Litro: The Stages of Writing (Catherine Cho)

Catherine Cho, according to her Twitter profile is “Associate Agent. Story seeker at Curtis Brown Books Dept.” Read in Litro online.

Irish short story writers, get into this

RTÉ has been a terrific supporter and host for the short story genre, through their annual Francis MacManus short story competition, an opportunity for 10 writers to have their stories featured on Irish national radio as well as a shot at one of the big three prizes. Irish short story writers, you’ll never get a better opportunity to be heard.

Check the rules carefully. For example, each page must end on a full stop; haven’t seen that one before but it makes sense for reading out on the radio. Postal entries only. Follow the rules carefully, check one-by-one. Otherwise you might as well throw your hat at it. (Steve)

Olga Zilberbourg: A story from St Petersburg in the early 1990s

Read: Bananas for Sale by Olga Zilberbourg

Friends of Willesden Herald take both Southword fiction chapbook awards 2019

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.

“The Island” by Tove Jansson

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.

Submissions window closed/opened

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.

Granta: A new short story by Caoilinn Hughes

About the author (Granta)