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Salt Publishing, publishers of Booker-shortlisted The Lighthouse, have released a new title by TLC reader Cynthia Rogerson.
Stepping Out is a collection of short stories set in Scotland and California.
These stories observe how people live through moments of realisation; how they negotiate the avenues of loss, with cowardice and courage and a fair amount of bewilderment.
While fishing on a sunny loch, a woman is suddenly convinced and terrified that her lover is about to leave her. Parents in San Francisco learn that their son has been in a car accident, and may be dying. A girl loses her virginity the same day as the funeral of her much despised mother, and later understands which is the greater loss.
Cynthia has also published If I Touched The Earth, a novel set in Evanton, Alness & Glasgow, through Black & White Publishing.
What would you do if life suddenly flipped upside down? Where would you go if your world fell apart? Who would you turn to?
When her son Calum dies in a car crash, Alison is left stunned and dazed. But instead of turning to those around her for comfort, she impulsively leaves them behind, desperate to hide from her loss. Even in death, though, Calum has a way of pushing her, making her do things she would never normally have done. And soon his memory starts to transform her in unimaginable ways.
And then there’s Neal, happily married to Sally, who till Calum’s funeral is unaware he’s still carrying a torch for Alison. He was the man Calum called dad, but wasn’t. Alison has forgotten Neal, but he cannot forget her.
To support Salt, you can buy Stepping Out directly from the publisher here.
If I Touched The Earth is available for online purhcase here.
Cynthia is a TLC reader with a particular interest in short stories and poetry. If you are interested in submitting your manuscript to Cynthia, please contact our office.
TLC Client Maggie Ling, who was short-listed for the Asham Anthology in January for her short story Cold Snap, recently learned that she will be included in the Asham anthology as one of the twelve finalists. The anthology, which is published by Virago, is a collection of short stories under 4,000 words that have been written by unpublished women writers. The three finalists will be announced in September at the Small Wonder Short Story Festival.
In addition, her short story That Day has been long-listed for the Cinnamon Press short story awards and her short story Reflections has made it to the Fish long-list out of the 1,900 pool of entries. The Fish writing competition short-list will be announced the 17th March.
We wish Maggie the best of luck with her short stories.
BBCR4 is set to broadcast Chrissie Gittins’ short story, Just One of the Girls, on 5th February. The short story, which will be broadcast for the second time on BBCR4, is set in both Lewisham and North London. The Radio Times writes, ‘Milly’s death deprives Dan of a wife, and Rich of a valued friend. After all, not every man has a companion who will help him chose a new dress. A tender story of friendship, grief, and new shoes.’
If you don’t get a chance to hear it on 5th February, it will be available on iplayer for a week. Keep an eye out for Chrissie Gittins, as she is also set to appear in our Showcase section. For more information, see Chrissie’s website .
TLC client Maggie Ling was recently short-listed for the 2010 Asham Award for her short story Cold Snap. The ghost or gothic themed short story award is for stories under 4,000 words that have been written by unpublished women writers. The winning writers will be notified in March 2011 and the first, second and third prizewinner will be announced in September 2011 at the Small Wonder short story festival. In addition, the twelve winning writers will all be published by Virago in the Asham Anthology, alongside specially commissioned stories by Naomi Alderman, Kate Clanchy, Petina Gappah and Polly Sansom.
The short story was originally written in the summer of 2002 when Maggie gave up doing cartoon and illustration work to write full time. The story was assessed by TLC’s Richard Skinner, in the autumn of that year.
Maggie Ling also recently had her short story, Dick’s Life, included in the Unthology No 1, published by Unthank Books on December 1st.
We wish the best of luck for Maggie!
The Literateur and TLC were delighted to announce the winners of our joint competition on 11 November.
It was truly an enjoyable evening with readings by the judges, a discussion about the future of writing and, of course, our awards ceremony. All six of the winners were given a chance to read their short story or poem in front of a fully packed lecture theatre at the Free Word Centre. The winning submissions will be published in The Literateur and the winners will also receive an hour’s specialist consultation with The Literary Consultancy.
Our three judges, novelists Joanna Briscoe and Rebecca Abrams, and the poet Sarah Hesketh, found it very difficult to narrow it down to just six winners. Click here to read the winning submissions.
Alison Key, Short story, This Changes Everything
Uschi Gatward, Short Story, Birth Plan
Adam Steiner, Short Story, Living Through Saccharin
Selena Wisnom, Poetry, Mushrooming
Clémence Sebag, Poetry, Inventory
Tom Bailey, Poetry, Notes to the Construction of Beverley Minster
We would like to thank The Literateur editor Kit Toda, everyone who submitted their work and those who attended our awards evening.
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