Thursday, October 19, 2017

Update: Names of the 20 stories on the long list

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
Art Zoo
Dancing Her Black Bones Home
Dark Rain Falling
Dark Song
Isa’s Pitch
Out by the Lough
Overnight in the Day Room
Reverse Reaction
Swimming Lessons
The Collectors
The Day John Lennon Died
The Fish that was not my Pa
The Lapidary
The Nationals
The Quarry
Winter Kale

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.


George Saunders on the art of the story

Short story writer George Saunders, winner of the Man Booker prize for 2017 for his debut novel Lincoln in the Bardo, on "how to tell a compelling and humanizing story—and how to avoid the pitfalls of a bad one."

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

(Seven years ago)

Don't look harshly on
the cold season that comes,
embrace it like an old friend
you might never see again.

Say something to the spring,
it's not without fears,
it's destined for the tragedy
of completeness.

Summer wants you,
summer is not shy.
Summer won't bite you,
at least say hi.

Take autumn to the theatre,
something serious. Read
free verse from before the war.
But hurry.

Friday, October 13, 2017

(Four years ago)

All the happy moments have whirled and twirled
and flown south for the winter. This morning
a few crazy stragglers defy the rain, and down here
the heavy minutes, shaking out their feathers.

Monday, September 18, 2017

445 entries - Reading

The total number of entries received was 445. We're swimming in fiction here, and loving it. Hoping to have some results about end of October. Watch this space, as they say. Making more noise on Facebook and Twitter, if you are keen. There's also the newsletter, which has the advantage of not needing space to be watched.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Liars' League - Tuesday 12th at 7pm - The Phoenix, W1


Our female-focused September event, Women & Girls, will feature brand new short stories by and about women (and girls), for everyone to enjoy. The six chosen pieces feature superhero(in)es, ventriloquists, obsession, depression, Victorian prisoners, charismatic polygamists, West Midlands spiritual healers, and all manner of enticing stuff besides ...

Summer Season by Sally Syson *NEW AUTHOR*, read by Charlotte Worthing
Walk a Mile in My Shoes by Olga Wojtas *NEW AUTHOR*, read by Keleigh Wolf
Limbo by Sue Smith *NEW AUTHOR*, read by Jennifer Aries
Finding Jezza by Sally Lane *NEW AUTHOR*, read by Nicky Newman 
The Ends of the Earth by Aileen O'Farrell, read by Annalie Wilson
Le Retreat by Fiona Salter

The show's on Tuesday 12th September: doors open at 7pm and we kick off at 7.30, when the winning stories will be read by our marvellous Liars' League actresses. The night will also feature our infamous interval book quiz (with female-authored novels as prizes #readwomen) and free sweets, just because.

Tickets cost £5 on the door (cash only, no advance booking) and seating is unreserved - so it's a good idea to get there a bit ahead of time if you want a good table. Accessibility note: access to the basement bar is via stairs - there's no lift, alas.

The venue is downstairs at:
The Phoenix
37 Cavendish Square

P.S. We got an amazing number of submissions for this theme - more than double our usual amount - so if we get a good turnout at the event we may make Women & Girls a regular theme. If you think this is a great idea, please do come along, bring your friends and tell everyone you know, of any and every gender, about it. Ta!

Everything you ever wanted to know about ...

Liars' League presents
Link: Event listing on Facebook

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Newsletter: Last call for stories. Closing August 31st

This has just gone out by email to our 1755 subscribers. You can read the newsletter online here. It has news about Lane Ashfeldt, our judge for 2017, at the Cork Short Story Festival, and more.

Anaesthesia by Adrian Horn - London Kilburn connection

Anaesthesia, a novel by Adrian Horn, set for publication in September, centres on a Kilburn family and the effect that WW1 has on them. It features local roads, shops, pubs and St Augustine’s church as well as iconic London monuments from the time like the War Office, St James’ Park, the Café Royale, Piccadilly night life etc.

"In the first frantic year of World War 1 London, Jan Strang, the son of a Swedish timber merchant and Lucy Green, daughter of a suburban postmaster become lovers, marry and live with Jan's cosmopolitan parents in Chichester Road, Kilburn. Jan introduces Lucy to a new world of experiences and temptations. But then Jan goes off to fight.

When he returns from his stint as a Second Lieutenant on the Front Line, Lucy quickly discovers he has returned a very different man from the one she married: wounded, battle-scarred and hooked on morphine. Can Lucy's love, faith and inner strength heal his deepest wounds?

With a host of memorable characters, including the scruffy terrier Tinker, the ultimately optimistic Anaesthesia takes us on a gripping atmospheric journey from a London in confusion in 1915 over to Belgium and France and back again to a war-weary London. One is left wondering which is the real battle: the one in Europe or the battle of love over addiction."