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)

CONTENTS

FIRST PRIZE /The Reminiscence Society – Henry Dreelan
UK

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

Super Heroes-Janet Thomas
Australia

Two Young Hearts – Susanne Kirchner
Austria

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

SHORT LISTED STORIES (by submission order)

Spring – Francesca Zanoni
Italy

The Tulip Queen at Number 17 –Liz Gwinnell
United Kingdom

Red – Róisín Leggett Bohan
Ireland

Equinox – Dreena Collins
United Kingdom

Bioluminiscencia – Alex Sinclair Lack
United Kingdom

A Dead Heat and Two Winner – Dean Gessie
Canada

Start of the Season-Denise Bayes
Spain

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
USA

Rebirth – Sue Jeong
New Zealand

Hebe’s Gift – Sam Watts
Australia

Spring – Nellie English
UK

A Fearful Symmetry -Brian MacReamoinn
UK

Spring Cleaning -Laura Muetzelfeldt
UK

Echos Below – Eve Moldovan
UK

That Old Red Couch – Steve Scholz
United States

Homecoming – Luke Beling
South African/ USA

The picture of the Sheep – Charles Venable
United States

Eyelands 9 ISSC – Results

We are glad to announce the results of Eyelands.gr & Strange Days Books 9th short story contest (international section). Theme: Round Midnight. Judge: Gregory Papadoyiannis.
First prize: A week’s holiday in the island of Crete.
Prize stories will be  published in two different anthologies (Greek and English).  All the stories of the shortlist will be published in November 2019 in a special English edition, released also  through amazon.com & strange days books.

cropped-eyelands-1.jpgGRAND PRIZE

 Marvin Baxter’s Background Music – Javi Reddy

South Africa

PRIZES

(by submission order)

Midnight shadows -David McVey

United Kingdom

At Last, Goodbye -Wendy Craig

New Zealand

The Banshee’s Sister –  E. F. S. Byrne

Spain

Crying all the way to the bank – Karen Keeley

USA

SHORT LIST

(by submission order)

Belonging – Judith Diamond.

USA

One shot – David Butler

Ireland

Memories always start around midnight – Suzanne Elvidge

United Kingdom
Huggas -Mark Perfect

United Kingdom

Red Beauty or simply Dear – Christina Demertsidou
Greece

Hunter– Mariam Syrengelas

Greece

Bouzouki Magic,” – Diane R. Ransdell

USA

5 2 12 –  Charles Osborne,

United Kingdom
The black wedding dress – Ilona krueger
Australia

The Midnight Show – Charles Venable

USA

Rick, the Drummer is No More – Alan Kennedy

Spain

On the Lookout for Bo – Kimberly Stammen

USA

Katy’s Penance –  David Mackinnon

United Kingdom

Undisclosed Desires – Efi P.

Holland

Blue Moon – Rae Whitney

USA

When the bikers blow into town –  Regi Claire

United Kingdom

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Congratulations to all!!

 

EYELANDS BOOK AWARDS 2019

Eyelands gr. & Strange Days Books are glad to announce the EYELANDS BOOK AWARDS 2019!!

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Grand prize (published books): Five-day holiday in Athens plus a special handmade ceramic designed especially for Eyelands Book Awards and publication (excerpts) online on our website.
Grand prize (unpublished books): Translation into Greek and publication from Strange Days Books
Six more prizes one for each category of every section also win a special handmade ceramic designed especially for Eyelands Book Awards
Certification document for every prize.
Final results are to be announced on December 20th 2019

Award Ceremony: May, 2020
Place: Athens, Greece

Judges: Andriana Minou (poetry, children’s books, graphic novels), Gregory Papadoyiannis (novels, novellas, historical fiction), Catherine McNamara (short stories)

Entry fee: $30 (27 euros)
Early bird submissions: $ 22 (20 euros)

 

WHAT’S NEW

Early Bird Submission
1/ Early bird submissions till  31 of August
2/ Early bird discount till 20 October for Writers who have already submitted stories in our contests in 2018-2019 or participated in our 3 Rock Writers’ Residency Program and for all the finalist of Eyelands Book Awards 2018!

3/ Early bird discount till 20 October for Writers who will send their book/manuscript by snail mail
All books will be placed at Three Rock’s Library


New categories
Historical Fiction / Memoir
Children’s Books / Graphic Novels

The unpublished book grand prize winner to be translated and published in Greek
Grand prize winners will be the judges for next year’s Eyelands Books Awards 2020 in their prize category

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.

 

ΕΒΑ - 2019SUBMISSION GUIDELINES & DATES & DETAILS

Opening: Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Closing: Sunday, October 20, 2019 at midnight PST.
Submit your book or manuscript online $30.00 (27 euros) (or via snail mail with a $22.00 entry fee)
Multiple submissions allowed (with a separate fee for each submission). Early bird submission $ 22 (20 euros) for every additional submission
Simultaneous submissions allowed, but please notify us if full manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
Finalists for every category to be announced on November, 20, 2019
Final results are to be announced on December, 20, 2019.

Eligible submissions include: poetry, novellas, short story collections, novels, children’s books, historical fiction/memoir, graphic novels.
There are no restrictions regarding nationality
Participants must be 18 years old otherwise we need parents’ consent to accept the submission.
Manuscripts must be written in English.
There is no restriction about the form or style of writing. We prefer the pages to be numbered. Files should be uploaded as an MS Word document or PDF. Fill the entry form, copy and paste it in the body of your email.

Submit your manuscript to: eyelandsmag@gmail.com
[or]  strangedaysbooks@gmail.com

or send your book by post to:

Chimarras 6, 74100, Rethymno, Crete, Greece

After the end of the contest all your books will find a place at the library of Three Rock Studio – A writers’ resort in south Crete

 

PRIZES & PUBLICITY

Section: Published books

Grand Prize: A five-day holiday in Athens plus a special handmade ceramic designed especially for Eyelands Book Awards and publication (excerpts) online on our website. Eyelands cover all accommodation costs for the award winner. Air tickets not included. The author must agree to participate in the EBA ceremony (which will be held in Athens at the time of his/her holidays) and the related publicity (interviews e.t.c.).

There will be five finalists for each category.

Three more prizes one for each category also win a special handmade ceramic designed especially for Eyelands Book Awards

Certification document for every prize.

Section: Unpublished books

Grand prize: Translation in Greek and Publication from Strange Days Books.

Five more prizes, one in each category, also win a special handmade ceramic designed especially for Eyelands Book Awards

There will be five finalists for each category.

Certification document for every prize.

For each entry, submit the book, entry form, and  fee (via paypal). Registration will be confirmed via email. In December, all entrants will be notified of winners. Please fill in, copy and paste the entry form in the body of your email

ENTRY FORM & PAYMENT

Pay via paypal – See the banner on this website

Click the «buy now» button. Fill the description with: EBA

Entry fee: $30 (27 euros)

Early bird submissions: $ 22 (20 euros)

* After the payment is complete, you can send the email with your manuscript as an attachment and the entry form completed, copied and pasted in the body of your email

*An email confirmation that your entry has been received will be sent within three/four days

* We do accept simultaneous submissions

* Every writer can submit more books with the early bird payment fee of $22 (or 20 euros) for every one of them

*There is no fee for the first prize winners of previous Eyelands international short story contests

*All books must have been published between September 20, 2016 and September 20, 2019.

 

ENTRY FORM (submit one entry form per book):

Book Title:

_______________________________________

Author:

_______________________________________

Category:

_______________________________________

Publisher: (for published books only)

_______________________________________

ISBN: (for published books only)

_______________________________________

 

Contact Information

Address:

_______________________________________

Phone:

_______________________________________

E-Mail:

_______________________________________

AWARD CATEGORIES (select one per entry application):

The following are eligible:

1/Full-length books of fiction (novels or novellas of any genre)

2/ Collections of short stories by one author

3/Collected and selected poems*

4/ Historical fiction – Memoir

5/ Children books – Graphic Novels       

              

*any book of poetry (up to 250 pages) written by a single author is eligible

EBA follows the CLMP Contest Code of Ethics.

If you have any questions, please contact us at
eyelandsmag@gmail.com  [or]  strangedaysbooks@gmail.com

 

LINKS
See more at:

https://eyelandsawards.com/

https://eyelandscontes.wordpress.com/

http://www.eyelands.grhttps://eyelands.gr/english-section/
https://www.facebook.com/eyelands.portal/
www.strangedaysbooks.gr
www.paraxenesmeres.gr

https://eyelandscontes.wordpress.com/writers-resort/

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

5th Sand Festival/INTERNATIONAL SECTION

 

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 Eyelands Magazine and Strange Days Books are thrilled to invite you to the 5th Sand Festival, which will take place at the beach of Possidi in Chalkidiki on Friday the 23rd and Saturday the 24th of August.

We welcome submissions by poets and writers from anywhere in the world, who are willing to come to the Festival and read their texts on the sand. Poems must be maximum 2 (two) A4 pages long and fiction must be maximum 1500 words.

The theme this year is: “Suddenly, last summer”

Poem and short story submissions are open from 15/5 to 10/7. You may send your texts to either eyelandsmag@gmail.com  or strangedaysbooks@gmail.com . No Entry fee. Since your text will be selected  there is a 10 euros fee which will go towards the translation of the selected texts for publication into Greek payable via paypal (see the paypal button on our website https://sandfestival.wordpress.com/ ).

Results will be announced and selected writers will be notified by the 15th of July.

The maximum amount of texts we can accept (For the International Section) is 10 short stories and 10 poems. The selected texts will be published in a print edition in Greek by Strange Days Books; the book will be presented in Athens in November and later in Thessaloniki.

As in all previous festivals, invited writers and poets will be reading their work on the sand of a beautiful Greek beach. Participants will also have a chance to discuss with the audience and to participate in a writing workshop with writers whose books have been published by Strange Days Books.

However, Sand Festival is not just about literary discussions, readings and book presentations; it is also about music, photography, performances, beach parties or even gazing at the stars. This year, participants will also have the chance to take a tour at the lighthouse of Kassandra. And there will be more activities we will be announcing during the summer because, after all, we are the most spontaneous festival in the world!
This year we chose the beach of Possidi at the Kassandra peninsula in Chalkidiki. Possidi is located in very short distance from Thessaloniki (approx.  1 hour drive, with buses leaving frequently from Thessaloniki). It is a gorgeous sandy (of course) beach with a camping site, for which we will try to secure a special discounted price for festival participants. There are also plenty of rooms to rent in the area.
Looking forward to seeing you all in Chalkidiki!

Information about the area of Kassandra Hersonesus here: https://kassandra.gr/

Information about Kassandra’s Lighthouse (which will be our meeting point on Friday 23th, 17:00) http://www.faroi.com/en/kasandra.htm

Information about bus transportation from Thessaloniki to Chalkidiki here: http://www.ktel-chalkidikis.gr/index.php?act=viewCat&catId=1001

”Spring” Phenomenon! She is only 12 years old…

One of the highlights of Eyelands international 2nd flash fiction Competition (theme: Spring) was an extraordinary submission we received in the English-speaking section. Amongst the 25 stories that made it to the shortlist – with hundreds of entries – was the short story “The Sprite’s Dance” by Lyla Stenson from Ireland.

The extraordinary thing about this distinction lies at the age of the writer; she is only 12 years old! (she participated with the necessary consent of her parents of course). This is the first time a writer of such young age – a child – manages to enter the shortlist in an Eyelands contest. We had come accross an author of similar talent back in 2011, when 18-year-old Natasa Ali from Pakistan won a prize in our first international short story contest, but of course a distinction at the age of twelve is phenomenal – not only for our contest.

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We asked Lyla’s parents to send us a few words about the young writer, as well as one of Lyla’s sketches and they responded kindly. So here are the words of Lyla’s parents, describing the 12 year old author who literally brought Spring to our contest and gave us one more reason to be glad that we gave the opportunity to a very young child from another country to keep dreaming …

Lyla is a very kind, thoughtful girl, with a natural curiosity to learn, she is the eldest of four, two sisters and one brother.

She attends a small school called Jonathan Swift National School and is in her final year of primary education.

She is excited about starting secondary school this September. Her favourite subjects are Art and English.

She loves to read and draw and carries a notebook with her most of the time.

She would love to one day have a book published.

When I told her she had been given a special distinction in the competition she was so delighted and was thrilled that her work had been chosen

Her inspiration for her story came from the seasons and nature. We live in the beautiful countryside of West Wicklow here in Ireland.

She was also inspired by a book called ‘The Wizard of Once’ by Cressida Cowell.

This was not her first story, she has written many short stories…the first at the age of five and a half.

She dreams of being a writer and is currently writing a series of novels.

This competition is only the second one she has entered.

Your acknowledgement of her story means so much and has given her confidence in her writing.

EYELANDS 2nd IFFC – Spring: The results

We announce the results of our second international flash fiction contest.
Theme: Spring

ανοιξη - για αφίσαFIRST PRIZE

The Reminiscence Society – Henry Dreelan

UK

 PRIZES (by submission order)

Brigids Mantle – Joanne Burke

United Kingdom

Super Heroes-Janet Thomas

Australia

Two Young Hearts – Susanne Kirchner

Austria

 SPECIAL DISTINCTION (for writers U18)

The Sprite’s Dance – Lyla Stenson

Ireland

SHORT LISTED STORIES (by submission order)

Spring – Francesca Zanoni

Italy

The Tulip Queen at Number 17 –Liz Gwinnell

United Kingdom

Red – Róisín Leggett Bohan

Ireland

Equinox – Dreena Collins
United Kingdom

Bioluminiscencia – Alex Sinclair Lack

United Kingdom

A Dead Heat and Two Winner – Dean Gessie

Canada

Start of the Season-Denise Bayes

Spain

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

USA

Rebirth – Sue Jeong,

New Zealand

Hebe’s Gift – Sam Watts

Australia

Spring – Nellie English 

UK

A Fearful Symmetry -Brian MacReamoinn

UK

Spring Cleaning -Laura Muetzelfeldt

UK

Echos Below – Eve Moldovan

UK

That Old Red Couch – Steve Scholz

United States

Homecoming – Luke Beling

South African/ USA

The picture of the Sheep – Charles Venable
United States

First prize: A week’s holiday at Three Rock Writers resort οn the island of Crete
Three prize winners: publication in anthology, handmade ceramic gift, certificate, complimentary copy of the anthology plus a week’s holiday at Three Rock Resort with a discount 50% off the regular cost (non obligatory).
Shortlisted stories: Publication in anthology
Judge: Gregory Papadoyiannis

 All the shortlisted writers will also get a free copy of the book!   The book will be released through “Strange Days” publications and www.amazon.com  in October, 2019

The anthology includes the first prize story translated to Greek. All the shortlisted writers will have a special discount in case they will submit a book for the Eyelands Book Awards 2019 (25 instead of 35 $ / 22 instead of 30 euros)

Collaboration: Eyelands.gr (online literature magazine) & Strange Days Books (publishing firm)
Thank you all!