Coming Soon: Stories from the Books

I’m pleased to announce that we will be featuring some of the great short stories from the Willesden Herald book series New Short Stories, to appear in the Story of the Month slot, by prior arrangement with the writers. Already three or four are lined up. Meanwhile you can browse the books, which are all still available, here.

Authors: If you had a story short-listed in any year of the competition and wouldn’t mind seeing it featured here, please let me know, as these will only be published with your permission. There’s a back-issue book awarded for each story contributed. (Ed.)

“Alligator and Other Stories” by Dima Alzayat for Picador (2020)

“Picador has acquired a collection of short stories from “really exciting talent” Dima Alzayat. Editor Ansa Khan Khattak bought UK and Commonwealth rights for Alligator and Other Stories from Juliet Pickering at Blake Friedmann. It is scheduled for publication in 2020.” (The Bookseller)

Merryn Glover on the Cairngorms (BBC Countryfile magazine)

All about and how to order Willesden Herald: New Short Stories 7

Danielle McLaughlin receives Windham-Campbell award

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.

Irish short story writers, get into this

RTÉ has been a terrific supporter and host for the short story genre, through their annual Francis MacManus short story competition, an opportunity for 10 writers to have their stories featured on Irish national radio as well as a shot at one of the big three prizes. Irish short story writers, you’ll never get a better opportunity to be heard.

Check the rules carefully. For example, each page must end on a full stop; haven’t seen that one before but it makes sense for reading out on the radio. Postal entries only. Follow the rules carefully, check one-by-one. Otherwise you might as well throw your hat at it. (Steve)

Friends of Willesden Herald take both Southword fiction chapbook awards 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.

Submissions window closed/opened

We have closed to submissions pro tem, hoping to open again, maybe later this year. Thank you to readers and writers for your interest and support to date. Cheers! (Stephen)

Update: Reopened March 2019, with a view to sporadic publication, when particular stories ring the bells that still can ring, to invoke dear old Leonard Cohen.

Letters are better than comments! No?

We don’t have comments under articles here but from now on we encourage you to send us letters on anything you feel might be of interest to our readers. A new page will be dedicated to your letters here and copies or links to them may appear in the Willesden Herald blog. Is this a steam punk innovation in the digital age? Will any letters ever come in? Let’s wait and see. [Ed.]

Email letters to editor@willesdenherald.com.

Oh and you can rest assured there won’t be comments on the letters either, though others might send letters in response.

Introducing: Occasional Poems

The idea is that amid the short stories and literary goings-on there will be occasional poems, which will also be “Occasional Poems.” Poets Laureate have to write them for state events but occasions are not only royal births, weddings and deaths. One recent example was the centenary of the 1918 armistice, no? Yours might be very personal and it need not be topical, it could be from the past or an imagined future, perhaps.

Please send submissions together with a biographical note for publication, to editor@willesdenherald.com. You retain all rights, and each poem will be marked as copyright your name and the year.

Published 21/11/2018. Updated passim 21/11/2018, 27/11/2018, 11/12/2018, 23/12/2018.