Over the past sixteen years, I have been instrumental in publishing 139 short stories by 113 writers, not counting myself, from Bosnia, Canada, China, England, India, Ireland, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, USA and Wales.
The last few were online and the rest were in 11 anthologies. I also co-edited two anthologies of poetry. Sales have been very poor but the writers I picked have gone on to win all the major prizes for short stories and some of them are now big names.
Link: Index of contributors to the New Short Stories book series and Story of the Month
* With a nod to The Onion Eaters by J.P. Donleavy
As announced on www.newshortstories.com
I have just sent a newsletter to our 1762 subscribers, with the cover reveal, biographies, publication details etc for Willesden Herald: New Short Stories 10 and other news. Link to view online: Newsletter.
Many thanks to Stratos Fountoulis for the cover design and once again to Lane Ashfeldt, to Liars’ League for continuing support over the years, and to the much-missed Willesden Green Writers’ Group, who helped keep this competition going through hell & high water. And all writers everywhere, here’s to you!
This is something I wrote when I was supposed to be writing something else, recently. And before you tell me, I know The Observer is a Sunday paper.
See you at The Performance Space, Willesden Library Centre, 7:30 pm December 8th for the launch. Katy Darby will announce who will walk away with the priceless mug for 2016. Authors are flying in from far and wide. Actors will read a few short excerpts. Fun will be had.
Update: First prize went to Love and Hair by Olga Zilberbourg, a Russian writer based in San Francisco. Willesden Herald: New Short Stories 9 is now available from Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com & other online booksellers. For report, videos and more, please visit New Short Stories.
“Jailbreak” has been chosen as one of the stories on the theme Justice & Mercy for the Liars’ League wing-ding at 7:30 pm Tuesday March 8th, downstairs at The Phoenix, 37 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0PP. It’s a new story in the Adventures of Carmencita series. I’m well chuffed and looking forward to all the performances on the night.
He’s buried there in Whitefriar Street
and they are buried too,
all the matronly types I fell for…
My poem “Valentine” is published today in Staxtes magazine English Wednesdays.
“Imagine you’re sitting in a coffee shop, reading a novel by Cormac McCarthy, not bothering anybody, when an argument breaks out at another table.”
My flash fiction “Criminals” is in Spelk Fiction this week.
A poem in The Stare’s Nest. At the time I wrote it I used to go to Leeds quite frequently for work and usually, though not always, stayed in the Hilton hotel beside the station. Sometimes I stayed at the Holiday Inn. Oh those expense account days!
|Cover for Time Out, Carmencita
Everybody is dying to meet her. Literally. She scythes her way through the oddballs who answer her lonely hearts advert, who frequent singles bars or are merely fated to encounter her by chance. Still, it’s no good to dwell on past misfortune, especially when it’s not hers. (Time Out, Carmencita – new edition for Kindle, 2014. £0.77p)