Friday, 19 December 2008
LAST TRAIN TO WILLESDEN
PHOTO: JOHN DILLON
If you value honesty and openness in your short story comps (and I know many of you do), look no further than the Willesden Short Story Prize which closes TODAY! Entry is online, after a simple registration process; it is FREE to enter; and the judge is master short fiction writer, Rana Dasgupta. 1st prize is £150 and a Willesden mug; two runners-up prizes of £100 each. There is also an anthology for shortlistees.
This from their site 4 days ago: "...there are stories that demand to be on the short list, whoosh straight past the long list. I don't mean recently received only - some are ones that needed close reading, from earlier. It's going to be a great anthology again, I think (there was none last time - missed a year), but we need a few more of those whooshes."
Last year, famously, the then judge Zadie Smith did not choose a winner from the shortlist, as she felt the standard was not high enough. A bit of a furore followed and the prize money was donated to charity. Hopefully, this year, Rana will find a suitably 'whooshy' story in his pile of shortlistees. Get entering!