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*Entries must be short stories, of any genre, and maximum length is 2,500 words and must be previously unpublished in a book, printed magazine or web-based journal.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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WRITERS’ RESORT RESIDENCY PROGRAM 2019 -Results!

We are excited to announce the winners of our first…

Triopetra, the beachThree Rock Writers’ Resort Residency Program SPRING/SUMMER 2019

 

FULL STIPEND

Catherine McNamara / Italy

Name of the project: The Carnal Fugues

HALF STIPEND

(names by submission order)

1/ Jennifer Steil / USA
Name of the project: Erebo

2/ Suzanne Rancourt / United States
Name of the project: Old Stones, New Roads / Songs of the Hummingbird

3/Bernadette Russell /United Kingdom

Name of the project: Book of dreams

4/Geoffrey Edwards /Canada

Name of the project: These White Shadows

5/ Ollie Randall / United Kingdom

Name of the project: Terminal

6/ Elena Carapetis / Australia

Name of the project: 2020 STCSA Commission

7/Sophie Neville / United Kingdom

Name of the project: Makorongo and Co.

8/ Anne kirya /Uganda
Name of the project: The incredible adventures of Kakai

9/Vanessa Horn/ USA

Name of the project: Short story collection

10/ Annie Percik / United Kingdom

Name of the project: Changing Colours

11/Nicole Hazan / Israel

Name of the project: Choking Water (novel in progress)

12/ Name: Sarah Lipton/ England

Name Of Project: ‘Crossing Time.’

13/ Jonathan Gurling / UK

Name of the Project:  In the Shadow of the Rock

14/ Name: Lauren Pope / Scotland

Name of the project: “Allow Me This.”

15/ Caroline Schiller / Germany

Name of the project: “The Five Fighters – Rise of the Reptzas”

16/ Sara Dunham / USA

Name of Project: International Ghost Story Collection

17/ Lucy Grace/ United Kingdom

Name of Project:  ‘Near Me Now’.

18/ Robin Martin / USA

Name of Project: Lizardmaid

 

All writers have to make their choice between February 10tht – April 30th 2019 

They can pick their week(s) in the periods

1 / MARCH 23 – JUNE 29

Or   2/ SEPTEMBER 7 – OCTOBER 26

Every week starts on Saturday and ends the following Friday

Congrats to all winners & Many thanks to all participants to our first program. We had to choose the maximum 20 writers…

EYELANDS 2nd International Flash Fiction Contest/ 2019

ανοιξη - για αφίσαThe contest runs from January 10th through March 20th, 2019
The theme of the contest this year is Spring
First prize: A week 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 holiday at Three Rock Resort with a discount 50% from the regular cost (non obligatory)
Shortlisted stories: Publication in anthology/ Free copy
Judge: Gregory Papadoyiannis
Collaboration: Eyelands.gr (online literature magazine) & Strange Days Books (publishing firm)
Entry fee: 10€

 RULES OF THE CONTEST 

* Theme of the contest: «Spring».

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

*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 January 2019 to enter the contest  –unless there is a parental approval.

* No “eyelands” editor, judge, or relative of theirs, is allowed to enter.

* Entries must be submitted electronically (see below).

* Winners and the short list to be announced on June 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 gives 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.

*Each writer may submit as many stories as they wish, provided they pay a separate entry fee for each story, but only one story of every writer may be included in the short list

* Simultaneous entries are allowed (same piece of work simultaneously entered in other competitions) but you must alert us if your work is placed as a winner or runner up, and your entry will be withdrawn from the competition.

You may voluntarily withdraw your entry from this competition by request via email.

You as the author will retain copyright, but you must allow us temporary and exclusive publishing rights for our anthology if requested.

Withdrawn submissions (for any reason) will not be refunded.

You may be disqualified if any of the rules are not followed.  We will accept corrections to your work from 10th of June till 10th of July.

All prize-winners and shortlisted writers have to renew their approval for the publishing of the anthology till the end of August 2019.


PRIZES & HONORABLE MENTIONS

Triopetra, the beach– First prize is a week holiday at Three Rock Resort, situated in Triopetra beach, one of the most magnificent places of Greece at the south coast of Crete island,) is a studio for 2 persons. Air tickets not included.

First prize winner can choose his/her preferred week of his/her stay in 2019 or 2020 except for the dates between July 1st  – August 25th.

Three more prizes will get a free copy of the book with the winning stories of our contest & a certificate & a Greek handmade ceramic designed especially for the contest from the collection of Artifacts Clayart.

There is also another offer for the three prize winners: a week holiday at Three Rock Resort with a discount 50% from the regular cost (the offer is non obligatory).

All the shortlisted stories (number according to the submissions) will be published in an anthology. The book will be released through “Strange Days” publications and www.amazon.com  in October, 2019. All the shortlisted writers will also get a free copy of the book! The anthology also include 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 $)

 

ENTRY FORM AND PAYMENT

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

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

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 an 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 International Flash Fiction Contest or EIF

*An email confirmation that your entry has been received will be sent within three /four days of receiving your e-mail.

*We don’t accept postal entries

* Name and address of the author are to be submitted in the body of the e-mail

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 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. Triopetra is situated at the very centre of the island (south part) and that means you can see many interesting places (like Phaistos, Agia Galini, Matala, Preveli) in relatively short distance.

THE JUDGE
Gregory Papadoyiannis
BIOGRAPHY & PUBLICATIONS
d609b-papado1Gregory 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)
The city beyond the river, short story collection, (Strange Days Books, 2015)
From this collection: The short story The Whole Family won the third prize in the literary contest of the Greek online magazine “Stella’s Literary bistro” (2011)
The Great Escape, 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, WEBPAGES, BLOGS

EYELANDS
http://www.eyelands.gr
http://www.eyelands.gr/ english section
&
https://eyelandscontes.wordpress.com

STRANGE DAYS BOOKS
www.paraxenesmeres.gr (Greek)
www.strangedaysbooks.gr  (English)

THREE ROCK STUDIO
http://three-rock.blogspot.gr/
*cover painting by Andriana Minou

EYELANDS BOOK AWARDS 2018 – PRIZE WINNERS

We are very excited to announce the very first EYELANDS BOOK AWARDS.
The prizes for the year 2018 are:

 

διηγήματα

 SHORT STORIES

PUBLISHED

Townsend Walker / 3 Women, 4 Towns, 5 Bodies / USA

UNPUBLISHED

Ruth Brandt / No One Has Any Intention of Building a Wall/ United Kingdom

ποίηση
Handmade Tree for Poetry

POETRY

PUBLISHED

Amy Pence / [It] Incandescent / Ninebark/ USA

UNPUBLISHED

Jeffrey Kingman / Beyond that hill I gather /USA

 

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NOVELS

PUBLISHED

Ashley Lloyd Smith/ Pizza with Jimbob & Twoforks / Liquorice Fish Books/ United Kingdom

UNPUBLISHED Gita Theodora Simic/ Occam’s Razor / Bosnia-Herzegovina

GRAND PRIZE PUBLISHED

KAtherine MacnamaraCatherine McNamara/ The Cartography of Others / Unbound/ Australia/Italy

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.

 

 

 

Michael B. Morris

GRAND PRIZE UNPUBLISHED

Michael Robinson Morris / For Entertainment Purposes Only / USA

Grand prize (unpublished books):Publication from Strange Days Books

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We also remind you…

SPECIAL DISTINCTION for MEMOIR/AUTOBIOGRAPHY*

Helen Bedford  /Notes on a childhood  /United Kingdom/

*announced already from 20th of November

THREE ROCK WRITERS’ RESORT RESIDENCY PROGRAM SPRING/SUMMER 2019

 

Three Rock Writers’ Resort announces the opening of applications for its 2019 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.

Triopetra, the beachENJOY 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 or shared 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 for the months April/May/June /October /November) 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.

 

HOW TO APPLY

  • Fill in this simple form with your:

Name
Address

Email
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: January 20th, 2019

Results to be announced: February 10st, 2019

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

 

the double bed.JPGDATES, PRICES AND AVAΙLABILITY

Regular cost for Three Rock Apartment (first floor) and Three Rock Studio (ground floor) is 60 euros per day from March till November (except July and August)*

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

Every week starts on Saturday and ends the following Friday

You have to choose your week(s) between February 1st and April 30th 2019 

 

AVAILABLE WEEKS

Spring /summer 2019
MARCH     23
                     30
APRIL             6
                      13
                      20
                      27
MAY               4
                      11
                      18
                      25
JUNE              1
                       8
                     15
                     22
                     29
Autumn 2019
SEPTEMBER     7
                         14
                         21
                         28
OCTOBER         5
                        12
                        19
                        26

 

 

 

PRICES

One week stay:  (single apartment or studio)                      200 euros
(shared apartment)*                                   100 euros

Two weeks stay: (single apartment or studio)                      380 euros
(shared apartment)*                                   180 euros

 

You can choose your preferred type of stay using the following initials

1W (for one week)

2W (for two weeks)

A1F (single apartment)

SGF (single studio)

A1S (shared apartment)

EXAMPLE:   1W / A1F / AD: September 7 – for one week stay /single apartment / between 7-13 September

 

Payment  -at the latest- 10 days before your arrival date via paypal.

 

* In case you choose to stay in a shared apartment, you must make the appropriate arrangements (and let us know) with fellow writers/ partners/friends. Three Rock Writers RR will not under any circumstance select people to share your apartment with you

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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. 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!

 

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

You can see all the details here:

Studio

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

Apartment

https://www.airbnb.gr/rooms/5460071

Additionally you can find more info about Three Rock on our blog

http://three-rock.blogspot.gr/

or on facebook

https://www.facebook.com/3RockTriopetra/

 

 

STRANGE DAYS BOOKS

Strange Days Books is a cooperative publishing organization based in Crete, Greece.

We publish books of young (or not so young) writers from Greece but we also publish books from writers around the world. Strange Days books & eyelands.gr coordinate every year since 2012 the only one international short story contest based in Greece.

We publish low cost digital editions; our books will be distributed mainly from the internet but also from bookstores and cooperative bookshops. Some of our publications are already available in kindle format from amazon.com and e-book from smashwords.com.  Strange Days Books also publish books of foreign authors -first release – directly in English.

 

 

EYELANDS INTERNATIONAL SHORT STORY CONTEST

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 eight 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.
The English section of the competition has been recognized as a truly reliable, fair and serious short story competition. Every year, many reputable websites, post the announcement of our contest, which has earned its reputation year after year, by honoring all its promises, following the rules meticulously and meeting all criteria that allow a contest to gain respect and recognition on an international level. For more info about the international short story contest as well as the international flash fiction contest, please visit
https://eyelandscontes.wordpress.com/

EYELANDS BOOK AWARDS: This year we decided to launch a new contest, Eyelands Book Awards, 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. This is the grand prize for writers who have already published their book. But there’s more. Eyelands Book Awards also gives the opportunity to an unpublished writer to win a contract and see her/his book published from Strange Days Books. There are also prizes for the winners of the three different categories, as well as nominations of five writers per category. Join us next year! Send us your submission and win the grand prize, visit Athens or see your book published!

EYELANDS BOOK AWARDS – FINALISTS

We are pleased to announce the finalists for the first Eyelands Book Awards.

First of all we would like to thank all writers for your submissions. It was a surprise for us to receive so many excellent books in our very first year.

We wish we could include more books in this list but we have to remind that the number of finalists is defined according to the number of the books submitted in each category.

These are the finalists for every category:

(order by submission date)

POETRY / (Judge: Andriana Minou)

PUBLISHED

Jason Morphew / Dead Boy / Spuyten Duyvil/ USA
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Amy Pence / [It] Incandescent / Ninebark/ United Kingdom
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Amy Schmitz / Border Crossing / National Federation of State Poetry Societies Press/USA
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Gina Ferrara / Fitting the Sixth Finger / Kelsay Books/ USA
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Diana Arterian / Playing monster :: seiche / 1913 press/ USA
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Tami Haaland / What does not return /Lost horse press /USA/
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UNPUBLISHED

Jeffrey Kingman / Beyond that hill I gather /USA
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Helgard Gebhardt / 15 poems / Germany
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SHORT STORIES (Judge: Antonis Tsirikoudis)

PUBLISHED

Townsend Walker / 3 Women, 4 Towns, 5 Bodies / USA
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Catherine McNamara/ The Cartography of Others / Unbound/ Australia/Italy
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UNPUBLISHED

Ruth Brandt / No One Has Any Intention of Building a Wall/ United Kingdom
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Ewa Mazierska/ At Home and In Transit/ United Kingdom
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Michael Robinson Morris / For Entertainment Purposes Only / USA
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Anjali Agrawal / An anthology of short stories / India
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NOVELS (Judge: Gregory Papadoyiannis)

PUBLISHED

J.P. Roarke / From the village of Lucca / Austin Macauley/ USA

Donnalyn Vojta / The Teddy Bear Chronicles, vol.1 Hope in Paris! / New Traditions Publishing/USA
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Cathy Adams / A Body’s Just as Dead /Southern Fried Karma Press/ USA
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Ashley Lloyd Smith/ Pizza with Jimbob & Twoforks / Liquorice Fish Books/ United Kingdom
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Charles Harris/ The breaking of Liam Glass / Marble City Publishing /United Kingdom
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UNPUBLISHED

Nancy Sweetland/ Time and Mischance /USA
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Sophie Neville / Makorongo’s War/ United Kingdom
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Dimitris Politis / The next stop / Belgium
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Kevin Gerard Neill / Behind Me Lies the Desert/ /USA
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Maggie Humm /Talland House/ United Kingdom
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Gita Theodora Simic/ Occam’s Razor / Bosnia-Herzegovina
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K.Alan Leitch/ Too much information /Australia
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SPECIAL DISTINCTION for MEMOIR/AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Helen Bedford  /Notes on a childhood  /United Kingdom/

International book awards for published and unpublished books

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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): Publication from Strange Days Books
Six more prizes one for each category of every section also win a a special handmade ceramic designed especially for Eyelands Boo Awards
Certification document for every prize.
Final results are to be announced on December 20th 2018.
The award will be given in a special ceremony in Athens
Award Ceremony: 5th of May, 2019
Place: Polis Art café, Athens, Greece

 

 

Renate Schiansky -Eyelands 8 first prize winner- Interview

Renate Schiansky from Austria  is our first prize winner of 2018 EISSC. Her story ”Overweight” won the prize and this is her ”luggage” (theme of the contest) for holidays in Crete next summer – but she now has to answer to our questions about her life, her travels and her writings

How does it feel to be the winner of our 8th international short story contest?

me1fantastic! It feels absolutely great. I have taken part in some competitions before and now and again made it to some top ranking place but never before won a writing contest. To be the winner of the EISSC really means a lot to me, it is appreciation of my work as well as motivation to carry on.

How did you hear about the contest?

I came across the contest on a platform for authors; I think it was wortmagier.de

When did you start writing?

as a teenager. I started to write stories when I was about 12 years old.

Renate Schiansky was born in Vienna in Feb. 1959  to a tram worker and a toy shop sectretary. Married Chris in 1982 and moved to  the small village of Seebenstein in 1992 2 childen (Peter, 27, physicist and guitar player in a rock band; and Christine, 24, an artist, illustrator and photographer) Divorced 2004,  moved back to Vienna in 2012. Worked as a legal advisor for the departement of youth for 18 years. Currently living together with Reinhard, a university lecturer and private pilot. Loves books and can´t spend a day without reading.  interested in history and politics, art & culture,  music from classical to hard rock, languages; loves travelling, ships and boats, trains and planes, cardriving and bikeriding. Collects travel guides, roadmaps and language courses. Writing stories has always been her passion, she has been writing stories ever since the age of 12, but only after a severe illness in 2009 decided to make a go for it and published her first book in 2010; “Stacheldraht und weisse Margeriten” “13 – phantastische Geschichten” followed in 2017, as well as “Carla das Chamäleon”  —  children´s rhymes, illustrated by  “freowyn”  (Christine Schiansky); an English translation will be issued in 2019.  Some of her stories appeared in anthologies or literature magazines and she is currently working on her third short story collection as well as on 2 bilingual (English – Spanish) books; one for adults and one for children, in co-operation with Gita Escobar from Cuba and freowyn as illustrator.

 

 

 

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

me.jpgwhen I was 16 or so, I had one of my stories published in a newspaper; it was a creativity contest and with my story I won a 5 day stay at a lake in southern Austria.

I have always been writing but for many years it was mainly for the drawer. Only after a severe illness in 2009 I somehow realized life will not last forever and that time is too precious to not do the things you really want to do. So I started to take writing really serious and in 2010 published my first book, “Stacheldraht und weisse Margeriten”,  a collection of 10 short stories.

“13 – phantastische Geschichten” followed, and also “Carla Chameleon”, a children´s book, illustrated by  freowyn (my wonderful creative daughter Christine)

The books are all in German but we are currently working on an English translation of “13”   as well as of “Carla”

You wrote a brilliant story. What was the inspiration for ‘’Overweight’’?

some years ago, my daughter and I went on a holiday to Scotland. We rent a car and drove around the country, and in almost every village and town, we stumbled over and into at least one charity book shop. We bought books by the score and on our last day had to repack thrice and still ended up wearing almost all our clothes on our flight back home because they would not fit into our suitcases any more.

Have you ever been in Greece before?

Not yet, no. We had planned and even already booked holidays on Crete in September 2017 but had to cancel because my partner fell ill.  So all the more, we are looking forward to our stay in Triopetra!

What are your plans for the future?

following my two passions in life: writing and traveling, as far as time and money will allow me to. My retirement is due in February what will at least provide me with the first. For the latter, we will just have to wait and see

Are you already dreaming of your holidays in Crete?

definitely YES!    I do already possess travel guides and even started to learn a few sentences of Greek in 2017 …  but of course forgot most of it again. Yet there is still a lot of time until our stay in Triopetra, so I hope to dig deeper into the language now and also learn more about the islands history and culture. Crete will be a wonderful thing to look forward to during winter!