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An update to let you know that agent Carrie Kania of literary agency Conville & Walsh has kindly agreed to read the ten winning stories this year. Here is a link to Carrie's profile. Among her many credits, she launched an imprint that racked up 13 New York Times bestsellers. She also works for leading writers in the short story world, including Simon Van Booy, who won the Frank O’Connor award in 2009 for his collection of stories Love Begins in Winter, and Paul McVeigh. So once again, please send us your best short stories. Each one will be carefully read and considered. Thanks. Ed.
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The pristine one-off mug, inscribed "Willesden Short Story Prize 2016"
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New Short Stories with Liars’ League

OUR JUDGE FOR 2016

Katy Darby’s short fiction has won various prizes, been read on BBC Radio 4, and appeared in magazines and anthologies including Stand, Mslexia, Slice, The London Magazine and the Arvon/Daily Telegraph Anthology. She has a BA in English Literature from Oxford University and an MA in Creative Writing from UEA, where she won the David Higham Award. Her first novel, The Unpierced Heart, is published by Penguin (Fig Tree). She is a Visiting Lecturer in Creative Writing at City University, is Literary Editor of .Cent and a former editor of Litro magazine, and co-founded and directs the award-winning short story event Liars’ League (www.liarsleague.com).

There’s nothing that Katy doesn’t know about short stories, especially since Liars’ League recently celebrated its 100th themed live event, in possibly her 100th costume. Liars’ League has given their first break to dozens of new and up-and-coming writers, with their stories brought to life by a company of superb actors. For a fiver you can catch the show every second Tuesday of the month Downstairs at The Phoenix, Cavendish Square in London’s West End.
Liars’ League is a long-running, award-winning, globe-spanning short story night where professional actors read new work by emerging authors. Their motto is “Writers write. Actors read. Audience listens. Everybody wins.” – and to date they’ve performed over 500 stories in front of a lively, literature-loving London audience. They've worked with Granta Magazine, BBC Radio 4, the National Gallery, the Society of Authors, English PEN, the Free Word Centre, the Bloomsbury Institute, Influx Press, Litcrawl London, Wilderness Festival, Spread the Word and Arachne Press, who publish their three anthologies (one award-winning). They'll be putting the fizz into live fiction at the Willesden Herald New Short Story winners’ event this year.
Willesden Herald New Short Stories 2016
Entry is via Submittable.com and costs £5 or equivalent in your local currency.  After costs the prize fund is divided equally between the ten short-listed contributors to New Short Stories 9. You also get two copies of the book and a chance to hear your fiction brought to life by professional actors at the results/launch event. The overall winner as chosen by Katy Darby will also receive the much sought after one-off Willesden Herald mug and a bottle of champagne courtesy of Liars' League. For how to enter and more about the books, results/launch event, history, pictures, videos and links, please visit
Willesden Herald NEW SHORT STORIES
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