Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Here are the Ten Stories and Authors for our 20 May 2018 event + Ticket Information

Thank you to everyone who submitted stories for our 16th event on 20 May. With a record-equalling total of 128 submissions from 87 writers, my co-judge, Ali Bacon, and I had our work cut out. We enjoyed very many of the stories, and seriously considered about fifty excellent tales for the final ten.

All writers who submitted have been informed of our decisions, so I can now share the news here on the website. 

These are the stories you will hear on the night (in librarians' alphabetical order) -

Fashion in Men's Footwear - Late 20th Century - Steve Wheeler (Sheepscombe)
From Newcastle with Love - Nastasya Parker (Dursley)
Here are the New Men - Jason Jackson (Kingswood, South Gloucs)
The iFairy - Val Ormrod (Alvington, Forest of Dean)
In the Firing Line - James Northern (Cheltenham)
The Journey to Everywhere - Joanna Campbell (Bisley)
On Pulling Newts from Ponds - Sarah Chapman (Kings Stanley)
#peace - Judith Gunn (Stroud)
The Stardust Girl - Nick Browne (Cheltenham)
Surprise - Rick Vick (Stroud)

These are truly brilliant stories. Huge congratulations to these authors in such a competitive field. They will be offered publication of their stories in the new Stroud Short Stories Anthology 2015-18 due out this summer. And of course they will read these stories to what will be a packed house at the SVA (Stroud Valleys Artspace) on Sunday 20 May at 8pm (doors 7.30).

As always the Ten includes authors new to SSS. This time there will be four. We welcome and congratulate James, Nick, Sarah and Val. Excitingly, one will be the 100th author to read at a SSS event.

Tickets are on sale

The event is on Sunday 20 May at 8pm (doors at 7.30) at the SVA (Stroud Valleys Artspace), John Street, Stroud, GL5 2HA. There is a bar.

Tickets, priced at £8 (including the SVA's booking fee), are on sale from the SVA website. Click on 'Tickets', then the word 'advance' on the SSS advert. Then bob's your haircut. They always sell out in advance. Last November, tickets sold out in just six days. Do not tarry. 

Please note that Stroud Short Stories does not sell the tickets.