EYELANDS 9th INTERNATIONAL SHORT STORY CONTEST – 2019

 

Round Midnight.jpgThe contest runs from March 20th through June 20th, 2019
The theme of the contest this year is «Round Midnight»
First prize: A week’s holiday on the island of Crete
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

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RULES OF THE CONTEST (ENGLISH SECTION)

* Theme of the contest: Round Midnight

*Entries must be short stories, of any genre, and maximum length is 2,500 words and must be previously unpublished in a book, printed magazine or web-based journal.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 20th of June

*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 21st of March 2019 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 September 10th, 2019

* 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, 12 more stories will be chosen and published online on eyelands.gr! Eyelands will feature one story every month, between November 2019 and November 2020

* 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.

All prize-winners and shortlisted writers have to renew their approval for the publishing of the anthology till the 1st of October, 2019.

*First prize winner will be the judge of next year’s 10th contest!

PRIZES & HONORABLE MENTIONS
First prize is a week’s holiday on the island of Crete. Three Rock, (Triopetra beach, South Crete) is a studio for 2 people (with beds for two children also available). Air tickets not included. You can see more details here: http://three-rock.blogspot.gr/
& https://3rockstudio.wordpress.com/

First prize winner can choose his/her preferred week of stay in 2020 except for the dates between July 15th – August 30th. First prize winner have to decide about the dates of his/her staying till (at the latest) 10th of February 2020.

The three prize winners will also get a free copy of the book with the winning stories of our contest & certification document & a Greek handmade ceramic from the collection of Artifacts 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!

First prize winner’s ceramic is not only handmade but specially designed for the specific contest every year.

  • 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, 2019. All the shortlisted writers will also get a free copy of the book! (We send the books to your address once. In case of return we can’t repeat it).
  • 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 a week’s holiday in Crete or does not book a specific week for her/his holidays at Three Rock Studio till the end of the 10th of February next year, the second (and then the third) prize winner will be notified in order to take her/his place.

-First prize winner will be the judge of next year’s 10th contest!

 

NOTE: Free entry for the prizewinners writers of previous contests

ENTRY FORM AND PAYMENT

Pay via paypal – See the banner in eyelands Home Page.

See also here: eyelands.gr

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 ‘’Round Midnight’’

*There is no entry fee for the prize winners of previous eyelands international short story contests

ABOUT THREE ROCK & TRIOPETRA BEACH

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.

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.

THE JUDGE

20170914_140305Gregory Papadoyiannis graduated from the Law and Journalism Schools, studied cinema direction and worked at newspapers, magazines, radio and television, initially as a sports editor and later as a columnist and editor.  At the same time, he worked as a translator of literature books in collaboration with several publishing houses and translated books by William Faulkner, Francis Scott Fitzgerald, Jack London, Marc Twain etc. into Greek.

In 1991, he was awarded the national prize for young playwrights at the competition of the Ministry of Culture for his play The situations. He was awarded the second prize twice at the same competition, in 1995 and 1999. He has translated theatrical plays by authors such as David Mamet and Tennessee Williams for the purposes of performances in prestigious theatres of Athens. He has also worked as a director’s assistant at the National Theatre of Greece as well as the Theatre of Thessaly.

He has been involved with the cinema as well; as a director of two short films that were screened in Greek film festivals and as a script-writer for feature and short films. He has also worked as a script-writer and director’s assistant in several television series.

Gregory is a co-founder, administrator and writer for the books & cinema section of the website http://www.eyelands.gr .  He is the curator for the only Greece-based international short story competition, run by 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 in the island of Crete. He currently works as a translator and editor for Strange Days Books Publishing (www.strangedaysbooks.gr )

 

PUBLICATIONS IN GREEK

To the Almighty, hereunto, comic album, 1988

The Situations, play,  (Delfini editions, 1992)

The Philadelphus case, science fiction novelette (Plus One editions, 1999)

Sniff, novel, 2008 (first edition: Empiria Ekdotiki (2008) third edition: Strange Days Books 2014, fourth edition to be released in 2019)

The city beyond the river, short story collection, (Strange Days Books, 2015)

Ephemera, comic album, (Strange Days Books, 2016)
The Great Runaway, novelette, (Strange Days Books, 2018)

 

PUBLICATIONS IN ENGLISH

52 eyelands, a sentimental guide through the Greek islands (2013, Strange Days Books)

Greece: The child that never grew up, short story included in Stories for our Time, an Interactive Exhibition from LibArts London (London School of Liberal Arts, 1 May – 31 July 2013)

The city beyond the river, short story included in the anthology Future eyes of PaleHouse Magazine (2012, Los Angeles, California, http://www.palehouse.com/FE-GPapadoyiann.html ) . The short story The city beyond the river was shortlisted at the International Annual Fish Short Story Competition and was among the Highly Recommended at the Tom Howard Short Story Contest (2009).

The Whole Family, short story included in Jakes Monthly anthology of Magic Realism   In the Majestic’s nest, short story published in Foxing Quarterly (2013, print-only literary and arts journal published in Austin, Texas).

An excerpt from his novel “Sniff” was posted to the European Literature Network (June 2017)  http://www.eurolitnetwork.com/authors-pitch-sniff-by-gregory-papadoyannis/

His novel «The baby Jazz» released in USA from Fomite books in February 2017.

His comic album Ephemera/Life is short released in Greece on December, 2016. Two of the stories from the album published in Porcupine, an anthology of poetry, art, and short stories from 23 contributors across the globe, on November 2017.

 

links
http://www.eyelands.gr
English section

https://eyelandscontes.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/eyelands.portal/

STRANGE DAYS BOOKS
http://www.strangedaysbooks.gr
http://www.paraxenesmeres.gr

THREE ROCK STUDIO

http://three-rock.blogspot.gr/
https://3rockstudio.wordpress.com/

https://www.airbnb.gr/rooms/3516767

OMODAMOS CLAYART
https://dryadsite.wordpress.com/
https://www.facebook.com/omodamos/

 

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