Interview with Kate Wickers – 10th Eyelands ISSC prize winner

Kate Wickers, author of ”Sixteen” is one of our prize winner writers from Eyelands 10th international Short Story Contest (theme: Numbers). So here is what she answers to our quetions about the contest, her story, here writing career (actually she has just finished her first novel) and … Greece!

1How does it feel to be a prize winner of an international short story contest based in Greece?
Well, it feels just wonderful, and I’m so pleased, after procrastinating, that I submitted my story. Also, after spending time alone as a writer, wondering if what I’m writing will ever actually be read, it’s lovely to make and feel a connectionwith the other writers who put their work forward to be judged.

I think it was your first time to submit a story here. How did you hear about the contest?
I heard about the contest from a friend, who I studied with during an MA in Creative Writing. She’d read the last anthology andsaid it was wonderful, so encouraged me to submit a story.

I can see from your bio that you have seen many of your stories published over the years. When did you start writing?

Well, forever. As a kid I’d rewrite fairy tales, often making myself the main protagonist. Through school, I won awards for creative writing and loved to write plays, and later I studied for a BA in Media and Communications, which gave me a taste of so many writing disciplines before I settled on journalism. As a journalist and travel writer, I have written professionally for over twenty years, and my features have been published in over sixty British and international publications, such as The Telegraph, The i, The Daily Mail and The Australian. Creative writing wise, I’ve only had a few published – a couple of short stories; a piece of flash fiction and a poem.

2You have two books ready for publish now. Can you tell us few more things about them?
The first isa gritty novel set in London and follows the lives of three people before and after a terrorist attack on a train. The second is a murder-mystery adventure for middle grade readers set in Vietnam. Both are out on submission to publishers currently through my literary agent. It’s quite a nerve-racking time, especially given what a tough market it is at the moment but I’m trying to stay optimistic.

You wrote an excellent story. What was the inspiration for ‘Sixteen’?

Since visiting Dubrovnik to write a travel feature a few years ago, I’d been mulling over the idea of writing a creative story. I was touched by how the bullet holes from the Balkan wars have been left in the masonry of many of the buildings. It brings goose bumps to run a hand over these war-scars, which are now part of the city and the history of the people who live there. Each one of those bullet holes tells a story.

It was very touching the way you describe how Agneza, your main character, feels and amazing how you connect her story with numbers. I think the whole atmosphere is a kind of tragicomedy as we could say in Greek. Is that so?

Absolutely. Tragicomedy is a perfect way to describe this story. I think it is a human compulsion to search for humour when all around looks bleak.Perhaps that’s what keeps us going? Agneza is a drama queen (more than a little like me at that age), and I hoped to catch the essence of being a bored teenager waiting for something momentous to happen.

 

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Have you ever been in Greece?

Yes, several times. The Cycladic islands in particular are a favourite destination from when I first island-hopped around them in my early twenties. I’ve just written a feature on Mykonos for a beautiful magazine called Lodestars Anthology, which will be published in their Greece issue later this year.

What are your plans as a writer for the future?

Novel number two is underway, set in Bristol where I grew up. It follows the lives of two best friends and the effect that each has on the other from teenage years into adulthood, and looks at how memory can play tricks, often distorting the truth to suit us. I’m also continuing with my work as a journalist, writing travel features as inspiration for when we can travel again.

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Kate Wickers’ bio

My career as a travel writer began twenty-four years ago, while at university studying for a BA in Media & Communications, when a professor suggested that I should ‘write about something I love and get it published’. I took her advice and by the time I graduated I was writing regularly for The Sunday Telegraph, and have never looked back. My writing credits include features over sixty British and international publications including The Scotsman, The i, The Independent, The Telegraph, The Daily Mail, The Lonely Planet Magazine, The Financial Times, Conde Nast Traveller, The Australian and The Globe & Mail.  For a Rough Guide special edition celebrating women in travel, called Women Travel, I contributed a chapter on Peru. My travel writing is studied for the module ‘Best Contemporary Travel Writers’ at the University of Virginia.
I have just completed my first novel and also my first children’s book, currently both are out on submission to publishers through my agent at Artelus Literary Agency.

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”Sixteen” will be published in two different collections of the 10th international story contest, an English language version that will be published by Strange Days Books in October 2020. The prize winning stories of the international section will be translated into Greek and published alongside the Greek prize winning stories in a second book.

 

Interview with Kathryn Holzman – 10th contest grand prize winner

 Kathryn Holzman our  grand prize winner ‘’talks’’ via e-mail about the contest, her writing career and plans for the future and of course about her holidays in Greece- postponed due to the circumstances- for next summer.

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How does it feel to be the winner of our 10th international short story contest?
I am thrilled. This is such an honor.

Have you ever imagined that you could be the winner of a writing contest in a country far far away?
Never. I have always considered the act of writing its own reward, but this is more exciting than I had imagined. I love the idea of sharing my story with people in another country, especially one with the history and distinction of Greece.

I think it was your first time to submit a story here. How did you hear about the contest?
I read about the contest in the weekly Duotrope list of calls for submission. When I saw the theme (Numbers), I thought: I have a story about that.

When did you start writing?
I always aspired to be a writer. If you asked me as a young girl what I wanted to be when I grew up, my answer was always “an author.”  When I moved to New York City in my twenties, I wrote poetry. In fact, I met my husband at a poetry reading he ran in Manhattan. Unfortunately, for many years, my career and family eclipsed my writing, though it always remained high on my “to-do” list.

 I can see from your bio that apart from a very interesting life so far you haveseen your work published very recently. Can you tell us a fewmore things about your two books, the story collection and thenovel?
My chapbook of short stories, FLATLANDERs, is a collection of tales about life in rural Vermont where I spend much of my time. Second-home owners and homesteaders coexist in Vermont under a fragile truce. Whether sharing a blackberry patch with a bear or dropping off garbage at the local transfer stations, life in Vermont unites its residents in surprising ways.

 REAL ESTATE, which is being published in the Fall by Propertius Press, is my first novel. It was inspired by my childhood in California’s Santa Clara Valley,which transformed in a very short period from an agricultural valley filled with apricot orchards to what is now known as Silicon Valley. I follow two neighbors from very different backgrounds, through this transition.

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Reading at Wardsboro Library

You wrote a brilliant story. What was the inspiration for ‘The Long Lost Bottom’?
As a financial manager for physicians, I spent much of my career crunching numbers, to the detriment of my creativity.  While reading Thoreau in my classic book club, I was intrigued by his comments on measuring the depth of Walden Pond. From there, things just got out of hand. I love when writing takes off on its own and I follow my protagonist’s lead.

There is a very special atmosphere in your story which has a lot to do with gambling. I can say that you are describing these characters so vivid that I imagined that you spent a lot of time watchingpeople gambling. Is that so?
While I do have friends whose childhoods were shaped by parents who gambled, I think my personal experience, both personally and professionally, is more with obsession. I worked for a time with public inebriates and saw how obsession can hijack a person’s life.

What are your plans as a writer for the future?
Now that I have the opportunity, I intend writing to be my lens. I participate in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) each November and have several historical novels in the works. I have a great writing group that encourages me to continue writing my short stories.

kathryn holzmanHave you ever been in Greece before?
Never, the closest I have been is Spain. But my favorite cookbook is Food of Crete. It is well thumbed and stained by olive oil.

Are you already dreaming of your holidays in Crete next year?
In this year of the pandemic, I can’t imagine anything I would rather dream about.

 

SHORT BIO

Raised in Seattle and the Santa Clara Valley of California, Kathryn Holzman left the west coast of the US seeking adventure in the Big Apple where she met her husband at a poetry reading. After attending Stanford University and NYU, she chose Health Care Administration as a career, working with public inebriates, dentists, urologists, and cardiologists. When the right side of her brain rebelled against endless databases and balance sheets, she moved to New England with her husband, now a digital artist. Both flourish in the lush beauty of Vermont and the creative communities of Western Massachusetts. Her short fiction has appeared in over twenty 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.

 

‘The Long Lost Bottom’will be published in two different collections of the stories of 10th international story contest, An English speaking version that will be released  (as it happens every year) with the shortlisted stories (international section) of the contest, by Strange Days Books in October 2020. Prize winning stories of the international section will be translated in Greek and published in another book with the shortlisted stories of the Greek section.

 

 

Eyelands 10 ISSC – ”Numbers”: 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 – till APRIL 20th

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 RESIDENCY PROGRAM/ RESULTS!

 

We are excited to announce the winners of our second…

THREE ROCK WRITERS’ RESORT RESIDENCY PROGRAM SPRING/SUMMER 2020

Triopetra, the beach

FULL STIPEND      (an entirely free one-week stay)

Neal Hall, M.D.

Name of the project: Diaries of The Heart

 

HALF STIPEND    (one-week stay with 50% discount))

(names by submission order)

 

1/David Turnbull

Name of the project – The Forbidden Testament

 

2/Diana Cambridge

Name of the project: biographical novel

 

3/ Jill Yates

Name of the project: Final draft of “Lucy’s Week Ashore”

 

4/  Lucy Weldon

Name of the project:  Ultramarine

 

5/Robin Martin

Project name : Lizardmaid

 

6/ Lee Ching Kai

Name of the project: “Era of New Solstice” (First Project); “Crusades of Wizardry” (Second Project)

 

7/ Jade J. Maze

Name of the project Music Notes: Tales from an American Singer

 

8/ Valerie Griffin

Name of the project The Finding of Rose

 

9/ Joan Lennon, Callum Heitler, Thomas Heitler

Name of the project:  Choices

 

10/ Wendy Craig

Name of Project: Conversations

 

11/ Dr.Sreekanth Kopuri M.A.,M.Phil., PhD.

Name of Project: Seeking Meanings

 

12/ Debbie Taggio

Name of the project:  Human Remains

 

13/ Gerry Byrne

Name of the project: Montjoyesse the Secret Citadel

 

14/ Kevin Scully

Name of the project: Longing, Loving, Losing, Leaving. A short story collection.

 

15/ Hannah Patient

Name of the project: White Night

 

16/ Sherry Rind

Name of the project: Poetry manuscript

Congratulations to all!

Looking forward seeing you in Crete. In the next few days we will contact the authors and send the details about the project and their staying in Three Rock

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Call to the authors of Crete

αφίσα για εκδήλωσηStrange Days announce the first Slam Fiction event in Greece and invites you to Heraklion to tell us your story.
We are organizing a Slam Fiction Night for the first time in Greece on Friday 28th February 2020 at 7.30pm in the social self-managed space Da (Dentidakidon 15, Heraklion)
The rules are very simple. There is no age restriction or any other. You’re coming prepared (or even unprepared) to get on stage and tell us a story. You have 7 minutes on stage so your story will be short. You can hold a paper with your text but you can also simply tell us your story. There has to be a story, a short story. It should be at most three pages A4 or 1500 words.
On this night, the goal is simply to have a good time telling and listening to stories. This  atmosphere of the company is what we want to relive and that is our purpose. If we do, we’ll have a good time, and after recording the stories throughout the year, we’re likely to get a book with them.
Submission  via email at strangedaysbooks@gmail.com
topic: slam fiction and a small sample of your writing.

Location: Da (15 Dentidakidon, Heraklion)
https://www.facebook.com/da.heraklion/
Organization: Strange Days curated by the author Antonis Tsirikoudis

10th ISS CONTEST & 3 ROCK WRITERS’ RESORT!

THREE ROCK WRITERS’ RESORT RESIDENCY PROGRAM SPRING/SUMMER 2020

JUST few DAYS LEFT!

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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.

 

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 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

 

See more here:
https://eyelandscontes.wordpress.com/2020/01/08/eyelands-10th-international-short-story-contest-2020/

https://eyelandscontes.wordpress.com/2019/11/28/three-rock-writers-resort-residency-program-spring-summer-2020/

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

ΑΦΊΣΑ ΔΙΕΘΝΕΣEYELANDS 10th INTERNATIONAL SHORT STORY CONTEST – 2020

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

 eyelands.gr
eyelandsawards.com/
https://eyelandscontes.wordpress.com/2020/01/08/eyelands-10th-international-short-story-contest-2020/

 

 

EYELANDS 10th INTERNATIONAL SHORT STORY CONTEST – 2020

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

NEW DEADLINE – APRIL 20, 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

 

EYELANDS –  ISSC
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
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.

EYELANDS BOOK AWARDS

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

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.

 

JUDGE

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.

 

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

 

 

EYELANDS BOOKS AWARDS 2019 – THE 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 /USA (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 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

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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ΕΒΑ

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 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.

 

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  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, PRICES AND AVAILABILITY

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.

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

 AVAILABLE DATES
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.

 

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. 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!

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

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