My story ‘Da’ has been selected for the Writers Unchained event on Sunday 7 October. It’s at the Southbank Centre, Bristol, BS3 1DB. 7.30 start. £5. I’ll be reading a shortened version of the story that won the 2016 InkTears Contest. Mark Rutterford, Ali Bacon, Rosalind Minett also reading.
The brand new SSS Anthology is being launched at the Ale House in John Street, Stroud on Friday 28 September 2018 from 7.00 to 10.00pm.
The anthology costs £10 and contains stories from the six SSS events from Nov 2015 to May 2018. That’s 57 stories by 45 authors.
Come along. It’s free and unticketed.
More info here.
Woohoo! My story ‘Lips’ has won FIRST PRIZE in the 2018 To Hull And Back Short Story Competition. That’s £1,000, published in a print anthology, the cover of which will bear my face, and a videod day out in Hull with Chris Fielden who runs the comp.
With the Dorset Fiction Award for ‘Cows’ in July that’s two First Prizes in four months.
Really chuffed that my story 'Lips' is one of 20 stories short listed for the £1,000 To Hull and Back short story competition. The winners are announced on 22 September.
'Stroud Short Stories Volume Two 2015-18' is being launched at the Ale House in John Street, Stroud on Friday 28 September from 7pm to 10pm. Everything about the book and how to buy a copy and about the anthology itself is on the SSS website.
Do come along to the launch. Everyone is welcome and it's free and unticketed.
Four pieces shortlisted in Earlyworks Flash Fiction Contest - and will all be published in new anthology
I submitted six pieces of microfiction to the Earlyworks Press 2018 Flash Fiction Competition - max words 100. Four have been short listed and will be published in the forthcoming anthology.
These are the pieces -
It Doesn't Exist
My little story 'Islands' is going to be published by the online literary journal The Cabinet of Heed. Hurrah. Thank you Simon Webster.
It took Simon just 6 hours to make that decision. Lightning fast turnround!
The Stroud News and Journal has included a story about my Dorset Fiction Award win.
'The Ten Tests of Secret Love' has been short-listed for the Coleford Festival of Words Short Story Competition
'The Ten Tests of Secret Love' has been short-listed for the Coleford Festival of Words Short Story Competition. I read it in Coleford at the festival launch in July 2018. Here it is in the online anthology -
My story (which I'm not allowed to name) has moved silently from the Dorset Fiction Award long to the short list. That's three Dorset Fiction awards in a row I've made the short list. Winner named 1 July.
I have a story in the long list for the third Dorset Fiction Award for stories of 1,000 words or fewer. Not allowed to say which is mine at this point. Fingers crossed for the short list.
' An Unexpected Fall of Snow' was published online as part of the National Flash Fiction Day Flash Flood on Saturday 16 June 2018.
Excellent evening of short stories and more at Stokes Croft Writers Talking Tales event on Saturday 16 June
I read my new story 'The Most Beautiful Thing She has Ever Seen' and there were stories by Jason Jackson, Amanda Staples, Jonathan Evans and many more.
Lovely, out of the blue invitation from Jonny Fluffypunk to read at his Sunday Salon or Sunday Sofa event on Sunday 1 July at the SVA in Stroud. Poets Helen Ivory and Martin Figura reading too.
More info - http://www.johnhollandwrites.com/other-events/