The wait is almost over…



I’ve just been away for a fortnight in Tanzania, so I haven’t been blogging of late. However, all was planned so that I’d be back in time to announce the winner of the Book a Break short story competition on March 15th – tomorrow! And Atthys Gage, the judge, has been in touch with a wonderful text which I’ll post tomorrow, mentioning several stories he recommends, along, of course, with the winner and two runners-up. All I have to do before then is put the names to the numbers he cites, but I’ll also read the stories again and before too long I hope to be in touch with as many participants as I can. As to be expected, it was a difficult decision, with some very good quality entries.To be honest, I’m glad it was Atthys, not me, making that final decision. And I’m also very appreciative of the work he’s done – he’s been prompt, helpful and conscientious throughout the entire procedure.

Meanwhile, here’s a reminder of the newsletter you can subscribe to simply by clicking below. First issue out next week!

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In this issue, you’re given a glimpse of Perfume Island, sequel to One Green Bottle. For writers among you, there’s the chance to win a free critique and edit of a short story or a chapter. And for readers, there’s a link to a free short story, The Singular Point, first published in Spilling Ink Review. And last but not least, The Elizabethan Era, first nibble-size instalment in The Authorised Biography of Curtis. What’s not to like?

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  1. To be a judge is a difficult work… just as well you could leave it behind. Congratulations to the winnwers!
    Tanzania…uffff, I’d like to go!

  2. So exciting, Curtis (thank you, and Atthys, again for hosting this competition). As a “Curtis blog reader”, I’m waiting with bated breath to see the outcome. For those who did craft a story for this challenge: good luck, all!

  3. Thank you, Leigh. I’m highly encouraged both by the success of the competition and the quality of the submissions, so hopefully this can become an annual event. In which case, I look forward to reading you 🙂

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