Acclaimed author Rana Dasgupta has kindly agreed to choose the winning story from a short list of ten in the forthcoming Willesden Herald short story competition. Rana takes over this year from three times judge, Zadie Smith. We will all miss Zadie, but I am delighted to have Rana to help out this year. It's all for the love of the short story, as ever.
Tokyo Cancelled by Rana Dasgupta, "a thirteen-part story cycle, was published in 2005 to widespread acclaim and has been translated into nine languages".
"Thirteen stories ... marvels of fabulation, visions and voices, rich in startling insights" (TLS) "The stories ... ah, they outdo The Arabian Nights for inventiveness" (Guardian).
Rana's new novel, Solo, is set for publication by Harper Collins Fourth Estate in February, 2009. (Profile)
Update 29 July 2008: Details released