Bare Fiction Prize 2016 - Short Story Entry
Short Story Judge: Courttia Newland
Courttia Newland is the author of seven works of fiction including his debut, The Scholar. His latest novel, The Gospel According to Cane, was published in 2013 and has been optioned by Cowboy Films. He was nominated for the Impac Dublin Literary Award and The Frank O’ Conner award, as well as numerous others. His short stories have appeared in many anthologies and broadcast on Radio 4. He co-wrote the ‘Writer’s & Artists’ Companion book, Writing Short Stories’ with Tania Hershman.
‘It’s difficult to say what I’m looking for in a story, because I generally don’t look for anything. I want a story to find me, if that makes sense. I want it to sneak up and catch me unawares, to tell me something I don’t yet know, to surprise me, or awaken me to a truth I’ve previously missed. For me, a great short story is an optimum moment in time, one that demands attention and makes me feel an emotional pull – any emotion will do. That moment can be about absolutely anything, or anyone. I don’t care about genre, time, or country. I don’t mind if there’s an epiphany or the characters remain as they are. As long as the moment, and the people who experience it are solid, and vibrant, and full of emotion, you can tell me a story about anything at all.’
- Maximum 3000 words
- 1st Prize: £500
- 2nd Prize: £200
- 3rd Prize: £100
- 2 x Highly Commended: £25 each
Deadline: October 31st 2016
£2 entry discount for magazine subscribers.
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