EYELANDS BOOK AWARDS 2020

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

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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.

The ceremony (due to the pandemic and the postponement of this year’s events) will take place in Athens for both the awards of 2019 and 2020!

Grand prize (unpublished books): Translation into Greek and publication from Strange Days Books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

Certification document for every prize.
Final results are to be announced on December 30th 2020.

The award will be given in a special ceremony in Athens*
Judges: P.H.C. Marchesi (children’s books/graphic novels), Andriana Minou (poetry, sort) Gregory Papadoyiannis (novels/ novellas, historical fiction/memoir),

Grand Awards Judge: P.H.C. Marchesi

Entry fee: $30 (27 euros)

Early bird submissions: $ 22 (20 euros)

Marchesi photoP.H.C. Marchesi (Grand Prize for unpublished book 2019) will be the judge of the Grand Awards this year. Her book ‘’Florissant’’ translated by Gregory Papadoyiannis will be released in Greece, from Strange Days Books 2020 next September!

 

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SUBMISSION GUIDELINES & DATES & DETAILS

Opening: Friday, July 10, 2020

Closing: Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at midnight PST.

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

Early bird submission $ 22 (20 euros) till September 1st, 2020.

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, 2020

Final results are to be announced on Wednesday, December, 30, 2020.

There are no restrictions regarding nationality

Participants must be 18 years old otherwise we need parents’ consent to accept 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

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 at the time of his/her holiday) and the related publicity (interviews e.t.c.).

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: Publication from Strange Days Books. Released via amazon.com (international release) & 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.

For each entry, submit the book, entry form, and $30 fee (via paypal). Registration will be confirmed via email. In December, all entrants will be notified of winners. Please fill in, copy and paste the entry form in the body of your email

ENTRY FORM & 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 every one of them

*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, 2020.

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      

 

         

any book of poetry (up to 250 pages) written by a single author is eligible

EBA follows the CLMP Contest Code of Ethics.

 ENTRY FORM (submit one entry form per book):

Book Title:

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Author:

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Category:

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Publisher: (for published books only)

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ISBN: (for published books only)

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Contact Information

 

Address:

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E-Mail:

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

PRIZES

 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)

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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.

 

 

EYELANDS 10th International Short Story Contest – Numbers

The contest runs from January 10th through April 20th, 2020
The theme of the contest this year is «Numbers»
First prize: A five-day stay on the island of Serifos
First three winners’ stories published in two different anthologies (Greek and English).
All the stories of the shortlist will be published in a special English edition, released through amazon.com & strange days books. All shortlisted writers get a free copy of the book!
Entry fee: 10 €
Judge: Gregory Papadoyiannis

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RULES OF THE CONTEST

* Theme of the contest: Numbers

*Entries must be short stories, of any genre, maximum length is 2,500 words and must be previously unpublished in a book, printed magazine or web-based journal. Entries must be in English.

* The contest closes at midnight UTC on 10th of April

*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 March 2020 to enter the contest.

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

* Entries must be submitted electronically (see below).

* Winners and the shortlist to be announced on June 10th, 2020

* 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 grants 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.

* There is a limit for the stories to be published in the anthology: no more than 25. In case we receive more than 200 submissions.

* There will be two collections of stories – one that will be published in Greek including the translated stories of the first three winners of the English Section and another one with all the shortlisted stories of the English Section.

PRIZES & HONORABLE MENTIONS

First prize is a 5 day holiday on the island of Serifos in August 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. First prize winner also gets a handmade ceramic gift.

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

NOTE: Free entry for the prize-winning writers of previous eyelands contests

 

ENTRY FORM AND PAYMENT

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

See also here: https://eyelandscontes.wordpress.com/

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

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 the 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 Short Story Contest or just ΕSSC

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

*We don’t accept postal entries

* We do accept simultaneous submissions

* Every writer can submit more than one story as long as they pay the full entry fee for each story

* Name and address of the author should appear only in the body of the email

*The title of your story can be anything other than “Numbers”

*There is no entry fee for the prize winners of previous eyelands international short story contests

 

 

 

links
www.eyelands.gr
https://eyelands.gr/english-section/

https://eyelandscontes.wordpress.com/2020/03/22/eyelands-10th-international-short-story-contest-2020/

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

STRANGE DAYS BOOKS
www.strangedaysbooks.gr
www.paraxenesmeres.gr

 

 

THREE ROCK WRITERS’ RESORT RESIDENCY PROGRAM SPRING/SUMMER 2020

Three Rock Writers’ Resort announces the opening of applications for its 2020 residencies. Situated in one of the most magnificent places of Greece at the south coast of Crete island, Three Rock in collaboration with Strange Days Books publishing offers a low cost (or no cost at all) stay especially for writers. Full stipend will be offered to one project and half stipends (discount 50% from the regular cost) to 20 other projects.

 

ENJOY WRITING IN CRETE
Three Rock Writers’ Resort Residency is a self-directed program that offers time and space for writers to work on a creative project of their choice and above all an extraordinary opportunity to enjoy life on Crete.

Writers in all creative writing genres are invited to apply. Novels, plays, short stories, poetry, graphic novel, everything is eligible. Our residency is designed for emerging and established writers seeking to dedicate a period of time to a project in any genre.

You may choose to stay in a single or shared apartment or in your private studio, at an already well known resort for award-winning writers from everywhere in the world, who have been our guests since 2012. Space is also available for one partner/friend, writers would like to bring along at no extra cost

 

PRIZES & AVAILABILITY
All you have to do is fill in the form and send the details of your writing project. We will choose only 20 submissions for one or two-week stay with the minimum cost in the period you prefer (Three Rock Resort available from 1st May till 1st October) and we also offer one prize for an entirely free one-week stay!

 

There is even more! Writers who will be accepted can submit their text to Strange Days Books publishing for a chance to win a publication contract!  SDB will publish one book per year from writers who follow and complete the Three Rock Resort Residency. The fulfillment of the project has the meaning that when you send us the full text it will be among the books that will be published from Strange Days Books next year

 

HOW TO APPLY (between 30th November – 20th February)

  • Fill in this simple form with your:

Name
Name of the project

Proposed completion date of the manuscript
Address
Email
copy and paste it in the body of your email.

  • In a single file attached to the email provide

– A 200-word writer’s biography and a 300-word summary of the proposed project.

– Up to three first chapters (for novels), three stories (for short stories collection) or

12 poems (for poetry book)

– Details of photographs, illustrations, tables and other non-textual matter in the manuscript (where appropriate) for every other kind of project

 

We cannot return any printed material sent to us therefore please do not send original material. All submitted material is treated as confidential.

Writers will be notified in case we need more details about their project.

There is no restriction about the form or style of writing. Files should be attached as an MS Word document or PDF.  Submit your email to:

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

Participants must be at least 18 years old

Manuscripts must be written in English

Closing date: February 20th, 2020

Results to be announced: March 10st, 2020

Program supervisors: Andriana Minou and Gregory Papadoyiannis

Entry fee: 10 euro

 

PAYMENT
Pay via paypal – See the banner on these websites

www.eyelands.gr
https://eyelandscontes.wordpress.com/

Click the «buy now» button. Fill the description with: 3R

Entry fee is 10 euros

* After the payment is complete, you can send the email
*An email confirmation that your entry has been received will be sent within three/four days

 

DATES AND PRICES

We offer a full stipend –totally free 7 week staying

We offer half stipends to 20 writers– one week stay with a 50% discount and 60% for two weeks stay

7 days ( 6 nights)

14 days (13 nights)

You have to make your choice from March 10st till April 30th 2020 

Booking Deposit:  60 euros  till at the latest April 30th/  Please bear in mind that after this date we can’t keep your booking anymore.

Refund of booking deposit: –at the latest- one month before your arrival

Full Payment  till  -at the latest- two months days before your arrival date, via paypal or bank transfer. Please bear in mind that after this date we can’t keep your booking anymore or refund your booking deposit. A list of the available dates (between May 1st and September 30th) will be e-mailed to all winners as soon as the results will be announced. Then there will be a link on our website which will be updated with every ne reservation.

PRICES

One week stay:  (6 nights /apartment or studio)                       260 euros
Two weeks stay: (13 nights / apartment or studio)                   460 euros
You can choose your preferred type of stay using the following initials

1W (for one week) / 2W (for two weeks) A (apartment)/ S ( studio) and the preferred dates

You can bring a friend/partner/relative with you with no extra charge. Additional persons (more than two) with an extra charge of 10 euro each per day.

 THE PLACE
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 named after the three rocks located at the eastern edge of the bay. In the same area, there is a cave, where there was probably a Sanctuary at the time of the Minoans. The opening of the cave resembles a dragon’s mouth and the arrangement of the rocks inspired the creation of various legends. In modern times, the beach, although reminiscent of 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.

There are several places to visit in a relatively short distance: picturesque villages, beaches and mountains suitable for hiking, with many endemic plants. Triopetra is located at the very centre of the north part of Crete so it is relatively easy to visit places like Agia Galini, Festos, Matala, Plakias Preveli and many more.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pl4ICv5aDh4

 

THREE ROCK STUDIO
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.

 

THREE ROCK STUDIO & APARTMENT

https://wordpress.com/view/3rockstudio.wordpress.com

https://www.facebook.com/3RockTriopetra/

 

 

STRANGE DAYS BOOKS

Strange Days Books is a cooperative publishing organization based in Crete, Greece.

We publish books of young (or not so young) writers from Greece but we also publish books from writers around the world. Strange Days books & eyelands.gr coordinate every year since 2012 the only one international short story contest based in Greece.

We publish low cost digital editions; our books will be distributed mainly from the internet but also from bookstores and cooperative bookshops. Some of our publications are already available in kindle format from amazon.com and e-book from smashwords.com.  Strange Days Books also publish books of foreign authors -first release – directly in English.

 

 

 

 

EYELANDS INTERNATIONAL SHORT STORY CONTEST

Eyelands.gr literary magazine in collaboration with Strange Days Books organize an annual international short story competition, which is the only international short story contest based in Greece. Every year, writers from all the continents of the world participate in it. The competition consists of two categories; Greek and International (for the international section we only accept stories in English).
The competition has been running continuously for the past eight years, offering hundreds of writers the opportunity to see their short story printed in one of our collections, created through the contest entries. For many of these writers it is the first time that a story of theirs is printed in a book or featured online. The jury reads all submissions blind.
The English section of the competition has been recognized as a truly reliable, fair and serious short story competition. Every year, many reputable websites, post the announcement of our contest, which has earned its reputation year after year, by honoring all its promises, following the rules meticulously and meeting all criteria that allow a contest to gain respect and recognition on an international level. For more info about the international short story contest as well as the international flash fiction contest, please visit
https://eyelandscontes.wordpress.com/

EYELANDS BOOK AWARDS: This year we decided to launch a new contest, Eyelands Book Awards, an international contest that gives the opportunity to a writer to win a great prize; a holiday in Athens, Greece, where he/she will have the chance to talk about his/her work to Greek readers and meet Greek writers in a special ceremony. This is the grand prize for writers who have already published their book. But there’s more. Eyelands Book Awards also gives the opportunity to an unpublished writer to win a contract and see her/his book published from Strange Days Books. There are also prizes for the winners of the three different categories, as well as nominations of five writers per category. Join us next year! Send us your submission and win the grand prize, visit Athens or see your book published!

For more info, please visit our website https://eyelandsawards.com

 

STRANGE DAYS BOOKS
Address: Chimarras 6, Rethymno, 74100, tel: +283154166

email:  strangedaysbooks@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

LINKS
www.eyelands.gr
https://eyelands.gr/english-section/
https://eyelandscontes.wordpress.com/

https://eyelandsawards.com/
https://www.facebook.com/eyelands.portal/
www.strangedaysbooks.gr
www.paraxenesmeres.gr

www.facebook.com/STRANGEDAYSBOOKS

EYELANDS BOOK AWARDS 2019 – PRIZES

We are glad to announce the prize winners for Eyelands Book Awards 2019!!

ΕΒΑEYELANDS BOOK AWARDS 2019 – PRIZES

POETRY
Unpublished: The trembling Tiber / Neal Hall
Published: The Nurseryman / Arthur Allen

MEMOIR – HISTORICAL FICTION
Unpublished: The Man Who Got Out of Japan / Sophie Neville / United Kingdom
Published: Secrets of a Mariachi Violinist-D.R. Ransdell

CHILDREN’S BOOKS/GRAPHIC NOVELS
Unpublished: There’s an Elephant in my Swimming pool – Gretchen Ryan / United Kingdom
Published: The Mystery of the Never-Ending Universe /Judith Brulo / United Kingdom

SHORT STORIES
Unpublished: A Brief History of Misanthropy by Dean Gessie / Canada
Published: Calls to Distant Places – Peter Jordan / United Kingdom

NOVELS
Unpublished:  Old scores – Robin Martin/ USA
Published: Fukushima Dreams – Zelda Rhiando/ United Kingdom

GRAND PRIZE FOR PUBLISHED BOOKS
Neighbours and Tourists by Ewa Mazierska /United Kingdom (category: Short Stories)

GRAND PRIZE FOR UNPUBLISHED BOOKS
Florissant by P.H.C. Marchesi / USA (category: Children’s Books/Graphic Novels)

The book that won the Grand Prize for Unpublished Books will be translated in Greek and published in 2020 from Strange Days Books.
The winner of the Grand Prize for Published books wins a Five-day holiday in Athens between 21-25 of May 2020 where she will take her prize in a special ceremony.
Grand prize winners will be the judges for next year’s Eyelands Books Awards 2020 in their prize category.

Prize winners will receive via mail a special handmade ceramic designed especially for Eyelands Book Awards and a certification document for every prize.  Every prize winner is entitled to a 50% discount stipendium for our 3 Rock Writers’ Residency Program 2020 under the condition that they will send a proposal about a writing project by the end of March 2020.
Congratulations to all!!
Judges: Andriana Minou, Catherine McNamara, Gregory Papadoyiannis

SEE OUR PRIZE WINNERS

CATEGORY: POETRY /UNPUBLISHED

The trembling Tiber / Neal Hall
N HallPPDr. Hall is a trained eye physician and graduate of Cornell and Harvard Universities.  An acclaimed poet, he has performed poetry readings throughout the U.S. and internationally.  Dr. Hall is an award-winning author of six books of poetry.He is the winner of the 2019 Black Caucus of the American Library Association Best Poetry Book Award. Hall’s poetry speaks not just to the surface pain of injustice and inhumanity but deep into that pain, we label and package into genteel socio-political-economic-religious constructs to blur the common lines of cause, that is our shared story . The intellectual Cornel West said of Hall“[he] is a warrior of the spirit, a warrior of the mind, an activist, a poet. I sense Dr. Hall’s hypersensitivity to suffering – Martin, Malcolm and Jesus all had this hypersensitivity. His poetry has the capacity to change ordinary people’s philosophy on social and racial issues.” Hyderabad, India’s Vasanth Kannabiran, Chairperson, Asmita Resource Centre for Womenremarked: “This is poetry that scalds you into waking up to the possibility that you are perhaps one of those silent spectators. All in all he’s a poet. And unquestionably one of the most significant voices of the century.” www.nealhallpoet.com

 

CATEGORY: POETRY /PUBLISHED

The Nurseryman – Arthur Allen / Scotland

Art AllenPPArthur Allen is an award-winning British-Canadian poet. He has studied creative writing at the University of Oxford, the University of East Anglia and is currently reading towards a PhD in poetry and semiotics of grief at the University of Edinburgh. His debut pamphlet Here Birds Are was published by Green Bottle Press, 2017 and his verse-novel The Nurseryman is available from Kernpunkt Press, 2019. His poetry has previously appeared in many publications including: Cake, Ambit, fillingStation, the Amsterdam Quarterly, the Irish Literary Review, the Bombay Review and the Mississippi Review.

 

CATEGORY:MEMOIR–HISTORICALFICTION/ UNPUBLISHED

The Man Who Got Out of Japan / Sophie Neville / United Kingdom

Sophie Neville HH.JPGSophie Neville became inadvertently well known as a child when she starred as Titty in the 1974 movie ‘Swallows and Amazons’. Forty years later she was persuaded to write ‘The Making of Swallows and Amazons’. As President of The Arthur Ransome Society, shespoke on BBC Radio, television news and at literary festivals while writing articles and forwards for books. Sophie spent her twenties working in television production, when she scriptedher own programmesand worked on’Doctor Who’,’Eastenders’and ‘My Family and Other Animals’. She thenbrought out two humorous memoirs: ‘Ride the Wings of Morning’ and ‘Funnily Enough’, which won 3rd prize in the International Rubbery Book Award.A speaker for Bible Society,Sophie contributed to the 2018 anthology‘Merry Christmas Everyone’and has given talks in Southern Africa where she lived for twelve years while working freelance for the BBC Natural History Unit. In 2019, Sophie won an Eyelands’ Writers Retreat on Crete to develop an historical novel set on the island of Zanzibar. This isa sequel to her wartime romance, ‘The Man Who Got Out of Japan’,which is based on a true story of a Commonwealth Soldier she met in Kenya.

 

 CATEGORY:  MEMOIR–HISTORICAL FICTION/PUBLISHED

Secrets of a Mariachi Violinist / D.R. Ransdell /USA

D.R. Ransdell HHD.R. Ransdell writes from Tucson, Arizona, where she enjoys good swimming weather most of the year. She writes contemporary novels featuring the Campanello sisters and a mystery series featuring mariachi violinist Andy Veracruz. Her musical memoir, Secrets of a Mariachi Violinist, recounts the challenge of learning to play folk music despite a lack of written music and a surplus of scheming colleagues. During the school season she teaches composition to second-language students at the University of Arizona and moonlights in a mariachi band. When vacation starts, she hits the road, leaving behind several mischievous cats. One of her favorite travel destinations is Greece, where she can devote afternoons to splendid beaches and evenings to bouzouki music. Please visit her at http://www.dr-ransdell.com.

 

CATEGORY:CHILDREN’S BOOKS/GRAPHIC NOVELS UNPUBLISHED

There’s an Elephant in my Swimming pool – Gretchen Ryan / United Kingdom
DSC_1716Born in South Africa, Gretchen Ryan grew up in a rural farming community. She spent a year at the Northwestern State University of Louisiana in the US on a tennis scholarship before returning to South Africa where she completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Pretoria. Straight after university, she joined South African Airways as an air hostess. Ten years later she left the airline and went into the corporate world, culminating owning her own events company before settling in the UK. She currently lives between Surrey and Cape Town with her husband and two children. She obtained a Masters Degree in Creative Writing at Kingston University, London and speaks five languages at various levels of proficiency – her aptitude for accents hugely exceeding grammatical ability!

 

 CATEGORY: CHILDREN’S BOOKS/GRAPHIC   NOVELS PUBLISHED

Judith Brulo CC.JPGThe Mystery of the Never-Ending Universe /Judith Brulo / United Kingdom

Born in 1951. I grew up in Leicestershire, UK and after graduating from the Guildhall School of Music, London, I worked, for many years, as a professional violist and teacher. Now, l live in North Warwickshire with my husband, Alex. My love of writing came initially through the need to create material for my Early Years music groups. But, most significantly, the inspiration for my stories came from my beautiful grandchildren, Kaia and Taio Bryan. Some of my stories were inspired by the family cats I have known but it was in Cyprus, where I lived for six years, that I encountered the magnificent vultures which inspired my griffon vulture adventure stories.

 

CATEGORY: SHORT STORIES /UNPUBLISHED

A Brief History of Misanthropy – Dean Gessie / Canada
dean-gessie-nn.jpgDean Gessie is an author and poet who has won multiple international prizes. Dean won the Angelo Natoli Short Story Award in Australia and the Half and One Literary Prize in India. Dean also won the Bacopa Literary Review Short Story Competition in Florida, the Enizagam Poetry Contest in Oakland, California and the After Dinner Conversation Short Story Competition in Arizona. Elsewhere, Dean won the short story contest at the Eden Mills Writers Festival in Canada and he was selected for inclusion in The Sixty Four Best Poets of 2018 by Black Mountain Press in North Carolina. In addition, Dean won second prize (of 2000+ submissions) in the Short Story Project New Beginnings competition in New York and his short story made the shortlist (of 2800+ submissions) for the Alpine Fellowship Prize in Stockholm, Sweden. Dean’s prose and poetry have appeared in numerous anthologies around the world. He has also published three novellas with Anaphora Literary Press in Texas. Tongo Eisen-Martin, shortlisted for the Griffin International Poetry Prize and a California Book Award, described Gessie’s work as, “Genius with a pocketful of broken fetters.”

CATEGORY: SHORT STORIES /PUBLISHED

Calls to Distant Places – Peter Jordan / United KingdomPeter Jordan SSh
Peter Jordan is a short story writer from Belfast. He has won the Bare Fiction prize, came second in the Fish, and was shortlisted for both the Bridport and the Bath short story prizes. His work has received various awards, including three Arts Council grants. Over 50 of his stories have appeared in literary magazines, journals and anthologies. His short story collection, Calls to distant places, was released in August 2019. He can be found on Twitter @pm_jordan. His website address is surfmyshorts.com

 

 

CATEGORY: NOVELS/UNPUBLISHED

Old scores – Robin Martin/ USA

robin-m-NN.jpgRobin Luce Martin has received honors for stories and novel manuscript excerpts including the Tennessee Williams Festival Story Prize (judged by Richard Ford) and published in New Orleans Review,Dundee International Book Prize Shortlist, San Francisco PEN John Keats Soul Awakening Competitions, New Millennium, Adanna Adrienne Rich Tribute, Alabama Conclave, Faulkner Society, Del Sol First Novel Shortlist. “Exposure” was shortlisted in the 2015 Eyelands International Story Contest and published in the anthology, Borderline Stories. She is a recipient of a Norton Island Residency Fellowship, a Peripatetic Fellowship, and has won scholarships to Community of Writers Squaw Valley, Wesleyan Writers Conference, Aspen Summer Words, Key West Literary Festival, and others.  Most recently, “On the Street Where We Live,” a play co-written with Kelly Fordon, was published in Kenyon Review.Before writing, she worked as an actress, most visibly for two seasons on the television series Knots Landing. Her favorite theatrical experience was playing opposite Ed Harris in “Cowboy Mouth” by Sam Shepard & Patti Smith. She is the co-founder of #YeahYouWrite,  a monthly author reading series in NYC. From 2001-2018, She worked with the U.S. legal organization leading the struggle against torture. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Bruce McClure.

 

CATEGORY: NOVELS/PUBLISHED

Fukushima Dreams – Zelda Rhiando/ United Kingdom

Zelda NN.pngZelda Rhiando lives in South London with her husband, two daughters and four cats, and is one of the founders of the Brixton BookJam – the quarterly literary event that has hosted readings by established and emerging writers since 2012. She is the author of two novels, Caposcripti and Fukushima Dreams, and is currently working on a third. When not writing she can be found child-wrangling and making digital products. @badzelda | badzelda.com

 

 

 

 

 

GRAND PRIZE WINNER FOR UNPUBLISHED BOOKS

Florissant – P.H.C. Marchesi / USA

ΕΒΑP.H.C. Marchesi is a college English professor specializing in Shakespeare and Renaissance drama. She teaches at a liberal arts college an hour from Atlanta, GA. Her academic research into the role of trees and forests in Shakespeare’s plays led to her discovery of how precious and rare old-growth forests are, and inspired her to write Florissant.  Before embarking on the young adult fantasy genre, she wrote two science fiction novels for middle grade readers, Shelby & Shauna Kitt and the Dimensional Holes and Shelby & Shauna Kitt and the Alterax Buttons, both of which were self-published and won Children’s Literary Classics gold awards. Marchesi is originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and has also lived in Austria and England. In the United States, she has lived in New York, Delaware, Colorado, Arizona, and (now) Georgia.

GRAND PRIZE WINNER FOR PUBLISHED BOOKS

Neighbours and Tourists / Ewa Mazierska / United Kingdom

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ΕΒΑEwa Mazierska is a historian of film and popular music, who writes short stories and creative nonfiction in her spare time. She published over forty of them in ‘The Fiction Pool’, ‘Literally Stories’, ‘Ragazine’, ‘ ‘BlazeVox’, ‘Red Fez’, ‘Away’, ‘The Bangalore Review’, ‘Shark Reef’, ‘Toasted Cheese’, ‘Queen Mob’s Teahouse’, ‘Verity La’ and ‘Mystery Tribune’, among others.  In 2019 she published her first collection of short stories, ‘Neighbours and Tourists’ (New York, Adelaide Books). Ewa is a Pushcart nominee and her stories were shortlisted in several competitions. She was born in Poland, but lives in Lancashire, UK.