Results and Book Launch – Willesden December 8th

Why not come to our results and book launch event this Thursday at Willesden Library Centre, from 7:30 pm? We’re putting on a terrific show as well as announcing the overall winner for 2016 and prizegiving. Professional actors will bring short excerpts from some of the finalist stories to life.

This is a FREE EVENT, venue capacity 100 seated. Refreshments will be provided. First come, first served.

For more details, see this Facebook event listing.

OUR ACTORS*

tony-bellTony Bell. Evening Standard Award nominee for A Man for All Seasons, he’s performed all over the world with award-winning all-male Shakespeare company, Propeller, playing Bottom, Feste, Autolycus and Tranio. TV includes Coronation Street, Holby City, Midsomer Murders, EastEnders The Bill. He is also  radio and voiceover artist.

miranda-harrisonMiranda Harrison Actor and voiceover artist. Recent theatre includes Romeo and Juliet (Nurse; Leicester Square Theatre). New writing roles include In A Moment (Karen; ADC Theatre); Autumn Leaves (Julie; Barons Court); three roles for experimental company Le Nouveau Guignol; and numerous rehearsed readings. Voiceover clients include BBC Children in Need and educational audio publishers.

peter-kennyPeter Kenny has worked for A&BC, The Royal Shakespeare Co. and The BBC Radio Drama Co. An award-winning recorder of audio-books, he has read over 100 titles, everything from Iain M. Banks, Neil Gaiman, and Andrzej Sapkowski to Jonas Jonasson and Paul O’Grady “…from the sublime to the cor blimey!”  Visit peterkenny.com

* Courtesy of Liars’ League

New Short Stories 9

  • All That Remains by Rob Hawke
  • The Cliffs of Bandiagara by Catherine McNamara
  • Last Call at the Rialto by Daniel Waugh
  • Looking for Nathalie by Susan Haigh
  • Love and Hair by Olga Zilberbourg
  • The Mayes County Christmas Gun Festival by David Lewis
  • Supersum by Barbara Robinson
  • Twisted by Tracy Fells
  • Undercurrents by Gina Challen
  • The Volcano by Anna Lewis

Meet the Authors

gina-challenGina Challen is originally from London. She moved to West Sussex in 1979. In 2012, she left her job as an insurance broker to complete a masters degree in creative writing. This she fondly refers to as her mid-life crisis. Although originally a city girl, the farmsteads and woods of the downlands hold her heart, they are the inspiration for her writing, the landscape to which she knows she belongs. Previously, her stories have been anthologised in The Bristol Short Story Prize Volume 8 2015, the Cinnamon Press Short Story Award collections 2012 & 2013, and the Willesden Herald New Short Stories 8, 2014 and Rattle Tales 2, 2012. Two of her stories were shortlisted for the prestigious Bridport Prize in 2014. You can also find her stories and critical essays online with Ink Tears and Storgy magazines and Thresholds Short Story Forum. She is currently working on a short story collection. www.ginachallen.co.uk

tracy_fellsTracy Fells lives close to the South Downs in glorious West Sussex. She has won awards for both fiction and drama. Her short stories have appeared in Firewords Quarterly, The Yellow Room and Writer’s Forum, online at Litro New York, Short Story Sunday and in anthologies such as Fugue, Rattle Tales and A Box of Stars Beneath the Bed. Competition success includes short-listings for the Commonwealth Writers Short Story Prize, Brighton Prize, Fish Short Story and Flash Fiction Prizes. Tracy completed her MA in Creative Writing at Chichester University in 2016 and is currently seeking representation for a crime mystery novel and her short story collection. She shares a blog with The Literary Pig (tracyfells.blogspot.co.uk) and tweets as @theliterarypig.

susan-haighSusan Haigh returned to northeast Fife in 2013, having spent eight years living in a cave house in the Loire Valley. She had previously worked on a series of short stories, supported by a Scottish Book Trust mentoring scheme, and continued to write stories and a novel in a caravan under a vine by a river (not as glamorous as it sounds!). Her work has won several awards in Britain and the USA and has been published in Mslexia, Cadenza Magazine, Sunpenny Anthology, New Writing Dundee 8, Beginning Anthology, the Scottish Arts Club Short Story Awards website, the Women of Dundee and Books anthology and a number of American journals and anthologies.  In 2016 she appeared on a short list of six for a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award and published poems in Scottish literary journals, Northwords Now, Gutter Magazine and the StAnza Map of Scotland in Poems. She was also a finalist in the 2016 Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition. She reviews and interviews for a number of journals, including Dundee University Review of the Arts. She teaches German at Dundee University.

rob-hawke-picRob Hawke lives and works in Camberwell, London. His short fiction has featured in Momaya Short Story Review and Shooter Literary Magazine, and he holds an MA in Creative and Critical Writing from University of Sussex. He is currently working on his first full length novel, a political drama set in South West England. To support his writing Rob works part time at a psychology institute.

anna-lewis-photoAnna Lewis’s stories have appeared in journals including New Welsh Review and The Interpreter’s House. Her stories and poems have won several awards, and she was short-listed for the Willesden Herald short story prize in 2013. She is the author of two poetry collections: Other Harbours (Parthian, 2012) and The Blue Cell (Rack Press, 2015). She lives in Cardiff.

david-lewisDavid Lewis grew up in Oklahoma, did an MA at UCL in London and now lives in Paris. His short stories and essays have appeared in J’aime mon quartier, je ramasse, Chelsea Station, Liars’ League, The 2013 Fish Anthology, Indestructible and Talking Points Memo. He irregularly posts essays and translations on Medium, as @dwlewis.

catherine-mcnamaraCatherine McNamara grew up in Sydney, ran away to Paris to write, and ended up in West Africa running a bar. She was an embassy secretary in pre-war Mogadishu, and has worked as an au pair, graphic designer, translator, English teacher and shoe model. Her short story collection Pelt and Other Stories was long-listed for the Frank O’Connor Award and semi-finalist in the Hudson Prize. Her work has been Pushcart-nominated and published in the U.K., Europe, U.S.A. and Australia. Catherine lives in Italy.

barbara-robinsonBarbara Robinson was born in Manchester where she still lives, writes and works. She writes short stories and is currently working on her first novel, Elbow Street.

 

dan-waugh-4Daniel Waugh was born in London and has lived in France and Yorkshire. He lives in Wimbledon with his wife, three-year-old daughter and black cat. ‘Last Call at the Rialto’ is his first short story.

 

olga-zilberbourgOlga Zilberbourg grew up in St. Petersburg, Russia and moved to the United States at the age of seventeen. Her English-language fiction is forthcoming from World Literature Today, Feminist Studies, and California Prose Directory; stories have appeared in J Journal, Epiphany, Narrative Magazine, Printers Row, Hobart, Santa Monica Review, among others. She serves as a co-facilitator of the weekly San Francisco Writers Workshop.

 

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It’s looking great. The book is a bit stiff because it’s brand new. Here I try to flick through the pages while it does its best to resist. (Steve)

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2016 – New Short Stories 9

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COMING SOON – RELEASE DATE: 8 DEC.

  • “The Volcano” by Anna Lewis
  • “The Cliffs of Bandiagara” by Catherine McNamara
  • “Supersum” by Barbara Robinson
  • “Twisted” by Tracy Fells
  • “The Mayes County Christmas Gun Festival” by David Lewis
  • “Undercurrents” by Gina Challen
  • “Love and Hair” by Olga Zilberbourg
  • “Last Call at the Rialto” by Daniel Waugh
  • “Looking for Nathalie” by Susan Haigh
  • “All that Remains” by Rob Hawke

Contributors (2016)

gina-challenGina Challen is originally from London. She moved to West Sussex in 1979. In 2012, she left her job as an insurance broker to complete a masters degree in creative writing. This she fondly refers to as her mid-life crisis. Although originally a city girl, the farmsteads and woods of the downlands hold her heart, they are the inspiration for her writing, the landscape to which she knows she belongs. Previously, her stories have been anthologised in The Bristol Short Story Prize Volume 8 2015, the Cinnamon Press Short Story Award collections 2012 & 2013, and the Willesden Herald New Short Stories 8, 2014 and Rattle Tales 2, 2012. Two of her stories were shortlisted for the prestigious Bridport Prize in 2014. You can also find her stories and critical essays online with Ink Tears and Storgy magazines and Thresholds Short Story Forum. She is currently working on a short story collection. www.ginachallen.co.uk

tracy_fellsTracy Fells lives close to the South Downs in glorious West Sussex. She has won awards for both fiction and drama. Her short stories have appeared in Firewords Quarterly, The Yellow Room and Writer’s Forum, online at Litro New York, Short Story Sunday and in anthologies such as Fugue, Rattle Tales and A Box of Stars Beneath the Bed. Competition success includes short-listings for the Commonwealth Writers Short Story Prize, Brighton Prize, Fish Short Story and Flash Fiction Prizes. Tracy completed her MA in Creative Writing at Chichester University in 2016 and is currently seeking representation for a crime mystery novel and her short story collection. She shares a blog with The Literary Pig (tracyfells.blogspot.co.uk) and tweets as @theliterarypig.

susan-haighSusan Haigh returned to northeast Fife in 2013, having spent eight years living in a cave house in the Loire Valley. She had previously worked on a series of short stories, supported by a Scottish Book Trust mentoring scheme, and continued to write stories and a novel in a caravan under a vine by a river (not as glamorous as it sounds!). Her work has won several awards in Britain and the USA and has been published in Mslexia, Cadenza Magazine, Sunpenny Anthology, New Writing Dundee 8, Beginning Anthology, the Scottish Arts Club Short Story Awards website, the Women of Dundee and Books anthology and a number of American journals and anthologies.  In 2016 she appeared on a short list of six for a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award and published poems in Scottish literary journals, Northwords Now, Gutter Magazine and the StAnza Map of Scotland in Poems. She was also a finalist in the 2016 Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition. She reviews and interviews for a number of journals, including Dundee University Review of the Arts. She teaches German at Dundee University.

rob-hawke-picRob Hawke lives and works in Camberwell, London. His short fiction has featured in Momaya Short Story Review and Shooter Literary Magazine, and he holds an MA in Creative and Critical Writing from University of Sussex. He is currently working on his first full length novel, a political drama set in South West England. To support his writing Rob works part time at a psychology institute.

anna-lewis-photoAnna Lewis’s stories have appeared in journals including New Welsh Review and The Interpreter’s House. Her stories and poems have won several awards, and she was short-listed for the Willesden Herald short story prize in 2013. She is the author of two poetry collections: Other Harbours (Parthian, 2012) and The Blue Cell (Rack Press, 2015). She lives in Cardiff.

david-lewisDavid Lewis grew up in Oklahoma, did an MA at UCL in London and now lives in Paris. His short stories and essays have appeared in J’aime mon quartier, je ramasse, Chelsea Station, Liars’ League, The 2013 Fish Anthology, Indestructible and Talking Points Memo. He irregularly posts essays and translations on Medium, as @dwlewis.

catherine-mcnamaraCatherine McNamara grew up in Sydney, ran away to Paris to write, and ended up in West Africa running a bar. She was an embassy secretary in pre-war Mogadishu, and has worked as an au pair, graphic designer, translator, English teacher and shoe model. Her short story collection Pelt and Other Stories was long-listed for the Frank O’Connor Award and semi-finalist in the Hudson Prize. Her work has been Pushcart-nominated and published in the U.K., Europe, U.S.A. and Australia. Catherine lives in Italy.

barbara-robinsonBarbara Robinson was born in Manchester where she still lives, writes and works. She writes short stories and is currently working on her first novel, Elbow Street.

 

dan-waugh-4Daniel Waugh was born in London and has lived in France and Yorkshire. He lives in Wimbledon with his wife, three-year-old daughter and black cat. ‘Last Call at the Rialto’ is his first short story.

 

olga-zilberbourgOlga Zilberbourg grew up in St. Petersburg, Russia and moved to the United States at the age of seventeen. Her English-language fiction is forthcoming from World Literature Today, Feminist Studies, and California Prose Directory; stories have appeared in J Journal, Epiphany, Narrative Magazine, Printers Row, Hobart, Santa Monica Review, among others. She serves as a co-facilitator of the weekly San Francisco Writers Workshop.

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Update: Book Launch and Results Event in Willesden

This is a copy of the newsletter that went out this evening to all our subscribers.

The shortlist is in.
The book is with the printers.
And we’re going to have a wingding.

Dear reader, thanks to those of you who entered or took an interest this year. It was a privilege and an adventure reading the submissions, of which there were 344. And it wasn’t easy narrowing them down to just ten, there was fierce contention for the places on the shortlist. Below you will see the ten stories that made it all the way. On December 8th in Willesden, Katy Darby will reveal which one has taken the Willesden Herald short story prize 2016. Cheers, Steve Moran (Editor)

RESULTS & BOOK LAUNCH

With excerpts from the short-lsited stories read by actors from Liars’ League

The Performance Space
Willesden Green Library Centre
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Thursday 8 December

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1298863413481275/

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SHORTLIST

  • All That Remains by Rob Hawke
  • The Cliffs of Bandiagara by Catherine McNamara
  • Last Call at the Rialto by Daniel Waugh
  • Looking for Nathalie by Susan Haigh
  • Love and Hair by Olga Zilberbourg
  • The Mayes County Christmas Gun Festival by David Lewis
  • Supersum by Barbara Robinson
  • Twisted by Tracy Fells
  • Undercurrents by Gina Challen
  • The Volcano by Anna Lewis

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Shortlist for the Willesden Herald short story prize 2016

Katy Darby, our judge for 2016, confirms that the shortlist for this year’s award, and therefore the stories to be published in Willesden Herald: New Short Stories 9, are as follows, in alphabetical order by title:

Title Author
All That Remains Rob Hawke
The Cliffs of Bandiagara Catherine McNamara
Last Call at the Rialto Daniel Waugh
Looking for Nathalie Susan Haigh
Love and Hair Olga Zilberbourg
The Mayes County Christmas Gun Festival David Lewis
Supersum Barbara Robinson
Twisted Tracy Fells
Undercurrents Gina Challen
The Volcano Anna Lewis

(Update 3/11/2016: One story was withdrawn at the last minute, and so the shortlist of ten has been updated accordingly.)

And now you will have to wait till the results event to find out who takes the prize for overall winner this year! We’re excited and can’t wait for the actor readings and the book. We’re hoping to meet some of the writers in London, if you can make it. Over the next few days, we’ll be working on the book cover art and details of the event.

Thanks to all who entered and congratulations to the shortlisted. It has been a privilege and an adventure reading the stories sent in, appreciating the painstaking art that has gone into them, and experiencing the never-failing wonder of the short story form.

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Deadline day

No, not the one for football transfer requests. There’s only till midnight to enter the short story competition. 

More info here: www.newshortstories.com. Oh, you’re already here. Well, below then.

If you’re ready to rock, submit here: http://willesdenherald.submittable.com/submit

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Last Call – Inspirations and Prize Fund

Dear Writer Reader,

This is a copy of the text (with some corrections) from our last newsletter before the short story competition closing date, 31 August 2016. I wanted to share how some of our previous finalists got on, which I hope and believe you will find quite inspirational. We’ve also improved the prize fund, as shown below. Please send us your best short stories. Katy and I are looking forward to reading them.

Thanks,
Ed.

Inspirations: Success for Previous New Short Stories Finalists

Here is how some of our previous winners and finalists got on before and after appearing in New Short Stories. In no particular order:

Nick Holdstock @NickHoldstock since winning with “Ward” in 2014 has published The Casualties, a novel from St Martins Press.

Henrietta Rose-Innes @HenriettaRI won the Caine Prize for African Writing. Her story Falling appeared in New Short Stories 4.

Willie Davis’s story Kid in a Well from New Short Stories was also published online in The Guardian modern fiction. Link

In the same year she won first prize in our competition,  Wena Poon went on to have her novel Alex y Robert serialised in ten parts on BBC Radio 4’s “A Book at Bedtime”.

Valerie Trueblood, shortlisted in our first year, went on to be shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor award for “Marry or Burn”.

Jo Lloyd (@jolloyds) who won first prize for her story Work, later in the same year won the Asham Award with another story.

Mikey Delgado’s winning story Secure was also published online in The Guardian original writing. Link

Previous winner Virginia Gilbert @GinnyGilbert went on to write and direct the feature film “A Long Way Home” with James Fox & Natalie Dormer as well as publishing a novel, among many other things (like so many of the writers listed here).

Vanessa Gebbie’s (@VanessaGebbie) later novel The Coward’s Tale was published by Bloomsbury in the UK & USA.

Danielle McLaughlin @DanniLmc went on to publish Dinosaurs on Other Planets, the title story from which appeared in The New Yorker.

More recent books of note by New Short Stories contributors:
Miss Emily by Nuala O’Connor @NualaNiC (Sandstone Press)
Time of the Locust by Morowa Yejidé  http://www.morowayejide.com (Atria Books)
We Don’t Know What We’re Doing by Thomas Morris @tolmorris (Faber & Faber)

We could go on and on, and in fact we do that over on Twitter, so please follow @willesdenherald for more literary inspiration and a few more quirky odds and ends.

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Prizes 2016

  • 1st prize is a one-off Willesden Herald mug inscribed “The Willesden Short Story Prize 2016” and a bottle of champagne courtesy of Liars’ League.
  • Additionally either (a) half of all net entry fees OR (b) all net entry fees after the first 150 entries, whichever is the greater, will be divided equally among the ten short-listed.
  • All ten short-listed stories will be published in “Willesden Herald: New Short Stories 9”.
  • Two complimentary copies of the anthology to each of the ten authors.
  • A results/book launch event with Liars’ League actors reading from the short-listed stories.
  • Literary agent Carrie Kania of Conville & Walsh agency has kindly agreed to read the ten winning stories.
For a look at the books, results events, history, pictures, videos and links, please visit Willesden Herald NEW SHORT STORIES. If you’re ready to submit, you can go straight to our page on Submittable. Thanks and may the muse be with you.

New Short Stories with Liars’ League

Liars’ League is an award-winning, globe-spanning live fiction event in its tenth year, so why not get in on the short story action? The next event, with a Gods & Mortals theme, is on Tuesday 13th September from 7.30pm at The Phoenix, 37 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0PP, and entry is just £5 on the door. The next submission deadline, for October’s Flesh & Bone Hallowe’en night, is Sunday 4th September: send your spine-chilling stories of 800-2000 words to liars@liarsleague.com and see www.liarsleague.com for full submission guidelines.

“I’m judging you, that’s my judging look!

OUR JUDGE FOR 2016

Katy Darby’s short fiction has won various prizes, been read on BBC Radio 4, and appeared in magazines and anthologies including Stand, Mslexia, Slice, The London Magazine and the Arvon/Daily Telegraph Anthology. She has a BA in English Literature from Oxford University and an MA in Creative Writing from UEA, where she won the David Higham Award. Her first novel, The Unpierced Heart, is published by Penguin (Fig Tree). She is a Visiting Lecturer in Creative Writing at City University, is Literary Editor of .Cent and a former editor of Litro magazine, and co-founded and directs the award-winning short story event Liars’ League (www.liarsleague.com).

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A literary agent to read our winning stories

We are delighted to announce that agent Carrie Kania of literary agency Conville & Walsh has kindly agreed to read the ten winning stories this year. Here is a link to Carrie’s profile. Among her many credits, she launched an imprint that racked up 13 New York Times bestsellers. She also works for leading writers in the short story world, including Simon Van Booy, who won the Frank O’Connor award in 2009 for his collection of stories Love Begins in Winter, and Paul McVeigh. So once again, please send us your best short stories. Each one will be carefully read and considered. Thanks. (Steve)

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Katy Darby to judge international Willesden competition 2016

We are pleased and not a little excited to announce the judge for the international Willesden Herald New Short Stories 2016 competition.

Katy Darby’s short fiction has won various prizes, been read on BBC Radio 4, and appeared in magazines and anthologies including Stand, Mslexia, Slice, The London Magazine and the Arvon/Daily Telegraph Anthology. She has a BA in English Literature from Oxford University and an MA in Creative Writing from UEA, where she won the David Higham Award. Her first novel, The Unpierced Heart, is published by Penguin (Fig Tree). She is a Visiting Lecturer in Creative Writing at City University, is Literary Editor of .Cent and a former editor of Litro magazine, and co-founded and directs the award-winning short story event Liars’ League (www.liarsleague.com).

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Katy Darby

There’s nothing that Katy doesn’t know about short stories, especially since Liars’ League recently celebrated its 100th themed live event, in possibly her 100th costume. Liars’ League has given their first break to dozens of new and up-and-coming writers, with their stories brought to life by a company of superb actors. For a fiver you can catch the show every second Tuesday of the month Downstairs at the Phoenix, Cavendish Square in London’s West End.

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New Short Stories with Liars’ League

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We are delighted to announce that this year’s story competition is supported by the mighty Liars’ League, the literary spoken word event that is taking the world by storm, after starting in London, and now with cousins in Hong Kong, New York and other cities near and far. For the past several years, the Liars’ League company have provided the readings at the Willesden Herald results and anthology launch events, which has made them rather wonderful nights. It’s a unique delight for a writer to hear her or his words brought to life by professional actors in front of a live audience. This is one of the things that makes our short story competition so special.

 

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