Thanks to Denny (friend and one of my (most prolific) writers here in Northampton, England) for pointing me towards http://www.writersandartists.co.uk/winning-entry-2011 – as it says ‘on the tin’, the winner of the Writers & Artists Yearbook 2011.
Whilst it has lots of imagery and is very contemporary, which I like, I’m appreciating it more on a second read (the 2010 BBC Short Story competition winner David Constantine’s ‘Tea at the Midland’ gleaned the same reaction; which I’ll be talking about in my Bailey’s Writing Tips podcast later this month)… and it’s first person present tense; apparently an editor’s nightmare – http://www.scribophile.com/forums/index.php?action=vthread&forum=2&topic=5694 is an interesting discussion.
Personally I actually love writing second person, although it gets tiring after a while to write and read; I’ve never got all the way through Jay McInerney’s Bright Lights Big City – my latest podcast (episode 32) touches on short stories, and sentence starts provides prompts loads of first person, second person and third person viewpoints then one which can be used with any point of view. Feedback always welcome!
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Unfortunately, as I post an interview a day (amongst other things) I can’t review books but if you have a short story or self-contained novel extract / short chapter (ideally up to 1000 words) that you’d like critiqued and don’t mind me reading it / talking about and critiquing it (I send you the transcription afterwards so you can use the comments or ignore them) on my ‘Bailey’s Writing Tips’ podcast, then do email me. They are weekly episodes, usually released Monday mornings UK time, interweaving the recordings between the red pen sessions with the hints & tips episodes. I am now also looking for flash fiction (<1000 words) for Flash Fiction Fridays.
Update: details of the short story podcast can be found here.