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Living Under Fire – Short Story Comp Winner

King of Tuzla by Arnold Jansen op de HaarYou may remember I posted last year about a short story competition run by Holland Park Press to celebrate the publication of King of Tuzla by Arnold Jansen op de Haar.  Holland Park have just announced the winner, Emma Musty, who will receive a cash prize and publication in the Holland Park Press online magazine. Congratulations to Emma, whose moving short story Aziz Khan, gives a brief account of life through the eyes of an Afghani refugee. You can read Emma’s winning entry here.

Emerging Authors Featured at Amazon

Amazon Rising Stars Interested in checking out some of the emerging talent in the world of fiction? Amazon have just released the first batch of this year’s Amazon Rising Stars. Over the course of the year, twelve debut novels by up and coming authors will be featured, and judging by the initial batch of four, they look like being a fascinating and diverse mix.

Although I have yet to read any of the featured titles myself, I’ve provided links to both and in the table below so you can check them out for yourself. Link Link
Elizabeth Haynes Into the Darkest Corner Into the Darkest Corner
Urban Waite The Terror of Living The Terror of Living
Robin Oliveira My Name is Mary Sutter My Name is Mary Sutter
Andrew Miller Snowdrops Snowdrops

There appears to be a reasonable mixture of genres and subject matter in these choices, but for the remaining books to be featured this year I would like to see Amazon getting a bit more ethnically diverse. In this respect, I think Waterstone’s 2011 debut novel list may be more interesting, but we will have to see what Amazon comes up with for the eight remaining titles.

From the initial four, I think I find myself most drawn towards Andrew Miller’s novel Snowdrops, so I may add that one to my reading list. Any of the Amazon Rising Stars take your fancy? Please let us know in a comment below.

Living Under Fire – Short Story Competition

King of Tuzla by Arnold Jansen op de HaarTo celebrate the recent publication of King of Tuzla by Arnold Jansen op de Haar, Holland Park Press have had the great idea of launching a short story competition with the theme “Living Under Fire”.

The short story should be set in a conflict zone and contain less than 1000 words. The winner will receive a prize of £100 and their story will be published in the Holland Park Press online magazine.

Full details of the competition can be found here.

I’m very much looking forward to reading the King of Tuzla and publishing a review here on Novel Suggestions. From what I have seen so far it is an interesting and insightful exploration into how war affects the lives of the ordinary people it touches.

I’ve certainly not written any creative fiction myself for more years than I care to remember, but the theme of this competition opens up so many ideas that I’m half tempted to give it a go. If this has whetted your appetite and you’re also thinking of entering the competition, why not let me know in a comment below? You have until 31st of December 2010 to get your story written and submitted to Holland park Press.

Teaser Tuesday – Sept 7th 2010

The Secret by Eva Hoffman

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Here is my teaser for this week from page 56 of The Secret by Eva Hoffman: “After that the letters slowed down to a trickle – two, three a year – then stopped. I couldn’t figure out what transpired exactly, whether there had been a final breach or only a growing disappointment and a gradual cooling off; but as the letters fizzled out my resentment rose.”

Please feel free to leave a comment and add your own Teaser Tuesday, either in the text or as a link.