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 Two or three have since been withdrawn but that’s the count of entries received.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!”