magazine recognized "Rocket Scientists," with a nod to Mr. Conroy's cover quote.