Coming Soon: New Short Stories 12

Announcement: 371 entries received. Ten to comprise New Short Stories 12. “Watch this space.”

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.]

Announcement on Twitter

Photo: The picture shows this year’s one-off prize mug inscribed “The Willesden Short Story Prize 2022” standing in an array of books.

David Butler wins the Colm Tóibín prize

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Jo Lloyd’s Stories on Strong Edge Hill Shortlist 2021

(It’s always gratifying to see a mention for our own short story competition. Ed.)
Full shortlist and selected stories online: Announcement – 2021 Edge Hill Shortlist.

Writing Course Online with Toby Litt

Follow the links to a free 10-part writing course online by the acclaimed novelist Toby Litt.

New Yorker Fiction: “The Depletion Prompts” by David Means

A series of paragraphs in the form of suggestions about how to write this story itself, complete with an audio reading by the author. David Means was a judge for our short story competition one year.

Lucy Caldwell Takes BBC National Short Story Award 2021

Twitter: Lucy Caldwell shares links to some of her stories online

Three-time nominated Lucy Caldwell has won the sixteenth BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University (NSSA) with ‘All the People Were Mean and Bad’, a story taken from her 2021 collection, Intimacies. The news was announced live on BBC Front Row by 2021 Chair of Judges, James Runcie. Caldwell, a multi-award-winning writer from Belfast, was previously shortlisted in 2012 and 2019.

BBC Radio 4 National Short Story Award 2021

2022 One Dublin One Book: “Nora” by Nuala O’Connor

“Every year we choose a book that we hope will capture the imaginations of the people of Dublin, of all ages and walks of life, and I know that Nora will prove a rewarding reading experience for all who engage with One Dublin One Book 2022. For the centenary of the publication of Ulysses, it’s important for us to honour the contemporary writers Joyce has inspired, as well as the woman who inspired him. We look forward to working with Nuala O’Connor to create a programme of events next April that we hope will encourage many discussions and conversations.”

Dublin City Librarian, Mairead Owens

Leave Society – a new novel by Tao Lin

1. New York Times article. 2. Penguin Leave Society by Tao Lin. 3. About Willesden Herald Stories

Tokyo – a novel by Nicholas Hogg

Nicholas Hogg’s short story Paradise was included in the first Willesden Herald New Short Stories anthology. He has gone on to great things. Visit NicholasHogg.com.

Vote for Writing.ie Short Story of the Year 2020

Read all the stories and vote for your favourite. The list includes “The Emperor of Russia” by Jaki McCarrick, nominated by us from our New Short Stories 11, so yes we are a bit prejudiced! (Ed.)