‘A ring had entered the house. It was a small bomb, a potentiality. What else entered a house? A child. A bride. A plague.’
— Granta (@GrantaMag) March 1, 2019
I have a new story, ‘My Biggest Insecurity About the Garden’ in @GrantaMag.
It’s about freaky infrastructure, sociability, slippery footholds in one’s life + environment. Or: A Finnish UN systems engineer goes on a business trip to Singapore. 🙏 @lukeneima
— Caoilinn Hughes (@CaoilinnHughes) February 4, 2019
— Granta (@GrantaMag) October 8, 2018
How can we resist? What’s that you say, “Quite easily?” Tautly written and explicit.
In partnership with Commonwealth Writers, Granta publishes the regional winners of the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Ingrid Persaud’s ‘The Sweet Sop’ is the winning entry from the Caribbean, and the overall winner of the 2017 prize.
After taking the Commonwealth Prize for “winning entry from the Caribbean” in 2017, Ingrid Persaud’s story The Sweet Sop has just been awarded the BBC National Short Story award 2018, a whopping £15,000 prize.
You can read the story by following the link to Granta from June 2017 and/or you can also follow links from the BBC’s NSSA 2018 winner announcement page to listen to a reading of “The Sweet Sop” as well as the other short-listed stories. You might question how the same story can win prizes in two competitions in successive years but never mind that, let’s just say congratulations to Ingrid and “More power to her elbow.”
Sheila Heti and Tao Lin discuss writing about motherhood and psychedelics, what changes when you begin to write under contract, and narrative forms that mimic the menstrual cycle: https://t.co/xfxlbaWAzv
— Granta (@GrantaMag) August 29, 2018
A conversation about their experiences writing books under contract and dealing with editors, agents etc. Tao Lin’s story “Sasquatch” was short-listed for the Willesden Herald prize in our first year (2005/6).
Trial and error – I don’t know of any other way to write. I try something this way and I try it that way, over and over and over.
Which brings me back to the notion of tentativeness – to doubt and uncertainty and to the exhilarating openness which comes with that, to whatever might come along.
Another twice contributor to Willesden Herald New Short Stories is Carys Davies, whose short stories are wonderfully imaginative, funny and engrossing. Two of the stories in her Frank O’Connor Prize-winning collection The Redemption of Galen Pike are also found in our New Short Stories 3 and New Short Stories 4. Her latest book is West, a novel, published by Granta Books, April 2018.