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February 2017

Update February 2017

Hello Readers and Authors

Let’s face it, we’ve been pretty rubbish at keeping you abreast of the great things going on at pennyshorts, so here goes:

– We’re working with seven authors on new stories, which should be released on the site very soon. We tweet about all new stories and add a write-up on our FB page, so please keep an eye on both.

– We receive up to 10 new stories every day from writers around the world. It would be a huge boost to our site to have more readers and more ratings and reviews. Please go ahead and read as many as you like, and if you think someone would like a story, send them the link to it. Don’t forget to click on the adverts (smiley emoticon).

– I’m hosting an event at Soho Farmhouse on 30th March, where I will be reading out a few pennyshorts, and discussing what makes them successful. I’ve chosen Peter Jordan’s ‘There’s No Place Like Home’ and Gary Ives’s ‘Leaving Rapid City’. I’m waiting to get permission from author No. 3, and may read a story of my own, ‘Miss Higginbottom’, which actually isn’t on the site yet; it’s in the queue along with everybody else’s.

– For the second year in a row, pennyshorts has sponsored the ChipLitFest Short Story Competition. We’ve received 270 entries, and have until March 20th to come up with a shortlist of 10 for our judge, author Martyn Waites, aka thriller crime writer Tania Carver. I’ve appointed two independent readers, who are beavering away as we speak. Half the profits of the competition will go towards the Author’s Pot, which is steadily growing.

– In April, pennyshorts is sponsoring ChipLItFest’s Trade Secrets Day, featuring authors Mick Herron and Hannah Kohler. Literary agent Caroline Wood of Felicity Bryan will give advice on novel pitches, which attendees can send to her in advance. For anyone interested in attending, here’s the link:

– We’re still looking into producing audio files; wouldn’t it be fabulous if people could download pennyshorts as podcasts? I’ll keep you posted.

– It’s high time we produced a pennyshorts anthology. I’ve drawn up a long list, and I’m investigating how to do this via CreateSpace. I’ll get in touch with long listed authors for permissions and terms very soon.

BTW I’ve had a lot of confused emails about my name; my maiden name is Evans and my married name is Horlick. I use both interchangeably which I realise is annoying and/or confusing. If only we had Icelandic patronymics, then I’d be Catherine Michaelsdottir from birth to death and that would be that.

If you have any comments, suggestions and ideas on how to improve pennyshorts, I’d love to hear from you.

A bientot,