Our roundup of the latest short story news
Print your own short stories on the tube
Short story readers will give a cheer about an ingenious new initiative that's just started in London, where commuters can print out from a special vending machine short stories to read on their journey.
Three trial "short story stations", installed by the French company Short Édition, have been erected at Canary Wharf. The stories are free to read, print off in a few seconds, and many have been specially commissioned. Anthony Horowitz, for instance, was commissioned to write a 60-second whodunit for the scheme.
As the Guardian reported of the Short Édition machines: "They already feature in locations across France, in Hong Kong and the US, where Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola was such a fan he invested in the company and had a dispenser installed at his San Francisco restaurant, Cafe Zoetrope."
Winning big - very big
The Windham-Campbell Prize is one of the richest in the world for literature, with eight writers each getting a whacking $165,000.
One of the eight winners this year is Danielle McLaughlin, for her 2015 debut collection Dinosaurs on Other Planets.
Danielle talked the First Post the other day about her extraordinary win, which should allow her several years of unhurried writing. Here's what she had to say:
Enter the Bath Short Story Award
Entries close for the prize, which is worth £1,200 for the winner, on midnight BST, Monday, April 15. Stories can be up to 2,200. Here's the link:
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Here's a funny story
You don't get many books of humorous short stories, but news reaches us of one coming this autumn from British comedian Paul Merton, whose book Funny Ha Ha will contain 100 stories that have made him laugh, by everyone from Chekhov to PG Wodehouse and Nora Ephron. Head of Zeus are the publisher, and the book is out in November.
The best short story collections?
Good Reads think they know what they are, or 16 of the best at least. Everything from Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri to Pastoralia by George Saunders.
Here's the link to the list:
The Commonwealth Short Story Prize Shortlist
Women dominate this year's shortlist, taking 15 out of the 21 slots in this prize. There were over 5,000 entries for the award for unpublished pieces, and the winner of each of the five regions will be announced on Thursday, May 9 and then published in Granta magazine. The winner is announced on July 9.
Here's the full shortlist:
The Bride by Adorah Nworah (Nigeria)
Extinction by Alex Latimer (South Africa)
The Blessing of Kalib by Irene Muchemi-Ndiritu (Kenya)
How to Marry an African President by Erica Sugo Anyadike (Tanzania)
Madam’s Sister by Mbozi Haimbe (Zambia)
Miss Coelho, English Teacher by Kiran Doshi (India)
Pengap by Lokman Hakim (Malaysia)
My Mother Pattu by Saras Manickam (Malaysia)
CANADA AND EUROPE
Resurrection bt Hilary Dean (Canada)
Death Customs by Constantia Soteriou (Cyprus)
Deserted by Erato Ioannou (Cyprus)
Amid the Winds and Snow by Tyler Keevil (Canada)
The Night of Hungry Ghosts by Sarah Evans (UK)
Love-life by Nuzha Nuseibeh (UK)
Granma’s Porch by Alexia Tolas (Bahamas)
A Hurricane & the Price of Fish by Shakirah Bourne (Barbados)
The Ol’ Higue on Market Street by Kevin Garbaran (Guyana)
Oats by Rashad Hosein (Trinidad and Tobago)
Bluey by Maria Samuela (New Zealand)
Screaming by Harley Hern (New Zealand)
Nightfall by Emma Ashmere (Australia)