Sunday, 28 April 2019

EYELANDS BOOK AWARDS 2018 – CEREMONY



Eyelands.gr and Strange Days Books invite you to our very first

EYELANDS BOOK AWARDS CEREMONY
MAY 4th 2019, 18:00

With guests of honor:
Authors
Catherine McNamara (Australia/Italy)
Book: The Cartography of OthersGrand prize winner for published book
Gita –Theodora Simic (Bosnia-Herzegovina)
Book: Occam’s Razor
Prize winner for unpublished novel

We will read excerpts from the Prize winner books and talk with the award winning authors who will speak about their books and talk with the audience
The ceremony is the first part of the «Spring Fest» of Strange Days Books and Eyelands.gr. Presentations of two new books will follow after the awards ceremony.

Guests Authors: Despina Charalampidi, Victoria Makri, Georgia Mama
From Strange Days Publishing: Stavroula Diamanti, Gregory Papadoyiannis

Polis Art Cafe – Pesmazοglou Street, Athens
https://www.facebook.com/polisartcafe/


Catherine McNamara
grew up in Sydney, ran away to Paris, and ended up in West Africa running a bar. Her collection Pelt and Other Stories was longlisted for the Frank O’Connor Award and was semifinalist in the Hudson Prize, and her short stories have been Pushcart nominated, shortlisted and published in the UK, Europe, USA and Australia. Catherine lives in Italy.

Gita –Theodora Simic
I grew up in the Balkans (early lessons in the ways of life), and lived in Canada for thirty years (continuation of early lessons) with my husband who is an art historian, a piano teacher, and a HIP music enthusiast. Lately we spend a good part of the year close to the Adriatic Sea, in southern Herzegovina (the sea holds no memories but for the rocky cliffs, the morning mist and clear waters of turquoise blue). I was born on the small and wondrous island of Korcula in Croatia, and later moved to Belgrade, Serbia. Both countries denied me citizenship after the break-up of Yugoslavia.
My background is in philosophy and IT. I had studied philosophy and history at the Belgrade University before moving to Canada, where I obtained a diploma in computer programming/systems analysis, with specialization in mid-range computers.
I am a systems analyst by day (for almost twenty-five years), historical fiction writer by night(for several years). When a friend asked why I write historical fiction, I said: “Wouldn’t you, if you had to spend eight hours a day in a cubicle?” The literary world does not resound with my name.To date, I have completed nine such short stories, a play, and this novel. I am currently working on my second historical fiction novel, loosely based on the life of Sir Francis Drake and the fate of Raphael’s cartoons. Occam’s Razor, a story of Bernini, was also shortlisted at the 2017 CHAUCER BOOK AWARDS Historical Fiction pre-1750s.

Sunday, 24 March 2019

EYELANDS 9th INTERNATIONAL SHORT STORY CONTEST - 2019



The contest runs from March 20th through June 20th, 2019
The theme of the contest this year is «Round Midnight»
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 & strange days books.
Entry fee: 10 €
Judge: Gregory Papadoyiannis
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RULES OF THE CONTEST (ENGLISH SECTION)
* Theme of the contest: Round Midnight
*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 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 2019 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, 2019
* 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 2019 and November 2020
* 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 for the publishing of the anthology till the 1st of October, 2019.
*First prize winner will be the judge of next year’s 10th contest!

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PRIZES & HONORABLE MENTIONS

First prize is a week’s holiday on the island of Crete. Three Rock, (Triopetra beach, South 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/
&  https://3rockstudio.wordpress.com/
First prize winner can choose his/her preferred week of stay in 2020 except for the dates between July 15th – August 30th. First prize winner have to decide about the dates of his/her staying till (at the latest) 10th of February 2020.
 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, 2019. 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 a week’s holiday in Crete or does not book a specific week for her/his holidays at Three Rock Studio till the end of the 10th of February next year, 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 10th contest!

NOTE: Free entry for the prizewinners 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:
eyelandsmag@gmail.com
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 ‘’Round Midnight’’
*There is no entry fee for the prize winners of previous eyelands international short story contests

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ABOUT THREE ROCK & TRIOPETRA BEACH
Τhree-Rock is a unique studio with a design that combines a touch from the '60s with the current look and you can also find all the necessary amenities of a modern tourist accommodation. Designed to accommodate two to four people, the studio is one very large furnished room of 70 sq.m., (with a separate bathroom) with a lot of space which allows you to cook, dine, relax all day if you want and can simply and easily be tailored to your taste. The studio has a large terrace (about 25 square m.) at the front, facing the sea, and a back terrace facing east with a view to the hills. The distance from the beach is just 250 meters.
According to several guidebooks and websites, Triopetra is one of the most beautiful beaches in Crete -and Greece. But it remains a beach that is not known to many people. It has fans (from Greece and abroad) who visit it each year and their number is increasing steadily. Still, it remains a kind of unexplored paradise. Guests are able to enjoy a beach that is never crowded, even in the heart of summer, as the length of Triopetra beach is about two kilometers! The beach is named after the three rocks located at the eastern edge of the bay. In the same area, there is a cave, where there was probably a Sanctuary at the time of the Minoans. The opening of the cave resembles a dragon’s mouth and the arrangement of the rocks inspired the creation of various legends. In modern times, the beach, although reminiscent of an undiscovered paradise, has restaurants, a cafe and a beach bar as well as (free) umbrellas and lounges for those who prefer them. Triopetra beach is also known for yoga courses delivered during the summer months in the surrounding area.
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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.strangedaysbooks.gr
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/


Monday, 11 February 2019

3 ROCK WRITERS’ RESORT RESIDENCY PROGRAM 2019 - RESULTS


We are excited to announce the winners of our first…

Triopetra, the beach
//THREE ROCK WRITERS’ RESORT RESIDENCY PROGRAM SPRING/SUMMER 2019 //
 FULL STIPEND
Catherine McNamara / Italy
Name of the project: The Carnal Fugues
HALF STIPEND
(names by submission order)
Jennifer Steil / USAName of the project: Erebo
Suzanne Rancourt / United States
Name of the project: Old Stones, New Roads / Songs of the Hummingbird
Bernadette Russell /United Kingdom
Name of the project: Book of dreams
Geoffrey Edwards /Canada
Name of the project: These White Shadows
Ollie Randall / United Kingdom
Name of the project: Terminal
Elena Carapetis / Australia
Name of the project: 2020 STCSA Commission
Sophie Neville / United Kingdom
Name of the project: Makorongo and Co.
Anne kirya /Uganda
Name of the project: The incredible adventures of Kakai
Vanessa Horn/ USA
Name of the project: Short story collection
Annie Percik / United Kingdom
Name of the project: Changing Colours
Nicole Hazan / Israel
Name of the project: Choking Water (novel in progress)
Name: Sarah Lipton/ England
Name Of Project: 'Crossing Time.'
Jonathan Gurling / UK
Name of the Project:  In the Shadow of the Rock
Name: Lauren Pope / Scotland
Name of the project: “Allow Me This.”
 Caroline Schiller / Germany
Name of the project: "The Five Fighters - Rise of the Reptzas"
 Sara Dunham / USA
Name of Project: International Ghost Story Collection
 Lucy Grace/ United Kingdom
Name of Project:  'Near Me Now'.
 Robin Martin / USA
Name of Project: Lizardmaid
All writers have to make their choice between February 10tht - April 30th 2019   They can pick their week(s) in the periods:
 A.  MARCH 23 – JUNE 29Or    B. SEPTEMBER 7 – OCTOBER 26Every ''week'' starts on Saturday and ends the following Friday
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Congrats to all winners & Many thanks to all participants to our first residency program

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

EYELANDS 2nd INTERNATIONAL FLASH FICTION CONTEST – 2019



The contest runs from January 10th through March 20th, 2019
The theme of the contest this year is Spring
First prize: A week holiday at Three Rock Writers resort οn the island of Crete
Three prize winners: publication in anthology, handmade ceramic gift, certificate, complimentary copy of the anthology plus a week holiday at Three Rock Resort with a discount 50% from the regular cost (non obligatory)..
Shortlisted stories: Publication in anthology/free copy
Judge: Gregory Papadoyiannis
Collaboration: Eyelands.gr (online literature magazine) & Strange Days Books (publishing firm)
Entry fee: 10€
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RULES OF THE CONTEST 
* Theme of the contest: «Spring».
*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 11th of January 2019 to enter the contest  –unless there is a parental approval.
* 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, 2019
* 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 10th of June till 10th of July.
All prize-winners and shortlisted writers have to renew their approval for the publishing of the anthology till the end of August 2019.
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PRIZES & HONORABLE MENTIONS
- First prize is a week holiday at Three Rock Resort, situated in Triopetra beach, one of the most magnificent places of Greece at the south coast of Crete island,) is a studio for 2 persons. Air tickets not included.
First prize winner can choose his/her preferred week of his/her stay in 2019 or 2020 except for the dates between July 1st  – 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 designed especially for the contest from the collection of Artifacts Clayart.
There is also another offer for the three prize winners: a week holiday at Three Rock Resort with a discount 50% from the regular cost (the offer is non obligatory).
All the shortlisted stories (number according to the submissions) will be published in an anthology. The book will be released through “Strange Days” publications and www.amazon.com  in October, 2019.
All the shortlisted writers will also get a free copy of the book! The anthology includes the first prize story translated to Greek.
All the shortlisted writers will have a special discount in case they will submit a book for the Eyelands Book Awards 2019 (25 instead of 35 $)

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 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 an e-mail with your story attached in word doc /docx format to:
or
strangedaysbooks@gmail.com
writing in the subject line: Eyelands Flash Fiction Contest or EFFC
*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, nationality and address of the author are to be submitted in a separate attachment accompanying the entry.
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LINKS, WEBPAGES, BLOGS
EYELANDS
www.eyelands.gr
www.eyelands.gr/ english section
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https://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/

*cover painting by Andriana Minou

Saturday, 22 December 2018

EYELANDS BOOK AWARDS 2018 - PRIZE WINNERS

Eyelands.gr announces the final results for EYELANDS BOOK AWARDS.
The prizes for the year 2018 are:

διηγήματα
 SHORT STORIES
PUBLISHED
Townsend Walker / 3 Women, 4 Towns, 5 Bodies / USA
UNPUBLISHED
Ruth Brandt / No One Has Any Intention of Building a Wall/ United Kingdom

ποίηση
Handmade Tree for Poetry
POETRY
PUBLISHED
Amy Pence / [It] Incandescent / Ninebark/ USA
UNPUBLISHED
Jeffrey Kingman / Beyond that hill I gather /USA


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NOVELS
PUBLISHED
Ashley Lloyd Smith/ Pizza with Jimbob & Twoforks / Liquorice Fish Books/ United Kingdom
UNPUBLISHED Gita Theodora Simic/ Occam’s Razor / Bosnia-Herzegovina

GRAND PRIZE PUBLISHED
KAtherine MacnamaraCatherine McNamara/ The Cartography of Others / Unbound/ Australia/Italy

Grand prize (published books): Five-day holiday in Athens plus a special handmade ceramic designed especially for Eyelands Book Awards and publication (excerpts) online on our website.



Michael B. Morris
GRAND PRIZE UNPUBLISHED
Michael Robinson Morris / For Entertainment Purposes Only / USA
Grand prize (unpublished books):Publication from Strange Days Books
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We also remind you…
SPECIAL DISTINCTION for MEMOIR/AUTOBIOGRAPHY*
Helen Bedford  /Notes on a childhood  /United Kingdom/
*announced already from 20th of November

Monday, 26 November 2018

New release: the LUGGAGE collection!

L U G G A G E/



The short listed stories from Eyelands  8th international short story contest.

CONTENTS
FIRST prize: Overweight - Renate Schiansky /Austria
SECOND prize: Dandelion -Olga Zilberbourg /USA
THIRD prize: A Chance for Better Weather
Elliott Wagner-Smith/ USA
SPECIAL distinction: Moony Mindset /Elisabeth Wirtz /Germany
SHORT LIST (by submission date)
One's company - Michael Whitehead /United kingdom
Light Travel -Ewa Mazierska /United kingdom
Underground - Claire Basarich /United Κingdom
Just a Coincidence - Pam Corsie /United Kingdom
Balloon- Dreena Collins /United Kingdom
Luggage - K.M. Clarke /United Kingdom
The carpetbagger -Mary D'Arcy / Ireland
Perfect man- Anna Killick /New Zealand
Life Boats 14 and 15 - Alfred Louis Cucchiara /USA
Impedimenta -Graham Twist /United Kingdom
Hallway Suitcases - Emily Tsatmas /USA
The woman in the travel goods - Tabetha Rogers Beggs /Australia
Burdened Luggage - Nneka Anieze /Nigeria
Picking mushrooms - Justin Jones/ New Zealand
The "heavy" life of a packaholic! - Susanne Kirchner/Austria
James and the luggage - Anand Birju /United Kingdom
Luggage - Bethany Pritchard/United Kingdom
Of burden and loss - Sebastian Günnel /Germany
The world within a suitcase - Leanne Ma/Hong Kong
What she carried - Ruth Knafo Setton/Morocco
Luggage - Maria Espinosa/USA
Luggage Heist – Melvin Ward/United Kingdom
Long Necked Guitar – Sue Worth/United Kingdom
25 Years of Marriage - Sharon Stevens/United Kingdom
Lost and Found – Jill Yates/United Kingdom
The five bags that make a life -Katie Parry/United Kingdom
Finding the way - C.I. Selkirk/United Kingdom
Suitcases and Handkerchiefs – Sarah Jarvis/United Kingdom
Banana bread – Claire Zalla/USA
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Strange Days in the world / EE -09
Cover design: Andriana Minou
Printed in Greece by Preprint
ISBN: (Greek edition) 978-618-5278-19-9

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Soon available via amazon.com