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    ‘Eleven Stories 2018’ PDF download

    Eleven Stories 2018 collects the shortlist from our first short fiction prize and is available for a limited period in pdf format as a response to the lockdown measures put in place by the Spanish government.

    All sales will be shared between Desperate Literature and the authors.

    ->ONLY €2.20 or €3.50 for both the 2018 and 2019 editions AVAILABLE HERE<-

    PLEASE NOTE THAT FOR COPYRIGHT REASONS WE HAVE REMOVED JOANNA WALSH'S SHORTLISTED STORY FROM THE 2018 PDF.

    Here's what the magnificent Eley Williams has to say about our selection:

    ‘This brilliant shortlist celebrates everything that I value in literature — its demands, its affirmations, its possibilities. Linguistically playful, narratively deft: each story demonstrated the ways in which writing’s verve can thrill in the vein and trill on the ear. It was incredibly difficult to find winners: all of the writers’ entries were assured in their teetering, fiery in their freshness and bold in their complexity and should be congratulated and thanked.’

     
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    ‘Eleven Stories 2019’

    Eleven Stories 2019 collects the shortlist from our first short fiction prize into a limited edition risograph booklet ready for your reading pleasure.
    Only the best in contemporary experimental fiction...
    Here's what the magnificent Eley Williams and Claire-Louise Bennett have to say about our selection:
    'The 2019 entries revealed all the seething, the subtle and the searing possibilities of the short story -- it was a pleasure and privilege to celebrate them all' - Eley Williams
    '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
    ‘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
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    ‘Eleven Stories 2019’ PDF download

    Eleven Stories 2019 collects the shortlist from our second short fiction prize and is available for a limited period in pdf format as a response to the lockdown measures put in place by the Spanish government.

    All sales will be shared between Desperate Literature and the authors.

    ->ONLY €2.20 or €3.50 for both the 2018 and 2019 editions AVAILABLE HERE<-

    Only the best in contemporary experimental fiction...
    Here's what the magnificent Eley Williams and Claire-Louise Bennett have to say about our selection:
    'The 2019 entries revealed all the seething, the subtle and the searing possibilities of the short story -- it was a pleasure and privilege to celebrate them all' - Eley Williams
    '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
    ‘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
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    ‘Eleven Stories 2020’ (the .pdf)

    Eleven Stories 2020 collects the shortlist from our third short fiction prize and is available for a limited period in pdf format as a response to the lockdown measures put in place by the Spanish government.
    All sales will be shared between Desperate Literature and the authors.

    ⚡️⚡️ELEVEN STORIES 2020 free with your ticket to the Prize online EVENTS July 20th + Aug 3rd --> HERE ⚡️⚡️

     

    ->ONLY €2.50 or €5.00 along with the 2018 and 2019 editions AVAILABLE HERE<-


    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
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    ‘Eleven Stories’

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    Eleven Stories collects the shortlist from our first short fiction prize into a limited edition risograph booklet ready for your reading pleasure.

    Here's what the magnificent Eley Williams has to say about our selection:

    ‘This brilliant shortlist celebrates everything that I value in literature — its demands, its affirmations, its possibilities. Linguistically playful, narratively deft: each story demonstrated the ways in which writing’s verve can thrill in the vein and trill on the ear. It was incredibly difficult to find winners: all of the writers’ entries were assured in their teetering, fiery in their freshness and bold in their complexity and should be congratulated and thanked.’

     
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    Gift Certificates

    The perfect gift for bibliophiles, the travelling lover, the Madrid-based progeny, or just your future self.

    Order online and we'll prepare the gift certificate and have it ready for you or the lucky recipient on the day you specify below.

     

    “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”

    Jorge Luis Borges


     
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    Glass as Broken Glass (SIGNED)

    "Sprackland refreshes the domestic and mundane in poems which are outwardly calm, but lit from within to reveal unusual visionary angles." – Eric Gregory Award judges 2014

    Get a signed copy of Martha Sprackland's first pamphlet...

    There really aren't that many left in the world.

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    In Full Velvet

    Sinuous and sensual, the poems of In Full Velvet interrogate the nuances of desire, love, gender, ecology, LGBTQ lineage and community, and the tension between a body’s material limits and the forms made possible by the imagination.

    "Maybe a voice from the ancients whispers to Jenny Johnson—Sappho or the Muse Euterpe—how to sing of love and death and joy and reality in as many registers as they come in life. Or maybe Johnson is just a genius." — Brenda Shaughnessy

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  • Juana y La Cibernética (edición bilingüe)

    THE FIRST ENGLISH LANGUAGE TRANSLATION OF A CHILEAN MASTERPIECE

    Juana y la cibernetica is a proto-cyberfeminist, proleterian, machine-loving work of solitary confinement by Elena Aldunate, "La Dama Chilena de la ciencia-ficción".

    BILINGUAL EDITION                EDICIÓN BILINGÜE

    The booklet comes with parallel bilingual texts and a fiction response by author Jo Lindsay Walton.  
    María Elena Aldunate Bezanilla (1925-2005) was born in Santiago, Chile, and wrote under the name of Elena Aldunate. She became associated with the science fiction scene in Chile in the 1960s and 1970s, publishing a number of short fiction works and anthologies. These include Juana y la cibernética (1963), El señor de las mariposas (1967), Angélica y el delfín (1976) and Del cosmos las quieren vírgenes (1977).

    Jo Lindsay Walton is a writer, editor and Research Fellow in Critical and Cultural Theory in the Sussex Humanities Lab. He is interested in the intersection of culture, technology, and economics. With Polina Levontin, he co-edits Vector, the critical journal of the British Science Fiction Association, and with Samantha Walton, he runs the poetry press Sad Press. @jolwalton


    Our print edition will be a limited edition riso production made by Do The Print, Barcelona Translation by Ana Baeza Ruiz and Elizabeth Stainforth Cover design by Terry Craven 44 pages €8 - limited edition riso print version €2 - .pdf edition
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    €20 Single Entry (+ €10 every further entry)

    Prize Submission

    Before you enter, please ensure that you are eligible to enter the prize and have read our 'Eligibility & Conditions' page for the details on all the prizes. Entries are limited to five pieces per person. Please note: multiple entries must be made at the same time. 
    €20 Single Entry (+ €10 every further entry)
    €20 Single Entry (+ €10 every further entry)
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    The Raffle

    In an effort to keep our heads above water, we're raffling off some of our little treasures.

    OUR NOV/DEC RAFFLE OFFERS TWO COPIES OF

    CITADEL by MARTHA SPRACKLAND

    SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA BOOK AWARD 2020

    'So much fire comes to life in snapshots on these pages ... The images are electrifying. Something marvellous occurs: a domestic scene becomes “a blow to the head / enough to knock the earth from its orbit.” I love this book.' - Ilya Kaminsky

    YOUR EDITION COMES DIRECTLY FROM MARTHA SIGNED AND WITH A HANDWRITTEN POEM


    THE WINNER OF THE

    ⚡️The Unamuno Author Series RAFFLE⚡️

    IS MADDY ROBINSON

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    The Triple Whammy: Eleven Stories 2018 + 2019 + 2020 (the .pdfs)

    Get the bundle of all three current editions of Eleven Stories, bringing together the shortlist from our three previous short fiction prizes and available for a limited period in pdf format as a response to the lockdown measures put in place by the Spanish government.

    All sales will be shared between Desperate Literature and the authors.

    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...
    Here's what the magnificent Eley Williams and Claire-Louise Bennett have to say about our selection:
    'The 2019 entries revealed all the seething, the subtle and the searing possibilities of the short story -- it was a pleasure and privilege to celebrate them all' - Eley Williams
    '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
    ‘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
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  • The Unamuno Author Series Festival Anthology

    In 2019, over eighty poets and academics came to Madrid to form the city’s first anglophone literary festival.

    Containing works from local performance poets and pulitzer prize winners alike, this bilingual collection represents a body of work capturing a glimpse of the itinerant anglophone poetry community that has passed through Madrid in recent years.


    ‘An unprecedented organization of writers from around the world ... I hope many more poets, writers, and readers get to benefit from this truly exceptional point of exchange.’ —Gregory Pardlo

    ‘..an international reading series which is inclusive, eccentric, very inspiring, which has been instigated by somebody who not only loves and understands poetry, but loves and understands people. That’s a rare thing, and something that should be celebrated.’ —Caitríona O’Reilly


    Details: 320 pages 170mm x 240mm 0.626 kg
    Cover art by Mark Strand An Unamuno Author Series and Desperate Literature title
    Including work by:

    Carl Adamshick, Nico Amador, Francisco Aragón, David Baker, Layla Benitez-James, Richard Blanco, Peg Boyers, Jericho Brown, Barney Bush, Rafael Carvajal, Mario Chard, Scott Cunningham; Joanne Diaz, Mark Doty, Michael Dumanis, Mary Moore Easter, Kit Fan, Joseph Fasano, Monica Ferrell, Joan Fleming, Kathleen Flenniken, Carolyn Forché, Livia Franchini, Forrest Gander, Dana Gioia, Aracelis Girmay, Rigoberto González, Jennifer Grotz, Christian Gullette, Marilyn Hacker, Tom Healy, Travis Helms, Marie Howe, Jenny Johnson, Marjorie Kanter, John Koethe, Shara Lessley, Su Smallen Love, Sheila Maldonado, Campbell McGrath, Ricardo Menes, Naomi Mulvihill, Luis Muñoz, Pádraig Ó Tuama, Sharon Olds, Caitríona O’Reilly, Gregory Pardlo, Elena Penga, Emilia Phillips, Dana Prescott, Ruben Quesada, Octavio Quintanilla, Spencer Reece, Paisley Rekdal, Luis J. Rodríguez, Steven Sanchez, Annie Schumacher, Richard Scott, Martha Serpas, Bruce Snider, Page Hill Starzinger, Fiona Sze-Lorrain, Jeremy Voigt, Clarissa Watson, Michael White, Mark Wunderlich, Monica Youn, Maya Jewell Zeller, Mark Strand