Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Borderline stories for sale



Dear friends
Borderline stories, our collection with all the short listed stories & the prizes of eyelands 5th international short story contest, released in Greece from November, 20, 2015.
Due to unexpected problems with Create Space validitation department there is a delay to the releasing of the collection on amazon.com
Still you can buy our Borderline Stories from our e-shop (www.paraxenesmeres.gr) or from the www.eyelands.gr  front page
All you have to do is to press the Buy Button to purchase the book via paypal. Please don't forget to fill in the description and the price of the books you would like to order.
The price of the book is 12 euro (plus 2 for the shipping for every single book).

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Borderline Stories




This is the 5th year of the International Short Story Contest held by www.eyelands.gr- still the only one based in Greece.
 Last year we published for the first time a book with the short listed stories of our 4th international short story conetest. This is the second book published by "Strange Days Books"  with the collection of the short-listed stories of the 5th contest's international section.
 This year, many writers from countries all over the world took part in the contest , a fact that makes us feel delighted. It was encouraging and stimulating to read the writings from so many nationalities. Therefore we hope that next year we will have even more international entries and the contest will become better and better. Many thanks to all of you who participated in our 5th International Short Story Contest!

Judge: Maria Psoma - Petridou




BORDERLINE STORIES
CONTENTS

FIRST PRIZE
Waiting For My Tomorrow        
Liz Gwinnell (England)

SECOND PRIZE
The Route Less Travelled                       
Mary D’Arcy (Northern Ireland)

THIRD PRIZE
The Window                                               
Cristina Popov (Romania)


DISTINCTIONS
Floral Bouquet                               
Erin Kirsh (Canada)

On the Verge                                   
Petra McQueen (United Kingdom)


SHORT LISTED STORIES
(order according to submission date)

Hong Hahn                                     
Allegra Lipanje (Belgium/ Italia)

Blues in the Key of D                    
Ruth Setton (United States)

Deep Breaths                                  
Karen McDermott  (United Kingdom)

Almost                                              
Ginny Swart (South Africa)

Exposure                                         
Robin Martin (United States)

Sacrificium Humanum               
Christina Dimitriadou (Greece)

Edge of darkness                           
Maria  Olympiou (Cyprus)

Silver Baby                                      
Jimmy Gleeson (England)

The Forever Passage                   
Dimitrios Fragiskatos (Canada)

A slice of cancer                           
Christina Demertsidou (Greece)

Essence of Rose                           
Kathy Joyce (United Kingdom)

Hands                                             
John Graham-Pole (Canada)

Shipshape                                       
Gloria Zimmerman (United States)

Pied Piper                                       
Lenisa Kelly (United States)


AUTHORS BIO                            




























































2015




BORDERLINE STORIES
CONTENTS

FIRST PRIZE
Waiting For My Tomorrow        7
Liz Gwinnell (England)

SECOND PRIZE
The Route Less Travelled                       12
Mary D’Arcy (Northern Ireland)

THIRD PRIZE
The Window                                                19
Cristina Popov (Romania)


DISTINCTIONS
Floral Bouquet                               23
Erin Kirsh (Canada)

On the Verge                                   29
Petra McQueen (United Kingdom)


SHORT LISTED STORIES
(order according to submission date)

Hong Hahn                                      33
Allegra Lipanje (Belgium/ Italia)

Blues in the Key of D                    38
Ruth Setton (United States)

Deep Breaths                                  45
Karen McDermott  (United Kingdom)

Almost                                              51
Ginny Swart (South Africa)

Exposure                                         57
Robin Martin (United States)

Sacrificium Humanum                63
Christina Dimitriadou (Greece)

Edge of darkness                          70
Maria  Olympiou (Cyprus)

Silver Baby                                      73
Jimmy Gleeson (England)

The Forever Passage                   78
Dimitrios Fragiskatos (Canada)

A slice of cancer                             81
Christina Demertsidou (Greece)

Essence of Rose                             87
Kathy Joyce (United Kingdom)

Hands                                               93
John Graham-Pole (Canada)

Shipshape                                        100
Gloria Zimmerman (United States)

Pied Piper                                        103
Lenisa Kelly (United States)


AUTHORS BIO                             109

Monday, 7 September 2015

Eyelands 5th contest, international section, results

Εyelands website announces the results of the 5th International Short Story Contest for 2015
Judge: Maria Psoma-Petridou.
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These are the results of our 5th international short story contest!
(International section)

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5th INTERNATIONAL CONTEST
Theme: ON THE VERGE


PRIZES, DISTINCTIONS & SHORT LISTED STORIES

FIRST PRIZE

Waiting For My Tomorrow
Liz Gwinnell (England)

SECOND PRIZE
The Route Less Travelled
Mary T D’Arcy (Northern Ireland)

THIRD PRIZE

The Window
Cristina Popov (Romania)

DISTINCTIONS
Floral Bouquet
Erin Kirsh (Canada)
&
On the Verge
Petra McQueen (United Kingdom)

SHORT LISTED STORIES
(order according to submission date)

Hong Hahn
Allegra Lipanje (Belgium/ Italia)

Blues in the Key of D
Ruth Setton (United States)

Deep Breaths
Karen McDermott  (United Kingdom)

Almost
Ginny Swart (South Africa)

Exposure
Robin Martin (United States)

Sacrificium Humanum
Christina Dimitriadou (Greece)

Edge of darkness
Maria Olympiou (Cyprus)

Silver Baby
Jimmy Gleeson (England)

The Forever Passage
Dimitrios Fragiskatos (Canada)

A slice of cancer
Christina Demertsidou (Greece)

Essence of Rose
Kathy Joyce (United Kingdom)

Hands
John Graham-Pole (Canada)

Shipshape
Gloria Zimmerman (United States)

Pied Piper
Lenisa Kelly (United States)
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JUDGE: MARIA PSOMA - PETRIDOU
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All The Short Listed stories will be published in the collection
Borderline stories that will be released through
“Strange Days Books” publications / www.paraxenesmeres.gr
and www.amazon.co.uk
on November
All writers will get a copy of the book plus a certification document by mail .
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The first three winners will see their stories translated on Greek and published in the collection  -Ιστορίες στα Όρια, with the stories of the Greek section, that will be released through “Strange Days Books” publications / www.paraxenesmeres.gr
on November, and get a copy of this book also.
*
The three prize winners (and distinctions) will also get a Greek handmade ceramic from the collection of Omodamos Clayart
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The prize for the first winner is a week holiday in the island of Crete at the Three Rock Studio /or Apartment (http://three-rock.blogspot.gr/ ) at the magnificent beach of Triopetra. The prize includes a week accommodation at Three Rock for one or two persons, (airtickets not included)
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links
THREE ROCK
threerock.blogspot.gr

STRANGE DAYS BOOKS
www.paraxenesmeres.gr
www.strangedaysbooks.gr
PAST CONTESTS
www.eyelands.gr
eyelands/ Storyland - Short Stories
OMODAMOS CLAYART
http://www.rethymnoguide.com/omodamos/

Thursday, 2 July 2015

5th Contest: The Short List

Εyelands website announces the 20 short-listed stories of the 5th International Short Story Contest for 2015 *
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Hong Hahn

Allegra Lipanje (Belgium/ Italia)

Blues in the Key of D
Ruth Setton (United States)

Deep Breaths
Karen McDermott (United Kingdom)
Almost

Ginny Swart (South Africa)

Exposure
Robin Martin (United States)

Sacrificium Humanum
Pseudoname: Angel (Greece)

Edge of darknessMaria Olympiou (Cyprus)

The Very Outer Edge
Camille Renaud (England)

Silver Baby
Jimmy Gleeson (England)

The Forever Passage

Dimitrios Fragiskatos (Canada)

Floral Bouquet
Erin Kirsh (Canada)

On the Verge
Petra McQueen (United Kingdom)

A slice of cancer
Christina Demertsidou (Greece)

The Route Less Travelled
Mary T D’Arcy (Northern Ireland)

Essence of Rose
Kathy Joyce (UK)

Hands
John Graham-Pole (Canada)

Shipshape
Gloria Zimmerman (United States)

Pied Piper
Lenisa Kelly (United States)

The Window
Cristina Popov (Romania)

Waiting For My Tomorrow

Liz Gwinnell (England)
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* Prize winners to be announced on September 10th, 2015

The prize for the first winner is a week holiday in the island of Crete
.The first three winners will see their stories published in two different anthologies (Greek and English). All the stories of the Short List will be published in a special English edition, released through amazon.com & strangedays books.

* 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
* 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.
* There will be two collections of stories -one that will be published in Greek with the stories of Greek section plus the first three winners of English Section included and another one with all the Short Listed stories of the English Section.

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* Judge: Maria Psoma-Petridou

No reading period till the end of 2016

Dear friends
We are sorry to inform you that due to unexpected financial problems we have to cancel any new editions of our foreign literature department.
We hope we will come back again some time in the near future

strange days books

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

The Doors of the Old Town of Rethymno



This is calendar with doors of the old town of Rethymno. 
This is not a kind of album including all the doors of the old town. We didn't choose the more flashy nor the most impressive ones. We chose these particular doors because every one of them has something to recount about the life of the city over time. So this calendar is a way to learn things about the city and also to travel in time by ''opening'' if you want, a different door every day!



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Monday, 4 May 2015

Paris belongs to no one!

New Release from Strange Days Books
M. E . McMullen:



My work has appeared in numerous print and online journals both in mainstream and science fiction publications and been cited by the Pushcart, Hugo and Editor’s Choice, and nominated for inclusion in the online Free Library.

My column of short story reviews appears regularly in Untoward Magazine, and includes reviews of classic short stories and short story writers: Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily,” Thomas Mann’s “Death in Venice,” Eudora Welty’s “Keela the Outcast Indian Maiden,” and others.

In 2013, my story, “The African Queen Comes to Las Vegas” will be appearing in The New Renaissance, and “The Budge” will be appearing in eFiction/SciFi.

Born: Cincinnati, OH. August 18, 1941; M.E. McMullen has been publishing mainstream and SF short stories since the late 1970s. His work has appeared in Doordreams (Symptoms, 1978); Syzygy (The Revised Death of Larry Moancurly, 1979); Antioch Review (Carolina in the Morning, 1982); Amazing Stories (Gandy Plays the Palace, 1983); Kansas Quarterly (War With the Euphorians, 1985); New Renaissance (Number Cruncher Suite, 1989); Editor's Choice III ; Spirit That Moves Us Press (Number Cruncher Suite, 1991); Aboriginal SF (The Grassman, 1994); Chicago Quarterly Review (Ernesto Falls; a parable, 2001); New Renaissance (TNR) (Gladys Simeon, 2002); TNR, (Louise Berchine, 2005); TNR (Shank, 2006); Cafe Irreal (Carolina in the Morning); Dana Literary Review, (The Garden, 2006); Avatar Review (Dream Three, 2008)M. E. McMullen / Publication History

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

EYELANDS 5th INTERNATIONAL SHORT STORY CONTEST - 2015

The contest runs from January 20th through April 30th, 2015 and the first three winners will see their stories published in two different anthologies (Greek and English).  
Judge: Maria Psoma-Petridou  
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This is the announcement for our fifth international short story contest.
The contest runs from January 20th through April 30th, 2015. The theme of the contest this year is «On the verge» (Borderline stories) . Entry fee: 8 € 

You can pay by clicking the ''buy now'' button on paypal icon, at
www.eyelands.gr

The theme of the contest this year is «On the verge»
The prize for the first winner is a week holiday in the island of Crete. The first three winners will see their stories published in two different anthologies (Greek and English). All the stories of the Short List will be published in a special English edition, released through amazon.com & strangedays books. 
Entry fee: 8 €

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PRIZES & HONORABLE MENTIONS

FIRST PRIZE: A week holiday for two persons at THREE-ROCK STUDIO, Triopetra beach, Rethymno, Crete (airplane tickets not included)
see more here:  http://three-rock.blogspot.gr/
First, Second and Third prize: publishing of your story in an anthology of the short listed 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

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All The Short Listed stories: publishing of your story in an anthology of the short listed stories of the contest (English section), will be released through

“Strange Days” publications and  www.amazon.co.uk

* Entry fee: 8 €

*Judge: Maria Psoma Petridou

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.NOTE: Free entry for the short listed writers of previous contests
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RULES OF THE CONTEST  (INTERNATIONAL SECTION)

* Themes of the contest: “On the verge”

*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.

*You can submit one or more stories.

*This is an international contest. There is no restriction such as nationality e.t.c of the author, but you have to be 18 years old on the 21st of January 2015 to enter the contest.

* No “eyelands” editor, judge, or relative of them, is allowed to enter.

* Entries can be submitted electronically (see below).

* The short list will be announced before or on June, 10th, 2015

* Winners to be announced on September 10th, 2015

* 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.

* There will be two collections of stories -one that will be published in Greek with the stories of the first three winners of English Section included and another one with all the Short Listed stories of the English Section.

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ENTRY FORM AND PAYMENT

* The entry fee is 8 €

See the banner in eyelands Home Page. You can pay via paypal.

* You must pay the entry fee and then send the e-mail with your story attached in word doc format.

*An email confirmation that your entry has been received will be sent within three /four days after receiving your e-mail.

* Send an e-mail with your short story attached (in word doc. or docx –but NOT in PDF format) to: info@eyelands.gr

with subject: Eyelands Short Story Contest

*We don’t accept postal entries

* Name, address and a short biography (up to 200 words) of the author are to be submitted in a separate attachment to accompany the entry.

*No fee for the short listed writers of previous contests

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JUDGE

Maria Psoma PetridouMaria 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 in english. In 2006 she was awarded the 2nd prize for her poem "The Bate" from the Greek - Australian Cultural League of Melbourn, in 2009 the 2nd prize :Antonis Samarakis" for her story:Even if it's found it will chase me". A lot of her work has been edited in Literature Magazines in Greece and on the internet.

Maria teaches Creative Writing. She is the co-ordinator of a book club for six years and of a writers' meet up. The last four years she's been a collaborator in www.eyelands.gr as well as a judge of its poetry and story competitions.-

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PLEASE NOTE


You can read the prize winning stories of our 1st, 2nd and 3rd contests on www.eyelands.gr  (eyelands/ storyland / short stories).
You can also read the interviews from our prize winners of the past contests

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links 

TRHEE ROCK STUDIO
http://three-rock.blogspot.gr/

PAST CONTESTS
www.eyelands.gr
eyelands/ Storyland - Short Stories
STRANGE DAYS BOOKS
www.paraxenesmeres.gr
www.strangedaysbooks.gr
OMODAMOS CLAYART
http://www.rethymnoguide.com/omodamos/

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photos: The Time collection

Past first prize winners
2014: Seth Libby, eyelands 4th short story contest
2013: Giouli Anastasopoulou, eyelands 3nd short story contest
2012: Paul Adkin, eyelands 2nd international short story contest
2011: Natasha Ali, eyelands 1st international short story contest



Sunday, 4 January 2015

Happy new year with new books!!

New books in January & February

Daniel N. Flanagan:
Black
 short story collection
(greek edition)


M.E.McMullen:
Paris belongs to nobody
short story collection 
  (greek edition)

the Time Collection
the short-listed stories from the 4th eyelands' short story contest
now avalaible at the bookstores
& e-shop
www. paraxenesmeres.gr