Sunday, 28 February 2016
Greenacre Writers and Finchley Literary Festival Short Story Competition
Thank you so much to Rosie, Lindsay and Carol of Greenacre Writers for inviting me to judge the Greenacre Writers and Finchley Literary Festival Short Story Competition.
This will be the first competition I have judged, so I am especially thrilled and excited at the prospect of immersing myself in the entries. Reading short stories is one of my favourite things to do when I'm not writing. Much as I love a good novel, I have never failed to fall under the spell of short fiction, from the Conrad and Hemingway stories I studied at school, to the collected stories of Saki I discovered for myself - slightly less collected these days now my treasured old copy is falling apart - to the short works by Franz Kafka and Thomas Mann I read at university, to the countless stories in magazines and competition anthologies that have inspired my own efforts throughout the years, and to the glorious volumes by my favourite authors - William Trevor, Penelope Lively, Dorothy Whipple, Helen Simpson and Mollie Panter-Downes. The list could go on and on.
The competition requests submissions of a maximum one thousand words on any theme and in any genre. The entry fee is £5, the closing date is May 31st and the first prize is £100. I will be at the festival in June for the announcement of the winners and will be reading an excerpt from When Planets Slip Their Tracks as well. I can hardly wait and hope to see you there!