For many years, the Willesden Herald has been listed by Duotrope, for which we are very grateful as it has greatly helped in bringing writers from around the world to our submissions page. Why not take a look at their features for writers? You won’t see a more impressive resource for writers seeking opportunities to place their work. And while you’re there, you might like to take a look at their listing for New Short Stories 11. You can see the basic listing, which is excellent, and if you sign up you can get even more info.
To celebrate the launch of the 2019 Benedict Kiely Short Story Competition, we caught up with last years winner, Louise Farr, to hear more about her work and what competitions like this mean to emerging writers. Omagh Literary Festival: Hi Louise. Tell us a bit about your winning short story, Sing to Me, and how […]
The New Yorker’s Fiction Issue is out today! Read Ta-Nehisi Coates’s “Conduction”: “I was fresh out of Virginia, fresh out of the pit, my remarkable escape still alive in my mind.” https://t.co/cilQdJ3qji
— New Yorker Fiction (@NYerFiction) June 3, 2019
The flagship annual summer feast of fiction that keeps readers and writers delighted and hopeful respectively. See This Week In Fiction for many more short stories, interviews and readings.
Think your short stories could be better?
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— Toby Litt (@tobylitt) May 25, 2019
The Art of the Short Story: Tessa Hadley and Lucy Hughes-Hallett discuss with Mark Ford. Back by popular demand at the Queen’s Park Book Festival 29 June. Full programme here: https://t.co/8xyCtq3XOQ
— Queen’s Park Book Festival (@QPBookfest) May 14, 2019
‘When I started I thought I wasn’t a person with a good memory but you tap into uncanny places where you have things saved up that you didn’t know you did until you got to that level.’ Tessa Hadley in The Times (2017) via “How Tessa Hadley Writes“
Elena Ferrante’s Art of Fiction interview is free this week. Find out what else we’ve unlocked:
— The Paris Review (@parisreview) April 23, 2019
“Every week, the editors of The Paris Review lift the paywall on a selection of interviews, stories, poems, and more from the magazine’s archive. You can have these unlocked pieces delivered straight to your inbox every Sunday by signing up for the Redux newsletter.”
This week’s features include an interview with Elena Ferrante, a poem by Jorge Luis Borges and a story by Haruki Murakami.
If you’re interested in Starting to Write, the first two lessons of my free course are up now. https://t.co/U583be8dr2
— Toby Litt (@tobylitt) March 16, 2019
“The aim of this Course is to get you writing and reading with energy, to help you avoid some painful mistakes, and to show you how you can rapidly improve your short stories.”
David Means, Defender Of The Short Story, On His ‘Instructions For A Funeral’ https://t.co/m9w6fm7qw4
— Bristol Prize (@BristolPrize) March 7, 2019
“The reader does most of the work. The reader does all of the imagining. You’re just giving them a set of instructions on how to hear and see something.” (David Means)
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.