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Aestas 2017 

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Submission window for Aestas 2017, our summer short story competition is now closed. Keep watching this space for updates as we get busy reading! To learn more about the judges, go here (based on availability, any four of them will comprise the final panel – the current edition has Clare Wallace, Sandra Sawicka, Brett Sanders and Anisha Bhaduri as the judges).

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Nivalis 2017 Results

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Submission window for Nivalis 2017 closed on 31Mar16, and after two months’ of reading and grading stories, we are now ready with the short list of winning entries!

The judging panel comprised the Fabula Press Team, Literary Agents Clare Wallace and Sandra Sawicka,  Author/Essayist Brett Alan Sanders and Author/Journalist Anisha Bhaduri.

As always, we kick off the results with the list of stories deserving a special mention – these are the tales that were great reads but narrowly missed out on being selected for the final long-list. The competition remained stiff, with our cut-off score for the initial round of screening at nine, on a scale of ten.

So without further ado, the Special Mention stories list:

Judgie ~ Jason Sheffield

The Significance of Silver Shoes ~ Willie Saltz

The Green Shirt ~ Peter Newall

Dobsonfly ~ C. Samuel Reese

Into the Sky ~ Keith Brady

The Quarry – Katherine Davey

Washing Machine Wars ~ Janet H. Swinney

A Good Word ~ Tracy Fells

A Letter To Por ~ Conor Bowman

Yanghwa BridgeQueenie Au

Oracle on the Train ~ J.E. Liebold

Weight for Me ~ Dylan Davey

After a While ~ Laura Masters

Goosey goosey gander ~ Cath Barton

Parthenogenesis or How I Found My Calling ~ Lars Malmqvist

The Department of Romance ~ Rory Kirby

Lipstick and Knuckles ~ Corrina O’Beirne

Jefferson in Alaska ~ Thomas Kristofer

Blood Is Not Thicker ~ Lucille Bellucci

The White Book ~ Randy Viscio

The final sixteen stories that were long-listed comprise a mix of genres ranging from literary fiction to horror to comedy. Apart from the winning entries and the Editors’ Pick awardees, there were ten honourable mention stories which will be published in the Nivalis 2017 anthology and will be paid US$50 each. These are:

The Woman by Joma West

How It’s Always Been from Jake Teeny

Megan Waters with The Mimsy Borogove

Scarecrows by Eileen O’Donoghue

Jonah Jones’s The Dark Dealer in Opposites

She by Rahel Saadya

Diana Powell with Have a nice day…

Bullets by Colum Sanson-Regan

Laurence MacDonald’s The Post Mortem Composer

Ivan by the Sea by Marcus Stewart

Editor’s Pick Awards of US$75 are given to tales that finished in the top ten and had a perfect score from at least one of the judges. The Editor’s Picks for Nivalis 2017 are:

Rachel Wants to Die by Kerry Craven

Robert Grossmith’s  Stayin’ Alive

Snowball by Phillip Sterling

And finally, for our Grand Prizes:

At third place, with prize money of US$100 is KF Lee, with “Lessons”

The second prize of US$150 goes to Steve Fromm, for ” Zag “

And the winner, with cash prize of US$250 is Judith Wilson for “Box 821”.

Congratulations to the winners and a heartfelt thanks from Fabula Press to all who participated, and to the judges. We hope to see you again with our Summer edition starting mid-July 2017.

Stay well!

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Nivalis Short Story Contest 2017, and Nivalis 2016 Winnerspeak

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The stories for the Nivalis Short Story Competition 2017 are now with the judges – results will be declared in the final week of June. Keep watching this space, and follow us on facebook or twitter for updates.

And while you wait, have a read of this wonderful article by Richard Buxton, winner of the 2016 edition of the Nivalis Short Story Contest, here.

Stay well, stay healthy, stay in peace!

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Aestas 2016 – Short Story Contest Results

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Submission window for Aestas 2016 closed on 30Sep16, and after two months’ of reading and grading stories, we are now ready with the short list of winning entries!

The judging panel comprised the Fabula Press Team, Literary Agents Clare Wallace and Sandra Sawicka, and Authors Brett Alan Sanders and Joanna Ezekiel.

As always, we kick off the results with the list of stories deserving a special mention – these are the tales that were great reads but narrowly missed out on being selected for the final long-list. The competition remained stiff, with our cut-off score for the initial round of screening at eight and a half on a scale of ten. To put this in perspective, the maximum score notched up was below nine.

So without further ado, the Special Mention stories list:

And They Carried On ~ Andrew Cotten

Jerry Find his Place ~ Kevin Moriarty

The Sleepwalkers ~ Peter Newall

We Roll with the Lord ~ Anne McGouran

The Cutting ~ Patrick Gardiner

Sonny’s Last Day – Richard Philip 

Homeless Gary Busey ~ Tim O’Leary

The Vigil of Evergreen ~ Niamh MacCabe

Charmed ~ Janet Olearski

Belle’s Baubles ~ Claire Murray

Annalyn Seeks the Sky ~ Heather Marshall

Golgotha ~ Samuel Medley

The Aftermath ~ Clive West

A SwingEdouard Loigerot

The Spaces in Between ~ Sarah Evans

Silver Harvest ~ Ali Bacon

Uncle Piet ~ Brenda Eisenberg

The final sixteen stories that were long-listed comprise a mix of genres ranging from literary fiction to horror to comedy. Apart from the winning entries and the Editors’ Pick awardees, there were ten honourable mention stories which will be published in the Aestas 2016 anthology and will be paid US$50 each. These are:

Knitting to Oblivion by Katy Wimhurst 

Running Toward the Sun from Jen Knox

Patrick Martin with My Son to Count

The Interests of Science by Mark Fabiano

Rebecca Lloyd’s The Ringers

The Duchess of  Windsor’s Dog by Jeffrey Manton

Keya  Guimaraes with Spells the Phantom

The Last Communist by Elena Croitoru

Elvis Hadzic’s  Man of God

Dark Sky by Eric Van Meter

Editor’s Pick Awards of US$75 are given to tales that finished in the top ten and had a perfect score from at least one of the judges. The Editor’s Picks for Aestas 2016 are:

In Dogpoo Park by Andrew Peters

Andrew Mayne’s Vinegar Hill

Like our last contest, we have decided to award two joint third place winners this time as well for our Grand Prizes:

At joint third place, winning US$100 are

Haydon Rochester Jr. for “Departure” and Pia Ghosh-Roy for “Nesting Dolls

The second prize of US$150 goes to Jeffrey J. Cravens, for “How to Survive Bedtime”

And the winner, with cash prize of US$250 is Katherine Pringle for “Athry Lake”. This is her first short story to be published.

Congratulations to the winners and a heartfelt thanks from Fabula Press to all who participated, and to the judges. We hope to see you again with our winter edition in January 2017.

Stay well!

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Nivalis 2016 – The Short Story Contest Anthology

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The Fabula Press Anthology Nivalis 2016 is now available on Amazon! To get your copy or to leave your feedback, click here:

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Nivalis 2016 anthology cover

Featured in the pages of the anthology are:

The Honourable Mentions …

Cassie’s Chair by Diane Thomas-Plunk 

The Shot from Robin Bailes

Louise Mangos with My Sister’s Island

Timothy O’Leary’s One Star

Sam Calcutt’s Artichokes

When We Forget by Daniel Franklin

Thomas Ang with Puke in the Snow

Where Shall I Find Refuge by Peter Newall

Patrick Weldon’s  Letting Go

The Editor’s Pick Awardees:

English Afternoons by Peter Higgins

Christopher Howard’s The Little Red Lego Boat

And finally, the Grand Prize winners:

At joint third place, Helen de Burca‘s The Ghost Child”  and Linda Maclennan’s “Fox Fur”,

Second place winner was Michelle Elvy, for Lost and Found in Berlin

And the winner of the Nivalis 2016 Short Story Contest was Richard Buxton for “The Bread Man”

Stay tuned to learn more about the authors, the stories, and about the anthology! Don’t forget to check out our Facebook page and twitter handle @FabulaPress for updates, and for any queries, contact us at editors@fabulapress.com.

To receive news / updates / queries on future short story contests / publications, drop a mail to editors@fabulapress.com with “Subscribe” in the subject line.

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Aestas 2015 – Short Story Contest Anthology

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It has been a long two months of judging and finally, we are ready with the results of the Aestas 2015 Short Story Contest. With the overall quality of submissions going up with every edition of the competition, we found it especially challenging this time around to pick the final few. It will not be surprising, therefore, that we ultimately decided to longlist fourteen stories instead of our usual dozen. Even while shortlisting for the top entries, the judges’ dilemma was evident – we had six stories tying for the top three spots! So instead of the three prizes originally promised, we have now decided to give away seven, with the top three chosen by the judges and four in the editors’ pick category.

Fabula Press Aestas 2015 anthology cover

Aestas 2015

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The longlisted “Honourable Mention” stories that will go on to be featured in the anthology are:

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Andrew Stiggers’ tale of cultural and sexual diversity “Flower Behind Her Ear”

“How Do You Know”, a satirical take on life, death, and everything in between by Fred McGavran

The surrealistic “Long John of Babylon”, from Bruce Campbell

Mark Patton‘s historical fiction”White Wings” 

Siobhan O’Tierney’s “The Loudest Laugh of All”, a story of love and helplessness

“Dragon Bird of Liaoning”, speculative fiction from Wilson F Engel III

Hannah Persaud’s dark tale of “Last Prayers at the Chapel”

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Also to feature in the anthology, and recipients of the “Editors’ Pick” award with a cash prize of USD50 are:

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Caroline Mbaya‘s chilling narrative on the aftermath  of “Saint Kizito”

“Summer Skin” by Richard Larson, a semi-speculative tale with a Chekhovesque finale

“The Mart”, Lela Tredwell‘s take on these despairing times

and Kristen Falso-Capaldi’s study of loss, memories, and pain, in “Something Else Happened”

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And finally, the top three entries of Aestas 2015:

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“Dear Violet” by Lucy Brown, securing third place and a cash award of USD100

Winning the second prize, and a cash award of USD100 is Peter Newall‘s “The Luft Mensch”

“First Kill” by Tim O’Leary takes the first prize and a cash award of USD150

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Once again, a heartfelt thanks from the Fabula Press to all who participated, and to the judges. A very Happy New Year 2016 in advance to all, and we hope to see you again with our winter edition in January 2016.

PS: In other news, we have nominated Zanda Pilate‘s “Renewed Faith in Snow” from the Nivalis 2015 anthology for the Pushcart Prize this season. You can read an excerpt from the story here.

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Nivalis 2015 – The Short Story Contest Anthology

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The Fabula Press Anthology Nivalis 2015 is now available on Amazon! To get your copy or to leave your feedback, click here:

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Fabula Press Nivalis 2015 anthology cover

 

Featured in the pages of the anthology are:

The longlist …

“The Hearth of Christmas” by Steve Wade

Ron Hayes‘ “A Soft and Fading White”

“The Lemon Season” by Joanna Vandenbring

Andrew Maynes‘ “Allure”

“Candied Chestnuts” by Meltem Kaso

Lauren D’Ambra‘s “Sleigh Ride”

 

The ‘honourable mention’ list ….

“Full of Grace” by Grainne Murphy 

Donald Roberts‘ “Ice Totem”

“Drunk House” by Anne Foster 

 

And, the final shortlist …..

Zanda Pilate‘s Renewed Faith in Snow as the top finalist

A very close second, Erica Eisen‘s True North

Too Brief, the Cricket’s Winter Song by Arthur Carey, our third prize winner

 

We thank our patrons and our judges yet again for the tremendous support extended to this short story competition. Well done, authors, for making our work so hard yet so tremendously fulfilling.  Thank you, all who helped spread the word!

Stay tuned to learn more about the authors, the stories, and about the anthology! Don’t forget to check out our Facebook page and twitter handle @FabulaPress for updates, and for any queries, contact us at editors@fabulapress.com.

To receive news / updates / queries on future short story contests / publications, drop a mail to editors@fabulapress.com with “Subscribe” in the subject line.


The Nivalis Short Shory Contest 2015 was judged by

Clare Wallace

Brett Alan Sanders

Anisha Bhaduri

Joanna Ezekiel


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Aestas 2014 – The Short Story Contest Anthology

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The maiden Fabula Press Anthology Aestas 2014 is now available on Amazon! To get your copy or to leave your feedback, click here:

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Aestas Short Story Contest 2014

 

Featured in the pages of the anthology are:

The shortlist …..

First place winner Wilson F. Engel, III for The Wasps 

Oliver Snelgrove with The Picture on The News in second place

and the third prize finalist Sofia Mostaghimi, for the Sun-Gazer

Special mention candidate Alison Miller  graces these pages with “The Reckoning” – based purely on scores it was tied at the third place with “Sun-Gazer”, though a greater number of judges showed preference for the latter.

 

The longlist….

Heatwave by Marina Marinopoulos

The Letter by Anne Foster

Inferno by Dawne Gowrie Zetterstrom

The Hanging Tree by Stephen Wade

Stalker by Rena Robinett 

The Pied Pipers’ Song by Katie Avagliano

 

 Plus, a bonus story from Brett Alan Sanders, contest judge.

 Given the high quality of submissions in this creative writing contest, selecting the winners proved to be a tough task indeed, with almost all stories finding favour with one judge or another. Well done, everyone, and thank you for giving us the opportunity to read your creation. It has been a fantastic reading experience. Our thanks go out to all who submitted, and to everyone who helped spread the word. Stay tuned to learn more about the authors, the stories, and about the anthology! Don’t forget to check out our Facebook page for updates, and for any queries, contact us at editors@fabulapress.com.


The inaugural short story contest was judged by

Brett Alan Sanders

Anisha Bhaduri

Sam Tranum

Leela Devi Paniker


The Aestas short story contest 2014 opened on May 20, 2014, and closed on June 20,2014.