Friday, March 19, 2010

Short Lit Bits March

  • Short-stories-on-film #1: Electric Literature has released a new video, for Matt Sumell’s story, Little Things, animated by Vance Reeser. Sumell is the first "emerging" writer to feature in EL alongside the big names.
  • Going the self-publishing route #1: "Two-time PEN/Faulkner winner and National Book Award finalist ...John Edgar Wideman will be releasing his latest collection of short stories via Lulu, a self-publishing company that releases submitted work either as an e-book or printed-on-demand. Briefs: Stories for the Palm of the Mind, available starting March 14, will be one of few works from an already established author to bypass the mainstream industry entirely..." says The New Podler Review of Books.
  • Couldn't-they-find-real-short-story-writers? #1: "Leading British novelists have created short stories to accompany portraits of unidentified Elizabethan courtiers, musicians, soldiers and writers for a new exhibition at Montacute House nr Yeovil in Somerset for the National Portrait Gallery" says the Telegraph.
  • Good news for short stories#1: "The Atlantic Renews Commitment to Short Stories...  The Atlantic is going to start publishing fiction again. So no more of those newstand-only summer fiction issues (which were good, though, especially the 2008 one that highlighted emerging authors). Instead, a supplement will accompany the May issue that will include half a dozen short stories and -- obligatory for all American magazines, for every single issue -- an essay from the ubiquitous Joyce Carol Oates." More here from BookFox.

    Congratulations #3: To Alberta author Stuart Ross, whose short story collection, Buying Cigarettes for the Dog, is shortlisted for the Alberta Readers' Choice awards, says the Northumberland News.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Scott Prize Winners

Salt Publishing have announced  the winners of their inaugural Scott Prize for Short Fiction. Congratulations to
the four authors whose debut short story collections will be published later this year:

Patrick Holland (Australia): The Source of Sound
David Mullins (US): Longing to Love You
Susannah Rickards (UK): Hot Kitchen Snow
Tom Vowler (UK): They May Not Mean To But They Do

The shortlist:
Ben Cheetham: The Hate Club (UK)
Alexandra Fox: Roundabouts (UK)
Miriam Hastings: Demon Lovers (UK)
Patrick Holland: The Source of Sound (Australia)
Sandra Jensen: A Sort of Walking Miracle (Ireland)
Laurence Klavan: Family Unit and Other Fantasies (US)
Wes Lee: This Animal Kingdom and Other Stories (NZ)
Mary McCluskey: Gift to the Dark Gods (UK)
David Philip Mullins: Longing to Love You (US)
Susannah Richards: Hot Kitchen Snow and Other Stories (UK)
Tom Vowler: They May Not Mean To But They Do (UK)
Joel Willians: Buy Ma Biscuits or Kiss Ma Fish (UK)