Update: We don’t charge a reading fee, so we’re a bit stricken in the moola department. However, each Short Story of the Month author will receive one of our back catalogue books. There are ten anthologies of short stories and two of poetry, as listed on our Books page.
I have just sent a newsletter to our 1762 subscribers, with the cover reveal, biographies, publication details etc for Willesden Herald: New Short Stories 10 and other news. Link to view online: Newsletter.
Many thanks to Stratos Fountoulis for the cover design and once again to Lane Ashfeldt, to Liars’ League for continuing support over the years, and to the much-missed Willesden Green Writers’ Group, who helped keep this competition going through hell & high water. And all writers everywhere, here’s to you!
The publication date is 1 December 2017, so watch this space for how to get hold of a copy of New Short Stories 10. Thank you.
We’ve decided to do like some other contests do and announce the names of stories on our long list, but not the authors. Please don’t give the game away if you recognise one of these, as the judging is not yet complete.
We expect to complete the judging and have a short list by the end of the month, at which time we will reveal the authors. Meanwhile, here are the long-listed stories, in crude alphabetical order by story title.
A History of Fire
Dancing Her Black Bones Home
Dark Rain Falling
Out by the Lough
Overnight in the Day Room
The Day John Lennon Died
The Fish that was not my Pa
Our judge, Lane Ashfeldt, has reported “being hopelessly distracted from other work by reading the stories on the list.” She also assured us she is enjoying every minute, and is impressed by the high standard of the stories.
Thanks to all who entered, and I can confirm that every entry this year was a valiant attempt and there was considerable contention to get onto the long list of 20 out of 445.
There were 445 entries, which we have now reduced to a long list of 20. About the end of the month or so, we hope to have a short list for you. Thanks to all.
How interesting to read Lane Ashfeldt’s take, on judging for the International Willesden Herald Short Story Prize 2017!