Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Wednesday, November 23, 2022
I always like to be open about where the money comes from and goes to in the Willesden Herald short story competition. You can also find the previous years' accounts by clicking on the accounts tag below. Note: the annual competition began in 2005/6 but did not run in 2015, 2018, 2020 or 2021 (ref. History of the competition.)
We're probably in the red when all is finalised but it all depends on whether the library charges for the use of the Performance Space. These are my own accounts, I no longer run a limited company and I don't make any money from the sale of books online, which all goes to the publisher*, which also runs at a loss by the way - as the number of sales doesn't even cover the annual Ingram fee, but let's leave that aside for now. We do it for fun, I suppose.
In the rare case when an author asks me to organise a "short run" print of 10 or more copies for themselves, I send them at cost plus £1 per copy for my trouble, which makes it virtually at cost as my time is next to worthless (full disclosure!)
I have the itemised details on a spreadsheet here, but the totals are as follows, using $ exchange rates that were current at the time, where applicable. Submittable .com collects the entry fees which they then remit in $USD minus $0.01 per entry + 5% of the total via PayPal and PayPal take their cut too when converting to £GBP.
- Entry fees for 371 entries @£5 after Submittable's percentage, paid in dollars: $1646.28 into PayPal, after conversion to pounds at the then rate and PayPal's cut, we got: £1390.95
- Book sales at results/launch event, 17 x £5 = £85
- 10 extra books sold direct from order received. £51.44
- TOTAL: £1527.39
- Prizes to contributors: £950
- Fees for book designer and judge's introduction (only fair as all the writers are paid): £200
- Book setup and Ingram annual catalogue fee $80 + $12 = $92, paid in pounds: £84.16.
- 47 books ordered including p&p: £188.96
- One month Spotify sub paid to get music for the event build up (yes, I did & cancelled): £9.99
- Postage to UK, France, Ireland, India, Australia & Greece + prize mug + Jiffy bags: £92.07
- TOTAL: £1525.18
We're up £2.21 but we have yet to receive an invoice from the library for the space and we're hoping they will see the cultural value in the Willesden short story competition and waive the fee. Otherwise we'll be out another £80. (And if that lands, I will update this report.) So probably down £77.79.
Friday, November 11, 2022
At the time of writing, Blackwells.co.uk is showing "10+ copies in stock" with free delivery in the UK. To view, click this direct link. Other suppliers are lagging behind at present but can order on demand. (Ed.)
Update 13 Nov. '22: Now also in stock at Amazon.co.uk (UK free delivery with Prime) and Barnes & Noble (with free delivery US) and Amazon.com. Can available on request in the UK from Waterstones.
Thursday, November 10, 2022
Over the Sky to Sea (forthcoming from Let's Have No More of Your Nonsense/Speaking in Tongs/Alarm Bells Tinkling/Grumpy Kitten Press) Photos: Three views of a telegraph pole with radiating wires in all directions under and over the blue and cloudy sky. pic.twitter.com/u0amaKfZjX— Stephen Moran (@stephen_j_moran) November 10, 2022
Three photos of a telegraph pole on Steve's Twitter
Wednesday, November 09, 2022
Tuesday, November 08, 2022
Runners-up were "Vevey" by Catherine McNamara and "Cuckquean" by Jackie Morris.
Thanks to Claire Lacey and Katy Darby for bringing the stories to life and making the event go with a zing.
Thanks to Jarred McGinnis for judging and to the writers of all ten shortlisted stories, as every one is a prize-winner in this short story competition. (Ed.)
Saturday, November 05, 2022
Tuesday, November 01, 2022
Friday, October 28, 2022
🧵 (1) A walk through Grove Farm from Sudbury Hill entrance (not listed online) to Whitton Avenue West, 26/10/2022. Grove Farm is designated by Ealing Council, which owns and maintains it, officially as a "Special Nature Reserve". Ref: https://t.co/l23X6bOV05 pic.twitter.com/mgEL8X7LYq— Stephen Moran (@stephen_j_moran) October 28, 2022
A series of tweets with four photos each. The photos also have ALT text with more narrative.
Wednesday, October 26, 2022
A fascinating history and photo gallery about the many London bluecoat schools, the first of which was Christchurch Hospital, setup in the City of London by Henry VI in 1552.
Sunday, October 02, 2022
I got a couple of nice pictures in Grove Farm, an official local nature reserve today. I'm usually too cowardly to walk there on my own. I don't want to get mugged. But you know, life is for living and and all that bally rot. Shared foxy earlier. One might do for a poem, perhaps. pic.twitter.com/rvgySjdI4g— Stephen Moran (@stephen_j_moran) October 2, 2022
The fox pictures
"Horsenden Lane Farm Festival Event Open 1st October As Usual" road sign on a suburban footpath near the junction of Ennismore Avenue and Horsenden Lane North.
Saturday, September 24, 2022
From Willesden Herald Books, an imprint of Pretend Genius Press
The best of the Willesden Short Story Prize 2020
|New Short Stories 12 cover flat|
Short fiction by David Butler, Helen Harjak, Catherine McNamara, Andy Mead, Jackie Morris, Diana Powell, Peter Newall, Anju Sharma, Lui Sit, Zakia Uddin
With an introduction by Jarred McGinnis
Launch: The Performance Space, Willesden Green Library, 8 November 2022, from 7pm
Thursday, September 22, 2022
|Entrance to the new Willesden Green Library Centre, London NW10|
The Performance Space, Willesden Green Library
Tues. 8 November 2022, from 7pm to 8:30pm
Who will take the one-off mug inscribed “The Willesden Short Story Prize 2022”? We’re going to have fun along the way with excerpts from stories, saving the results till last. With Katy Darby and Liars’ League.
This is also the book launch of New Short Stories 12. So there will be books [I hope – Ed.] A night to remember.
Sunday, September 18, 2022
The ten stories shortlisted for the Willesden Short Story Prize 2022 in alphabetical order by author
- Shoes by David Butler
- Remembering Not Forgetting by Helen Harjak
- Vevey by Catherine McNamara
- Haircut by Andy Mead
- Cuckquean by Jackie Morris
- My Last Journey with Baron Baldanders by Peter Newall
- Empathy by Diana Powell
- Things we see, things we don't by Anju Sharma
- Forecast for Rain by Lui Sit
- Hotline by Zakia Uddin
|The one-off mug inscribed "The Willesden Short Story Prize 2022"|
Monday, August 29, 2022
|The one-off prize mug inscribed “The Willesden Short Story Prize 2022” standing on a black electric piano with a metronome, a tambourine and learner's music book open at "Broken Chords" etc.|
August 29, Monday. Good morning! The total number of short stories in the inbox as of this morning stands at 279. [Ed.]
We're back with a competition for inclusion in Willesden Herald: New Short Stories 12. Closing date will be August 31, 2022. Entry fee £5. 10 prizes: 1st £300, 2nd £200, 3rd £100 and 7 x £50, plus copies of the book. (The prize details have been updated.) https://t.co/92maCxFF6H— Willesden Herald (@WillesdenHerald) February 13, 2022
Sunday, August 07, 2022
Wednesday, July 13, 2022
A guest story to cool the air this summer. Sean Brijbasi has kindly lent us this far out story as a reprint from his unknowed book of the same name. Sean is one of the unknowed people behind the Willesden short story competition. Please do not write in to tell us that unknowed is not a word! (Ed.)
July 2022: The Unknowed Things by Sean Brijbasi
… To my surprise, I received a response, stating that a vice admiral couldn’t be blamed for the consequences of my ingratitude. Such a knowing people, I thought. It was true. Lily had given me everything even when I didn’t ask, appearing with unexpected gifts even when I deserved nothing. She told me the most beautiful stories that I, in turn, told to others as if they were my own …
Sean Brijbasi lives in America.
Thursday, June 30, 2022
|The new information board for Grove Farm at the Whitton Avenue West entrance|
|The old signboard. Some helpful person added pointers for "Harrow 2 miles and Wembley 2 miles".|
Sunday, June 05, 2022
Hawthorn down, South Vale. This poor tree has been bullied all its life by a violent oak leaning across the road. It leaned so far back to avoid being hit that in the end, it fell over. Mentioned in "Bent and scrawny, a hawthorn is fearful" (October 2021) https://t.co/UikSL9Z6dA pic.twitter.com/k0Mb0kN1An— Stephen Moran (@stephen_j_moran) June 5, 2022
Sunday, May 29, 2022
Charles Dickens in Shadwell & Limehouse. Superb photo essay with supporting quotes in the redoubtable Spitalfields Life. A must for devotees of Charles Dickens and old London, as indeed is the whole journal.
Thursday, May 05, 2022
New! Cassetteboy vs The Tories May 2022. (contains a swear) pic.twitter.com/3y0Dl4HLLU— Cassetteboy (@Cassetteboy) May 4, 2022
It's a nice day in London for kicking the Tories out of office.
Thursday, April 14, 2022
Tuesday, March 08, 2022
➽ Links to Donate
– Disasters Emergency Committee (UK)
– List of organisations providing support Ukraine
Sunday, February 20, 2022
Saturday, February 12, 2022
Willesden Herald short story competition 2022
We’re back with a competition for inclusion in Willesden Herald: New Short Stories 12. Open to international entries. Closing date will be August 31, 2022. Entry fee £5. There are ten prizes, as follows:
- 1st prize: £300 + one-off inscribed Willesden Herald mug
- 2nd: £200
- 3rd: £100
- 7 x £50
- Plus you get a copy of the anthology when it’s published.
Judge: Jarred McGinnis (updated 20 Feb. 2022)
Please visit our submittable.com page for full details and to Submit.
|The Obscure Object of Desire (inscribed mug)|
Saturday, February 05, 2022
|Whitton Avenue West|
According to this website presentation, Ealing Council's proposed plan for the site includes a block of 11 new "affordable homes" and a community library.
|"View of the current, emerging proposal" (from the linked site above)|
Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Greetings to our friends in Ukraine and also in Russia. Here's a wish that your differences may be settled by diplomacy and not more war. I have to say something constructive when I'm about to share with you a short story in which a young woman asks, "Have the Russians won everything yet?" Ed.
February 2022: Triple Axel by Yelena Furman
"In the Soviet Union, with its ritual of daily obstacles and anti-Semitism, the U.S. had seemed a haven, a far-away hope of her life’s opposite. She was young when the exodus of Jewish refugees, as they were officially called, started in the 1970s, mostly to North America and Israel. Suddenly, everyone knew someone, or was someone, who was leaving. Her mother’s coworker. Her father’s cousin. The girl who sat behind her in school."
Friday, January 07, 2022
"He took a deep breath and punched the picture of the chocolate cupcake..." I mean you have to read a story that has that in it, don't you? Ed
January 2022: Boardwalk Oracle by M. E. Proctor
“...Even in the fading light of the day that concealed the worst scars of decrepitude, the seediness of the place could not be ignored. Many shops were boarded up and metal curtains were down on those that weren’t. The coin-operated machines were battered, nicked and banged metal, flaked-off paint. Relics from the early age of automation..."
|M. E. Proctor|
Entrance to the new Willesden Green Library Centre, London NW10 The Performance Space, Willesden Green Library Tues. 8 November 2022, from 7...