I just have time to slip in a post or two before Smith takes over the blog for a month of A to Z. So although he’ll be writing about the 2016 Book a Break anthology, I hope he won’t object if I mention the prizewinners of this year’s competition.
The first prize went to Sherry Morris for her story Green Tights, with Ingrid Jendrzejewski, this year’s judge, commenting: From the first time I read ‘Green Tights’, I couldn’t get this story out of my head. The author threw me head-first into an unusual situation with the very first sentence, and then pulled me in with the pitch-perfect voice of the narrator. The ending is satisfying and complete, yet there are some mysteries left for the reader to mull over well after the story has finished.
Well, you won’t be able to read it till this year’s anthology appears – October is the aim – but you can visit Sherry’s website to read other examples of her writing. And when you do read Green Tights, I promise you’ll be blown way – it’s brilliant! Sherry has had several stories published, online with Gemini and Molotov Cocktail, and in print with Bath Flash and performed by Liars’ League London. In January 2017, her piece ‘Modern Day Superhero’ was performed at The Space theatre in East London.
‘Balancing’ is a moving piece about a woman who is learning to walk with prosthetic legs. The author does a brilliant job of portraying not just the obvious difficulties her character faces, but also the more subtle ones. I admit to shedding a few tears at the end….
‘Thinking in Circles’ is a meticulously crafted story full of suspense and surprise. Even after you discover the final twist, the story invites you to read it again and again. In a way, it’s as much a puzzle as a story….
Apart from writing – she is, amongst other things, an editor for Amnesty International – Saphia is also a traveller and a photographer, while Debz is an editor and novelist whose psychological thriller, While No One Was Watching, has garnered excellent reviews.
These three stories, by the way, are certainly not the only ones you’ll enjoy. So good was the overall standard that there’ll be upwards of 30 in this year’s anthology. The short story is truly alive and kicking!