“They are ﬂames, moving up the hill from the village, torches lighting faces in the crowd. The voices build.”
— For Books’ Sake (@forbookssake) April 15, 2019
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.”
Don’t forget your form guide to runners and riders for literary awards, The Willesden Herald, if you’re betting at Ladbrokes.
— SJ Moran (@storyofthemonth) March 13, 2019
Congratulations to Danielle McLaughlin on being one of the writers to receive this outstanding award. Danielle was the winner of the Willesden Herald New Short Stories prize 2013, as adjudicated by David Means. You can read her story “Holidaying with the Megarrys” in Willesden Herald: New Short Stories 7.
My story from St. Petersburg in the early 1990s is up on @ScoundrelTime! Thank you, @Karen_E_Bender and @paulawhyman for your thoughtful questions that helped to get the turns of this story just right. This is from my upcoming book Like Water w @WTAWPress! https://t.co/5pA3Czs3U9
— Olga Zilberbourg (@bowlga) February 19, 2019
Congratulations to the winners of the Southword Fiction Chapbook Competition! A Middle Eastern No by Jill Widner (Best International Chapbook) and It’s Not Me It’s You by Brian Kirk (Best Irish Chapbook) will be published in autumn 2019. Read more here: https://t.co/jsV9iSp7Ph pic.twitter.com/WuGx9o55zO
— Munster Literature Centre (@MunLitCentre) February 15, 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.
‘If only I were a different person, I would find it easy to tell you what I feel about you. But I can’t. I live in the subjunctive – the lonely, ghostly silence of if only…’
— Toby Litt (@tobylitt) February 1, 2019
“Ian McMillan gets into the subjunctive mood with brand new writing from Toby Litt, a new poetry commission from Holly Pester, on the subjunctive in welsh with Menna Elfyn and Rob Drummond explains why the subjunctive is dying out amongst the young…” (The Verb, BBC Radio 3, 1 Feb. 2019)
The Willesden Herald New Short Stories Story of the Month
January 2019: Disappearing by Barbara Robinson
… Later, John places the kettle on the hob. I’m sitting at his kitchen
table again, rolling another joint. My eyes are level with his waistband
as he leans across me to take cups from a shelf, the tip of his tan-coloured
leather belt close to my face. I yank it …
Barbara Robinson has an MA in Creative Writing from MMU and reads at literary events in Manchester. Her short story Supersum was short-listed for the 2016 Willesden Herald prize and her novel Elbow Street shortlisted for the 2018 Andrea Badenoch Fiction Award and longlisted for the Grindstone Literary 2018 Novel Prize. She has had short stories published in Ellipsis Zine and Fictive Dream.
— An Post Irish Book Awards (@AnPostIBAS) November 27, 2018
By coincidence, after we setup a page for occasional poetry, one of our past contributors* won a national award for an occasional poem. Link: Read “Birthday” by Brian Kirk, and two other shortlisted poems.
* Brian Kirk’s short story That New Girl was our story of the month for November 2018.
— Fictive Dream (@FictiveDream) November 18, 2018
“…an invisible force pins me to the surface of the road. I feel broken inside, like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle in a sealed plastic bag, then warm, liquid numbness floods me. I see sky, then the inside of my eyelids.”
Superb writing from another of our past contributors, Barbara Robinson, whose evocative and affecting story “Supersum” was in our New Short Stories 9.