This esoteric, semi-mystical, semi-scientific story, exploring the origins and significance of Damascus steel, intertwines past and present to lead to a contemporary conclusion. Now given a special mention by Fabula Press in its Nivalis competition.
‘Washing Machine Wars’ receives a special mention in the Fabula Press Nivalis short story competition 2017.
My short story, ‘The Wrong Question’, has been accepted for online publication by ‘The Bombay Review’. The story concerns the efforts of an elderly guru to achieve enlightenment. The exact words of Samia Mehraj, the fiction editor, were: ‘A poignant and powerful piece. I can’t admire it enough.’. Thrilled! The story is scheduled to appear round about the end of February.
The tale about a day in the life of Satish, a lifeguard on one of Goa’s extensive beaches finds a home with OutofPrint online literary journal, Mumbai. Hurray!
This story, set in Iran and India, and dealing with women’s right to autonomy, has been shortlisted in the 87 Bedford competition.
1980s Punjab, and a restless teenager’s urge for independence plays out against the backdrop of Sikh unrest. Accepted for publication by the Bombay Literary Magazine, editor Tanuj Solanki. Delighted! This is my first step into the Indian market.
‘Flamingo Land and Other Stories’ launched last week at Waterstones, Piccadilly, London. The book includes ‘The Work of Lesser-Known Artists.’ The story features hard-pressed gallery attendant Patti, struggling to make ends meet in an ever more draconian work environment supposedly dedicated to Art. It explores the issue of the commodification of people as well as the commodification of Art. For details on how to get hold of a copy, visit the Publications page.
Attended the prize-giving ceremony of the Olga Sinclair Short Story competition in Norwich on Tuesday 20th October. The competition is hosted by the Norwich Writers’ Circle, and was established in honour of one of their longstanding members and presidents. My somewhat mad story ‘Moving In’ achieved ‘highly commended status. The competition was adjudicated by Ashley Stokes, editor of Unthank Books. There were 155 entries.
My latest – or should I say, my only – very short short story goes live today on the website of ‘Visual Verse’, an on-line anthology of images and fiction. Check publications listing to read it.
I’ve only just discovered – because I wasn’t notified – that I had three short stories longlisted in the Fish International Short Story Competition this year. These were, ‘The Menace at the Gate’, ‘The Queen of Campbeltown’ and ‘Drishti’ (under a different title). Good grief!