‘Eleven Stories 2020’
‘Eleven Stories 2020’
Eleven Stories 2020 collects the shortlist from our third short fiction prize and is available in either:
PDF – €2.50
PRINT – €10 / a limited edition risography edition, numbered and stamped by our fine selves.
DON’T FORGET: you get €2.50 off a prize entry with your purchase!
Here’s what the magnificent Rachel Cusk and Niven Govinden have to say about our selection:
‘I thoroughly enjoyed reading these submissions, which surprised me with their honest poise, their integrity, and their understated adherence to the values of literature. In the hands of some of these writers, the story form was brought to bear on the modern scene in new and astute ways.’ – Rachel Cusk
‘I was bowled over by the power, inquiry, and humour of these stories. They shine brightly in the mind after reading.’ – Niven Govinden
Risoprinted at Dotheprint, Barcelona
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The Quintuple Whammy: Eleven Stories 2018 – 2022 (the .pdfs)Literary Prize
Get the bundle of all five current editions of Eleven Stories, bringing together the shortlist from our four previous short fiction prizes... Don't forget, you get €2.50 reimbursed if you enter the prize, just use the promotional code in the receipt!
PLEASE NOTE THAT FOR COPYRIGHT REASONS WE HAVE REMOVED JOANNA WALSH'S SHORTLISTED STORY FROM THE 2018 PDF.
Only the best in contemporary experimental fiction...
‘Reading these stories made me feel glad for the future of short stories.’ —Anton Hur, 2022 Judge
‘In these rich and vibrant stories, the language surprises and delights. From surreal mouse proposals to the catharsis of visible grief, via the uncertainty of memory and perception, each of these stories creates a new, engrossing reality while shedding light on our own.’ —Natasha Brown, 2022 Judge
I loved reading the shortlist selection which realizes the Desperate Literature team’s ambition to reimagine and diversify contemporary writing. The stories represented are inquisitive, irreverential, critical, and fully committed to their respective creative projects. I’ve never been more hopeful for the future of fiction, and the Desperate Literature Prize plays no small part in this.’ —Waidner, 2021 Judge
‘I thoroughly enjoyed reading these submissions, which surprised me with their honest poise, their integrity, and their understated adherence to the values of literature. In the hands of some of these writers, the story form was brought to bear on the modern scene in new and astute ways.’ —Rachel Cusk, 2020 Judge
'The 2019 Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize has once again produced a memorable collection of diverse, dynamic short stories. It was a joy to read' —Claire-Louise Bennett, 2019 Judge
‘The 2019 Desperate Literature Prize has produced an incredibly impressive shortlist of stories. It’s an exciting, powerful and original selection. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.’ —Holly Faulks, Literary Agent at Greene & Heaton
The .pdf download, THE PRINT EDITION