EYELANDS BOOK AWARDS 2021

Eyelands gr. & Strange Days Books are glad to announce the

EYELANDS BOOK AWARDS

NEW! Eyelands Awards online edition!

NEW category for writers U-18

NEW! Online Certification document for every finalist!


Grand prize (published books): Five-day holiday in Athens plus a special handmade ceramic designed especially for Eyelands Book Awards and publication (excerpts) online on our website. The ceremony will take place in Athens in May 2022. Alternative prize: (in case of travel restrictions): online ceremony & translation of the prize winner book in Greek

Grand prize (unpublished books): Translation into Greek and publication from Strange Days Books

Ten more prizes, one for each category of every section, also win a special handmade ceramic designed especially for Eyelands Book Awards and a book from Strange Days books!

Certification document for every prize.
Online Certification document for every finalist
Final results are to be announced on December 30, 2021.

All prize winners

A special handmade ceramic designed especially for Eyelands Book Awards

Certification document for every prize.

A book –English edition- from Strange Days books

PLUS: An e-book edition from strange days ALL ABOUT 2021 EYELANDS BOOK AWARDS with excerpts of your winning book (limit: 500 -700 words) selected by the prize winners.

All finalists
Online
Certification document for every finalist

Judges: P.H.C. Marchesi (children’s books/graphic novels), Gail Sidonie Šobat (poetry) Andriana Minou (U-18 prize-short stories) Gregory Papadoyiannis (novels – historical fiction/memoir) Grand Awards Judge: P.H.C. Marchesi, Gail Sidonie Šobat

Entry fee: $30 (27 euros) Early bird submissions: $ 22 (20 euros) Submission fee for U18: 10 euros
Early bird submission fee for every finalist of the previous contests!

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES & DATES & DETAILS

Opening: June 10, 2021

Closing: October 20, 2021 at midnight PST.

Submit your book or manuscript online $30.00 (27 euros)

Early bird submission $ 22 (20 euros) till September 1st, 2021.

Eligible submissions include: poetry, novellas, short story collections, novels, children’s books, historical fiction/memoir, graphic novels.

Multiple submissions allowed.

Early bird submission fee for every additional submission

Simultaneous submissions allowed, but please notify us if full manuscript is accepted elsewhere. 

Finalists for every category to be announced on November 20, 2021

Final results are to be announced on Wednesday, December 30, 2021.

There are no restrictions regarding nationality

U-18 category (special discount) fee: 10 ePuros

Parents’ consent needed to cofirm the submission.

Manuscripts must be written in English.

There is no restriction about the form or style of writing. We prefer the pages to be numbered. Files should be uploaded as an MS Word document or PDF. Fill the entry form, copy and paste it in the body of your email.

Submit your manuscript online to: eyelandsmag@gmail.com 

Or: strangedaysbooks@gmail.com

CONFIRMATION letter to every submission


PRIZES & PUBLICITY

Section: Published books

Grand Prize: A five-day holiday in Athens plus a special handmade ceramic designed especially for Eyelands Book Awards and publication (excerpts) online on our website. Eyelands cover all accommodation costs for the award winner. Air tickets not included. The author must agree to participate in the EBA ceremony (which will be held in Athens) and the related publicity (interviews etc.). If for any reason the writer won’t be available to attend the ceremony the prize will be send via mail and EBA will invite the grand prize winner of the unpublished category.

Alternative prize (in case of travel restrictions): online ceremony & translation of the prize winner’s book in Greek

Grand prize (unpublished books): Translation into Greek and publication from Strange Days Books

There will be five finalists for each category.

Five more prizes, one for each category, also win a special handmade ceramic designed especially for Eyelands Book Awards

Certification document for every prize.

Section: Unpublished books

Grand prize: Translation into Grek and publication from Strange Days Books.

Five more prizes, one in each category, also win a special handmade ceramic designed especially for Eyelands Book Awards

There will be five finalists for each category.

Certification document for every prize.

A book from Strange Days Books to every prize winner.

Online Certification document for every finalist

All prize winners

A special handmade ceramic designed especially for Eyelands Book Awards

Certification document for every prize.

A book –English edition- from Strange Days books

E-Book edition with excerpts of the prize-winning books u (limit: 500 -700 words for each ).


All finalists
Online
Certification document

U-18 category (special discount) fee: 10 euros / All kinds of books eligible

ENTRY FORM

(one entry form per book):

Title:

Author:

Category:

Publisher: (for published books only)

ISBN: (for published books only)

Address:

E-Mail:

AWARD CATEGORIES (select one per entry application):

The following are eligible:

1/Full-length books of fiction (novels or novellas of any genre)

2/Collections of short stories by one author

3/Collected and selected poems

4/Historical fiction – Memoir

5/Children’s books – Graphic Novels      

6/U-18 category for every kind of book (three prizes)

Any text/book from 8.000 words is eligible

Any text/poetry collection (up to 250 pages) written by a single author is eligible

Any text/book written by two or more writers is also eligible. In this case, accommodation in Athens will be shared

EBA follows the CLMP Contest Code of Ethics.

PAYMENT

Pay via paypal – See the banner on this website

Click the «buy now» button. Fill the description with: EBA

Entry fee: $30 (27 euros)

Early bird submissions: $ 22 (20 euros)

* After the payment is complete, you can send the email with your manuscript as an attachment and the entry form completed, copied and pasted in the body of your email

*An email confirmation that your entry has been received will be sent within three/four days

* We do accept simultaneous submissions

* Every writer can submit more books with the early bird payment fee of $22 for each book

*There is no fee for the first prize winners of previous Eyelands international short story contests

*All books must have been published between September 20, 2016 and September 20, 2021.

If you have any questions, please contact us at

eyelandsmag@gmail.com  [or]  strangedaysbooks@gmail.com

LINKS
See more at:

https://eyelandsawards.com/

www.eyelands.gr

https://www.facebook.com/eyelands.portal/

Sailing trees – trees of the future

The last two of our tree prizes are ready to sail. They are the prizes for our two grand prize winners. Unfortunately there will be no awards ceremony in 2021 due to the pandemic. So we have at least to send the tree prizes to Jennifer Steil / United Kingdom (grand prize for published book) and Gail Sidonie Šobat /Canada (grand prize for unpublished book).
The good news is that we are very close to get the rights for the Greek translation of Jennifer Steil’s Exile Music (it was the alternative instead of invite her in Athens to attend the ceremony). So this year we will publish both of our grand prizes plus the Three Rock Prize, Lizardmaid, by Robin Luce Martin.

You can see the last two of our tree prizes to sail. Actually they are the last trees of their kind as Constantinos Malousaris won’t make any more of them. In the background you can see the trees prizes of new contest made by the artist Irene Lakka.

TREE PRIZES READY TO SHIP!

All prize winners of each category will soon receive a handmade ceramic tree*, created by Constantinos Malousaris especially for Eyelands Book Awards. There are 10 tree prizes ready to ship (we keep Grand prize-trees for the award ceremony), two for each subcategory. Each one of them is unique as they are all handmade. Special Distinctions get different kind of handmade ceramics.

With Kafka’s “Art needs craft more than craft needs art” as a basic principle, I strive to find the balance between pleasure and the therapeutic quality of making, creating objects and the additional achievement of making a living and acquiring recognition through it.

Constantinos Malousaris was born in 1972 in Athens. There, he studied photolithography and graphic arts. In 1997, and along with his friend Margarita Leousi, they made the fanzine “walk in the Park”. From then until 2009, he did not stop writing texts, but did not consider it necessary to publish them. He worked for two years at the publishing house ‘Astir’. He was a key contributor to the literary magazine “Fortezza”. He participates as a publishing consultant in the publishing group “Strange Days”. Fifteen years ago he decided to live in Rethymno, Crete.  A series of (at first glance) unrelated  events, people and situations led him to earn his living through creating and selling ceramic objects.
For more than two years, he studied with  the pottery makers Giorgos and Natassa Vardaxi in Rethymnon, who taught him a lot but mainly to dare to become “self-taught”, to experiment with techniques, search for his own ways and not to be afraid to narrate stories he wanted to tell using his own hand-made ceramics instead of words.
He manufactures objects mainly from stoneware clay and combines clay, oxides, paint and glass techniques to create pleasant, face-to-face, use-and-touch objects. The electric furnace and the high temperatures allow for results that he likes to call space therapy objects, always with the challenge of being able to do what inspires your imagination within the strict discipline required by pottery art.

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Tree for novel and historical fiction

*hand build ceramic items, aprox. 20 cm height and 6-8 cm diameter. Stoneware clay, hand painted with engobe colors and twice in the kiln at 1100c.

COOPER WHITE (EBA 2020, Special Distinction) INTERVIEW

//Questions by Andriana Minou

Cooper White / Mysteries

Cooper White from New Zealand is the second U18 writer born in September, 2008 (!) who won a special distinction in Eyelands Book Awards 2020 –The ‘’Mysteries’’ book, like Maximum flight by Abigail Keoghan were undoubtedly the two most wonderful suprises for all of us in this year’s contest. The least we have to do in the next contest is to create a new U18 category searching for more ‘’wonderkids’’. The least we can do here is to ask Cooper White a very few questions just to make a short interview. It’s probably his first but it’s for sure that it wil be just the first of many of them in the years to come!

When did you start writing fiction?

About 2016, when I wrote  Derek Watterson and the Invasion of the Zombie Marshmallows (Don’t read it, it has a LOT of grammatical errors).

What are you inspired from?

I go outside and talk to myself, so I get some (well, most) of my ideas from those sessions.

Tell us about some of your favourite authors and books.

Jeff Kinney and Liz Pichon are  some of my favourite authors, and their book series entertain me the most. These are Tom Gates, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

Why do you think writing and reading books is important?

The same reason why writing and reading books are important. They raise peoples curiosity and imagination.

In your book “Mysteries”, there is a very interesting passage about cats. I believe cats are mentally superior creatures that have secretly taken over the world. What is your theory about cats?

My theory about cats: ‘They need to make pyramid schemes to take over the world first.’

What are your dreams about your future career as an author?

I have already started work on my next book called “Corruption”, and I want to get proper illustrations for it other than looking at Apple’s Stock Photos and going “ye.” But in all seriousness, this is a viable ca’;[]=

ABIGAIL KEOGHAN – (EBA 2020 Special Distinction) INTERVIEW

Two wonderful surprises for Eyelands Book Awards 2020 international contest -two writers U18 submitted their book and won special distinctions. Abigail Keoghan, a 12 year old girl from Ireland reached the finalists (short) list with Maximum Flight /subcategory Children’s Book! Obviously the youngest ever finalist of EBA. An astonishing flight for sure, but for the maximum of her talent we have to wait -the future is all hers!

interview by Andriana Minou

When did you start writing fiction?

I started writing fiction when I was ten years old in the creative writing camp that I went to.

Describe your favourite time and place for writing.

My favourite place would have to be sitting on my bed wrapped up in a toasty blanket before I drift to sleep.

Tell us some of your favourite authors and books.

I have multiple favourite authors but my favourites would have to be  J.K Rowling, David Walliams and Tomi Adeyemi and my favourite books are The Harry Potter Series, Demon Dentist and Children of Blood and Bone.

Why do you think writing and reading books is important?

I think writing and reading books are important because not only is the creative thinking flowing though writers mind on what to write next but it’s inspiring imagination for the readers.

In your book “Maximum Flight”, the protagonists are flying women who are being exploited due to their special abilities. I saw this as a metaphor for the fight for women’s rights. What inspired you to write this book?

I got the inspiration for the book from another book called “Maximum Ride” I read a bit of the book before the pandemic and needed inspiration for the competition and it took me a while before I thought of the book and decided to write a book similar to it creating “Maximum Flight”.

What are your dreams on your future career as an author?

I hope to become a popular author when I grow up and publish multiple books in book stores if possible worldwide, I really hope to be a popular author when I grow up.





My name is Abigail Keoghan and I live in Ballsbridge, Dublin, Ireland. I am twelve years old and I have a younger sister who is seven years old. I got my inspiration for writing by my book-loving aunts both wishing to publish a book. I love to write. My first book that I wrote was called 1941. It was about a young fourteen year old girl who went on a mission to save her father. I entered it into a competition when I was ten. Sadly I didn’t win but I decided to enter another competition the Eyelands’s book awards competition with Kenya’s Education (originally called Education or not I must learn something). I just love to write and I wish to become an author or artist when I am older