A widow in her sixties is given a lift home from a party by a mysterious stranger. She wonders what will happen when he stops the car in a quiet lane well past midnight.
New Short Stories is not the only site featuring monthly stories. Here’s one from The Incubator.
via September 2018 – The Lift | the incubator
The author Kevin Barry chose not one but two of Caoilinn Hughes’ stories as his prizewinners in this year’s Moth Short Story Prize, which he judged anonymously. Psychobabble takes first prize, and is, according to Barry, “a story that walks a difficult road in terms of its tone or note – it’s a dark situation dealt with not lightly but with an effervescence in the line, in the sentence-making, and it’s this vivacity that elevates the piece above the rest. It’s both poignant and very funny, emotional yet sardonic. The writer has great control.”
via Debut novelist Caoilinn Hughes comes first (and third!) in The Moth Short Story Prize
Follow the links to read Kevin Barry’s comments in full and the three prizewinning stories in The Irish Times online.
David Means reading and interview in the Firkin Crane as part of the Cork International Short Story Festival 2017, moderated by Sinéad Gleeson
Link: Cork International Short Story Festival, September 12-15 2018
Introduction 00:00 – 01:13
Reading 01:13 – 21:40
Discussion 21:40 – 51:22
You can read the rest of “Fistfight, Sacramento, August 1950” by David Means online here in Harper’s magazine.
David Means was the judge for our short story competition in 2013. You can read the prizewinning stories in Willesden Herald: New Short Stories 7.
The winner of this year’s RTÉ Guide/Penguin Ireland Short Story Competition is The Rain Falls Differently Over There by Niall McArdle, a meditation on loss, reconnection and the power of memory.
“There’s lots needs sorting out now, said Siobhán back in the peace of the house. The last of the funeral crowd had left. …”
Link: Read the RTÉ Guide/Penguin Ireland Short Story Competition winner
“When I was fifteen, my younger sister died. It happened very suddenly. She was twelve then, in her first year of junior high. …”
Read: “The Wind Cave” by Haruki Murakami | The New Yorker
The Willesden Herald New Short Stories Story of the Month
September 2018: The Almost-Widow by Carina Buckley
“If I had known, then, that a dull night’s companionable reading would prove on reflection to be a moment of perfect bliss, it’s hard to say what I would have done. Is the horror past or present? All I know is that right now, today, I am greedy for those days, and all the ones I had are not enough. It was their timelessness that made them worth having.”
Carina Buckley grew up in Margate, Kent, and now lives in Salisbury. She works in higher education and has recently completed her first novel, THE TRANSPARENCY OF WATER. She is working on a collection of short stories as well as a full-length play, SINCE I LAST SAW MY SISTER. She has had two short plays performed at the Salisbury Fringe festival.
A wagonload of ace short stories in the Irish Times online, including from Kevin Barry, Colm Tóibín, Danielle MacLoughlin*, Thomas Morris*, William Wall, Nuala O’Connor*, Sally Rooney, Paul McVeigh and many more.
Link: The Irish Times – Short Stories
* Past contributors to Willesden Herald | New Short Stories
August 27, 2018 Issue
Ways and Means
By Sana Krasikov
“Oliver had been placed on indefinite leave. The latest rumor was that another allegation had surfaced.”
Link: “Ways and Means” | The New Yorker read by the author