Costa Short Story Award 2013: And my vote goes to…

Well, I've had a blast reading through this year’s Costa Short Story Award shortlist. The journey has taken me among other places, from a logger’s camp in British Columbia to a sheep farm in Australia, via a basement workshop in Ireland and an … [Read more...]

Short Story Review: ‘ The Papakh Hat’

Story Title: The Papakh Hat Collection/Anthology?: Not applicable. Available for free download (PDF format) from the Costa Short Story Award website. Briefly: The 1979 Revolution has begun, and two partners in the city of Tabriz - one a poet, the … [Read more...]

Short Story Review: ‘The Old Man and the Suit’

Story Title: The Old Man and the Suit Collection/Anthology?: Not applicable. Available for free download (PDF format) from the Costa Short Story Award website. Briefly: Working in a basement workshop, an old tailor imparts wisdom and passion upon … [Read more...]

Short Story Review: ‘The Keeper of the Jackalopes’

Story Title: The Keeper of the Jackalopes Collection/Anthology?: Not applicable. Available for free download (PDF format) from the Costa Short Story Award website. Briefly: The land on which Clary and her taxidermist father's trailer home sits is … [Read more...]

Short Story Review: ‘The Gun Shearer’

Story Title: The Gun Shearer Collection/Anthology?: Not applicable. Available for free download (PDF format) from the Costa Short Story Award website. Briefly: Set in Australia, Oriel runs a sheep farm single-handedly. Hiring in a trio of men to … [Read more...]

Short Story Review: ‘The Forgiveness Thing’

Story Title: The Forgiveness Thing Collection/Anthology?: Not applicable. Available for free download (PDF format) from the Costa Short Story Award website. Briefly: Brutally attacked and disfigured, the narrator is questioned by a journalist on … [Read more...]

The Other Publishing Company launches short fiction competition

The good eggs over at The Other Publishing Company have asked me if I would draw attention to an upcoming short fiction competition they are launching, in promotion of their Lit Bits short story series. Running over four consecutive weekends … [Read more...]

Short Story Review: ‘Still Water, BC’

Story Title: Still Water, BC Collection/Anthology?: Not applicable. Available for free download (PDF format) from the Costa Short Story Award website. Briefly: As the only female in a logger's camp, Eva is very much a woman in a man's world. … [Read more...]

2013 Costa Short Story Award shortlist revealed

Exciting times for short story fans, as the Costa Book Awards reveals its shortlist for this year's Short Story Award. Now in its second year, the Costa Short Story Award is awarded to a previously unpublished single short story of no more than … [Read more...]

Anton Chekhov on leaving judgement to the reader

Anton Chekhov is renowned for leaving many of his short stories open-ended, without offering any resolution or explanation to that which he has explored. Rather, he preferred to leave it up to the reader to bring about a judgement or a resolution … [Read more...]