— Toby Litt (@tobylitt) February 22, 2019
“If you find these interesting, you might like to read the other literary essays in my book Mutants.” (Toby Litt)
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.
“Alex has a problem. Categorized as one of the disabled, dole-scrounging underclass, she is finding it hard to make ends meet. Now, in her part time placement at the local newspaper, she’s stumbled onto a troubling link between the disappearance of several homeless people, the new government Care and Protect Bill and the sinister extension of the Grassybanks residential home for the disabled, elderly and vulnerable. Can she afford the potential risk to herself and her wonderful guide dog Chris of further investigation?”
‘Laugh and weep! With wit, flair and imagination, Tanvir Bush unfolds the secret life of a nation on benefits. Our nation….’ Fay Weldon
Tanvir Bush’s short story “Rictus” about the meeting of modern medicine and faith healing in a rural clinic in Africa, featured in our own New Short Stories 10.
Dating back to the 1920s, this vital showcase of shorter fiction was relaunched in 2011 under the editorship of novelist, editor and anthologist, Nicholas Royle | Discover Best British Short Stories now https://t.co/xMFa6vUE2f pic.twitter.com/rlQ4OKR6lI
— Salt (@saltpublishing) November 4, 2018
Unless you’re rich in both time and money, it’s unlikely you subscribe to all the journals featuring short stories and read all the collections in any given year, so this is a good way to get a “best of” selection and keep in touch. The 2013 edition contained a story that originated in our own New Short Stories anthology that year (“Curtains” by Charles Lambert.) Here’s a direct link to Best British Short Stories 2018.
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.