London, July 2: In that too rare spirit of international cooperation, the team behind the New Short Stories book series is getting together again to create another issue with the best short stories we can find. There won’t be a competition this time, it will be a good old submit/accept/reject process with arbitrary editorial decisions completely unaccountable to the world. Yes, traditional, if you like. Details to follow. (Ed.)
- “Dark Song” by Roberta Dewa
- “Art Zoo” by Paul J. Martin
- “Swimming Lessons” by Douglas Hill
- “Rictus” by Tanvir Bush
- “Isa’s Pitch” by Maureen Cullen
- “The Quarry” by Katherine Davey
- “The Day John Lennon Died” by Raphael Falco
- “A History of Fire” by Gerard McKeown
- “Trespass” by Roland Miles
- “The Fish that was not my Pa” by Meganrose Weddle
“Here are stories of abandonment, exhibitionism, spontaneous combustion, hysteria, people power, reincarnation, cuisine, race relations, orchidaceous tomfoolery and much more. They will take you to hot beaches and deserted nighttime streets, to disputed urban spaces, to an overheated and under-resourced emergency ward, behind the scenes at a fancy restaurant, and to the chill vicinity of deserted lakes and pools. Three are set in America, two in Africa, one each in Wales, Scotland, Ireland, London and darkest Sussex.”
With an introduction by 2017 judge, Lane Ashfeldt
- “The Volcano” by Anna Lewis
- “The Cliffs of Bandiagara” by Catherine McNamara
- “Supersum” by Barbara Robinson
- “Twisted” by Tracy Fells
- “The Mayes County Christmas Gun Festival” by David Lewis
- “Undercurrents” by Gina Challen
- “Love and Hair” by Olga Zilberbourg
- “Last Call at the Rialto” by Daniel Waugh
- “Looking for Nathalie” by Susan Haigh
- “All that Remains” by Rob Hawke
Unspeakable secrets, disappeared husbands, bisexual love triangles, revolutionary conspiracies and African odysseys: from Sixties Paris to San Francisco, Arundel to Latin America, poets, murderers, musicians, schoolkids and festive firearms fanciers stalk these pages, waiting to greet you.
With an introduction by 2016 judge, Katy Darby
It’s not new and it’s not short stories! But it is one of the anthologies we helped to publish back in 2006. And a right purty book it is too.
A tasting menu of poetry from outstanding newcomers alongside established and award-winning poets such as Bill Berkson, Joanne Kyger and Michael Rothenberg. Each poet has a separate section and the physical and visual pleasures of the book are intended to complement the poetry on the pages.
Here is a preview of the contents section from the book.
Co-edited by Feargal Mooney, Sean Brijbasi and Stephen Moran
- “Ward” by Nick Holdstock
- “Cotton-Fisted Scorpions” by Medina Tenour Whiteman
- “Postman’s Knock” by Angela Sherlock
- “The Beekeeper’s Daughters” by Gina Challen
- “Piercings” by Jo Barker Scott
- “Rock Pools” by CG Menon
- “Rip Rap” by Dan Powell
- “Rash” by Megan Taylor
- “The Stealing” by Lindsay Waller-Wilkinson
- “Such is her Power” by Joan Brennan
Sensual and atmospheric, embattled and defiant, in the throes of turbulent events and viewing from a distance, these stories are windows that open onto the men, women and children of our twenty-first century world. The people portrayed do not seek our pity nor our love but with each turn of a page, we may feel that we want to reach out to them to say, I know, I know, I know – you are not alone.
The collection brings together poetry by writers currently living in America, Britain, Ireland, Italy and New Zealand. They have little in common other than finding themselves here, in this book, and in the early part of the 21st century, with something to say.
You can preview the list of contents here.
Contributors: Raewyn Alexander, Alex Barr, Lynn Blackadder, Sean Brijbasi, Susan Campbell, David Cooke, Tim Craven, Mikey Delgado, Vanessa Gebbie, Kim Göransson, James Browning Kepple, Charles Lambert, Laura Lee, Andrew Mayne, Geraldine Mills, Stephen Moran, Nuala Ní Chonchúir, Richard Peabody, Lynsey Rose, Judi Sutherland, Lee Webber. The title is taken from a poem by Alex Barr.
- “Hangman” by Angela Sherlock
- “Donor” by Nici West
- “The Gift” by Alistair Daniel
- “Last Payment” by Anna Lewis
- “Rip” by Merryn Glover
- “All Its Little Sounds and Silences” by Barnaby Walsh
- “Round Fat Moon and Jingling Stars” by Marie Murphy
- “Dance Class” by SJ Bradley
- “Bolt” by Thomas Morris
- “Holidaying with the Megarrys” by Danielle McLaughlin
We are transported to locations in Australia, Britain, Ireland, Italy and Nigeria as vividly as in a waking dream. Relationships within and around families are played out in dramatic scenes of crisis, social alienation, dark humour and ultimately compassion. All in the company of ten writers with compelling narrative gifts.
- “Half” by Nick Holdstock
- “Curtains” by Charles Lambert
- “In the Service of the Demon” by Jo Barker Scott
- “Frost Heave” by Geraldine Mills
- “Winter Lambing” by Virginia Gilbert
- “Slimebank Taxonomy” by Eliza Robertson
- “The Coastal Shelf” by Dermot Duffy
- “Relativity” by Mary O’Shea
- “Clingfilm” by Francis Scappaticci
- “Artist” by Y.J. Zhu
The best of the Willesden Herald international new short stories competition 2012, bringing you stories are set as far afield as Canada, China, Iran as well as Britain and Ireland.
- “Apartment” by Y.J. Zhu
- “Blue Raincoat” by Teresa Stenson
- “Dancing with the Flag Man” by Nemone Thornes
- “Gusul” by Adnan Mahmutovic
- “Homecoming” by Alex Barr
- “Out of Season” by Mary O’Shea
- “Overnight Miracles” by A.J. Ashworth
- “Set Dance” by Angela Sherlock
- “The Bedroom” by Micheal Coleman
- “The Place” by David Frankel
- “Thingummy Wotsit” by Adrian Sells
- “Victor” by Emma Martin
‘Every human type and taste is here – sad, funny, fresh, sharp, gripping, sour and sweet – delicious small mysteries that suddenly reveal their secret hearts.’ (Maggie Gee)
The best of the Willesden Herald international short story prize 2011. Twelve new stories set as far afield as China and New Zealand, Sweden and the US as well as several from Britain and Ireland.
- Wena Poon – The Architects
- Toby Litt – Veronika and Roger-Roger
- Julia Goubert – In the Land of Flies
- Willie Davis – Emily Strabnow’s Freckles
- Nuala Ní Chonchúir – Letters
- Kevin Spaide – Monkey Hat
- Carys Davies – Precious
- Jonathan Attrill – Love and Longing in the Marvellous City
- Peggy Riley – Pearl
- Tom Vowler – Busy. Come. Wait.
- Paul McGuire – Hope Street
- Jo Cannon – Shutters
- Jarred McGinnis – Learning Stick
- Henrietta Rose-Innes – Falling
Fourteen of the best short stories of the year 2010 from brilliant new and award-winning authors, seven by men and seven by women. The stories are set in Australia, Ireland, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, UK, US and more.