January 2014 update

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

Cheers,
Steve

The View from the Tower

Cover of The View from the Tower by Charles Lambert
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.

Virginia Gilbert: debut novel launched

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.

The story so far

We are thrilled and honoured to announce that David Means has kindly agreed to be the judge for the eighth annual Willesden Herald international short story competition.

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David Means

David Means’ stories have a diamond-like sharpness and clarity, in which we visit locations, society and climates as vividly as in a waking dream. I couldn’t point to Sault Ste Marie on the map but I feel I’ve been there. I’ve never hung onto a train but I sort of know what it’s like now. I’ve never lived in an apartment in New York or slept rough but…you get the picture? Writers, you have your work cut out for you.

Links

Wikipedia: David Means
The Spot by David Means review by James Lasdun in the Guardian
Interview with David Means in the New York Times
Short stories by David Means in The New Yorker
NY podcast: David Means reads Chef’s House by Raymond Carver
David Means’ author page at Faber and Faber

So intercept a story when it stops at traffic lights, shine its windscreen with a piece of tissue paper the size of a coin, run home, type it out and send it to us as soon as electronically possible. Or whatever your process is. Closing date: Friday, 21 December 2012.

Continue reading “The story so far”