“If you find these interesting, you might like to read the other literary essays in my book Mutants.”Toby Litt
Congratulations to Jill Widner and Brian Kirk, both past contributors to Willesden Herald New Short Stories (as kindly acknowledged in their credit lists), on taking the International and Irish top prizes in the Southword Fiction Chapbook Competition 2019.
With an intro by Herman Diaz who describes it as “at once a short story, an essay, and a prose poem.” Here’s a direct link. It is believed that this is the first time it has appeared in an English translation.
We have closed to submissions pro tem, hoping to open again, maybe later this year. Thank you to readers and writers for your interest and support to date. Cheers! (Stephen)
Update: Reopened March 2019, with a view to sporadic publication, when particular stories ring the bells that still can ring, to invoke dear old Leonard Cohen.
‘If only I were a different person, I would find it easy to tell you what I feel about you. But I can’t. I live in the subjunctive – the lonely, ghostly silence of if only…’
— Toby Litt (@tobylitt) February 1, 2019
“Ian McMillan gets into the subjunctive mood with brand new writing from Toby Litt, a new poetry commission from Holly Pester, on the subjunctive in welsh with Menna Elfyn and Rob Drummond explains why the subjunctive is dying out amongst the young…” (The Verb, BBC Radio 3, 1 Feb. 2019)