We’ve decided to do like some other contests do and announce the names of stories on our long list, but not the authors. Please don’t give the game away if you recognise one of these, as the judging is not yet complete.
We expect to complete the judging and have a short list by the end of the month, at which time we will reveal the authors. Meanwhile, here are the long-listed stories, in crude alphabetical order by story title.
A History of Fire
Dancing Her Black Bones Home
Dark Rain Falling
Out by the Lough
Overnight in the Day Room
The Day John Lennon Died
The Fish that was not my Pa
Our judge, Lane Ashfeldt, has reported “being hopelessly distracted from other work by reading the stories on the list.” She also assured us she is enjoying every minute, and is impressed by the high standard of the stories.
Thanks to all who entered, and I can confirm that every entry this year was a valiant attempt and there was considerable contention to get onto the long list of 20 out of 445.