Competitions & Giveaways

November 2011 - Fourth Birthday Giveaway!
This competition is now closed


Women Aloud Audiobook
edited by Ian Skillicorn


"Women Aloud takes a light- hearted
walk
through tales of sweet revenge, heart-
break to happiness, dark comedy and morality. ..." Read 
the full review by Sue Haigh
The Best British Short Stories
edited by Nicholas Royle

"An interesting anthology featuring some excellent stories..." Read the full review by Mario Guslandi
Best European Fiction 2012
edited by Aleksander Hemon


"Like the increasingly incohesive framework
of Europe itself, there is much to admire and ponder over in this collection, but only a handful of stories that I felt I could whole-heartedly love.." Read 
the full review by Steve Wasserman
Affirm Press' Long Story Shorts  -
6
story collections including
Nineteen Seventy Something
by Barry Divola and Having Cried Wolf by Gretchen Shirm

"A nostalgic trip back to boyhood and adolescence
in the seventies, this collection reads like short memoir/ pop-fictions / novel in linked stories..."

Read 
the full review  of Nineteen Seventysomething by Annie Clarkson

and read Annie's review of Having Cried Wolf here.

Answer one of these questions to enter the draw for each book.
Please send a seperate email for each prize:



1. Women Aloud Audiobook - When is the UK's National Short Story Week this year?  Winner: D Monaghan
2. Best British Short Stories 2011 - Who is the only author to have two stories in this anthology?  Winner: V O'Riordan
3. Best European Short Stories 2012 - How many stories are in this anthology, and from how many countries? Winner: S Roulston
4. Long Story Shorts (Six collections, including Nineteen Seventysomething and Having Cried Wolf) - Which short story collection has Barry Divola recently read again, for possible the 5th time? Winner: R Biswas

Email your answer to the question corresponding to the book you want
by Dec 1st
2011 to:
competitions@theshortreview.com with the subject line "Birthday comp - Book Title" so, for example:
"Birthday Comp - Women Aloud Audiobook".





March 2011

This competition is now closed

Cabala
edited by Adam Lowe

"It is Earth now that is a mysterious, magic place lost to all. A source of much speculation and ever-growing myths and legends. I am particularly fond of the Earth as Heaven idea. I rather like the idea of our souls returning to their original planet...""

"Cabala both intrigued me and left me underwhelmed. But it also whetted my appetite for genre-bending stories, and for that, I have the book’s “cabal” of writers to thank..." Read the full review by Michelle Tandoc-Pichereau

Answer this question to enter the draw:

1 Who sang the song that shares a title with one of A J Kirby's short stories in this collection?   Answer: Dusty Springfield. Winner: Bill Pearson

Email your answer to the question corresponding to the book you want by April 1st 2011 to: competitions@theshortreview.com with the subject line "March comp - Cabala"



Feb 2011

This competition is now closed


Insignificant Gestures
by Jo Cannon

"
Running at night I’m invisible. Only the security lights that switch on and off as I pass mark my existence. A yellow mist hugs the streetlights. In the deserted park someone has scattered broken glass at the foot of the slide and twisted the swing seats too high for a child to reach…. In the day I avoid the park because I know that a lone fat man is not allowed near children..."

"In a mosaic of past and present, imagination and often-surreal reality, painful truths and bitter regrets, Jo Cannon’s stories easily infuse into the reader’s psyche..." Read the full review by Daniela Norris.

Answer this question to enter the draw:

1.  What is so special about Cousin Gary in one of the stories in this collection? He is a trigamist. Winner, Michelle Harding, Australia


Email your answer to the question corresponding to the book you want by March 1st 2011 to: competitions@theshortreview.com with the subject line "February comp - Insignificant Gestures"





Winter 2010

This competition is now closed



Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology 3

"Although the open theme of this competition dictates there is no overall theme, setting, style or even genre within this collection, the writing here is never uneven, always high quality. What we have here are twenty very good writers (and some genius writers) working at the top of their game. Competitively. ..."Read the full review by A J Kirby.
Where the Dog Star Never Glows
by Tara Masih

"Tara Masih succeeds brilliantly in fulfilling E.M Forster’s edict “Only connect” in this collection of stories which exemplify the dance all human’s engage in: that of breathlessly coming closer and quickly moving away... " Read the full review  by Michelle Reale


Answer one of these questions to enter the draw for each book! Please send a seperate email for each

1. Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology - How long is the story that won this year's prize? Winner: Carola Huttman

2. Where the Dog Star Never Glows - What did the author's mother tell her she was creating? Winner: Julia Anderson

Email your answer to the question corresponding to the book you want by Feb 1st 2011 to: competitions@theshortreview.com with the subject line "Winter comp - Book Title" so, for example "Winter Comp - Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology".




September 2010

This competition is now closed.


Perfect 10
by Viven Jones

"She thinks she will rest there for five minutes. The evening falls on her like a cool cloak. She shuts her eyes. When she opens them again it is full night."



"Perfection is unachievable. Affection isn’t. Two of the fourteen stories garnered my affection..." Read
the full review by Jason Makansi

Answer this question to enter the draw:

1.  Who directed the film "Ten" starring Dudley Moore and Bo Derek? Winner: Katherine Parker


Email your answer to the question corresponding to the book you want by Oct 1st to: competitions@theshortreview.com with the subject line "September comp - Perfect Ten"





July/August 2010
This competition is
now closed.



Homicide Survivors
Picnic

by Lorraine M. Lopez

"More than a simple picnic, this is a literary feast. Proof, if any were needed, that the short story form is doing much more than surviving; in Lopez's hands it is living a rich life..." Read the full review by A J Kirby.
Temporary Lives
by Ramola D



"They may inhabit temporary lives but the plight of Ramola D’s characters will haunt you with a resonance that is both profound and permanent. " Read the full review 
by Julia Bohanna
If You Lived Here You'd Already Be Home
by John Jodzio


The poignant writing and unusual details make this collection a pleasure to read, but the stories are strongest where they leave The Quirk behind and dive into the emotions..." Read the full review by Stefani Nellen
Trailer Girl
by Terese Svoboda




"Atmospheric stories, told in rich, oblique language by a supreme stylist..." Read
the full review by Nuala Ni Chonchúir

Answer one of these questions to enter the draw for each book! Please send a seperate email for each

1. Homicide Survivors Picnic - What was the title of this collection originally going to be? Answer: Human Services. WINNER Robert Burdock.

2. Temporary Lives - Where did Ramola D study for her MFA? Answer: George Mason University. WINNER Rumjhum Biswas

3. If You Lived Here You'd Already Be Home - Which story in this collection has a fake baby? Answer: Homecoming. WINNER Shadow Priestess

3. Trailer Girl - For which story did Terese Svoboda win an O. Henry award? Answer: 80's Lilies. WINNER Kevin Gibley


Email your answer to the question corresponding to the book you want by Sept 1st to: competitions@theshortreview.com with the subject line "Summer comp - Book Title" so, for example "Summer comp - Temporary Lives".


April 2010
This competition is
now closed.

The Route Book at Bedtime

edited by Ian Daley


A twilight dreamscape of hopes, fears, love and loss, The Route Book at Bedtime contains twelve highly individual, contemporary tales, all of which are a reflection of life and truth. A highly enjoyable read. " Read the full review by A J Kirby.


To enter the draw, send an email with your name and postal address to
 
competitions@theshortreview.com

with the subject line "April comp"

Winner: Derek Myatt


March 2010

This competition is
now closed.


Anthropology

by Dan Rhodes

5 copies to give away - plus one copy of Rhodes new novel, Little Hands Clapping!

"There are real gems in these stories of love, longing and disappointment ..."
read
the full review by Pauline Masurel
Collected Stories

by Janice Galloway

"These 42 stories engage all your senses as Galloway strips back the layers of the everyday and the mundane. Shocking, stunning, moving...."
Read the full review by Tania Hershman

Answer the question to win:

1. Anthropology - Which "overlooked masterpiece" from 1927 does Dan Rhodes recommend in his interview?

Winners: Alan Beard, Linda Cracknell, Shellie Zacharia, Rowena McDonald, Laura Seeger

2. Collected Stories - Where was Janice Galloway's first short story published? [Hint: Read the interview]
Winner: Glen Liddle
Email your answer by April 1st to:
competitions@theshortreview.com
with the subject line
"March comp - Book Title"
substituting the title of the book you'd like to win for "Book Title". Good luck!


Feb 2010



Greenfly

by Tom Lee

"A wry, mesmerizing and distinctive tribute to the trampled human spirit. ..."
read
the full review by Carol Reid
Easter Rabbit

by Joseph Young

"A fascinating collection of 86 micro fictions that invite a subsequent reading, not so much for analysis, but for the sheer immersion into word and white space..."
Read the full review by David Woodruff

Answer the question to win:

1. Greenfly - Which hotel does the title character of Mrs Echegary wait in for her lover?  WINNER: Mark Lunz

2. Easter Rabbit - What are the names of the three sections this collection is divided into? WINNER: Span Hanna


Email your answer by March 1st to:
competitions@theshortreview.com
with the subject line
"February comp - Book Title"
substituting the title of the book you'd like to win for "Book Title". Good luck!





It's Jan 2010 and we have three books to give away!




The Body of This

by Andrew McNabb

Won by Angela Readman


"The boundaries between sacred and profane begin to bleed into one another intriguingly in this strongly themed collection." Read
the full review by Elizabeth Rutherford-Johnson
The Madman of Freedom Square

by Hassan Blasim

Won by Lauri Kubuitsile

"A strikingly original collection, offering a view of modern Iraq and the Iraqi disapora.. unsentimental, violent and often surprising.." Read the full review by Mithran Somasundrum
Short Circuit: A Guide to the Art of the Short Story
edited by Vanessa Gebbie.

Won by Liz Gallagher

Story writers, including many Short Review authors and reviewers, talk about the many different aspects of the short story. Read the interview with Vanessa on the blog.

No difficult questions this month - just email

competitions@theshortreview.com

by Jan 31st with your subject line
"January comp - Book Title"
filling in which book you'd like to win.
















Congratulations! The winners of the Dec 2009
competition are:

Alison Lang wins a copy of Kelly Link's Pretty Monsters
Margaret O'Brien wins a copy of Amnesty International's Freedom anthology




We are giving away two books this month:


Amnesty International's anthology
Freedom: Short Stories Celebrating the Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

&

Kelly Link's Pretty Monsters, shortlisted for the World Fantasy Award.

To win a copy of Freedom,
answer this question:
In which year did the UN adopt and proclaim the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?
Send answers to competitions@theshortreview.com
with the subject line "Freedom Comp" by Jan 1st 2010.
To win a copy of Pretty Monsters
answer this question:


What have California and Mexico become in Link's story The Surfer?
(Hint: the answer is in the review)
Send answers to
competitions@theshortreview.com
with the subject line "Pretty Monsters Comp" by Jan 1st 2010.

One winner of each book will be picked at random from the correct answers.






The answer to our question is that Rebecca Miller's mother was a photographer. Many, many people sent in the correct answer... and the winners are:

Valerie O'Riordan
Dan Powell
Catherine Walter
Sarah Hilary
Andrea Ashworth

Congratulations! A copy of Personal Velocity will shortly be on its way to you.


October 2009
Canongate, publisher of Rebecca Miller's Personal Velocity, have kindly offered us FIVE copies to give away. Just answer this question:

Q: Rebecca Miller is often described in terms of her menfolk. In which visual medium was her mother an artist?

Send your answers to competitions@theshortreview.com with the subject line "Personal Velocity Comp" by Oct 31st 2009, five winners will be drawn from all the correct answers and announced in the November issue.




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