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


Unpublished: The trembling Tiber / Neal Hall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

Unpublished: The Man Who Got Out of Japan / Sophie Neville / United Kingdom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

Unpublished: There’s an Elephant in my Swimming pool – Gretchen Ryan / United Kingdom
Published: The Mystery of the Never-Ending Universe /Judith Brulo / United Kingdom

Unpublished: A Brief History of Misanthropy by Dean Gessie / Canada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

Unpublished:  Old scores – Robin Martin/ USA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

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

Florissant by P.H.C. Marchesi / USA (category: Children’s Books/Graphic Novels)

The book that won the Grand Prize for Unpublished Books will be translated in Greek and published in 2020 from Strange Days Books.
The winner of the Grand Prize for Published books wins a Five-day holiday in Athens between 21-25 of May 2020 where she will take her prize in a special ceremony.
Grand prize winners will be the judges for next year’s Eyelands Books Awards 2020 in their prize category.

Prize winners will get via mail a special handmade ceramic designed especially for Eyelands Book Awards and a certification document for every prize.  Every prize winner is entitled to a 50% discount stipendium for our 3 Rock Writers’ Residency Program 2020 under the condition that they will send a proposal about a writing project by the end of March 2020.
Congratulations to all!!
Judges: Andriana Minou, Catherine McNamara, Gregory Papadoyiannis



The trembling Tiber / Neal Hall
N HallPPDr. Hall is a trained eye physician and graduate of Cornell and Harvard Universities.  An acclaimed poet, he has performed poetry readings throughout the U.S. and internationally.  Dr. Hall is an award-winning author of six books of poetry.He is the winner of the 2019 Black Caucus of the American Library Association Best Poetry Book Award. Hall’s poetry speaks not just to the surface pain of injustice and inhumanity but deep into that pain, we label and package into genteel socio-political-economic-religious constructs to blur the common lines of cause, that is our shared story . The intellectual Cornel West said of Hall“[he] is a warrior of the spirit, a warrior of the mind, an activist, a poet. I sense Dr. Hall’s hypersensitivity to suffering – Martin, Malcolm and Jesus all had this hypersensitivity. His poetry has the capacity to change ordinary people’s philosophy on social and racial issues.” Hyderabad, India’s Vasanth Kannabiran, Chairperson, Asmita Resource Centre for Womenremarked: “This is poetry that scalds you into waking up to the possibility that you are perhaps one of those silent spectators. All in all he’s a poet. And unquestionably one of the most significant voices of the century.” www.nealhallpoet.com



The Nurseryman – Arthur Allen / Scotland

Art AllenPPArthur Allen is an award-winning British-Canadian poet. He has studied creative writing at the University of Oxford, the University of East Anglia and is currently reading towards a PhD in poetry and semiotics of grief at the University of Edinburgh. His debut pamphlet Here Birds Are was published by Green Bottle Press, 2017 and his verse-novel The Nurseryman is available from Kernpunkt Press, 2019. His poetry has previously appeared in many publications including: Cake, Ambit, fillingStation, the Amsterdam Quarterly, the Irish Literary Review, the Bombay Review and the Mississippi Review.



The Man Who Got Out of Japan / Sophie Neville / United Kingdom

Sophie Neville HH.JPGSophie Neville became inadvertently well known as a child when she starred as Titty in the 1974 movie ‘Swallows and Amazons’. Forty years later she was persuaded to write ‘The Making of Swallows and Amazons’. As President of The Arthur Ransome Society, shespoke on BBC Radio, television news and at literary festivals while writing articles and forwards for books. Sophie spent her twenties working in television production, when she scriptedher own programmesand worked on’Doctor Who’,’Eastenders’and ‘My Family and Other Animals’. She thenbrought out two humorous memoirs: ‘Ride the Wings of Morning’ and ‘Funnily Enough’, which won 3rd prize in the International Rubbery Book Award.A speaker for Bible Society,Sophie contributed to the 2018 anthology‘Merry Christmas Everyone’and has given talks in Southern Africa where she lived for twelve years while working freelance for the BBC Natural History Unit. In 2019, Sophie won an Eyelands’ Writers Retreat on Crete to develop an historical novel set on the island of Zanzibar. This isa sequel to her wartime romance, ‘The Man Who Got Out of Japan’,which is based on a true story of a Commonwealth Soldier she met in Kenya.



Secrets of a Mariachi Violinist / D.R. Ransdell /USA

D.R. Ransdell HHD.R. Ransdell writes from Tucson, Arizona, where she enjoys good swimming weather most of the year. She writes contemporary novels featuring the Campanello sisters and a mystery series featuring mariachi violinist Andy Veracruz. Her musical memoir, Secrets of a Mariachi Violinist, recounts the challenge of learning to play folk music despite a lack of written music and a surplus of scheming colleagues. During the school season she teaches composition to second-language students at the University of Arizona and moonlights in a mariachi band. When vacation starts, she hits the road, leaving behind several mischievous cats. One of her favorite travel destinations is Greece, where she can devote afternoons to splendid beaches and evenings to bouzouki music. Please visit her at http://www.dr-ransdell.com.



There’s an Elephant in my Swimming pool – Gretchen Ryan / United Kingdom
DSC_1716Born in South Africa, Gretchen Ryan grew up in a rural farming community. She spent a year at the Northwestern State University of Louisiana in the US on a tennis scholarship before returning to South Africa where she completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Pretoria. Straight after university, she joined South African Airways as an air hostess. Ten years later she left the airline and went into the corporate world, culminating owning her own events company before settling in the UK. She currently lives between Surrey and Cape Town with her husband and two children. She obtained a Masters Degree in Creative Writing at Kingston University, London and speaks five languages at various levels of proficiency – her aptitude for accents hugely exceeding grammatical ability!



Judith Brulo CC.JPGThe Mystery of the Never-Ending Universe /Judith Brulo / United Kingdom

Born in 1951. I grew up in Leicestershire, UK and after graduating from the Guildhall School of Music, London, I worked, for many years, as a professional violist and teacher. Now, l live in North Warwickshire with my husband, Alex. My love of writing came initially through the need to create material for my Early Years music groups. But, most significantly, the inspiration for my stories came from my beautiful grandchildren, Kaia and Taio Bryan. Some of my stories were inspired by the family cats I have known but it was in Cyprus, where I lived for six years, that I encountered the magnificent vultures which inspired my griffon vulture adventure stories.



A Brief History of Misanthropy – Dean Gessie / Canada
dean-gessie-nn.jpgDean Gessie is an author and poet who has won multiple international prizes. Dean won the Angelo Natoli Short Story Award in Australia and the Half and One Literary Prize in India. Dean also won the Bacopa Literary Review Short Story Competition in Florida, the Enizagam Poetry Contest in Oakland, California and the After Dinner Conversation Short Story Competition in Arizona. Elsewhere, Dean won the short story contest at the Eden Mills Writers Festival in Canada and he was selected for inclusion in The Sixty Four Best Poets of 2018 by Black Mountain Press in North Carolina. In addition, Dean won second prize (of 2000+ submissions) in the Short Story Project New Beginnings competition in New York and his short story made the shortlist (of 2800+ submissions) for the Alpine Fellowship Prize in Stockholm, Sweden. Dean’s prose and poetry have appeared in numerous anthologies around the world. He has also published three novellas with Anaphora Literary Press in Texas. Tongo Eisen-Martin, shortlisted for the Griffin International Poetry Prize and a California Book Award, described Gessie’s work as, “Genius with a pocketful of broken fetters.”


Calls to Distant Places – Peter Jordan / United KingdomPeter Jordan SSh
Peter Jordan is a short story writer from Belfast. He has won the Bare Fiction prize, came second in the Fish, and was shortlisted for both the Bridport and the Bath short story prizes. His work has received various awards, including three Arts Council grants. Over 50 of his stories have appeared in literary magazines, journals and anthologies. His short story collection, Calls to distant places, was released in August 2019. He can be found on Twitter @pm_jordan. His website address is surfmyshorts.com




Old scores – Robin Martin/ USA

robin-m-NN.jpgRobin Luce Martin has received honors for stories and novel manuscript excerpts including the Tennessee Williams Festival Story Prize (judged by Richard Ford) and published in New Orleans Review,Dundee International Book Prize Shortlist, San Francisco PEN John Keats Soul Awakening Competitions, New Millennium, Adanna Adrienne Rich Tribute, Alabama Conclave, Faulkner Society, Del Sol First Novel Shortlist. “Exposure” was shortlisted in the 2015 Eyelands International Story Contest and published in the anthology, Borderline Stories. She is a recipient of a Norton Island Residency Fellowship, a Peripatetic Fellowship, and has won scholarships to Community of Writers Squaw Valley, Wesleyan Writers Conference, Aspen Summer Words, Key West Literary Festival, and others.  Most recently, “On the Street Where We Live,” a play co-written with Kelly Fordon, was published in Kenyon Review.Before writing, she worked as an actress, most visibly for two seasons on the television series Knots Landing. Her favorite theatrical experience was playing opposite Ed Harris in “Cowboy Mouth” by Sam Shepard & Patti Smith. She is the co-founder of #YeahYouWrite,  a monthly author reading series in NYC. From 2001-2018, She worked with the U.S. legal organization leading the struggle against torture. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Bruce McClure.



Fukushima Dreams – Zelda Rhiando/ United Kingdom

Zelda NN.pngZelda Rhiando lives in South London with her husband, two daughters and four cats, and is one of the founders of the Brixton BookJam – the quarterly literary event that has hosted readings by established and emerging writers since 2012. She is the author of two novels, Caposcripti and Fukushima Dreams, and is currently working on a third. When not writing she can be found child-wrangling and making digital products. @badzelda | badzelda.com







Florissant – P.H.C. Marchesi / USA

ΕΒΑP.H.C. Marchesi is a college English professor specializing in Shakespeare and Renaissance drama. She teaches at a liberal arts college an hour from Atlanta, GA. Her academic research into the role of trees and forests in Shakespeare’s plays led to her discovery of how precious and rare old-growth forests are, and inspired her to write Florissant.  Before embarking on the young adult fantasy genre, she wrote two science fiction novels for middle grade readers, Shelby & Shauna Kitt and the Dimensional Holes and Shelby & Shauna Kitt and the Alterax Buttons, both of which were self-published and won Children’s Literary Classics gold awards. Marchesi is originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and has also lived in Austria and England. In the United States, she has lived in New York, Delaware, Colorado, Arizona, and (now) Georgia.


Neighbours and Tourists / Ewa Mazierska / United Kingdom






Three Rock Writers’ Resort announces the opening of applications for its 2020 residencies. Situated in one of the most magnificent places of Greece at the south coast of Crete island, Three Rock in collaboration with Strange Days Books publishing offers a two-weeks low cost (or no cost at all) stay especially for writers. Full stipend will be offered to one project and half stipends (discount 50% from the regular cost) to 20 other projects.


Three Rock Writers’ Resort Residency is a self-directed program that offers time and space for writers to work on a creative project of their choice and above all an extraordinary opportunity to enjoy life on Crete.

Writers in all creative writing genres are invited to apply. Novels, plays, short stories, poetry, graphic novel, everything is eligible. Our residency is designed for emerging and established writers seeking to dedicate a period of time to a project in any genre. You may choose to stay in a single  apartment or in your private studio, at an already well known resort for award-winning writers from everywhere in the world, who have been our guests since 2012. Space is also available for one partner/friend, writers would like to bring along at no extra cost


All you have to do is fill in the form and send the details of your writing project. We will choose only 20 submissions for one or two-week stay with the minimum cost in the period you prefer (Three Rock Resort available from 1st May till 1st October) and we also offer one prize for an entirely free one-week stay!


There is even more! Writers who will be accepted can submit their text to Strange Days Books publishing for a chance to win a publication contract!  SDB will publish one book per year from writers who follow and complete the Three Rock Resort Residency. The fulfillment of the project has the meaning that when you send us the full text it will be among the books that will be published from Strange Days Books next year


HOW TO APPLY (between 30th November – 20th February)

  • Fill in this simple form with your:

Name of the project

Proposed completion date of the manuscript




copy and paste it in the body of your email.


  • In a single file attached to the email provide

– A 200-word writer’s biography and a 300-word summary of the proposed project.

– Up to three first chapters (for novels), three stories (for short stories collection) or

12 poems (for poetry book)

– Details of photographs, illustrations, tables and other non-textual matter in the manuscript (where appropriate) for every other kind of project


We cannot return any printed material sent to us therefore please do not send original material. All submitted material is treated as confidential.

Writers will be notified in case we need more details about their project.

There is no restriction about the form or style of writing. Files should be attached as an MS Word document or PDF.  Submit your email to:

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

Participants must be at least 18 years old

Manuscripts must be written in English

Closing date: February 20th, 2020

Results to be announced: March 10st, 2020

Program supervisors: Andriana Minou and Gregory Papadoyiannis

Entry fee: 10 euro


Pay via paypal – See the banner on these websites


Click the «buy now» button. Fill the description with: 3R

Entry fee is 10 euros

* After the payment is complete, you can send the email
*An email confirmation that your entry has been received will be sent within three/four days



We offer a full stipend –totally free 7 week staying

We offer half stipends to 20 writers– one week stay with a 50% discount and 60% for two weeks stay

7 days ( 6 nights)

14 days (13 nights)

You have to make your choice from March 10st till April 30th 2020 

Booking Deposit:  60 euros  till at the latest April 30th/  Please bear in mind that after this date we can’t keep your booking anymore.

Full Payment  till  -at the latest- two months days before your arrival date, via paypal or bank transfer. Please bear in mind that after this date we can’t keep your booking anymore or refund your booking deposit

MAY 1st 2020 – SEPTEMBER 30th 2020

A list of the available dates will be e-mailed to all winners as soon as the results will be announced. Then there will be a link on our website which will be updated with every ne reservation.



One week stay:  (6 nights /apartment or studio)                       260 euros

Two weeks stay: (13 nights / apartment or studio)                   460 euros

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

1W (for one week) / 2W (for two weeks) A (apartment)/ S ( studio) and the preferred dates

You can bring a friend/partner/relative with you with no extra charge. Additional persons (more than two) with an extra charge of 10 euro each per day.

According to several guidebooks and websites, Triopetra is one of the most beautiful beaches in Crete -and Greece. But it remains a beach that is not known to many people. It has fans (from Greece and abroad) who visit it each year and their number is increasing steadily. Still, it remains a kind of unexplored paradise. Guests are able to enjoy a beach that is never crowded, even in the heart of summer, as the length of Triopetra beach is about two kilometers! The beach is named after the three rocks located at the eastern edge of the bay. In the same area, there is a cave, where there was probably a Sanctuary at the time of the Minoans. The opening of the cave resembles a dragon’s mouth and the arrangement of the rocks inspired the creation of various legends. In modern times, the beach, although reminiscent of an undiscovered paradise, has restaurants, a cafe and a beach bar as well as (free) umbrellas and lounges for those who prefer them. Triopetra beach is also known for yoga courses delivered during the summer months in the surrounding area.

There are several places to visit in a relatively short distance: picturesque villages, beaches and mountains suitable for hiking, with many endemic plants. Triopetra is located at the very centre of the north part of Crete so it is relatively easy to visit places like Agia Galini, Festos, Matala, Plakias Preveli and many more. Bear in mind though, that Triopetra beach itself has many places to explore. Most visitors prefer the central part (with umbrellas), others go on the east side (on the rocks and cave) but we also advise you to visit the west side where a series of small rocks protect you even when strong south winds blow. Very close to Three-Rock studio, just fifty meters away, you can reach Akoumianos river -with enough water in the winter but not so much in the summer; it is nevertheless an enjoyable hike. But perhaps the most memorable attraction is the beach at sunset, which you will definitely want to see again and again. Just the perfect place for writers!



Τhree-Rock is a unique studio with a design that combines a touch from the ’60s with the current look and you can also find all the necessary amenities of a modern tourist accommodation. Designed to accommodate two to four people, the studio is one very large furnished room of 70 sq.m., (with a separate bathroom) with a lot of space which allows you to cook, dine, relax all day if you want and can simply and easily be tailored to your taste. The studio has a large terrace (about 25 square m.) at the front, facing the sea, and a back terrace facing east with a view to the hills. The distance from the beach is just 250 meters.








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

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

These are the finalists for every category:


(by submission order)



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


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




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


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



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


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




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


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



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

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

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


Thanks again,

The judges

Catherine McNamara, Andriana Minou, Gregory Papadoyiannis


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

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

FB_IMG_1570639986841How did you feel when you saw the results?

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

How did you hear about the contest?

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

When did you start writing?

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


Have you ever been in Greece before?

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


ΤΖΑΒΙWhat are your plans for the future?

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

Are you already dreaming of your holidays in Crete?

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

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


Gregory Papadoyiannis

Spring Stories – the book!

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

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


FIRST PRIZE /The Reminiscence Society – Henry Dreelan

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

Super Heroes-Janet Thomas

Two Young Hearts – Susanne Kirchner

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

SHORT LISTED STORIES (by submission order)

Spring – Francesca Zanoni

The Tulip Queen at Number 17 –Liz Gwinnell
United Kingdom

Red – Róisín Leggett Bohan

Equinox – Dreena Collins
United Kingdom

Bioluminiscencia – Alex Sinclair Lack
United Kingdom

A Dead Heat and Two Winner – Dean Gessie

Start of the Season-Denise Bayes

Clear Sighted -Val Ormrod
United Kingdom

Spring Enchanted- Zoe Rankin
New Zealand

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

Spring Magic – Nadee Gunasena

Rebirth – Sue Jeong
New Zealand

Hebe’s Gift – Sam Watts

Spring – Nellie English

A Fearful Symmetry -Brian MacReamoinn

Spring Cleaning -Laura Muetzelfeldt

Echos Below – Eve Moldovan

That Old Red Couch – Steve Scholz
United States

Homecoming – Luke Beling
South African/ USA

The picture of the Sheep – Charles Venable
United States

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


(by submission order)

Midnight shadows -David McVey

United Kingdom

At Last, Goodbye -Wendy Craig

New Zealand

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


Crying all the way to the bank – Karen Keeley



(by submission order)

Belonging – Judith Diamond.


One shot – David Butler


Memories always start around midnight – Suzanne Elvidge

United Kingdom
Huggas -Mark Perfect

United Kingdom

Red Beauty or simply Dear – Christina Demertsidou

Hunter– Mariam Syrengelas


Bouzouki Magic,” – Diane R. Ransdell


5 2 12 –  Charles Osborne,

United Kingdom
The black wedding dress – Ilona krueger

The Midnight Show – Charles Venable


Rick, the Drummer is No More – Alan Kennedy


On the Lookout for Bo – Kimberly Stammen


Katy’s Penance –  David Mackinnon

United Kingdom

Undisclosed Desires – Efi P.


Blue Moon – Rae Whitney


When the bikers blow into town –  Regi Claire

United Kingdom


Congratulations to all!!



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)



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.



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



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


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:






Publisher: (for published books only)


ISBN: (for published books only)



Contact Information







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


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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.


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


 PRIZES (by submission order)

Brigids Mantle – Joanne Burke

United Kingdom

Super Heroes-Janet Thomas


Two Young Hearts – Susanne Kirchner


 SPECIAL DISTINCTION (for writers U18)

The Sprite’s Dance – Lyla Stenson


SHORT LISTED STORIES (by submission order)

Spring – Francesca Zanoni


The Tulip Queen at Number 17 –Liz Gwinnell

United Kingdom

Red – Róisín Leggett Bohan


Equinox – Dreena Collins
United Kingdom

Bioluminiscencia – Alex Sinclair Lack

United Kingdom

A Dead Heat and Two Winner – Dean Gessie


Start of the Season-Denise Bayes


Clear Sighted -Val Ormrod

United Kingdom

Spring Enchanted- Zoe Rankin

New Zealand

Spring Incoming – Ana Paula Bottle Leon

U.K. /Mexico

Spring Magic – Nadee Gunasena


Rebirth – Sue Jeong,

New Zealand

Hebe’s Gift – Sam Watts


Spring – Nellie English 


A Fearful Symmetry -Brian MacReamoinn


Spring Cleaning -Laura Muetzelfeldt


Echos Below – Eve Moldovan


That Old Red Couch – Steve Scholz

United States

Homecoming – Luke Beling

South African/ USA

The picture of the Sheep – Charles Venable
United States

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!