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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.


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 who will be accepted can submit their text to Strange Days Books publishing for a chance to win a publication contract!  


Send your submission till 20th February  2020

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


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The contest runs from January 10th through April 10th, 2020

The theme of the contest this year is «Numbers» / First prize: A five-day stay in 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.

Entry fee: 10 € /  Judge: Gregory Papadoyiannis

Send your story till 10th of April 2020,

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





The contest runs from January 10th through April 10th, 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



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*Entries must be short stories, of any genre, maximum length is 2,500 words and must be previously unpublished in a book, printed magazine or web-based journal.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


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



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:





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


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 nine 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.

Strange Days Books is a cooperative publishing organization based in Crete, Greece.
We publish books by young writers from Greece but we also publish books by writers from around the world. In the past seven years of our existence we have published Greek translations of books by writers from countries such as the USA, England, Denmark, Spain, Bulgaria e.t.c. For many of these authors this was their first book ever to be published! Strange Days Books also publish first releases of books by foreign authors in English!
Strange Days Books is an entirely independent publisher, primarily interested in showcasing the wealth of the new writing voices of Greece. We work closely with our authors in order to create books that will appeal to booklovers, books about the present, books contemporary readers can relate to, books that strive to push the art of literature forward, books written with talent and passion, books that challenge the way we see the world, books that burst with new ideas and intriguing perspectives, books that have something to say and were not written for merely commercial purposes. In other words, we create books with character together, steadily growing into a community of artists and art-lovers that represent and promote the truly new literature of Greece, not only through publishing but also through a literary festival, the only international short story competition in Greece, theatrical play and novel competitions, book events and more. Every summer we organize Sand Festival – a literary festival held literally on the sand of a Greek island.


In 2018, too, we, Strange Days Books & Eyelands.gr decided it was time to launch Eyelands Book Awards and Three Rock Writers’ Residency Program. The former is 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 and also gives the opportunity to an unpublished writer to win a contract and see her/his book published by Strange Days Books. It was high time for Greece to have an international book award.



Sand Festival is a celebration of literature, poetry, music, art and anything you can bring to a Greek beach to share with all participants of the festival. Every summer – since 2015 – we make an open call for submissions on a specific theme by writers, poets, musicians and all sorts of artists who would like to join us on a Greek island in order to create a spontaneous celebration of creativity! The Festival has taken place in Gavdos, Koufonissia, Milos and Posseidi and each year happens on a different beach with camping facilities in order to offer participants the option of cheap accommodation. Participation is free and open to writers and all sorts of artists from anywhere in the world (for writers/poets, submitted texts must be in English). The texts that are selected and read at the festival each year are published in an anthlogy by Strange Days Books, a publishing cooperative that also organises Sand Festival.



Gregory Papadoyiannis was born on the Greek island of Crete in 1961. He holds a university degree in law and journalism, and also studied film-making. His career history includes work with newspapers, magazines, radio and television, initially as a sports correspondent and later as a columnist and editor. At the same time he worked as a translator, working in collaboration with prominent publishing houses. He has also been active within the realm of theatre. In 1991 he received the top national award for new playwrights. He has translated the plays of David Mamet and Tennessee Williams for their premieres in Athenian theatres, and has served as Assistant Director within the National Theatre of Greece. He directed two short films, screened at Short Film Festivals in Greece. He has written scripts for both short and long films, in addition to working as a screenwriter and Assistant Director for a variety of television series.  Gregory is a co-founder, administrator and writer for the books & cinema section of the website http://www.eyelands.gr .  He also co-ordinates and leads a series of workshops on creative and collaborative writing all over Greece. After living in Athens for several years, he now lives on the island of Crete. He is the author of the novel “Sniff” and the short story collection “The city beyond the river”. Some of the stories of this collection were published (in English translation) in magazines and included in anthologies in the USA. He is also the author of the travel book “52 eyelands, a sentimental guide through the Greek islands” and two comic albums. His novel «The baby Jazz» was published in the USA from Fomite Press in February 2017.









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


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

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

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

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

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

Neighbours and Tourists by Ewa Mazierska /USA (category: Short Stories)

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 get 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



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



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.



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.



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.



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!



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.



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.”


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




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.



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







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.


Neighbours and Tourists / Ewa Mazierska / United Kingdom






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 two-weeks 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.


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  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


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 of the project

Proposed completion date of the manuscript



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


Pay via paypal – See the banner on these websites


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



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

MAY 1st 2020 – SEPTEMBER 30th 2020

A list of the available dates 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.



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.

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. Bear in mind though, that Triopetra beach itself has many places to explore. Most visitors prefer the central part (with umbrellas), others go on the east side (on the rocks and cave) but we also advise you to visit the west side where a series of small rocks protect you even when strong south winds blow. Very close to Three-Rock studio, just fifty meters away, you can reach Akoumianos river -with enough water in the winter but not so much in the summer; it is nevertheless an enjoyable hike. But perhaps the most memorable attraction is the beach at sunset, which you will definitely want to see again and again. Just the perfect place for writers!



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.








 We are glad to announce the finalists for the Eyelands Book Awards 2019.

ΕΒΑ - 2019

First of all we would like to thank all writers for their submissions. Last year in our very first time to launch the contest it was a surprise to receive so many books. This year with even more submissions our …problem was that we received so many good books and it was a very hard work for us to choose the finalist. One more time we wished we could include more books in this list but we just can’t. The only thing we could do as we did last year is to nominate few more books as finalists for the novels category due to many more submitted book to this specific category.
Congratulations to all of you, for all your great books.  

These are the finalists for every category:


(by submission order)



  1. The Nurseryman – Arthur Allen / Scotland
  2. Captain Fly’s Bucketlist – Agnes Marton / Luxembourg
  3. Blood Moon – Andrew Jarvis / USA
  4. Poems of the Void – Sreekanth Kopuri /India
  5. How to grow matches – Sarah Leavesley / United Kingdom                                      6.Door of no return / Neal Hall /USA


1.At the foot of the mountain / TAK Erzinger / Switzerland
2.Before, Bam, After and Beyond /Frank Light / USA
3.The trembling Tiber / Neal Hall
4.Window Spit / Alan David Pritchard / United Kingdom




  1. Nice Girls DO Travel / Kathy Cuddihy / Ireland
  2. Walk Until Sunrise / Jade J. Maze / USA
  3. Secrets of a Mariachi Violinist / D.R. Ransdell /USA
  4. Rodanthe’s Gift – Yvonne Payne / United Kingdom
  5. Secrets of a Stewardess /Gretchen Ryan / United Kingdom


  1. Ninety-Nine Fire Hoops / Allison Hong Merrill / USA
  2. Adjustment disorder — a Collection of Maladjusted Essays / Patrick Mondaca / USA
  3. Unglued: A Bipolar Love Story-Jeffrey Zuckerman / USA
  4. The Man Who Got Out of Japan / Sophie Neville / United Kingdom
  5. The Swimmer / David Tenenbaum / USA



  1. Peter, the Sea, and His Sister’s Disco Ball – Anthony Palazzo-Coetzer / United Kingdom
  2. Florissant – P.H.C. Marchesi / USA
  3. There’s an Elephant in my Swimming pool – Gretchen Ryan / United Kingdom
  4. Teddy Wet My Bed – Vernae Coffee / USA
  5. Under the oak tree / Phil Ioannou / Canada


  1. Revenge of the Servants of the Gods /Judith Brulo / United Kingdom
  2. The Mystery of the Never-Ending Universe /Judith Brulo / United Kingdom
  3. Gangster School – Kate Wiseman / United Kingdom
  4. Church-Walk-On-The-Beach – Diane Dowsing Robison /USA
  5. Transcendence the Spirit Quest series, Book 1 – A. L. Waddington / USA




1.End of Things / Gareth Shore/ United Kingdom
2./ This is Exhibit Β  – D.R.Hill/ United Kingdom
3./ A Brief History of Misanthropy – Dean Gessie
4./ Tales of the Anointed Skeletons and Love / Lahari Mahalanabish(Chatterji / India
5.A Perfect Day to Die – Yoko Morgenstern / Germany


1.Making Love While Levitating Three Feet in the Air / Jeff Fearnside / USA
2.Neighbours and Tourists / Ewa Mazierska / United Kingdom
3.The Elfin Stone and other stories / Sarah Crabtree  / United Kingdom
4.This Paradise / Ruby Cowling / United Kingdom
5.Calls to Distant Places – Peter Jordan / United Kingdom



1.That Which Remains –  S. K. Kruse/ USA
2.The Cruelty Man /Jack O’Donnell / Scotland
3.All Things Nice – Cressida Evans / Brazil
4.DoveLion: A Fairy Tale For Our Times – Eileen R. Tabios / USA
5.Cuckoo – Angela Pertusini/ United Kingdom
6.Old scores – Robin Martin/ USA
7.The Lost Tide / David Tenenbaum / USA

1.Drafts of a Suicide Note / Mandy-Suzanne Wong / Vermuda
2.The Dream Circle / Máire Malone/ Ireland
3.Follies, Fools and Garlands / E.C.Gardiner /United Kingdom
4.Lily Poole / Jack O’Donnell / Scotland
5.Being Lena Levi – Bobbie Ann Coler/ United Kingdom
6.Guantanamo Redux / Dean Gessie /Canada
7.Fukushima Dreams / Zelda Rhiando/ United Kingdom
8.The Threat Level Remains Severe / Rowena Macdonald/ United Kingdom

 We remind you that the final results will be announced on December 20th, 2019


Thanks again,

The judges

Catherine McNamara, Andriana Minou, Gregory Papadoyiannis


Javi Reddy: Get ready, Greece. I’m coming to take in your beauty…

Interview with ”Round Midnight” contest grand prize winner
Javi Reddy was the winner in our 9th international short story contest. As we do all these years we interviewed via e-mail the grand prize winner and here is what he says about the contest, his short story, his plans for the future and of course about his holidays in Greece next summer

FB_IMG_1570639986841How did you feel when you saw the results?

This was an international contest and as a writer you’re often scared to put your work out there. Especially on such a big platform. I remember opening the mail that announced the winning results and not expecting much. When I clicked on the link to the site and saw my name there, I shouted out loud. My colleague at work sitting next me thought I was crazy. Now I’m a crazy man who’s won an international contest. I’ll take that.

How did you hear about the contest?

A friend told me about it. Her name is Google.

When did you start writing?

We’re all writing from a young age. Whether it’s at school or whether we’re scribbling on a wall we shouldn’t be scribbling on. To be honest, I don’t remember when exactly I started writing nor do I remember whether I truly enjoyed it as a kid. But 2009 was a significant year for me. I couldn’t find a job so I started writing a book. After that, I knew that writing was an outlet and a channel for me to address whatever I was going through in life. Since then I’ve found it very hard not to write. It’s a sickness I quietly pray I will be never be cured of.

Have you seen your work published or your stories shortlisted win a prize before?

Earlier this year, I was runner-up in the SA Writers College 2019 Annual Short Story Award.My short story “Sit Down, You’re Brown” tackled serious identity issues in South Africa and did so in a light-hearted tone. And now Eyelands have kindly awarded me a Grand Winner prize. It’s been a good year.

FB_IMG_1570639975447.jpgYou wrote a brilliant story. What was the inspiration for ‘’ 
Marvin Baxter’s Background Music’’?

Inspiration is a funny thing. It builds and builds and you store it somewhere in your mind. Then one day, it springs out. I think the key is to make sure you live life and don’t close any opportunities or doors to exploring the unknown. When I first saw the theme for the competition, ‘Round Midnight’ I felt this could be a door to open where I could explore a different side to my writing. I had to make sure I avoided clichés- ‘Midnight’ seems to have a typical horror story theme attached to it, doesn’t it?In the end, it was an absolute pleasure to test myself by bringing to life an unusual story.


It’s obvious from your story that your hero, Marvin, is a fan of Jazz music. Can you tell us more about your music preferences or perhaps the way that music influenced your life?

Growing up, my dad always hummed or sung out good music in the car or in the bathroom when he was shaving. The Beatles, Frank Sinatra- my upbringing was filled with only the best tunes. Those seeds were planted in my mind from a young age. It’s why I have such a massive vinyl collection today. Although, my collection it’s not as big as I want it to be! There’s always room for more. We also come from a family of huge Jazz fans. So much so that even one of my young cousins was named Ella after the late and great Miss Fitzgerald. Jazz evokes a feeling that I cannot quite explain. You either get it or you don’t. It’s either for you or it’s lost on you. If you look at Marvin Baxter, he’s a kid who was given a rough deal. But he doesn’t know that his situation is dire because he has his music. It blocks out all the things that can hurt him. Isn’t that the power of music?


Have you ever been in Greece before?

2 of my colleagues went in 2019. My neighbor went in 2018. I was tired of them telling me how beautiful it is! Now, it’s my turn. Get ready, Greece. I’m coming to take in your beauty…


ΤΖΑΒΙWhat are your plans for the future?

I have a book that is coming out soon. It’s being handled by a London publishing house. ’12 Yards Out’  is a thriller/crime novel. But the dream doesn’t stop there. Everyday I’m trying to build more, to write something new. I hope one day that I leave a few good stories behind. Maybe they’ll say I was a decent writer when I’m gone. Or better yet, maybe they’ll read my stories and be inspired to write their own.

Are you already dreaming of your holidays in Crete?

I’m dreaming of getting more sleep. And of exercising more. And reading books I have not yet opened. I am dreaming of all the wonderful people I will meet that will change my life. And of all the magic that lurks around the corner that could influence my next story. But for now, if I don’t get all of that at least I will have Crete. Yes, that’ll do, thank you very much.

Javi Reddy has spent most of his career within the business communications realm, as a Communications Manager. He has written on various platforms within a corporate environment. His career has seen him work at companies such as IBM; the Shoprite Group and Telesure Investment Holdings, whilst also freelancing for a few sporting and entertainment publications. Aside, from being the Grand Prize Winner in the Eyelands Magazine short story contest, his story ‘Sit Down; You’re Brown’ was awarded runner-up in the ‘The SA Writers College 2019 Annual Short Story Competition’. His debut novel, 12 Yards Out, will soon be released after being handled by a UK publishing house. Javi lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.


Gregory Papadoyiannis

Spring Stories – the book!

This is the collection with all shortlisted stories of our 2nd flash fiction contest. 25 excellent stories about spring by writers from all over the world.

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Pages: 58
Price: 10 euros (for Greece)
Cover by Andriana Minou and back cover with a picture by Lyla Stenson (special distinction)


FIRST PRIZE /The Reminiscence Society – Henry Dreelan

PRIZES (by submission order)
Brigids Mantle – Joanne Burke
United Kingdom

Super Heroes-Janet Thomas

Two Young Hearts – Susanne Kirchner

 SPECIAL DISTINCTION (for writers U18)
The Sprite’s Dance – Lyla Stenson

SHORT LISTED STORIES (by submission order)

Spring – Francesca Zanoni

The Tulip Queen at Number 17 –Liz Gwinnell
United Kingdom

Red – Róisín Leggett Bohan

Equinox – Dreena Collins
United Kingdom

Bioluminiscencia – Alex Sinclair Lack
United Kingdom

A Dead Heat and Two Winner – Dean Gessie

Start of the Season-Denise Bayes

Clear Sighted -Val Ormrod
United Kingdom

Spring Enchanted- Zoe Rankin
New Zealand

Spring Incoming – Ana Paula Bottle Leon
U.K. /Mexico

Spring Magic – Nadee Gunasena

Rebirth – Sue Jeong
New Zealand

Hebe’s Gift – Sam Watts

Spring – Nellie English

A Fearful Symmetry -Brian MacReamoinn

Spring Cleaning -Laura Muetzelfeldt

Echos Below – Eve Moldovan

That Old Red Couch – Steve Scholz
United States

Homecoming – Luke Beling
South African/ USA

The picture of the Sheep – Charles Venable
United States