Monthly Archives: December 2015

Brittle Star Writing Competition 2016


Brittle Star Writing Competition

Our second writing competition was sent out into the big wide world at the launch of issue 37 and, chatty people that we are, we want to tell you all about it.

Two years ago we launched the first competition, with short stories judged by David Constantine and our editor Jacqueline Gabbitas. The response to last year’s competition was wonderful with almost 700 entries and a prize-giving event at the Barbican library attended by the prize-winners and the judges David Constantine and Mimi Khalvati. David said in his introduction: “writers of short stories employ their fictions to try to tell the truth about how we live now.

This year we’re thrilled to have Booker-Prize shortlisted author and story-writer Alison Moore as the main judge. The title story of Alison’s collection, The Pre-War House & Other Stories, won a New Writer novella prize. It was her first novel,

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Guest Post by Karl Drinkwater

I was one of the three who won this book as an ebook. I am about to download it and will review when I have read it.

A Lover of Books

Haunted House

It’s time for another guest post now.  This one by Karl Drinkwater is sure to interest you and there’s also a competition at the end.


We read books to escape. To forget who we are for a while; to live other lives, see other places, experience other emotions. And we’re all different, which is why one person’s perfect crime thriller is another person’s yawnfest. Not everyone likes being scared and tense. Not everyone likes horror. Not everyone should.

Primarily I love a good story, but the ones that yank me in are the ones where the primary value at stake is survival (of the body, of the mind). So horror is a natural fit. When I’m reading a good horror novel I forget about the room I’m in, the cat on my lap, the cars outside – I am struggling to survive against evil forces, the inhuman, the alien…

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