“Penguin is publishing a new anthology, The Penguin Book of the Contemporary British Short Story, “a literary treasure trove” of “30 great short stories published in the last 20 years”, featuring contributors such as Zadie Smith, Irvine Welsh and Neil Gaiman.” (The Bookseller)
Trial and error – I don’t know of any other way to write. I try something this way and I try it that way, over and over and over.
Which brings me back to the notion of tentativeness – to doubt and uncertainty and to the exhilarating openness which comes with that, to whatever might come along.
Another twice contributor to Willesden Herald New Short Stories is Carys Davies, whose short stories are wonderfully imaginative, funny and engrossing. Two of the stories in her Frank O’Connor Prize-winning collection The Redemption of Galen Pike are also found in our New Short Stories 3 and New Short Stories 4. Her latest book is West, a novel, published by Granta Books, April 2018.
We’re delighted to announce a film deal for @HenriettaRI‘s NINEVEH with the production company Fortune Cookie Theatre! More details to follow. We’re very excited to see the result! 📽️🎞️🦟 pic.twitter.com/WFx5K99qgC
— BlakeFriedmannAgency (@BFLAgency) August 7, 2018
Blake Friedmann agency announces a film deal for Ninevah by Henrietta Rose-Innes
Henrietta Rose-Innes, winner of the Caine prize for African writing, is also – and you can probably guess by now, from how we select stories – a past contributor to New Short Stories. She has published several novels and short story collections. One of the stories in her collection Homing is also in Willesden Herald: New Short Stories 4.
— Nuala O’Connor (@NualaNiC) August 7, 2018
For the second time today, I’m using the phrase “twice contributor to New Short Stories,” in this case for Nuala O’Connor who, it is fair to say, is one of Ireland’s foremost writers of novels and poetry, as well as short stories. She has published several short story collections and some of her stories can be found online, like this one from 2016: Storks by Nuala O’Connor in the Irish Times.
“It started with a miracle. It was a useless miracle, but it still counted as a jaw-dropper, a total malfunction of reason and time… I can burn my own bushes, so I have no patience for miracles.” (From the opening of Nightwolf by Willie Davis)
We get a namecheck in the back of the debut novel by twice New Short Stories contributor, Willie Davis, as you can see in this photo I took when my copy arrived. (Steve)
London’s Infinity Land Press and US-based Amphetamine Sulphate combine forces to present a late afternoon of scabrous readings, kinky imaginings and totally free fucking expression. Two publishers. Six writers. Limitless possibilities.
The event is free of charge but please register here as the venue is limited to 50 seats:
Steve Finbow is a writer and also a reader of prodigious talent. At the launch of New Short Stories 1 at Willesden Library Centre theatre, he gave us an excerpt from his novel “Balzac of the Badlands”. It was awe-inspiring: a rattling, unstoppable torrent of words – all brilliant – with a rhythm and pace, not too rapid but staccato, inexorable – that had beads of sweat rolling down his face. It didn’t let up from start to finish. His story “Mrs Nakamoto Takes a Vacation” is in NSS1.
This picture is of me after the interval at that event, brandishing a mocked-up copy of The Willesden Herald, as the strains of “Tell Me More and More, and Then Some” by Billie Holiday faded out. Oh yes, we had a sound man, mixing desk, theme songs and everything. Those were the days. Or were those later days all jumbled up? Yes, but who actually cares? But, yeah, look at those speakers -and theatre lighting- there. (Steve)
Catherine Menon was one of the contributors to Willesden Herald – New Short Stories 8.
Pleased to be at the Archway With Words festival on September 22nd to discuss Subjunctive Moods. Do pop in to Archway Library at midday (and it’s free!) https://t.co/MCYXIVAfUf
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.
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.
Willesden Herald: New Short Stories 9
- 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.
New Short Stories with Liars’ League
“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).
Recent publications by contributors & friends of New Short Stories
- A House Called Askival by Merryn Glover
- Brick Mother by S. J. Bradley
- The Dinosaurs on Other Planets by Danielle McLaughlin
- Cowboy Genes and Other Stories by Wes Lee
- The Closet of Savage Mementos by Nuala Ní Chonchúir
- Saltwater by Lane Ashfeldt
- Looking out of Broken Windows by Dan Powell
- With a Zero at its Heart by Charles Lambert
Of course there are many other publications by contributors and friends of New Short Stories but these are ones that I have noticed lately. Those above and other authors included in New Short Stories are well published and have new books on the way, all over the world. If I have missed any recent ones, do let me know and I’ll update this list, if you like. I know I’ve missed many over the years, such as the marvellous Ninevah by Henrietta Rose-Innes. And I almost forgot that Charles was a contributor as well as a judge! 🙂
I think this will be my last update here for a while. It’s been fun. Please come sometime and see my new home page as a writer. Steve over and out. Sláinte!
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