Tuesday, 16 March 2010
NEW SHORT STORIES 4 - SPANKY COVER!
Here's the cover of New Short Stories 4 from the Willesden Herald and Pretend Genius, in which I have a story called 'Letters'. I wrote the story over two years ago during a stay at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre and have being trying to flog it since. It goes out, it comes back. One comp organiser wrote to me to say she liked it and was sorry it didn't make the judge's shortlist. Anyway, each time it comes back, I read it carefully, make some wee changes, and send it off again. I tend to do that with stories I believe in. Some that get rejected I start to dislike and see flaws everywhere. (Which, in fairness, there probably are.)
'Letters' has a few elements: it's about an illiterate Irish woman in 1940's New York, who is distractedly lonely; it was inspired by an observation of Maeve Brennan's in one of her New Yorker articles. (I love her non-fiction.) That was my ending and I wrote towards it. There's also an anecdote of my father's in it, about a frog.
Anyway, I'm pleased to be shortlisted for the Willesden Herald Comp with 'Letters' and that it'll appear in the anthology. I'm going to London for the prize-giving event. I'm loving the cover for the book - it'll be after April 10th before you and I can all read what lies behind it.