Wednesday, 21 March 2018

EYELANDS 8th INTERNATIONAL SHORT STORY CONTEST - 2018



The contest runs from March 20th through June 20th, 2018
The theme of the contest this year is «Luggage»
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 a special English edition, released through amazon.com & strangedays books. Entry fee: 10 €
Judge: Maria Psoma-Petridou
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PRIZES & HONORABLE MENTIONS

– First prize is a week’s holiday on the island of Crete. Three Rock, (Triopetra, Rethymnon, Crete) is a studio for 2 people (with beds for two children also available). Air tickets not included. You can see more details here: http://three-rock.blogspot.gr/
First prize winner can choose his/her preferred week of stay in 2019 except for the dates between July 15th – August 25th.

First three prize winners will get a free copy of the book with the winning stories of our contest & a certificate & a Greek handmade ceramic from the collection of Omodamos Clayart (see below)
All the shortlisted stories will be published in an anthology. The book will be released through “Strange Days” publications and www.amazon.co.uk in November, 2018
All the shortlisted writers will also get a free copy of the book! First, Second and Third prize: publication of your story in an anthology of the shortlisted stories of the contest (Greek section), translated in Greek.
• 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 Omodamos Clayart* 
• All the shortlisted stories will be published in an anthology. The book will be released through “Strange Days” publications and www.amazon.co.uk
• All the shortlisted writers will also get a free copy of the book & certification document. Plus a book from Strange Days Booksfor free!!
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 a week’s holiday in Crete or does not book a specific week for her/his holidays at Three Rock Studio, the second (and then the third) prize winner will be notified in order to take her/his place.
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NOTE: Free entry for the shortlisted writers of previous contests
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RULES OF THE CONTEST (ENGLISH SECTION)
* Theme of the contest: «Luggage».
*Entries must be short stories, of any genre, and 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 Wednesday, 20th of June
*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 21st of March 2018 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 September 10th, 2018
* 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, 12 more stories will be chosen and published online on eyelands.gr! Eyelands will feature one story every month, between November 2018 and November 2019
* 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.
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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: Luggage
Entry fee is 10 euros
* 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 ‘’Luggage’’
*There is no entry fee for the prize winners of previous eyelands international short story contests

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JUDGE/ Maria Psoma Petridou
Maria was born and lives in Thessaloniki - Greece. She is an English teacher. She has published two poetry collections, "Lifetime Service" 2006, "A second pair of wings" 2010. She writes poetry & fiction in Greek and English. A lot of her work has been published in Literature Magazines in Greece and online. In 2006 she was awarded the 2nd prize for her poem "The Bate" from the Greek - Australian Cultural League of Melbourne, in 2009 the 2nd prize: “Antonis Samarakis" for her story: “Even if it's found it will chase me". This was also the title of her first short story collection, released in 2015 by Strange Days Books. In 2016 she published the novel «Second Pair of wings». Maria teaches Creative Writing and also writes a weekly column about books in Thessnews Newspaper & portal. She has been the co-ordinator of a book club for nine years. For the past four years she's been a collaborator in www.eyelands.gr as well as a judge of its poetry and international story competitions.
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ABOUT THREE ROCK
Three Rock is a very special studio just a few hundred meters from Triopetra beach, one of the most beautiful beaches of Crete. Three-Rock is a studio designed to accommodate two to four people the studio is one very large furnished room of 70 sq.m., (with separate bathroom) with a lot of space which allows you to cook, dine, or just relax all day if you prefer! Studio at the ground floor and apartment at the first floor are listed on: /air bnb, holiday lettings/ house trip etc.
Mind that Triopetra beach is at the very centre of South Crete, which means (provided you rent a car) easy access to places like Spili, Preveli, Plakias, Amari plateau (westward) & Agia Galini, Matala, Phestos (eastward)

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links
www.eyelands.gr
https://eyelands.gr/english-section/
https://eyelandscontes.wordpress.com/
https://www.facebook.com/eyelands.portal/
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STRANGE DAYS BOOKS
www.paraxenesmeres.gr
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THREE ROCK STUDIO
http://three-rock.blogspot.gr/
https://www.airbnb.gr/rooms/3516767
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OMODAMOS CLAYART
https://dryadsite.wordpress.com/
https://www.facebook.com/omodamos/


Saturday, 13 January 2018

EYELANDS 1st INTERNATIONAL FLASH FICTION CONTEST


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 The contest runs from January 20th through March 20th, 2018
Theme of the contest: Dreams
First prize:
A week holiday οn the island of Crete (for 2 people)
Three prize winners: publication in anthology, handmade ceramic gift, certificate, complimentary copy of the anthology.
Shortlisted stories: Publication in anthology
Judge: Gregory Papadoyiannis
Collaboration:
Eyelands.gr (online literature magazine) & Strange Days Books (publishing firm)
Entry fee: 5€
Welcome to the First International Eyelands Flash Fiction contest! We're looking for short stories, of 500 words maximum in any genre on the theme of “Dreams”.
Seven years since the beginning of our annual international short story competition, which is the only international short story contest based in Greece, we decided to run a second international contest for short fiction. We hope it will be as successful as our first one and gain also the same respect and recognition on an international level plus giving the opportunity for more writers to see their work published in Greek and enjoy a holiday in Crete!

RULES OF THE CONTEST 
* Theme of the contest: «Dreams».
*Entries must be short stories, of any genre, maximum length is 500 words and must be previously unpublished in a book, printed magazine or web-based journal. Entries must be in English.
*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 21st of January 2018 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 short list to be announced on June 10th, 2018
* 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 gives 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.

*Each writer may submit as many stories as they wish, provided they pay a separate entry fee for each story, but only one story of every writer may be included in the short list
* Simultaneous entries are allowed (same piece of work simultaneously entered in other competitions) but you must alert us if your work is placed as a winner or runner up, and your entry will be withdrawn from the competition.
You may voluntarily withdraw your entry from this competition by request via email.
You as the author will retain copyright, but you must allow us temporary and exclusive publishing rights for our anthology if requested.
Withdrawn submissions (for any reason) will not be refunded.
You may be disqualified if any of the rules are not followed.  We will accept corrections to your work from you from 10th of June till 10th of July.-

ENTRY FORM AND PAYMENT
Pay via paypal - See the banner in eyelands Home Page.
Click the «buy now» button. Fill the description with: Dreams
Entry fee is 5 euros
* After the payment is complete, you can send an e-mail with your story attached in word doc /docx format to:
info@eyelands.gr
writing in the subject line: Eyelands Flash Fiction Contest
*An email confirmation that your entry has been received will be sent within three /four days of receiving your e-mail.
*We don’t accept postal entries
* Name and address of the author are to be submitted in a separate attachment accompanying the entry.

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PRIZES & HONORABLE MENTIONS
- First prize is a week holiday on the island of Crete. Three Rock, (Triopetra, Rethymnon, Crete) is a studio for 2 people with beds for two children also available). Air tickets not included. You can see more details here:
http://three-rock.blogspot.gr/
First prize winner can choose their preferred week of his/her stay in 2019 except for the dates between July 15th – August 25th.
Three more prizes will get a free copy of the book with the winning stories of our contest & a certificate & a Greek handmade ceramic from the collection of Omodamos Clayart*
All the shortlisted stories will be published in an anthology. The book will be released through “Strange Days” publications and www.amazon.co.uk in November, 2018
All the shortlisted writers will also get a free copy of the book!
* Entry fee: 5€
Judge: Gregory Papadoyiannis


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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 seven 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.
The English section of the competition has been recognized as a truly reliable, fair and serious short story competition. Every year, many reputable websites, such as Duotrope, booktrust.org.uk
, justacontest.com, www.londoncomedywriters.com, virtualwritersinc.com. Prizemagic.co.uk www.artsjobs.org.uk and many others post the announcement of our contest, which has earned its reputation year after year, by honoring all its promises, following the rules meticulously and meeting all criteria that allow a contest to gain respect and recognition on an international level.

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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 is the curator of the only Greece-based international short story competition, run by 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 currently works as a translator and editor for Strange Days Books Publishing (www.strangedaysbooks.gr )
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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ABOUT THREE ROCK
Triopetra beach (in the south part of the island of Crete) is one of the last hidden paradises in Greece due to its outstanding natural beauty. Three Rock is a very special studio just a few hundred meters from Triopetra beach. Three-Rock is a unique studio designed to accommodate two to four people with a lot of space that allows you to cook, dine, relax all day if you want and can simply and easily be tailored to your tastes. After all these years and so many prize winners authors as guests, Three Rock  is really a Writers resort!
Mind that Triopetra beach is at the very centre of South Crete, which means (provided you have a car) easy access to places like Spili, Preveli, Plakias, Amari plateau (westward) & Agia Galini, Matala, Phestos (eastward) and everywhere in Crete!

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Links
EYELANDS
www.eyelands.gr
www.eyelands.gr/ english section
&
eyelandscontes.wordpress.com/

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STRANGE DAYS BOOKS
www.paraxenesmeres.gr (Greek)
www.strangedaysbooks.gr  (English)
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THREE ROCK STUDIO
http://three-rock.blogspot.gr/
listed on: holiday lettings/ trip advisor/ house trip/air bnb

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Strange Love Affairs - soon to be released

PRIZES
1   -    Brutus - Inna Kitaychik  (United States)
2   -    First Love - Paul Jauncey  (Australia)
3   -    Before the war - Elizabeth Lavis (United States)


SHORT LIST
( in order of  submission date)
Strangers - Sinead Nic Cionna (Ireland)
Love is forever - Ronald Sewell (Cyprus)
The Bridge – Μaria Perri (Greece)
Not just a number - Eunice Barnes (Canada)
A cul-de-sac of expectations - Jane McNamara (Ireland)
Read it in books -  Andrew French (United Kingdom)
Is it still love when it stops being blind? -  C.I. Selkirk (United Kingdom)
Shaker - Stella Donovan (United States)
Thursday at five - Louise Johnson (United Kingdom)
Open your eyes - Lauren Frazier  (United States)
Chef - Amanda Hohenberg (United Kingdom)
Dangerous Liaison - Charles Osborne (United Kingdom)

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    Judge: Maria Psoma-Petridou


Cover by: Andriana Minou


soon to be released in Greece and all over the world via amazon.com



Strange Days Books
Social Cooperative Publishing House        
Address: Chimarras 6, Rethymno, 74100,
tel.: +2831503835
email:  info@paraxenesmeres.gr
www.paraxenesmeres.gr
www.strangedaysbooks.gr
www.facebook.com/STRANGEDAYSBOOKS       
http://ekdoseis-paraxenesmeres.blogspot.gr/


 

 

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Seven years Strange book Lovers



Happy 7th birthday for Eyelands! The team celebrates the seven years from our first day among friends and the writers of our latest short story collection release. This is of course ‘’Strange Love Affairs’’ , the Greek version with the shortlisted stories of the International Short Story Contest, greek section – 2017.

The collection in English with the shortlisted stories of the International section with the same title, will be released in Greece and everywhere via amazon on 20th of December, 2017.

The photo is taken at Polis Art Café where the celebration and presentation was held last Saturday, November 25.

The  eyelands’ ISSC is the one and only short story contest based in Greece. Next year there will be for the first time an eyelands flash fiction contest too.

Happy Anniversary People/From the left: Apostolos Lagarias, Giannis Petrakis, Andriana Minou, Antonis Tsirikoudis and Gregory Papadoyiannis representing Eyelands.gr & Strange days books & the Sand Festival

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Eyelands 7th ISSC: Interview with our 1st prize winner Inna Kitaychik!




Inna Kitaychik with her story ''Brutus'' is the first prize winner of Eyelands 7th International Short Story Contest for the year 2017. As it happens every year we are curious to know more about our first prize winner so here's  Inna answering to our questions about her story, her writings, Greece and her future plans! 



It's the second time, after Seth Libby (2014) that the winner is from United States.  We hope that Inna will be in Greece and Crete for her holidays next summer and probably have a lot  more to say about all these!! 

INTERVIEW



  1. How did you feel when you heard about the winning prize? 
I was very excited! When I loaded the website and began reading, I saw the word «Brutus» and my first thought was «wait, but I wrote a story called Brutus» and then when I saw my name it dawned on me that  I was in fact the winner. It was hard to believe for a few minutes and then once I understood, I was very happy and very honored.
  1. It was your first submission to us. How did you know about the contest? 
I found out about the contect through a website called «Poets & Writers»: https://www.pw.org/
  1. Have you ever been in Greece?
I have never been to Greece before.
  1. How do you imagine life here especially in the summertime? Have you any friends from Greece or friends who have travelled here?
Yes, in fact my parents went to Greece for the first time last year and it was their favorite vacation. They kept talking about how friendly the people were and how delicious the food was, and how relaxed they felt, and how lovely the scenery was. I imagine Greece in the summer is beautiful, especially near the ocean; I imagine the seafood is delicious and there are interesting festivals to go to.
  1. Is it a strange feeling that you won a prize an international contest, based from a country far far away from you? Did you believe that your story had a chance to win the prize?
It is strange to win any contest! I only recently started to submit my stories; «Brutus» was only the 4th story I’ve ever submitted to any publication (and I have not submitted anything since). I thought that his particular contest may have some appreciation for the theme of the story since the characters are from Europe and the story is based in Europe, specifically the narrator is a famous character from Greece’s ancient history.
  1. When did you start writing stories?
I started writing when I was a teenager, and have been writing on and off since then, but this year is the first time I submitted my stories to any publication.
  1. Tell me about your story. How did you come up with the idea?
I’ve always felt close to the story of Cassandra; I read as much of Greek Mythology as I could when I was a child; and her tragic story always stayed with me. Several year’s ago, I read «Cassandra» by Christa Wolf and loved that Wolf painted a picture of what Cassandra’s life may have been like. I was also very interested in the tragedy of Brutus, especially for the fact that history and language tends to demonize him, even though he acted to protect the institutions that we find so valuable today, and are in fact the basis of our free societies. But the impetus for the actual story was a dream. I had this dream during a time that I had begun to write again, and in the dream Cassandra is preparing to go to Brutus as he is resurrected. I knew right away I wanted to write a short story about it and spent the next few months doing research to get as many geographical and historical details correct as I could.
  1. Are there any other distinctions for your writings till now?
I won a college prize for a poem I wrote in college.
  1. What are your future plans?
I plan to keep writing short stories and am working on a longer novel that’s based in the future and spans several countries including the US and India.

INNA’S BIO
Inna Kitaychik was born in Belarus, brought up in New York City, and now lives in California. I studied art history in college and urban planning for her master’s degree. She now works in the environmental field. On a creative level, she has written prose and poetry since high school. She is interested in how science and technology alter and elevate the human condition. Inna is currently working on a story that challenges the cautionary tale trope often found in futuristic novels and instead explores post-apocalyptic utopias. She would like to think that there is something to look forward to!
 

 

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THE STRANGE LOVE AFFAIRS collection (cover painting by Andriana Minou) with all the prize winner and shortlisted stories of eyelands 7th International Short Story Contest is scheduled to be published in Greece in December 20th, 2017 from Strange Days Books and will be available via amazon.com

Gregory Papadoyiannis

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

7th International Short Story Contest - Results



Here are the results of the 7th International Short Story Contest

PRIZES
1. Brutus  - Inna Kitaychik
United States
2. First Love - Paul Jauncey
Australia

3. Before the war- Elizabeth Lavis
United States

SHORT LIST
Dangerous Liaison - Charles Osborne
England.
A cul-de-sac of expectations - Jane Ryan
Ireland
Read it in books -  Andrew French
United Kingdom
Chef - Amanda Hohenberg
United Kingdom
The Bridge – Μaria Perri
Greece
Love is forever - Ronald Sewell
Cyprus
Thursday at five - Louise Johnson
United Kingdom
Shaker – Stella Donovan
United States
Strangers - Sinead Nic Cionna
Ireland
Not just a number - Eunice Barnes
Canada
Is it still love when it stops being blind? -  C.I. Selkirk
United Kingdom
Open your eyes - Lauren Frazier  
United States
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-          Judge: Maria Psoma-Petridou

Inna Kitaychik, our first prize winner won a week holiday at Three Rock Studio in South Rethymno (for 2 persons)

 - First, Second and Third prize: publication of your story in an anthology of the shortlisted stories of the contest (Greek section), translated in Greek.
- 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 Omodamos Clayart* 
- All the shortlisted stories will be published in an anthology. The book will be released through “Strange Days” publications and  www.amazon.co.uk
- All the shortlisted writers will also get a free copy of the book & certification document. Plus a book from Strange Days Books –for free!!
- The book will be released in Greece on 20th of December and all the writers will have their free copy and gifts till the end of January 2018

Congratulations to all!!

Monday, 11 September 2017

Winners anouncement on September 20th!


Strange Love Affairs – eyelands 7th international short story contest.
Postponement: Due to unforeseen personal problems of the Judge, Maria Psoma-Petridou, there will be a slight delay in the announcement of the results. Winners and the short list to be announced on September 20th, 2017, along with the announcement of the winners from the contest’s Greek section. We are sorry about that! Thank you for your understanding and patience.