This is worth sticking with. Quite a few laughs along the way. He builds the talk itself like a story and it has a really cute ending. Kurt Vonnegut, Shape of Stories (with Spanish subtitles)
In 1940, John Steinbeck was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his novel, The Grapes of Wrath. In 1962 he was also awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. The same year he wrote a letter to actor and fellow writer Robert Wallsten, in which he offered six tips on writing.
via Six Tips on Writing from John Steinbeck — irevuo
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)
Podcast: Nobel laureate novelist Orhan Pamuk joins the fiction editor of The New Yorker, Deborah Treisman, to read and discuss “Ibn Hakkan Al-Bokhari, Dead in his Labyrinth,” by Jorge Luis Borges, from a 1970 issue of the magazine.
Past contributor to New Short Stories Nuala O’Connor is the presenter for this episode of The Book Show on the topic of historical fiction.
When the short story competition was running, someone asked about the word counts for stories that get through. I started to write this response and I’ve only finished today, so it’s a bit late as the competition is no more. Still, I went to the trouble to get these stats, so here goes.
The word counts for all past first prize winners of the Willesden Herald short story competition were: 2977, 2261, 6362, 4483, 7658*, 4960, 3637, 3033, 7448, 5837 and 1381.
The word count for each of the stories in Willesden Herald: New Short Stories 9: 4670, 4455, 6708, 5837, 1693, 6920, 2972, 6455, 3749 and 2260.
For our Short Story of the Month feature, we’re looking for stories in the range 1500 to 4500. For your info, if you’re a writer reading this in September 2018, the deadline for October’s selection is Friday 21 September. It’s always the second-last Friday of every month.
* The limit was 8000 that year, 7500 in other years. There was never a minimum.