The Performance Space, Willesden Green Library. Tues. 8 November 2022, from 7pm to 8:30pm
Who will take the one-off mug inscribed “The Willesden Short Story Prize 2022”? We’re going to have fun along the way with excerpts from stories, saving the results till last. With Katy Darby and Liars’ League.
This is also the book launch of New Short Stories 12. So there will be books [I hope – Ed.] A night to remember.
The ten stories shortlisted for the Willesden Short Story Prize 2022 in alphabetical order by author
Shoes by David Butler
Remembering Not Forgetting by Helen Harjak
Vevey by Catherine McNamara
Haircut by Andy Mead
Cuckquean by Jackie Morris
My Last Journey with Baron Baldanders by Peter Newall
Empathy by Diana Powell
Things we see, things we don’t by Anju Sharma
Forecast for Rain by Lui Sit
Hotline by Zakia Uddin
Thanks to all who entered for making our selection task so difficult with the high standard of writing. The total number of entries was 371. It was painful having to leave out many outstanding short stories.
There will be a special event to announce 1st prize and runners-up and to launch the anthology, New Short Stories 12. Details to follow.
Your forebears could hunt an epiphany through the great forest of Um without breaking a twig and spear it with words sharpened on the soles of their feet. Arise, put on your leotards and send in your short stories, ye of this century…(Enough, thank you. Get to the music. Ed.)
A guest story to cool the air this summer. Sean Brijbasihas kindly lent us this far out story as a reprint from his unknowed book of the same name. Sean is one of the unknowed people behind the Willesden short story competition. Please do not write in to tell us that unknowed is not a word! (Ed.)
… To my surprise, I received a response, stating that a vice admiral couldn’t be blamed for the consequences of my ingratitude. Such a knowing people, I thought. It was true. Lily had given me everything even when I didn’t ask, appearing with unexpected gifts even when I deserved nothing. She told me the most beautiful stories that I, in turn, told to others as if they were my own …
Sean Adrian Brijbasi lives in America.
Sometimes he writes.
“You get the feeling that NO ONE CAN SEE THE WORLD I LIVE IN by Sean Brijbasi is the kind of book inspired by people who will most likely never read it.” –Rail Drinks Magazine (?)
We’re delighted to announce that novelist and short story writer Jarred McGinnis has agreed to judge the Willesden Herald Short Story Competition 2022. An American abroad, his debut novel The Coward (Canongate, 2021) was a BBC2 national television “Between the Covers” recommendation. It is also about to be published in the US and in France, Italy and Spain later this year. He has many strings to his bow, including short fiction for BBC Radio 4 and much more besides, which you can read all about on his website. He is no stranger to our competition, having had a short story in New Short Stories 4. (Submit)