Saturday, 22 December 2018

The prizes for the year 2018 are:

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

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

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UNPUBLISHED Gita Theodora Simic/ Occam’s Razor / Bosnia-Herzegovina

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
Michael Robinson Morris / For Entertainment Purposes Only / USA
Grand prize (unpublished books):Publication from Strange Days Books

We also remind you…
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/now available in bookshops in Greece and all over the world via

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

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

Strange Days in the world / EE -09
Cover design: Andriana Minou
Printed in Greece by Preprint
ISBN: (Greek edition) 978-618-5278-19-9

Soon available via

Monday, 19 November 2018


We are pleased to announce the finalists for the first Eyelands Book Awards.
First of all we would like to thank all writers for your submissions. It was a surprise for us to receive so many excellent books in our very first year.
We wish we could include more books in this list but we have to remind that the number of finalists is defined according to the number of the books submitted in each category.
These are the finalists for every category:

FINALISTS (order by submission date)
 (Judge: Andriana Minou)
Jason Morphew / Dead Boy / Spuyten Duyvil/ USA
Amy Pence / [It] Incandescent / Ninebark/ United Kingdom
Amy Schmitz / Border Crossing / National Federation of State Poetry Societies Press/USA
Gina Ferrara / Fitting the Sixth Finger / Kelsay Books/ USA
Diana Arterian / Playing monster :: seiche / 1913 press/ USA
Tami Haaland / What does not return /Lost horse press /USA/

Jeffrey Kingman / Beyond that hill I gather /USA
Helgard Gebhardt / 15 poems / Germany

SHORT STORIES (Judge: Antonis Tsirikoudis)
Townsend Walker / 3 Women, 4 Towns, 5 Bodies / USA
Catherine McNamara/ The Cartography of Others / Unbound/ Australia/Italy

Ruth Brandt / No One Has Any Intention of Building a Wall/ United Kingdom
Ewa Mazierska/ At Home and In Transit/ United Kingdom
Michael Robinson Morris / For Entertainment Purposes Only / USA
Anjali Agrawal / An anthology of short stories / India

NOVELS (Judge: Gregory Papadoyiannis)
J.P. Roarke / From the village of Lucca / Austin Macauley/ USA
Donnalyn Vojta / The Teddy Bear Chronicles, vol.1 Hope in Paris! / New Traditions Publishing/USA
Cathy Adams / A Body's Just as Dead /Southern Fried Karma Press/ USA
Ashley Lloyd Smith/ Pizza with Jimbob & Twoforks / Liquorice Fish Books/ United Kingdom
Charles Harris/ The breaking of Liam Glass / Marble City Publishing /United Kingdom

Nancy Sweetland/ Time and Mischance /USA
Sophie Neville / Makorongo’s War/ United Kingdom
Dimitris Politis / The next stop / Belgium
Kevin Gerard Neill / Behind Me Lies the Desert/ /USA
Maggie Humm /Talland House/ United Kingdom
Gita Theodora Simic/ Occam’s Razor / Bosnia-Herzegovina
K. Alan Leitch/ Too much information /USA
Helen Bedford  /Notes on a childhood  /United Kingdom/
Prize winners to be announced on December, 20th, 2018!!

Wednesday, 14 November 2018


Three Rock Writers’ Resort announces the opening of applications for its 2019 residencies. Situated in one of the most magnificent places of Greece at the south coast of Crete island, Three Rock in collaboration with Strange Days Books publishing offers a two-weeks low cost (or no cost at all) stay especially for writers. Full stipend will be offered to one project and half stipends (discount 50% from the regular cost) to 20 other projects.

Three Rock Writers’ Resort Residency is a self-directed program that offers time and space for writers to work on a creative project of their choice and above all an extraordinary opportunity to enjoy life on Crete. 
Writers in all creative writing genres are invited to apply. Novels, plays, short stories, poetry, graphic novel, everything is eligible. Our residency is designed for emerging and established writers seeking to dedicate a period of time to a project in any genre.
You may choose to stay in a single or shared apartment or in your private studio, at an already well known resort for award-winning writers from everywhere in the world, who have been our guests since 2012. Space is also available for one partner/friend writers would like to bring along at no extra cost
All you have to do is fill in the form and send the details of your writing project. We will choose only 20 submissions for one or two-week stay with the minimum cost in the period you prefer (Three Rock Resort available for the months April/May/June /October /November) and we also offer one prize for an entirely free one-week stay!

There is even more! Writers who will be accepted can submit their text to Strange Days Books publishing for a chance to win a publication contract!  SDB will publish one book per year from writers who follow and complete the Three Rock Resort Residency.

o   Fill in this simple form with your:
Name of the project

Proposed completion date of the manuscript
copy and paste it in the body of your email.

o   In a single file attached to the email provide
- A 200-word writer’s biography and a 300-word summary of the proposed project.
- Up to three first chapters (for novels), three stories (for short stories collection) or
12 poems (for poetry book)
- Details of photographs, illustrations, tables and other non-textual matter in the manuscript (where appropriate) for every other kind of project

We cannot return any printed material sent to us therefore please do not send original material. All submitted material is treated as confidential.
Writers will be notified in case we need more details about their project.
There is no restriction about the form or style of writing. Files should be attached as an MS Word document or PDF.  Submit your email to:
Participants must be at least 18 years old
Manuscripts must be written in English
Closing date: January 20th, 2019
Results to be announced: February 10st, 2019
Program supervisors: Andriana Minou and Gregory Papadoyiannis
Entry fee: 10 euro

Pay via paypal - See the banner on these websites
Click the «buy now» button. Fill the description with: 3R
Entry fee is 10 euros
* After the payment is complete, you can send the email
*An email confirmation that your entry has been received will be sent within three/four days

Regular cost for Three Rock Apartment (first floor) and Three Rock Studio (ground floor) is 60 euros per day from March till November (except July and August)*
We offer a full stipend –totally free 7 week staying
We offer half stipends to 20 writers– one week stay with a 50% discount and 60% for two weeks stay
Every week starts on Saturday and ends the following Friday
You have to choose your week(s) between February 1st and April 30th 2019 

Spring /summer 2019
MARCH     23
APRIL             6
MAY               4
JUNE              1
Autumn 2019
OCTOBER         5

One week stay:  (single apartment or studio)                      200 euros
                              (shared apartment)*                                   100 euros
Two weeks stay: (single apartment or studio)                     380 euros
                              (shared apartment)*                                    180 euros

You can choose your preferred type of stay using the following initials
1W (for one week)
2W (for two weeks)
A1F (single apartment)
SGF (single studio)
A1S (shared apartment)
EXAMPLE:   1W / A1F / AD: September 7 – for one week stay /single apartment / between 7-13 September

Payment  -at the latest- 10 days before your arrival date via paypal.

* In case you choose to stay in a shared apartment, you must make the appropriate arrangements (and let us know) with fellow writers/ partners/friends. Three Rock Writers RR will not under any circumstance select people to share your apartment with you

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.
There are several places to visit in a relatively short distance: picturesque villages, beaches and mountains suitable for hiking, with many endemic plants. Bear in mind though, that Triopetra beach itself has many places to explore. Most visitors prefer the central part (with umbrellas), others go on the east side (on the rocks and cave) but we also advise you to visit the west side where a series of small rocks protect you even when strong south winds blow. Very close to Three-Rock studio, just fifty meters away, you can reach Akoumianos river -with enough water in the winter but not so much in the summer; it is nevertheless an enjoyable hike. But perhaps the most memorable attraction is the beach at sunset, which you will definitely want to see again and again. Just the perfect place for writers!

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.

You can see all the details here:
Additionally you can find more info about Three Rock on our blog
or on facebook

Strange Days Books is a cooperative publishing organization based in Crete, Greece.
We publish books of young (or not so young) writers from Greece but we also publish books from writers around the world. Strange Days books & coordinate every year since 2012 the only one international short story contest based in Greece.
We publish low cost digital editions; our books will be distributed mainly from the internet but also from bookstores and cooperative bookshops. Some of our publications are already available in kindle format from and e-book from  Strange Days Books also publish books of foreign authors -first release - directly in English.

EYELANDS INTERNATIONAL SHORT STORY CONTEST 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 eight 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, 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. For more info about the international short story contest as well as the international flash fiction contest, please visit
EYELANDS BOOK AWARDS: This year we decided to launch a new contest, Eyelands Book Awards, 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. This is the grand prize for writers who have already published their book. But there’s more. Eyelands Book Awards also gives the opportunity to an unpublished writer to win a contract and see her/his book published from Strange Days Books. There are also prizes for the winners of the three different categories, as well as nominations of five writers per category. Join us next year! Send us your submission and win the grand prize, visit Athens or see your book published!
For more info, please visit our website

Address: Chimarras 6, Rethymno, 74100, tel: +283154166