Eyelands 10th ISSC – The Results

We are glad to announce the results of Eyelands.gr & Strange Days Books th short story contest (international section). Theme: Numbers


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The Long Lost Bottom  by Kathryn Holzman / USA


 Sixteen, by Kate Wickers / UNITED KINGDOM/

57, by Anna Voronko / USA/

Living By Numbers , by Liz Gwinnell / UNITED KINGDOM /


SHORT LIST (in submission order)

Michael K. Bourdaghs /Counting Sheepish           

Michael Knapp / Lucky paws

Judith Brulo /The Very Large Very Quiet House

Charles Osborne /Double Identity

Jill Yates / Fourteen Plus Two

John Roberts / Twentyone Today 

Elliott Wagner-Smith / Ηow to be human 

Angus Whitty /Supermarket    

Yvonne Bruce / An Age Old Lie 

Αtefe Roozbahani / You are or not              

Angela Fitzpatrick/The Unfortunate Life of Quin Toller  

Suzette Leal /The Sevens       

Taria Karillion / Countdown to…                                    

Eleni Kyritsi/Numerophilia

Christina Demertsidou/Sia

Vincent Budzinski/ It Takes Two To Tango 

Laura Fisher / Lucky Numbers    

Henrik Hillenbrand /Two Four Three              

Caroline McEvoy/Neighbours

Kevin Scully /It’s only money

Lucas Gortemaker & Brent de Nef/ They tell me my dog is black

Ryan Gibbs/ The Seven Wonders of Cagliari

Mary Guise /Counting the Days  

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Brief bio of the first prize winner:
Kathryn Holzman lives and writes in New England with her husband, a digital artist. Her short fiction has appeared in both online literary magazines and print anthologies. She is the author of a collection of short fiction, FLATLANDERS, Shire Press 2019. Her first novel REAL ESTATE is being published by Propertius Press in Fall, 2020. Links to her work can be found at kathrynholzman.com.

Liz Gwinnell was the first prize winner in Eyelands 5th ISSC in 2015 (Borderline Stories)  with her story «Waiting For My Tomorrow» and received a distinction in Eyelands 6th (Colours)


Judge: Gregory Papadoyiannis.

First prize is a 5 day holiday at Three Rock, Crete, in August/ September 2020. The grand prize winning writer will be a guest of honour and present his/her story and his/her work in the 6th Sand Festival. Air tickets not included. She will also get a handmade ceramic gift.

The three prize winners will also get a free copy of the book with the winning stories of our contest & a special gift and certification document plus publication in the anthology of the shortlisted stories of the contest (Greek section), translated in Greek –and a free copy of this book too!

  • All the shortlisted stories will be published in the anthology. The book will be released through “Strange Days” publications and http://www.amazon.com in November, 2020. All the shortlisted writers will also get a free copy of the book!
  • An interview with the first prize winner will also be featured in eyelands.gr
  • In case the first prize winner does not claim the prize of staying till the end of the 10th of July 2020, the second (and then the third) prize winner will be notified in order to take her/his place.

Prize stories will be  published in two different anthologies (Greek and English).  All the stories of the shortlist will be published in November 2020 in a special English edition, released also  through amazon.com & strange days books.

Congratulations to all!! It is a pity that according to the rules we have not the ability to make the list longer, although it was the greatest year so far as for the quality of the stories submitted.

*Due to the circumstances the 5 days holiday-prize is a stay at Three Rock, Triopetra, Crete, instead of the island of Serifos. Sand Festival will also take place on the island of Crete instead of Serifos but it is the winner’s decision if she choose her stay at the days of the Sand Festival. Additionally, the first prize winner can postpone her holidays in Crete for the next summer.




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