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





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


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

Handmade Tree for Poetry



Amy Pence / [It] Incandescent / Ninebark/ USA


Jeffrey Kingman / Beyond that hill I gather /USA





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

UNPUBLISHED Gita Theodora Simic/ Occam’s Razor / Bosnia-Herzegovina


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


Michael Robinson Morris / For Entertainment Purposes Only / USA

Grand prize (unpublished books):Publication from Strange Days Books








We also remind you…


Helen Bedford  /Notes on a childhood  /United Kingdom/

*announced already from 20th of November




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

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.



  • 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: January 20th, 2019

Results to be announced: February 10st, 2019

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



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 



Spring /summer 2019
MARCH     23
APRIL             6
MAY               4
JUNE              1
Autumn 2019
OCTOBER         5





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


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!


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.



You can see all the details here:





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


or on facebook





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.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

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!


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)


Jason Morphew / Dead Boy / Spuyten Duyvil/ USA

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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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)


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

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


NOVELS (Judge: Gregory Papadoyiannis)


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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Nancy Sweetland/ Time and Mischance /USA

Sophie Neville / Makorongo’s War/ United Kingdom
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Dimitris Politis / The next stop / Belgium

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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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!



We announce the results of our 8th International Short Story Contest.

Congrats to the short-listed and prize winners writers but also many many thanks to all the entrants for your excellent stories!

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First prize: Overweight
Renate Schiansky

Second prize: Dandelion
Olga Zilberbourg

Third prize: A Chance for Better Weather
Randolph Smith

Special distinction*: Moony Mindset
Elisabeth Wirtz



SHORT LIST (by submission date)

One’s company – Michael Whitehead /United kingdom
Light Travel -Ewa Mazierska/United kingdom
Underground – Claire Basarich /United kingdom
Just a Coincidence – Pam Corsie/United Kingdom
Balloon- Dreena Collins/United Kingdom
Luggage – Kira Chew /United kingdom
The carpetbagger -Mary D’Arcy /Ireland
Perfect man- Anna Killick/ New Zealand
Life Boats 14 and 15 – Alfred Louis Cucchiara/USA
Baggage – Joseph Szewczyk/-
Impedimenta -Graham Twist United Kingdom
Hallway Suitcases – Emily Tsatmas/USA
Only When Invited Will He Steal – Joanne Bolton/ South Africa
The woman in the travel goods – Tabetha Rogers Beggs/ Australia
Burdened Luggage – Nneka Anieze /Nigeria
Picking mushrooms – Justin Jones /New Zealand
The “heavy” life of a packaholic! – Susanne Kirchner/Austria
James and the luggage – Anand Birju /United Kingdom
Luggage – Bethany Pritchard /United Kingdom
Of burden and loss – Sebastian Günnel/Germany
The world within a suitcase – Leanne Ma/Hong Kong
What she carried – Ruth Knafo Setton /Morocco
Suitcase – Katherine Barraclough/Australia
Luggage – Maria Espinosa /USA
Luggage Heist – Melvin Ward/United Kingdom
Long Necked Guitar – Sue Worth/United Kingdom
25 Years of Marriage – Sharon Stevens /United Kingdom
Lost and Found – Jill Yates /United Kingdom
The five bags that make a life -Katie Parry /United Kingdom
Finding the way – C.I. Selkirk/United Kingdom
Banana Bread – Claire Zalla/USA
Suitcases and handkerchiefs – Sarah Jarvis/United Kingdom
Bed time story – Mariam Syreggela/Greece

– First prize is a week’s holiday on the island of Crete. Three Rock, (Triopetra, Rethymnon, 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/

First prize winner can choose his/her preferred week of stay in 2019 except for the dates between July 15th – August 25th.

  • First three prize winners will get a free copy of the book with the winning stories of our contest & a certificate & a Greek handmade ceramic from the collection of Omodamos Clayart (see below)
  • All the shortlisted stories will be published in an anthology. The book will be released through “Strange Days” publications and http://www.amazon.co.uk in November, 2018
  • All the shortlisted writers will also get a free copy of the book! First, Second and Third prize: publication of your story in an anthology of the shortlisted stories of the contest (Greek section), translated in Greek.
  • 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 Omodamos Clayart*
  • All the shortlisted stories will be published in an anthology. The book will be released through “Strange Days” publications and http://www.amazon.co.uk
  • All the shortlisted writers will also get a free copy of the book & certification document. Plus a book from Strange Days Books –for free!!
  • 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, the second (and then the third) prize winner will be notified in order to take her/his place.


*U18 submission with parents approval

Mandy-Suzanne Wong : Interview with EIFFC -1st Prize Winner


MANDY SMILEHow does it feel to be the winner of our international flash fiction contest?

Honestly, I still can’t quite believe it. When I received The Email, I clicked it, looked at it. Closed it. Then I opened it again. And closed it again. And I kept doing it half expecting The Email not to be there the next time I clicked. In fact to have never been there. That seemed to me a much more likely thing. Nothing like this has ever happened to me before. I know my reply to you, Gregory, was completely nonsensical. I still have daily attacks of gushy excitement.

When did you start writing?

I was 15 years old when Rich Andrew, who is now a screenwriter, visited Bermuda and we spent a summer co-writing a novel. He was 15 too. The following year, my first solo story was picked up by a magazine in the USA.

You have seen your work published and your stories shortlisted quite a few times. Tell us more about this.

Sure! Thank you for your interest! Most of my published stories appear in US-based venues such as Quail Bell, The Island Review, The Spectacle, The Hypocrite Reader, Conclave, Five on the Fifth, and Dark Matter. Almost all these pieces are now online at www.mandysuzannewong.com, as is my fantasy story which was shortlisted for the UK’s Aeon Award in 2015.

Last month, my debut novel Drafts of a Suicide Note was named a finalist for the 2018 Permafrost Book Prize in Alaska. This happened literally one day after I signed a publication contract for this novel with Regal House Publishing, an independent publishing house based in North Carolina, USA. Elsewhere in the US, Drafts of a Suicide Note was awarded an honorable mention in the 2017 Leapfrog Fiction Contest, named a semifinalist for the 2016 Conium Review Book Prize, and shortlisted for the 2015 Santa Fe Writers’ Project Literary Award.

Submitting to the Eyelands International Flash Fiction Contest was a big step for me – my first attempt to offer my fiction to Greek readers. I’ve had a soft spot for Greece for some years now.

What was the inspiration for your story, “Coconut octopus”?

Several of my published stories are about the amaof Japan. These incredible women, most of whom are at least 60 years old, dive without the aid of scuba gear to depths of up to 30 meters in search of food. I’m in the very early stages of a novel about them. So I’ve been researching not only their traditions but also the nonhuman animals they might meet in the depths. That’s how I came to learn about the coconut octopus (amphioctopusmarginatus). I found that this octopus tends to live too far south to encounter any ama. But besides the fact that octopuses tend to be very emotional beings, which gives them great potential as protagonists; the coconut octopus’ ingenuity was just too wonderful for me to ignore. This diminutive species really does make body armor out of discards – even out of garbage that humans cast into the ocean. It’s this kind of flexibility that will give nonhuman animals the best chance of surviving what we’re doing to the Earth. If anybody has a chance. Learning about your contest, the theme of which was “Dreams,” got me thinking about this animal on another level. Because of course nonhuman animals have desires – but in addition, how could someone as creative as an eight-armed architect not have dreams, aspirations, and frustrations?

Do you think it is a strange coincidence that an octopus was the … vehicle to carry you from one island to another at the other side of the world?

Absolutely. Especially since neither Bermudians nor Greeks are likely to have ever met this mostly Indonesian octopus!

You are a native of Bermuda. Now you won holidays on another island almost at the other side of the world. What do you know about Greece and Crete?How do you feel about having to travel so far? Have you ever been in Greece before?

A few years ago I had the fantastic opportunity to participate in an academic conference in Thessaloniki. I spent a week hanging out in Aristotelous Square, watching the sun set over the Aegean, and visiting the historic places of that great city full of Byzantine beauty – where the earliest known example of written music had recently been discovered. Everyone participating in the conference got to visit beautiful Kavala, the architectural site at Philippi, and an ancient amphitheater in the hills where we listened to a concert of avant-garde Greek music in the company of bright stars and eager mosquitoes. I went on to Athens and Delphi; even now I remember vividly the lush beauty and crisp air of Mount Parnassos. Later on I read IoannaKarystiani’s novel Back to Delphi; and thinking back to Delphi itself it’s easy to see why Karystiani’s contemporary, totally non-religious protagonist thought a visit there might help her to discover hope.

I spent a too-short day on the gorgeous island of Chios, munching tsoureki in the village of Pyrgi. There’s no other place like that in the world. The gray and white buildings are painted all over by hand in such lively designs they look ready to get up and dance. Meanwhile, the streets, when I was there, were absolutely silent. Since then it’s been a dream of mine to spend time among the Greek islands. I know little about Crete – besides the Minotaur of Knossos – except that according to Google, Crete is about 160 times the size of Bermuda and gorgeous, covered in mountains and lush forests as well as beautiful beaches. I am so grateful for the opportunity you’ve offered me to learn more about your island and then see it for myself!

You have published a novel and you are under contract for a nonfiction monograph with the University of Georgia Press, USA. What are your plans for the future?

Drafts of a Suicide Note will be released in 2019, hopefully in time for my Cretan holiday! You can see how taken I was with Greece. When I got home, I found myself writing a novel about Mona, a homeless and severely traumatized American so desperate for hope that she looks for it in a most unlikely book; a misinterpretation of the Greek philosopher Anaximander. She herself misinterprets Anaximander’s 2500-year-old text for proof that she has magical powers. These powers are nowhere in evidence. But when she tracks down the author of the mistaken exegesis, Mona manages to make him question everything he thought he knew about Anaximander; about himself, his failures, his one true love, whose name is philosophy; and about the Greece he remembers from afar. That novel, Of Elements and Separations, is in the final stages of editing. After that will come my novel of the ama, based on my short story “Ayuka Breathes.”

Are you already dreaming of your holidays on Crete?

Oh yes. I’ve got my dictionary and phrasebook out again. Χταπόδι: octopus.

Thank you so very much again for reading my story and for the amazing opportunity to visit your country.



Mandy-Suzanne Wong’s stories and essays have been recognized and published in the USA, UK, and France. Her novel Drafts of a Suicide Note, which is forthcoming from Regal House Publishing, USA, was a finalist for the Permafrost Book Prize, a semi-finalist for the Conium Review Book Prize, shortlisted for the Santa Fe Writers’ Project Literary Award, and awarded an honorable mention in the Leapfrog Fiction Contest. Under contract with the USA’s University of Georgia Press is her first creative nonfiction book; an exploration of radical artworks that use sound to do animal activism. She was born to Jamaican parents in Bermuda, where she still resides.


Ιnterview: Gregory Papadoyiannis

Photos: Heather Kettenis

Dreams – Eyelands 1st FFC / Results

Eyelands & Strange Days Books announce the results of the first international flash fiction contest -2018
Theme: ‘’Dreams’’
Judge: Gregory Papadoyiannis


First prize: A week’s holiday οn the island of Crete (for 2 people)*
Three prize winners: publication in anthology, handmade ceramic gift, certificate, complimentary copy of the anthology.
Shortlisted stories: Publication in anthology, free copy of the book.


Dreams without lettersFIRST PRIZE

Coconut octopus – Mandy-Suzanne Wong


Equivalent PRIZES (order by submission date)

Dream a Little Dream -D.J. Kramer

Dream companion/ Paul Budd
United Kingdom

Nostalgia Dreaming – Nicolle Rotilli Serra
United Kingdom



( by submission date)

Charles Osborne – The wild one

United Kingdom

 01/30/2018 – Francesca Zanoni


Nancy Sweetland – The Hunter


Caroline Schiller – The lake


Minae Lee – Somnias Ergo Sum


Corey Burger – Letter to mama


Jesse Kominers –  Heads


Dreaming – Hannah Evans.

United Kingdom

The cornflower field


Premonition – Charlotte Joy Platt

United Kingdom

Restless – Dean Moses


Little Nightmares – Penelope Laurence


An eternal respite – Jean-Philip Kieven


Foreign Delights – Fionnlagh Donnan

New Zealand

In Dreams – Ian Riddle

United Kingdom

Missing Dreams – Larry Kerr


Beneath The Veil Of Memory – Ryan Taylor

United Kingdom

My falling down house – Despoina Charalampidi


He and she – Tom Larsen


Psilocybin Wings – Conor Montague


His First Knowing Dream in Colour – Laura Muetzelfeldt

United Kingdom

Utnapishtim- Antonio Fadda


Imprisoned – Vanessa Horn

United Kingdom

Engendered’- Justin Rulton

United Kingdom

The milk try man – Ruth Greenwood

Isle of Man

A Haunting Nightmare – Tashi Chaturvedi


Óneira Glyká -Denise Bayes


The Figher Pilot’s Nightmare  – PJ Stephenson


Capulana – Muff Andersson

South Africa

Only a Dream- Masarra Kahwaji

United Kingdom

Cristina Popov – The Morpheus Report


The Girl – Bernadette Gibson

United Kingdom

The River God – Olly Lavery

United Kingdom

The Caged Hummingbird – Julie Appleby


A dream alone – Kate Bolster

Saudi Arabia

We ache, yet we glow – Ameera Fakir

South Africa

Dr Oneironaut Makes Rounds – John Graham-Pole**


Beaches are for dreaming- Nico Ordeyo


Dream / less- Wiam Alnajjar


Before, After, Always- Gillian Clifton

United Kingdom
/THE BOOK OF DREAMS the collection of these stories will be released in October 2018
Congratulations to all of you!!


*If for any reason the first prize winner is not able to come to Greece for his/her holidays in Three Rock Studio, the rest of the prize winners will be notified (in order of submission date)

 **shortlisted in eyelands 5th ISSC – 2015 / Borderline Stories