Update: Lane Ashfeldt's take on judging this year's competition: The Willesden Prize, Stories and Tunnels _______ This is the...
Monday, August 31, 2009
Short story competition 2009-2010 now open
This year's judge Richard Peabody is a distinguished poet, author, lecturer on creative writing and editor of Gargoyle magazine.
"Richard Peabody is an author and poet based in Washington, D.C. A native of the region, he is perhaps best known as one of the founding editors for Gargoyle Magazine and editor for the anthology series Mondo. He also runs a small press called Paycock Press; aside from acting as the official publisher of Gargoyle Magazine, Paycock Press has released a number of anthologies and works by individual authors.
"Peabody's own fiction and poetry is often set in Washington, D.C. and the surrounding region and is often noted for strong influences from the Beat Generation and experimental authors of the 1960s like Ken Kesey. During his writing and publishing career, Peabody has taught fiction writing for the University of Maryland, the University of Virginia, Johns Hopkins University, and the Writer's Center. He currently resides in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and two daughters." (Ref: Wikipedia)
I will be reading and reducing down to a list for Richard to choose the winners from. If you want to find out more about me, my website is here. (Steve Moran)
Come all ye
So you know what you have to do. Catch a wild story up in the high passes, blow in its nose, whisper to it and teach it to tapdance like Frankenstein, throw a bucket of rain over it, lead it down from the mountains and enter it in the annual Willesden story fair.
There is an entry fee of £3 this year, which should cover costs and enable us to keep the competition going. We will publish the accounts online when the competition is over. If there is anything left after costs we're going to give it to charity. Because there's an entry fee this year, we're guaranteeing to pick a winner and runners up. It was different when it was free entry, we didn't feel obliged to choose a winner.
As usual the priceless mug is on offer to the winner, inscribed Willesden Herald Short Story Prize 2010, plus £300 to the winner and £150 each to two runners-up. Please read the rules carefully, as every year about 10% of entries fail on breach of the rules. The entry fee is non-refundable. The fee can only be paid after an entry has been successfully uploaded, so there should not be any doubt about that.