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to Jennifer Steil / United Kingdom (grand prize for published book) and Gail Sidonie Šobat /Canada (grand prize for unpublished book).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.


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.

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


We are glad to announce the prize winners of our Eyelands international Book Awards For 2020

Here are the results for the international Eyelands Book Awards 2020.

First of all, we would like to thank all participants and all the kind people from webpages, blogs, zines and magazines who spread the news about our book awards. It was the third for our contest and submissions from all over the world were more than ever. As usual, it was very hard to choose finalists from all submissions and then even harder to choose the prize winners among the finalists. Many good books were submitted, many excellent works were to be read again and again in order to choose the winners.

Judges for the prizes were Andriana Minou, Patricia Marchesi (last year’s grand prize winner) and Gregory Papadoyiannis. Our guest judge for this year, Patricia Marchesi was the one to choose the grand prize winners among finalists who received equal votes from the jury.

This year we had to find ways to deal with the disruptions caused due to the pandemic, which didn’t allow us to hold an awards ceremony for last year’s grand prize winner. We have therefore decided, in order to be as fair as possible to prize winners, to offer them something extra–in case we won’t be able to organize a ceremony in Athens in 2021 either; both grand prize winners for the categories of published and unpublished books are invited to spend a week’s holiday in our Three Rock writers’ resort on the island of Crete!

There is also another alternative for the grand prize winner of the published book (both for 2019 and 2020): to be translated in Greek if there is no restriction about the rights of the book.

This year, we also launched a special prize for writers who have participated in Three Rock Writers’ Resort Program.

(you can see more here: )

As promised, one of the writers who spent one or two weeks at the Resort in order to write part of a book that was proposed according to the rules of the program, will be awarded a contract for the translation of his/her book in Greek. And that’s the Three Rock prize, which you will see among other prizes this year.

We also decided to give two Special Distinctions for two excellent writers under the age of 18. For next year’s Eyelands Book Awards 2021, there will be a new category especially for writers under 18!

The Award ceremony – subject to circumstances – will take place in Athens in May 2021 for the grand prize winners (published books) of both 2019 and 2020.

Next year’s contest will be launched on June 20th, 2021


(By submission order/ number of finalists according to category participants)

SPECIAL DISTINCTION:  U18 – Zone book /Mysteries – Cooper White / New Zealand

SPECIAL DISTINCTION: U18 Maximum Flight – Abigail Keoghan /Ireland

(submission and photos after parents approval)


Fingertip of the tongue- Sarah Rice /Australia

Dust Blown side of the journey – Eleonore Schönmaier / Netherlands


The storehouse of wonder and astonishment – Sherry Mossafer Rind / USA


The infinity trap – Ian C Douglas /United Kingdom


Surfing, Your Star Shines Above Me – Vezna Andrews /USA


Making love while levitating three feet in the air – Jeff  Fearnside /USA


Don Quixote’s Death and Other Stories-Ratomir Rale Damjanovic / Serbia


Empire of Glass – Kaitlin Solimine / USA


The Gift of Sunshine: Story of a Hong Kong Family- Susan Wan Dolling /USA


A roll of the dice – Mona Dash / United Kingdom


The Red Tunic – Kate Wiseman / United Kingdom

THREE ROCK PRIZE: Lizardmaid – Robin Luce Martin / USA /



Exile Music – Jennifer Steil / United Kingdom


Lessons from the Greeks – Gail Sidonie Šobat /Canada

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 e.t.c.). If for any reason the writer won’t be available to attend the ceremony the prize will be send via mail and the EBA will invite the grand prize winner of the unpublished 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 (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

Certification document for every prize.

Special distinction category: certificate & hand made ceramic gift

All finalists and prize winners of eyelands book awards 2020 can apply for residency at Three Rock Writers Resort for SUMMER/AUTUMN/2021 –till May,31, 2021

wish you a happy

new year