Bridport and more!

Two good newses!

I got an email on Sunday telling me that a short little flash fiction piece I wrote last spring has been shortlisted for the new flash fiction section of the Bridport Prize.  This is massively exciting - I won't get any cash and the story won't get published in the anthology (I already know it hasn't gone on to win), but it's a very fancy prize and getting on the shortlist is a really excellent pat on the back for me.  So, yay for that!  And congratulations to all the other shortlistees in the flash, poetry and short story categories, some of whom I know via twitter and my writing group.  Big up everyone!

Second, a story that PANK were lovely enough to publish online last year, The Girl In The Glass, is having a second outing in a new e-book anthology, Chamber Four.  This is a new venture designed to highlight good writing on the web, and my story was recommended to the editors by Roxane Gay, of PANK fame, so thanks a million, Roxane!  The new anthology's available for free download and check out the website for details of specific formats for the Kindle and whatnot.  It'll also be available as a print-on-demand paperback in the future (printing costs will apply) - again, more details on the website.  It's a pretty cool venture, though; Sarah Salway's in there too.

That's it for now - otherwise, I'm rocking life as a bookseller, though I'm missing my student lie-ins.

8 comments:

kerryswindow said...

Congrats shortlisting for the Bridport is reason to celebrate indeed! x

Valerie O'Riordan said...

Thanks, Kerry! I'm about to crack open the 2-for-1 Ben & Jerries!

Nik Perring said...

Congrats! Awesome sauce news! :)

Rachel Fenton said...

Super congrats - excellent news!

Pauline Barclay said...

Fab news congratualtions and enjoy the ice cream! x

Valerie O'Riordan said...

Thanks guys! :-)

Christian said...

Congrats!

Valerie O'Riordan said...

Thanks, Christian!