UPDATE 7 Feb. 2014: Shortlisted stories on their way to the judge this week. There were a lot of contenders and now it will not be an easy decision, picking prizewinners. Thanks to all who entered. Stand by for more news.
The 2013/14 short story competition closed at the end of December and the reading is progressing slowly but steadily towards a short list. Details will be posted here as soon as there is more news.
Friends of New Short Stories and the Willesden short story competition continue to delight and amaze with new publications. Here are two that have come to our attention this month.
Geraldine Mills third short story collection “Hellkite” has been launched in Dublin. It includes her Willesden prizewinning story “Frost Heave”. For more information and updates please visit Geraldine’s blog.
Morowa Yejidé’s Time of the Locust, which was a 2012 finalist for the national PEN/Bellwether Prize and received First Honorable mention in the national 2011 Dana Awards is to be published in June 2014 through Atria Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster. More
The collection brings together poetry by writers currently living in America, Britain, Ireland, Italy and New Zealand. They have little in common other than finding themselves here, in this book, and in the early part of the 21st century, with something to say.
You can preview the list of contents here.
Contributors: Raewyn Alexander, Alex Barr, Lynn Blackadder, Sean Brijbasi, Susan Campbell, David Cooke, Tim Craven, Mikey Delgado, Vanessa Gebbie, Kim Göransson, James Browning Kepple, Charles Lambert, Laura Lee, Andrew Mayne, Geraldine Mills, Stephen Moran, Nuala Ní Chonchúir, Richard Peabody, Lynsey Rose, Judi Sutherland, Lee Webber. The title is taken from a poem by Alex Barr.
There are a total of 381 in the list, not counting test ones. Two or three have since been withdrawn but that’s the count of entries received. I am looking forward to reading them all. I’ve been very bad and only read about 100 so far. My only anxiety is not to miss anything good. Thank you all so much. What a wonderful vision it is that returns, of dedicated artists in language, honing new stories and working alone at the zenith of humanity.
Thanks to everyone who has supported the competition, retweeted, sponsored and generally been what we can only call angels.
The last email-shot went out this morning and you can read it online here. That’s the end of the spam.
Merry mid-winter everyone (where it is even possible). Already had some South African hot cider made by someone who knows what he’s doing. It’s like a mulled wine. Cheers to Mr Mandela, wherever he is now. Good luck to all.
More info has come our way about the mysterious Writing Retreats in the Welsh Borders which form part of this year’s short story competition prize. LitCamp, who some of you may remember, is putting on a spate of retreats in the New Year. “If you plan to get real with writing a book in the new year, check it out. You can even drop Xmas hints about this to your nearest and dearest as EarlyBird tickets rates run until 24 December – you heard it here first. Or, Plan B, win the short story comp!”
The priceless trophy has arrived from our secret, latter day Fabergé cup maker. The true, the one and only 2014 prize mug.
Virginia Gilbert’s A Long Way from Home starring James Fox, Brenda Fricker and Natalie Dormer opens at cinemas throughout the UK this December. Virginia is a previous winner of the Willesden Herald short story competition. We reported recently on the launch of her novel Travelling Companion.
The View from the Tower by Charles Lambert is now available for pre-order on Amazon UK and US. It has been described as ‘a literary and psychologically charged murder mystery that slowly cuts deep to the bone’ and is a prequel to Charles’s previous novel Any Human Face. (More)
Charles Lambert is the judge for this year’s Willesden short story competition.
Actress Brenda Fricker with Virginia Gilbert at the launch of Virginia’s debut novel Travelling Companion at Dubray books, Grafton Street, Dublin, 12th September 2013. Writer and film director Virginia Gilbert’s story “Winter Lambing” took first prize in last year’s Willesden Herald international short story competition. You can read it in New Short Stories 6. Probably fair to blow a little trumpet or at least a party whistle for ourselves to celebrate the continuing success of our writers.