And yes, believe it or not, Toby Litt is a previous contributor to New Short Stories. We have an embarrassment of riches, in that sense, though still seeking adverts (zero so far) for our latest edition, the eleventh in the series.
You can read “Veronika and Roger-Roger” by Toby Litt in Willesden Herald: New Short Stories 4 (2010).
“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.”Toby Litt
“If you find these interesting, you might like to read the other literary essays in my book Mutants.”Toby Litt
‘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)
We are thrilled and honoured to announce that David Means has kindly agreed to be the judge for the eighth annual Willesden Herald international short story competition.
David Means’ stories have a diamond-like sharpness and clarity, in which we visit locations, society and climates as vividly as in a waking dream. I couldn’t point to Sault Ste Marie on the map but I feel I’ve been there. I’ve never hung onto a train but I sort of know what it’s like now. I’ve never lived in an apartment in New York or slept rough but…you get the picture? Writers, you have your work cut out for you.
Wikipedia: David Means
The Spot by David Means review by James Lasdun in the Guardian
Interview with David Means in the New York Times
Short stories by David Means in The New Yorker
NY podcast: David Means reads Chef’s House by Raymond Carver
David Means’ author page at Faber and Faber
So intercept a story when it stops at traffic lights, shine its windscreen with a piece of tissue paper the size of a coin, run home, type it out and send it to us as soon as electronically possible. Or whatever your process is. Closing date: Friday, 21 December 2012.
- Wena Poon – The Architects
- Toby Litt – Veronika and Roger-Roger
- Julia Goubert – In the Land of Flies
- Willie Davis – Emily Strabnow’s Freckles
- Nuala Ní Chonchúir – Letters
- Kevin Spaide – Monkey Hat
- Carys Davies – Precious
- Jonathan Attrill – Love and Longing in the Marvellous City
- Peggy Riley – Pearl
- Tom Vowler – Busy. Come. Wait.
- Paul McGuire – Hope Street
- Jo Cannon – Shutters
- Jarred McGinnis – Learning Stick
- Henrietta Rose-Innes – Falling
Fourteen of the best short stories of the year 2010 from brilliant new and award-winning authors, seven by men and seven by women. The stories are set in Australia, Ireland, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, UK, US and more.