Wonderful News! Seaglass And Other Stories is here!

The anthology of the first Black Pear Press Short Story Competition is available direct from Black Pear Press and also from Amazon as an eBook or a paperback, click here.

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Taking its title from the winning story ‘Seaglass’ by
Rebecca Burns, and consisting of twenty varied and marvellous short stories, this book is the perfect gift throughout the year. Get your copy direct from Black Pear Press via PayPal:

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The paperback book and the eBook versions are also available on Amazon click here.

Here’s some information about our winning writers:

Rebecca Burns is a writer of short stories. Her debut collection, ‘Catching the Barramundi’ was published by Odyssey Books in 2012 and longlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Award in 2013. Rebecca was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2011; winner of Fowey Festival of Words and Music Short Story Prize in 2013. Profiled as a writer on the Grassroutes Project, an Arts Council-funded project overseen by the University of Leicester, which showcases the best transcultural writers in the county. Read more of her work at www.rebecca-burns.co.uk

Runner-up Pam Plumb’s story ‘Sleeping Dragons’ captivated the judges with its characterisation and setting.

Pam is a writer of flash fiction and short stories, based in the North East of England. One of her stories, Seven Breaths, was included in the 2014 National Flash Fiction Day Anthology ‘Eating My Words’. Other writing can be found online in the third ipamphlet from PaperSwans, as well as on Paragraph Planet, among others. pamjplumb.wordpress.com

The ten short-listed writers:
A New Life MEGANNE HEARNE
Fly Joe! JACKIE BUXTON
Liar! Liar! Pants on Fire! JOANNE DERRICK
No Cause For Concern ALISON WASSELL
Pseudonym RICHARD ANTHONY DUNFORD
Seaglass REBECCA BURNS
Sleeping Dragons PAM PLUMB
Stopping In DIANE SIMMONS
The Faraday Cage GRAEME HALL
The Jogger in the Park KEVIN BROOKE
and the ten selected entries:
As A Moat Defensive To A House BRIAN COMBER
I Have Put Away Childish Things BRIAN COMBER
Meteors JADE CHEN
Starry, Starry Night MEGANNE HEARNE
The Art Expert’s Child JENIFER GRANGER
The Expediter JAMES STARK
The Missus SUE THOMAS
The Price Of Love JOSEPH GOVAN
The Snip CLAUDIA CRUTWELL
Unfinished Business COURTNEY JENNINGS
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The Results: The First Ever Black Pear Press Short Story Competition!

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The winners of the first Black Pear Press Short Story Competition are:

First: Rebecca Burns with ‘Seaglass’

Runner-up: Pam Plumb with ‘Sleeping Dragons’

Congratulations to the winner of the Black Pear Press Short Story Competition, Rebecca Burns, with her entry ‘Seaglass.’ For the judges Seaglass stood out for the writer’s ability to show rather than tell the story. This short story evokes a glassmaker’s life through a few well-written scenes.

Rebecca is a writer of short stories. Her debut collection, ‘Catching the Barramundi’ was published by Odyssey Books in 2012 and longlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Award in 2013. Rebecca was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2011; winner of Fowey Festival of Words and Music Short Story Prize in 2013. Profiled as a writer on the Grassroutes Project, an Arts Council-funded project overseen by the University of Leicester, which showcases the best transcultural writers in the county. Read more of her work at www.rebecca-burns.co.uk

Congratulations also to runner-up Pam Plumb with her story ‘Sleeping Dragons’. The judges were captivated by the characterisation and setting of this story.

Pam is a writer of flash fiction and short stories, based in the North East of England. One of her stories, Seven Breaths, was included in the 2014 National Flash Fiction Day Anthology ‘Eating My Words’. Other writing can be found online in the third ipamphlet from PaperSwans, as well as on Paragraph Planet, among others. pamjplumb.wordpress.com

Congratulations to all ten short-listed entrants:

A New Life             MEGANNE HEARNE
Fly Joe                   JACKIE BUXTON
Liar! Liar! Pants on Fire!    JOANNE DERRICK
No Cause For Concern    ALISON WASSELL
Pseudonym            RICHARD ANTHONY DUNFORD
Seaglass                 REBECCA BURNS
Sleeping Dragons         PAM PLUMB
Stopping In                   DIANE SIMMONS
The Faraday Cage        GRAEME HALL
The Jogger in the Park  KEVIN BROOKE

Judge and award-winning writer, Alison May, said ‘In general the standard of the shortlisted stories was good. I was impressed with the range of stories and styles. The most successful stories were those which evoked a strong sense of character and situation, bearing out the well-worn adage that writers should ‘show, not tell.’

‘The second placed story, Sleeping Dragons, was strong in this regard. The characters, especially the grandfather, felt real and the setting was well-drawn. This was a fraction away from being a winning story, but, for me, the ending didn’t quite feel as satisfying as the rest of the tale.

‘The winning story, Seaglass, also stood out for the writer’s ability to resist the urge to overtell. I was impressed with the way in which the story evoked a whole life through a few short episodes. I also felt that this story stood up well to repeat reading.

‘One small piece of advice that I would offer to all the entrants: only submit a story to a competition or publisher when it is as complete and polished as you are able to make it. Even amongst the shortlisted entrants there were…unnecessary repetitions and redundant words… These are the linguistic equivalents of cracks in the walls of the writer’s imaginary world. Keeping the reader within the world of the story is a magic trick of sorts and niggling technical errors jar the reader out of that world. If the reader is distracted by the mechanics of the trick, the magic doesn’t work.

‘Overall though I enjoyed reading the shortlisted stories. They created ten different worlds, peopled with different characters, experiencing different challenges. It was an honour to be able to visit them all.’

The First Ever Black Pear Press Short Story Competition!

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Short Story Competition 2014

  • The first Black Pear Press (BPP) Short Story Competition is now open
  • Closing Date Friday 26 September 2014
  • Send us your short story maximum 1500 words
  • Entry fee: £5 per story
  • For rules see below
  • Judges: Authors Rod Griffiths, Tony Judge and novelist and award winning short story writer Alison May

The first ever Black Pear Press Short Story Competition!

We’re looking for short stories of 1500 words or fewer to be submitted to us before 26 September 2014.

Competition Rules

  1. Closing date is 26 September 2014.
  2. The maximum word limit is 1500, not including the title (no minimum).
  3. Authors may submit as many stories as they wish.
  4. Submitted pieces must not have been published elsewhere, must be the entrant’s own original work and available, if selected, to be published in the anthology.
  5. Translations of anyone else’s work are not eligible. Copyright remains with the writer.
  6. Entries may be published on the BPP website and may be included in an anthology.
  7. Entries must be in English.
  8. Submit entries by email to pr@blackpear.net
  9. The subject line of the e-mail must read: BPP Short Story.
  10. Entries should be attached as a Word or an RTF document. Give your name and contact details in the body of the email, as well as the title and word count of your submission(s) and a circa 50 word profile of the writer in the third person. If you are paying by PayPal, your receipt no/transaction code should be included. Do not put your name or email address on the entry itself. Entries should be single spaced, in a clear font, 12pt.
  11. The winners and runners-up will be announced on the BPP website and on the BPP Facebook page.
  12. There is no theme. All styles and genres are welcome.
  13. No correspondence will be entered into regarding the outcome of this competition.

Entry into the competition is taken to be acceptance of these rules.

All entries will be judged anonymously.

Judges: Rod Griffiths, Tony Judge and novelist and award winning short story writer Alison May

Results announced 14 November 2014.

First prize: £75
Second prize: copies of two BPP publications

Please note that entries sent without the entry fee will not be considered and stories should be submitted only once.

All entries will be acknowledged within 48 hours of receipt of your payment. If you have not heard from us within a week please contact us. It is your responsibility to confirm your entry has been received.

No alterations can be made after receipt, nor fees refunded. The judges’ decisions are final and no correspondence can be entered into. No entrant may win more than one prize.

Due to the anticipated number of submissions, we cannot accept any that do not follow submissions guidelines and rules.

Good luck!

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Enquiries may be forwarded to pr@blackpear.net