Wednesday, 8 January 2020

EYELANDS 10th INTERNATIONAL SHORT STORY CONTEST - 2020



The contest runs from January 10th through April 10th, 2020
The theme of the contest this year is «Numbers»
First prize: A five-day stay in the island of Serifos
First three winners’ stories published in two different anthologies (Greek and English).
All the stories of the shortlist will be published in a special English edition, released through amazon.com & strange days books.
Entry fee: 10 €
Judge: Gregory Papadoyiannis
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RULES OF THE CONTEST
* Theme of the contest: Numbers
*Entries must be short stories, of any genre, maximum length is 2,500 words and must be previously unpublished in a book, printed magazine or web-based journal. Entries must be in English.
* The contest closes at midnight UTC on 10th of April
*This is an international contest. There is no restriction such as nationality etc of the author, but you have to be 18 years old on the 11th of March 2020 to enter the contest.
* No “eyelands” editor, judge, or relative of theirs, is allowed to enter.
* Entries must be submitted electronically (see below).
* Winners and the shortlist to be announced on June 10th, 2020
* Copyright of manuscripts remains to the author.
* In addition to the story being published on www.eyelands.gr, the author's acceptance of the prize gives eyelands.gr the right to include the story in the anthology that will appear in book form. Entry grants permission to include the three prize winners and the shortlisted stories in the book which will be published and will be available from “Strange Days” publications.
* There is a limit for the stories to be published in the anthology: no more than 25. In case we receive more than 200 submissions.
* There will be two collections of stories - one that will be published in Greek including the translated stories of the first three winners of the English Section and another one with all the shortlisted stories of the English Section.
All prize-winners and shortlisted writers have to renew their approval of the publishing of the anthology till the 1st of October, 2020.

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PRIZES & HONORABLE MENTIONS

First prize is a 5 day holiday on the island of Serifos in August 2020. The grand prize winning writer will be a guest of honour and present his/her story and his/her work in the 6th Sand Festival. Air tickets not included.
 The three prize winners will also get a free copy of the book with the winning stories of our contest & certification document & a Greek handmade ceramic from the collection of Artifacts plus publication in the anthology of the shortlisted stories of the contest (Greek section), translated in Greek –and of course a free copy of this book too!
First prize winner’s ceramic is not only handmade but specially designed for the specific contest every year.
• All the shortlisted stories will be published in the anthology. The book will be released through “Strange Days” publications and www.amazon.com in November, 2020. All the shortlisted writers will also get a free copy of the book! (We send the books to your address once. In case of return we can’t repeat it).
An interview with the first prize winner will also be featured in eyelands.gr
In case the first prize winner does not claim the prize of staying in Serifos till the end of the 10th of July 2020, the second (and then the third) prize winner will be notified in order to take her/his place.
-First prize winner will be the judge of next year’s 11th contest!

NOTE: Free entry for the prize-winning writers of previous contests
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ENTRY FORM AND PAYMENT
Pay via paypal - See the banner in eyelands Home Page.
Click the «buy now» button. Fill the description with: EISSC
Entry fee is 10 euros

Τhere is also the option to make the entry payment via bank/wire transfer. If you choose this option please ask for further details
* After the payment is complete, you can send the e-mail with your story attached in word. doc /docx format to:
or

writing in the subject line: Eyelands Short Story Contest or just ΕSSC
*An email confirmation that your entry has been received will be sent within three/four days after receiving your e-mail
*We don’t accept postal entries
* We do accept simultaneous submissions
* Every writer can submit more than one story as long as they pay the full entry fee for each story
* Name and address of the author should appear only in the body of the email
*The title of your story can be anything other than “Numbers”
*There is no entry fee for the prize winners of previous eyelands international short story contests

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EYELANDS -  ISSC
Eyelands.gr literary magazine in collaboration with Strange Days Books  organize an annual international short story competition, which is the only international short story contest based in Greece. Every year, writers from all the continents of the world participate in it. The competition consists of two categories; Greek and International (for the international section we only accept stories in English).
The competition has been running continuously for the past nine years, offering hundreds of writers the opportunity to see their short story printed in one of our collections, created through the contest entries. For many of these writers it is the first time that a story of theirs is printed in a book or featured online. The jury reads all submissions blind.

STRANGE DAYS BOOKS
Strange Days Books is a cooperative publishing organization based in Crete, Greece.
We publish books by young writers from Greece but we also publish books by writers from around the world. In the past seven years of our existence we have published Greek
translations of books by writers from countries such as the USA, England, Denmark, Spain, Bulgaria e.t.c. For many of these authors this was their first book ever to be published! Strange Days Books also publish first releases of books by foreign authors in English!
Strange Days Books is an entirely independent publisher, primarily interested in showcasing the wealth of the new writing voices of Greece. We work closely with our authors in order to create books that will appeal to booklovers, books about the present, books contemporary readers can relate to, books that strive to push the art of literature forward, books written with talent and passion, books that challenge the way we see the world, books that burst with new ideas and intriguing perspectives, books that have something to say and were not written for merely commercial purposes. In other words, we create books with character together, steadily growing into a community of artists and art-lovers that represent and promote the truly new literature of Greece, not only through publishing but also through a literary festival, the only international short story competition in Greece, theatrical play and novel competitions, book events and more. Every summer we organize Sand Festival - a literary festival held literally on the sand of a Greek island.

EYELANDS BOOK AWARDS
In 2018, too, we, Strange Days Books & Eyelands.gr decided it was time to launch Eyelands Book Awards and Three Rock Writers’ Residency Program. The former is an international contest that gives the opportunity to a writer to win a great prize; a holiday in Athens, Greece, where he/she will have the chance to talk about his/her work to Greek readers and meet Greek writers in a special ceremony and also gives the opportunity to an unpublished writer to win a contract and see her/his book published by Strange Days Books. It was high time for Greece to have an international book award.

SAND FESTIVAL

Sand Festival is a celebration of literature, poetry, music, art and anything you can bring to a Greek beach to share with all participants of the festival. Every summer - since 2015 - we make an open call for submissions on a specific theme by writers, poets, musicians and all sorts of artists who would like to join us on a Greek island in order to create a spontaneous celebration of creativity! The Festival has taken place in Gavdos, Koufonissia and Milos and each year happens on a different beach with camping facilities in order to offer participants the option of cheap accommodation. Participation is free and open to writers and all sorts of artists from anywhere in the world (for writers/poets, submitted texts must be in English). The texts that are selected and read at the festival each year are published in an anthlogy by Strange Days Books, a publishing cooperative that also organises Sand Festival.
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JUDGE
Gregory Papadoyiannis was born on the Greek island of Crete in 1961. He holds a university degree in law and journalism, and also studied film-making. His career history includes work with newspapers, magazines, radio and television, initially as a sports correspondent and later as a columnist and editor. At the same time he worked as a translator, working in collaboration with prominent publishing houses. He has also been active within the realm of theatre. In 1991 he received the top national award for new playwrights. He has translated the plays of David Mamet and Tennessee Williams for their premieres in Athenian theatres, and has served as Assistant Director within the National Theatre of Greece. He directed two short films, screened at Short Film Festivals in Greece. He has written scripts for both short and long films, in addition to working as a screenwriter and Assistant Director for a variety of television series.  Gregory is a co-founder, administrator and writer for the books & cinema section of the website www.eyelands.gr .  He also co-ordinates and leads a series of workshops on creative and collaborative writing all over Greece. After living in Athens for several years, he now lives on the island of Crete. He is the author of the novel “Sniff” and the short story collection “The city beyond the river”. Some of the stories of this collection were published (in English translation) in magazines and included in anthologies in the USA. He is also the author of the travel book “52 eyelands, a sentimental guide through the Greek islands” and two comic albums. His novel «The baby Jazz» was published in the USA from Fomite Press in February 2017.

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EYELANDS BOOK AWARDS 2019 – PRIZES



POETRY
Unpublished: The trembling Tiber / Neal Hall
Published: The Nurseryman / Arthur Allen
MEMOIR – HISTORICAL FICTION
Unpublished: The Man Who Got Out of Japan / Sophie Neville / United Kingdom
Published: Secrets of a Mariachi Violinist-D.R. Ransdell
CHILDREN BOOKS/GRAPHIC NOVELS
Unpublished: There’s an Elephant in my Swimming pool - Gretchen Ryan / United Kingdom
Published: The Mystery of the Never-Ending Universe /Judith Brulo / United Kingdom
SHORT STORIES
Unpublished: A Brief History of Misanthropy by Dean Gessie / Canada
Published: Calls to Distant Places - Peter Jordan / United Kingdom
NOVELS
Unpublished:  Old scores – Robin Martin/ USA
Published: Fukushima Dreams - Zelda Rhiando/ United Kingdom
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GRAND PRIZE FOR PUBLISHED BOOKS
Neighbours and Tourists by Ewa Mazierska /USA (category: Short Stories)
GRAND PRIZE FOR UNPUBLISHED BOOKS
Florissant by P.H.C. Marchesi / USA (category: Children Books/Graphic Novels)

The book that won the Grand Prize for Unpublished Books will be translated in Greek language and published in 2020 from Strange Days Books
The winner of the Grand Prize for Published books wins a Five-day holiday in Athens between 21-25 of May 2020 where she will take her prize in a special ceremony.
Grand prize winners will be the judges for next year’s Eyelands Books Awards 2020 in their prize category

Prize winners will get via mail a special handmade ceramic designed especially for Eyelands Book Awards and a certification document for every prize.
Every prize winner is entitled to a 50% discount stipendium for our 3 Rock Writers’ Residency Program 2020 under the condition that they will send a proposal about a writing project by the end of March 2020.

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

ROUND MIDNIGHT - the book

The collection with the short listed stories of our 9th eyelands international short story contest is now available in Greek bookshops (also directly through Strange Days Books) and all over the world via amazon.com.
The 9th International Short Story Contest's theme was Round Midnight and as always this is also the collection's title with a cover that made by Strangeland's team.
This year was the first time that the grand prize went to Africa thanks to the story ''Marvin Baxter’s Background Music'' by Javi Reddy / South Africa who won the first prize. 

There were four more prizes (by submission order) : Midnight shadows -David McVey /United Kingdom
At Last, Goodbye -Wendy Craig /New Zealand 
The Banshee’s Sister - E. F. S. Byrne/ Spain 
Crying all the way to the bank - Karen Keeley / Canada 

And the shortlisted  stories:
Belonging - Judith Diamond/ USA
One shot - David Butler /Ireland 
Memories always start around midnight - Suzanne Elvidge/United Kingdom Huggas -Mark Perfect/United Kingdom
Red Beauty or simply Dear - Christina Demertsidou /Greece
Hunter- Mariam Syrengelas /Greece
Bouzouki Magic," – Diane R. Ransdell /USA
5 2 12 - Charles Osborne/United KingdomThe black wedding dress - Ilona krueger/Australia
The Midnight Show - Charles Venable/USA
Rick, the Drummer is No More - Alan Kennedy/Spain
On the Lookout for Bo - Kimberly Stammen /USA
Katy’s Penance - David Mackinnon/United Kingdom
Undisclosed Desires – Efi P./Holland
Blue Moon - Rae Whitney/USA
When the bikers blow into town - Regi Claire/United Kingdom

You can read them all in ROUND MIDNIGHT COLLECTION
from strange days books
















Wednesday, 20 November 2019

EYELANDS BOOK AWARDS 2019 – FINALISTS




We are glad to announce the finalists for the Eyelands Book Awards 2019.

First of all we would like to thank all writers for their submissions.
 Last year in our very first time to launch the contest it was a surprise to receive so many books.
This year with many more submissions our …problem was that we received so many good books and
it was a very hard work for us to choose the finalist. One more time we wished we could include
 more books in this list but we just can’t. The only thing we could do as we did last year is to nominate few more books as finalists for the novels category due to many more submitted book to this specific category.
Congratulations to all of you, for all your great books.

These are the finalists for every category:

EYELANDS BOOK AWARDS  – FINALISTS 2019
(by submission order)

CATEGORY: POETRY

UNPUBLISHED
    Peter, the Sea, and His Sister’s Disco Ball – Anthony Palazzo-Coetzer / United Kingdom
    Florissant – P.H.C. Marchesi / USA
    There’s an Elephant in my Swimming pool – Gretchen Ryan / United Kingdom
    Teddy Wet My Bed – Vernae Coffee / USA
    Under the oak tree / Phil Ioannou / Canada

PUBLISHED
    Revenge of the Servants of the Gods /Judith Brulo / United Kingdom
    The Mystery of the Never-Ending Universe /Judith Brulo / United Kingdom
    Gangster School – Kate Wiseman / United Kingdom
    Church-Walk-On-The-Beach – Diane Dowsing Robison /USA
    Transcendence the Spirit Quest series, Book 1 – A. L. Waddington / USA


CATEGORY: SHORT STORIES
UNPUBLISHED
1.End of Things / Gareth Shore/ United Kingdom
2./ This is Exhibit X  – D.R.Hill/ United Kingdom
3./ A Brief History of Misanthropy – Dean Gessie
4./ Tales of the Anointed Skeletons and Love / Lahari Mahalanabish(Chatterji // India
5.A Perfect Day to Die – Yoko Morgenstern / Germany



PUBLISHED
1.Jeff Fearnside / Making Love While Levitating Three Feet in the Air / USA
2.Neighbours and Tourists – Ewa Mazierska / United Kingdom
3.The Elfin Stone and other stories / Sarah Crabtree  / United Kingdom
4.This Paradise / Ruby Cowling / United Kingdom
5.Calls to Distant Places – Peter Jordan / United Kingdom


CATEGORY: NOVELS

UNPUBLISHED
1.That Which Remains –  S. K. Kruse/ USA
2.The Cruelty Man /Jack O’Donnell / Scotland
3.All Things Nice – Cressida Evans / Brazil
4.DoveLion: A Fairy Tale For Our Times – Eileen R. Tabios / USA
5.Cuckoo – Angela Pertusini/ United Kingdom
6.Old scores – Robin Martin/ USA
7.The Lost Tide / David Tenenbaum / USA

PUBLISHED
1. Drafts of a Suicide Note – Mandy-Suzanne Wong / Vermuda
2.The Dream Circle – Máire Malone/ Ireland
3.Follies, Fools and Garlands / E.C.Gardiner /United Kingdom
4.Lily Poole / Jack O’Donnell / Scotland
5.Being Lena Levi – Bobbie Ann Coler/ United Kingdom
6.Guantanamo Redux – Dean Gessie /Canada
7.Fukushima Dreams – Zelda Rhiando/ United Kingdom
8.The Threat Level Remains Severe – Rowena Macdonald/ United Kingdom




We remind you that the final results will be announced on December 20th, 2019


Thanks again

The judges

Catherine McNamara, Andriana Minou, Gregory Papadoyiannis

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Eyelands 9th ISCC - Results

We are glad to announce the results of Eyelands.gr & Strange Days Books 9th short story contest (international section). Theme: Round Midnight. Judge: Gregory Papadoyiannis
First prize: A week’s holiday in the island of Crete
First three winners’ stories published in two different anthologies (Greek and English).
All the stories of the shortlist will be published in November 2019 in a special English edition, released also through amazon.com & strange days books.
GRAND PRIZE
Marvin Baxter’s Background Music - Javi Reddy
South Africa
PRIZES
(by submission order)
Midnight shadows -David McVey
United Kingdom
At Last, Goodbye -Wendy Craig
New Zealand
Enda Scott (E. F. S. Byrne)
Spain
Crying all the way to the bank - Karen Keeley
Canada
SHORT LIST
(by submission order)
Belonging - Judith Diamond.
USA
One shot - David Butler
Ireland
Memories always start around midnight - Suzanne Elvidge
United Kingdom 
Huggas -Mark Perfect
United Kingdom
Red Beauty or simply Dear - Christina Demertsidou
Greece
Hunter- Mariam Syrengelas
Greece
Bouzouki Magic," – Diane R. Ransdell
USA
5 2 12 - Charles Osborne,
United KingdomThe black wedding dress - Ilona krueger
Australia
The Midnight Show - Charles Venable
USA
Rick, the Drummer is No More - Alan Kennedy
Spain
On the Lookout for Bo - Kimberly Stammen
USA
Katy’s Penance - David Mackinnon
United Kingdom
Undisclosed Desires – Efi P.
Holland
Blue Moon - Rae Whitney
USA
When the bikers blow into town - Regi Claire
United Kingdom

Congratulations to all!!

Thursday, 11 July 2019

EYELANDS BOOK AWARDS 2019

Eyelands gr. & Strange Days Books are glad to announce the EYELANDS BOOK AWARDS 2019
ΕΒΑ -τετραγωνο
Grand prize (published books): Five-days holiday in Athens plus a special handmade ceramic designed especially for Eyelands Book Awards and publication (excerpts) online on our website.
Grand prize (unpublished books): Translation into Greek and publication from Strange Days Books
Six more prizes one for each category of every section also win a special handmade ceramic designed especially for Eyelands Book Awards
Certification document for every prize.
Final results are to be announced on December 20th 2019
Award Ceremony: May, 2020
Place: Athens, Greece
Judges: Andriana Minou (poetry, children’s books, graphic novels), Gregory Papadoyiannis (novels, novellas, historical fiction), Catherine McNamara (short stories)
Entry fee: $30 (27 euros)
Early bird submissions: $ 22 (20 euros)


ΕΒΑ - 2019SUBMISSION GUIDELINES & DATES & DETAILS
Opening: Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Closing: Sunday, October 20, 2019 at midnight PST.
Submit your book or manuscript online or via snail mail with early bird entry fee $22 or 20 euros
Eligible submissions include: poetry, novellas, short story collections, novels.
Multiple submissions allowed (with a separate fee for each submission).
Simultaneous submissions allowed, but please notify us if full manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
Finalists for every category to be announced on November, 20, 2019
Final results are to be announced on December, 20, 2019.
There are no restrictions regarding nationality
Participants must be 18 years old otherwise we need parents’ consent to accept the submission.
Manuscripts must be written in English.
There is no restriction about the form or style of writing. We prefer the pages to be numbered. Files should be uploaded as an MS Word document or PDF. Fill the entry form, copy and paste it in the body of your email.
Submit your manuscript to:
eyelandsmag@gmail.com  [or]  strangedaysbooks@gmail.com
or send your book by post to:
Chimarras 6, 74100, Rethymno, Crete, Greece
After the end of the contest all your books will find a place at the library of Three Rock Studio – A writers’ resort in south Crete
PRIZES & PUBLICITY
Section: Published books
Grand Prize: A five-day holiday in Athens plus a special handmade ceramic designed especially for Eyelands Book Awards and publication (excerpts) online on our website. Eyelands cover all accommodation costs for the award winner. Air tickets not included. The author must agree to participate in the EBA ceremony (which will be held in Athens at the time of his/her holidays) and the related publicity (interviews e.t.c.).
There will be five finalists for each category.
Three more prizes one for each category also win a special handmade ceramic designed especially for Eyelands Book Awards
Certification document for every prize.

Section: Unpublished books
Grand prize: Translation in Greek and Publication from Strange Days Books.
Five more prizes, one in each category, also win a special handmade ceramic designed especially for Eyelands Book Awards
There will be five finalists for each category.
Certification document for every prize.

For each entry, submit the book, entry form, and  fee (via paypal). Registration will be confirmed via email. In December, all entrants will be notified of winners. Please fill in, copy and paste the entry form in the body of your email
ENTRY FORM & PAYMENT
Pay via paypal – See the banner on this website
Click the «buy now» button. Fill the description with: EBA
Entry fee: $30 (27 euros)
Early bird submissions: $ 22 (20 euros)
* After the payment is complete, you can send the email with your manuscript as an attachment and the entry form completed, copied and pasted in the body of your email
*An email confirmation that your entry has been received will be sent within three/four days
* We do accept simultaneous submissions
* Every writer can submit more books with the early bird payment fee of $22 (or 20 euros) for every one of them
* Name and address of the author are to be submitted only in the body of the email
*There is no fee for the first prize winners of previous Eyelands international short story contests
*All books must have been published between September 20, 2016 and September 20, 2019.

ENTRY FORM (submit one entry form per book):
Book Title:
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Author:
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Category:
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Publisher: (for published books only)
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ISBN: (for published books only)
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Contact Information

Name:
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E-Mail:
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Phone:
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Address:
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AWARD CATEGORIES (select one per entry application):
The following are eligible:
1/Full-length books of fiction (novels or novellas)
2/ Collections of short stories by one author
3/Collected and selected poems by one author*
4/ Historical fiction – Memoir
5/ Children books – Graphic Novels       
              


LINKS
See more at:
https://eyelandsawards.com/
https://eyelandscontes.wordpress.com/