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...]

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 Now in its second year, the Costa Short Story Award is awarded to a previously unpublished single short story of no more than … [Read more...]

Short Story Review: Miss Lora by Junot Díaz

Story Title: Miss Lora by Junot Díaz Collection/Anthology?: This is How You Lose Her (Faber and Faber) | The story can also be read on The New Yorker website. Briefly: Still in mourning for the death of his brother, sixteen-year-old Yunior begins … [Read more...]

Short Story Review: The Dig by Cynan Jones

Story Title: The Dig by Cynan Jones Collection/Anthology?: First published in Granta 119: Britain. The story can be read on Granta website (subscription required). Briefly: A son joins his father for his first ever badger dig. … [Read more...]