Photo: Entrance to the new Willesden Green Library Centre, London NW10
Announcement: Shortlist for the Willesden Short Story Prize 2022
The ten stories shortlisted for the Willesden Short Story Prize 2022 in alphabetical order by author
- Shoes by David Butler
- Remembering Not Forgetting by Helen Harjak
- Vevey by Catherine McNamara
- Haircut by Andy Mead
- Cuckquean by Jackie Morris
- My Last Journey with Baron Baldanders by Peter Newall
- Empathy by Diana Powell
- Things we see, things we don’t by Anju Sharma
- Forecast for Rain by Lui Sit
- Hotline by Zakia Uddin
Thanks to all who entered for making our selection task so difficult with the high standard of writing. The total number of entries was 371. It was painful having to leave out many outstanding short stories.
There will be a special event to announce 1st prize and runners-up and to launch the anthology, New Short Stories 12. Details to follow.
LA Times review: Two Nurses Smoking: Stories by David Means
David Means was the judge for Willesden Herald New Short Stories 7 (2013).
Coming Soon: New Short Stories 12
Short Story Competition: Closing Date Wednesday 31 August
August 29, Monday. Good morning! The total number of short stories in the inbox as of this morning stands at 279. [Ed.]
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Photo: The picture shows this year’s one-off prize mug inscribed “The Willesden Short Story Prize 2022” standing in an array of books.
2022 Writers, Don’t Let Me Down! Ed.
Your forebears could hunt an epiphany through the great forest of Um without breaking a twig and spear it with words sharpened on the soles of their feet. Arise, put on your leotards and send in your short stories, ye of this century…(Enough, thank you. Get to the music. Ed.)
One-Off Mug inscribed
Short Story Prize 2022
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Story of the Month, July 2022
A guest story to cool the air this summer. Sean Brijbasi has kindly lent us this far out story as a reprint from his unknowed book of the same name. Sean is one of the unknowed people behind the Willesden short story competition. Please do not write in to tell us that unknowed is not a word! (Ed.)
The Willesden Herald Story of the Month
July 2022: The Unknowed Things by Sean Brijbasi
… To my surprise, I received a response, stating that a vice admiral couldn’t be blamed for the consequences of my ingratitude. Such a knowing people, I thought. It was true. Lily had given me everything even when I didn’t ask, appearing with unexpected gifts even when I deserved nothing. She told me the most beautiful stories that I, in turn, told to others as if they were my own …
Sean Adrian Brijbasi lives in America.
Sometimes he writes.
“You get the feeling that NO ONE CAN SEE THE WORLD I LIVE IN by Sean Brijbasi is the kind of book inspired by people who will most likely never read it.” –Rail Drinks Magazine (?)
David Butler wins the Colm Tóibín prize
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Announcement: Jarred McGinnis to judge Willesden Short Story Comp.
We’re delighted to announce that novelist and short story writer Jarred McGinnis has agreed to judge the Willesden Herald Short Story Competition 2022. An American abroad, his debut novel The Coward (Canongate, 2021) was a BBC2 national television “Between the Covers” recommendation. It is also about to be published in the US and in France, Italy and Spain later this year. He has many strings to his bow, including short fiction for BBC Radio 4 and much more besides, which you can read all about on his website. He is no stranger to our competition, having had a short story in New Short Stories 4. (Submit)
Willesden Short Story Competition 2022
We’re back with a competition for inclusion in Willesden Herald: New Short Stories 12. Open to international entries. Closing date will be August 31, 2022. Entry fee £5. There are ten prizes, as follows:
- 1st prize: £300 + one-off inscribed Willesden Herald mug
- 2nd: £200
- 3rd: £100
- 7 x £50
- Plus you get a copy of the anthology when it’s published.
Judge: Jarred McGinnis (updated 20 Feb. 2022)
Please visit our submittable.com page for full details and to Submit.
Photo: One-off Willesden Herald mug inscribed “Willesden Short Story Prize 20xx”