EYELANDS BOOK AWARDS 2018 – CEREMONY

Eyelands.gr and Strange Days Books invite you to our very first

 

EYELANDS BOOK AWARDS CEREMONY

MAY 4th 2019, 18:00

Eyelands Book Awards-ceremony

With guests of honor:

Authors

Catherine McNamara (Australia/Italy)

Book: The Cartography of Others
Grand prize winner for published book

Gita –Theodora Simic (Bosnia-Herzegovina)

Book: Occam’s Razor

Prize winner for unpublished novel

 

We will read excerpts from the Prize winner books and talk with the award winning authors who will speak about their books and talk with the audience

The ceremony is the first part of the «Spring Fest» of Strange Days Books and Eyelands.gr. Presentations of two new books will follow after the awards ceremony.

 

Guests Authors: Despina Charalampidi, Victoria Makri, Georgia Mama

From Strange Days Publishing: Stavroula Diamanti, Gregory Papadoyiannis

 

Polis Art Cafe – Pesmazοglou Street, Athens

https://www.facebook.com/polisartcafe/

 

 

Catherine McNamara

grew up in Sydney, ran away to Paris, and ended up in West Africa running a bar. Her collection Pelt and Other  Stories was longlisted for the Frank O’Connor Award and was semifinalist in the Hudson Prize, and her short stories have been Pushcart nominated, shortlisted and published in the UK, Europe, USA and Australia. Catherine lives in Italy.

 

Gita –Theodora Simic

I grew up in the Balkans (early lessons in the ways of life), and lived in Canada for thirty years (continuation of early lessons) with my husband who is an art historian, a piano teacher, and a HIP music enthusiast. Lately we spend a good part of the year close to the Adriatic Sea, in southern Herzegovina (the sea holds no memories but for the rocky cliffs, the morning mist and clear waters of turquoise blue). I was born on the small and wondrous island of Korcula in Croatia, and later moved to Belgrade, Serbia. Both countries denied me citizenship after the break-up of Yugoslavia.

My background is in philosophy and IT. I had studied philosophy and history at the Belgrade University before moving to Canada, where I obtained a diploma in computer programming/systems analysis, with specialization in mid-range computers.

I am a systems analyst by day (for almost twenty-five years), historical fiction writer by night(for several years). When a friend asked why I write historical fiction, I said: “Wouldn’t you, if you had to spend eight hours a day in a cubicle?”  The literary world does not resound with my name.To date, I have completed nine such short stories, a play, and this novel. I am currently working on my second historical fiction novel, loosely based on the life of Sir Francis Drake and the fate of Raphael’s cartoons. Occam’s Razor, a story of Bernini, was also shortlisted at the 2017 CHAUCER BOOK AWARDS Historical Fiction pre-1750s.

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All about the prize winners – Eyelands Book Awards 2018

 

SHORT STORIES/ PUBLISHED

Townsend Walker / 3 Women, 4 Towns, 5 Bodies / USA

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Townsend Walker draws inspiration from cemeteries, foreign places, violence and strong women.  A collection of short stories, 3 Women, 4 Towns, 5 Bodies was published by Deeds Publishing in 2018. Winner of a Book Excellence Award, an Eyelands Award, and a Pinnacle Award. A novella, La Ronde was published by Truth Serum Press in 2015. Some seventy-five short stories have been published in literary journals and included in ten anthologies. Short Story Awards: two nominations for the PEN/O.Henry Award, first place in the SLO NightWriters contest. Four stories were performed at the New Short Fiction Series in Hollywood. He is currently developing a screenplay based on La Ronde and a novel of linked stories based on the original collage works of the artist Beverly Mills.
UNPUBLISHED

Ruth Brandt / No One Has Any Intention of Building a Wall/ United Kingdom
RuthBrandtRuth Brandt is delighted to win the Unpublished Short Story Collection Award in the Eyelands Book Awards. Her short stories and flash fiction have appeared in anthologies and magazines, including the Bridport Prize 2018, Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual, Into the Void, Neon, Litro and The London Reader. She has had a play performed at Theatre 503 and her poetry published in the Irish Literary Review and Bunbury Magazine. She won the Kingston University MFA Creative Writing Prize 2017 and has been nominated for the Best Small Fictions Award 2019, Pushcart Prize 2016 and Write Well Award 2016. She teaches at Surrey Adult Learning and West Dean College, and is Writer in Residence at the Surrey Wildlife Trust.

 

POETRY /PUBLISHED

Amy Pence / [It] Incandescent / Ninebark/ USA
Amy Pence_2018Amy Pence authored the poetry collections Armor, Amour (Ninebark Press), The Decadent Lovely (Main Street Rag), and the chapbook Skin’s Dark Night (2River Press). Her hybrid book on Emily Dickinson— [It] Incandescent – was released by Ninebark in 2018. A new chapbook of poems, Your Posthumous Dress: Remnants from the Alexander McQueen Collection is forthcoming from dancing girls press in the Fall of 2019. In addition to poetry, Pence has published short fiction in publications such as Western Humanities Review, Women’s Studies Quarterly and online at The Red Fez. Her reviews of books and interviews with writers have appeared on The Rumpus and in Poets & Writers and The Writer’s Chronicle. She works as the Humanities tutor at Pace Academy in Atlanta, teaches a poetry writing class at Emory University, and lives in Pine Lake, Georgia. Links to her work can be found at www.amypence.com.

 

UNPUBLISHED

Jeffrey Kingman / Beyond that hill I gather /USA|
Jeff drumming (2)Jeffrey Kingman lives by the Napa River in Vallejo, California. He is the winner of the 2012 Revolution House Flash Fiction Contest, the winner of the Red Berry Editions 2015 Broadside Contest, a finalist in the 2015 Blue Light Press Chapbook Competition, a finalist in the 2018 Hillary Gravendyk Prize poetry book competition, and he received honorable mention in the 2017 Quercus Review Press Fall Poetry Book Award. He has been published in PANK, Crack the Spine, Squaw Valley Review, and others. Jeff has a Master’s degree in Music Composition and can be heard banging his drums in a band called O Happy Dagger.

 

NOVELS / PUBLISHED

Ashley Lloyd Smith/ Pizza with Jimbob & Twoforks / Liquorice Fish Books/ United Kingdom
ashley loydd smithAshley’s background is in theatre; writing, directing and acting.  He is a Drama graduate of Aberystwyth University and post graduate of the University of Surrey.  His plays have been performed on three continents. His poetry and short stories have been published in a number of anthologies.  He started writing his first published novel, Pizza with Jimbob & Twoforks, whilst on a romantic Valentine’s weekend staying in a Tipi; about a man who murders his wife, regrets it and searches for salvation. His second novel, How I earned my Midpoint bumper sticker, takeson the growing waves of anti-feminist propaganda through the friendship of a promiscuous Canadian stand-up comedienne and an English stay-at-home husband, on a road trip through America.

 

UNPUBLISHED

Gita Theodora Simic/ Occam’s Razor / Bosnia-Herzegovina
G.T. Simic photoI grew up in the Balkans (early lessons in the ways of life), and lived in Canada for thirty years (continuation of early lessons) with my husband who is an art historian, a piano teacher, and a HIP music enthusiast. Lately we spend a good part of the year close to the Adriatic Sea, in southern Herzegovina (the sea holds no memories but for the rocky cliffs, the morning mist and clear waters of turquoise blue). I was born on the small and wondrous island of Korcula in Croatia, and later moved to Belgrade, Serbia. Both countries denied me citizenship after the break-up of Yugoslavia. My background is in philosophy and IT. I had studied philosophy and history at the Belgrade University before moving to Canada, where I obtained a diploma in computer programming/systems analysis, with specialization in mid-range computers.

I am a systems analyst by day (for almost twenty-five years), historical fiction writer by night(for several years). When a friend asked why I write historical fiction, I said: “Wouldn’t you, if you had to spend eight hours a day in a cubicle?”  The literary world does not resound with my name.To date, I have completed nine such short stories, a play, and this novel. I am currently working on my second historical fiction novel, loosely based on the life of Sir Francis Drake and the fate of Raphael’s cartoons. Occam’s Razor, a story of Bernini, was also shortlisted at the 2017 CHAUCER BOOK AWARDS Historical Fiction pre-1750s.

GRAND PRIZE PUBLISHED

Catherine McNamara/ The Cartography of Others / Unbound/ Australia/Italy
KAtherine MacnamaraCatherine McNamara grew up in Sydney, ran away to Paris, and ended up in West Africa running a bar. Her collection Pelt and Other  Stories was longlisted for the Frank O’Connor Award and was semifinalist in the Hudson Prize, and her short stories have been Pushcart nominated, shortlisted and published in the UK, Europe, USA and Australia. Catherine lives in Italy.

GRAND PRIZE UNPUBLISHED

Michael Robinson Morris / For Entertainment Purposes Only / USA

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Eyelands 2nd IFFC/ 2019

ανοιξη - για αφίσαThe contest runs from January 10th through March 20th, 2019
The theme of the contest this year is Spring
First prize: A week holiday at Three Rock Writers resort οn the island of Crete
Three prize winners: publication in anthology, handmade ceramic gift, certificate, complimentary copy of the anthology plus a week holiday at Three Rock Resort with a discount 50% from the regular cost (non obligatory)
Shortlisted stories: Publication in anthology/ Free copy
Judge: Gregory Papadoyiannis
Collaboration: Eyelands.gr (online literature magazine) & Strange Days Books (publishing firm)
Entry fee: 10€

 RULES OF THE CONTEST 

* Theme of the contest: «Spring».

*Entries must be short stories, of any genre, maximum length is 500 words and must be previously unpublished in a book, printed magazine or web-based journal. Entries must be in English

*This is an international contest. There is no restriction such as nationality etc of the author, but you have to be 18 years old on the 11th of January 2019 to enter the contest  –unless there is a parental approval.

* No “eyelands” editor, judge, or relative of theirs, is allowed to enter.

* Entries must be submitted electronically (see below).

* Winners and the short list to be announced on June 10th, 2019

* Copyright of manuscripts remains to the author.

* In addition to the story being published on http://www.eyelands.gr, the author’s acceptance of the prize gives eyelands.gr the right to include the story in the anthology that will appear in book form. Entry gives permission to include the three prize winners and the shortlisted stories in the book which will be published and will be available from “Strange Days” publications.

*Each writer may submit as many stories as they wish, provided they pay a separate entry fee for each story, but only one story of every writer may be included in the short list

* Simultaneous entries are allowed (same piece of work simultaneously entered in other competitions) but you must alert us if your work is placed as a winner or runner up, and your entry will be withdrawn from the competition.

You may voluntarily withdraw your entry from this competition by request via email.

You as the author will retain copyright, but you must allow us temporary and exclusive publishing rights for our anthology if requested.

Withdrawn submissions (for any reason) will not be refunded.

You may be disqualified if any of the rules are not followed.  We will accept corrections to your work from 10th of June till 10th of July.

All prize-winners and shortlisted writers have to renew their approval for the publishing of the anthology till the end of August 2019.


PRIZES & HONORABLE MENTIONS

Triopetra, the beach– First prize is a week holiday at Three Rock Resort, situated in Triopetra beach, one of the most magnificent places of Greece at the south coast of Crete island,) is a studio for 2 persons. Air tickets not included.

First prize winner can choose his/her preferred week of his/her stay in 2019 or 2020 except for the dates between July 1st  – August 25th.

Three more prizes will get a free copy of the book with the winning stories of our contest & a certificate & a Greek handmade ceramic designed especially for the contest from the collection of Artifacts Clayart.

There is also another offer for the three prize winners: a week holiday at Three Rock Resort with a discount 50% from the regular cost (the offer is non obligatory).

All the shortlisted stories (number according to the submissions) will be published in an anthology. The book will be released through “Strange Days” publications and www.amazon.com  in October, 2019. All the shortlisted writers will also get a free copy of the book! The anthology also include the first prize story translated to Greek.

All the shortlisted writers will have a special discount in case they will submit a book for the Eyelands Book Awards 2019 (25 instead of 35 $)

 

ENTRY FORM AND PAYMENT

Pay via paypal – See the banner in eyelands Home Page.

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

Entry fee is 10 euros

Τhere is also the option to make the entry payment via bank/wire transfer. If you choose this option please ask for further details

* After the payment is complete, you can send an e-mail with your story attached in word doc /docx format to:

eyelandsmag@gmail.com
or
strangedaysbooks@gmail.com

writing in the subject line: Eyelands International Flash Fiction Contest or EIF

*An email confirmation that your entry has been received will be sent within three /four days of receiving your e-mail.

*We don’t accept postal entries

* Name, nationality and address of the author are to be submitted in a separate attachment accompanying the entry.

ABOUT THREE ROCK & TRIOPETRA BEACH

Τhree-Rock is a unique studio with a design that combines a touch from the ’60s with the current look and you can also find all the necessary amenities of a modern tourist accommodation. Designed to accommodate two to four people, the studio is one very large furnished room of 70 sq.m., (with a separate bathroom) with a lot of space which allows you to cook, dine, relax all day if you want and can simply and easily be tailored to your taste. The studio has a large terrace (about 25 square m.) at the front, facing the sea, and a back terrace facing east with a view to the hills. The distance from the beach is just 250 meters.

According to several guidebooks and websites, Triopetra is one of the most beautiful beaches in Crete -and Greece. But it remains a beach that is not known to many people. It has fans (from Greece and abroad) who visit it each year and their number is increasing steadily. Still, it remains a kind of unexplored paradise. Guests are able to enjoy a beach that is never crowded, even in the heart of summer, as the length of Triopetra beach is about two kilometers! The beach is an undiscovered paradise, has restaurants, a cafe and a beach bar as well as (free) umbrellas and lounges for those who prefer them. Triopetra beach is also known for yoga courses delivered during the summer months in the surrounding area. Triopetra is situated at the very centre of the island (south part) and that means you can see many interesting places (like Phaistos, Agia Galini, Matala, Preveli) in relatively short distance.

 

 

LINKS, WEBPAGES, BLOGS

EYELANDS
http://www.eyelands.gr
http://www.eyelands.gr/ english section
&
https://eyelandscontes.wordpress.com

STRANGE DAYS BOOKS
www.paraxenesmeres.gr (Greek)
www.strangedaysbooks.gr  (English)

THREE ROCK STUDIO
http://three-rock.blogspot.gr/
*cover painting by Andriana Minou

EYELANDS BOOK AWARDS 2018 FINAL RESULTS – PRIZES

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We are very excited to announce the very first EYELANDS BOOK AWARDS.
The prizes for the year 2018 are:

 

διηγήματα

 SHORT STORIES

PUBLISHED

Townsend Walker / 3 Women, 4 Towns, 5 Bodies / USA

UNPUBLISHED

Ruth Brandt / No One Has Any Intention of Building a Wall/ United Kingdom

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Handmade Tree for Poetry

POETRY

PUBLISHED

Amy Pence / [It] Incandescent / Ninebark/ USA

UNPUBLISHED

Jeffrey Kingman / Beyond that hill I gather /USA

 

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NOVELS

PUBLISHED

Ashley Lloyd Smith/ Pizza with Jimbob & Twoforks / Liquorice Fish Books/ United Kingdom

UNPUBLISHED Gita Theodora Simic/ Occam’s Razor / Bosnia-Herzegovina

GRAND PRIZE PUBLISHED

KAtherine MacnamaraCatherine McNamara/ The Cartography of Others / Unbound/ Australia/Italy

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.

 

 

 

Michael B. Morris

GRAND PRIZE UNPUBLISHED

Michael Robinson Morris / For Entertainment Purposes Only / USA

Grand prize (unpublished books):Publication from Strange Days Books

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We also remind you…

SPECIAL DISTINCTION for MEMOIR/AUTOBIOGRAPHY*

Helen Bedford  /Notes on a childhood  /United Kingdom/

*announced already from 20th of November

EYELANDS BOOK AWARDS 2018 – FINALISTS

We are pleased to announce the finalists for the first Eyelands Book Awards.

First of all we would like to thank all writers for your submissions. It was a surprise for us to receive so many excellent books in our very first year.

We wish we could include more books in this list but we have to remind that the number of finalists is defined according to the number of the books submitted in each category.

These are the finalists for every category:

(order by submission date)

POETRY / (Judge: Andriana Minou)

PUBLISHED

Jason Morphew / Dead Boy / Spuyten Duyvil/ USA
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Amy Pence / [It] Incandescent / Ninebark/ USA
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Amy Schmitz / Border Crossing / National Federation of State Poetry Societies Press/USA
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Gina Ferrara / Fitting the Sixth Finger / Kelsay Books/ USA
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Diana Arterian / Playing monster :: seiche / 1913 press/ USA
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Tami Haaland / What does not return /Lost horse press /USA/
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UNPUBLISHED

Jeffrey Kingman / Beyond that hill I gather /USA
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Helgard Gebhardt / 15 poems / Germany
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SHORT STORIES (Judge: Antonis Tsirikoudis)

PUBLISHED

Townsend Walker / 3 Women, 4 Towns, 5 Bodies / USA
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Catherine McNamara/ The Cartography of Others / Unbound/ Australia/Italy
KAtherine Macnamara

 

UNPUBLISHED

Ruth Brandt / No One Has Any Intention of Building a Wall/ United Kingdom
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Ewa Mazierska/ At Home and In Transit/ United Kingdom
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Michael Robinson Morris / For Entertainment Purposes Only / USA
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Anjali Agrawal / An anthology of short stories / India
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NOVELS (Judge: Gregory Papadoyiannis)

PUBLISHED

J.P. Roarke / From the village of Lucca / Austin Macauley/ USA

Donnalyn Vojta / The Teddy Bear Chronicles, vol.1 Hope in Paris! / New Traditions Publishing/USA
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Cathy Adams / A Body’s Just as Dead /Southern Fried Karma Press/ USA
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Ashley Lloyd Smith/ Pizza with Jimbob & Twoforks / Liquorice Fish Books/ United Kingdom
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Charles Harris/ The breaking of Liam Glass / Marble City Publishing /United Kingdom
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UNPUBLISHED

Nancy Sweetland/ Time and Mischance /USA
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Sophie Neville / Makorongo’s War/ United Kingdom
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Dimitris Politis / The next stop / Belgium
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Kevin Gerard Neill / Behind Me Lies the Desert/ /USA
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Maggie Humm /Talland House/ United Kingdom
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Gita Theodora Simic/ Occam’s Razor / Bosnia-Herzegovina
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K.Alan Leitch/ Too much information /Australia
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SPECIAL DISTINCTION for MEMOIR/AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Helen Bedford  /Notes on a childhood  /United Kingdom/

International book awards for published and unpublished books

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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. Grand prize (unpublished books): Publication from Strange Days Books
Six more prizes one for each category of every section also win a a special handmade ceramic designed especially for Eyelands Boo Awards
Certification document for every prize.
Final results are to be announced on December 20th 2018.
The award will be given in a special ceremony in Athens
Award Ceremony: 5th of May, 2019
Place: Polis Art café, Athens, Greece