Short Stories In A Year (SSIAY) - Reviews
The year is 2012.
In this year, I set myself a challenge: as it is the ‘year of the short story’ for one year I would write nothing but short stories. By short, I mean stories of less than two thousand words. By write, I mean start a new story or take one of my favourite stories and reduce it from five thousand words to those lean mean fighting machines of less than 2K words. Always good practice. Editing, not fighting. Short stories are all about brevity and economy of expression.
At the end of this year, I found not only had I written several short stories of more than two thousand words but I had also started a new novel in the crime genre. Phew. And, if that was not enough, I commenced an MA in Creative Writing. What a year. This anthology is the result of my labours.
Review by Van Demal - Short Stories In A Year by Kelvin M. Knight is an engaging anthology comprising twenty-three stories written to embrace ‘the year of the short story’.
Written as competition entries, the tales cover a wide range of people, places, settings and time spans. Spend a couple of hours in the nineteen-seventies with a Bob-A-Job-Boy as he discovers a grown-up world of work, or a day in the present with Malcolm, a battle-scarred old soldier, as he (and his world view) is invited to retire.
Visible in all these stories is the unmistakeable weave that is Knight’s confident style; intimate with his central characters, his often poetical prose never fails to place you centre stage so you can experience, rather than read what happens.
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Kelvin M. Knight
On May 4th 2013, I attend the innaugural Newcastle Writing Conference in The Great Hall, Nothumbria University. Stephen May's not a keynote speech is inspriational: “If you are a writer who doesn’t write, you will always be a bit miserable... write because you HAVE to.” And this quote got a resounding YES from the agents, editors and publishers present: “There is a secret to getting an agent. Write a good book, send it, wait. There are no secret passwords.”
Short story "Luke's Sketches" published by Cinnamon Press in the anthology "The Book of Euclid & other stories & poems" edited by Rowan B. Fortune.
Review of short story anthology "The Little Book of Northern Women" given thumbs up by the author J. Y. Saville.
Haiku "Flock to a Shepherd" shortlisted by Cathy Galvin and Louise Doughty for the Word Factory TV.
Article "Bagpuss" published by The Fine Line in the anthology "The I Word" edited by Kate Gould.
Short story "Plank, Tank, Sock, Gloves" shortlisted by Louise Doughty in December for the Telegraph's Short Story Club competition.
Short story "Be Prepared" shortlisted by Louise Doughty in August for the Telegraph's Short Story Club competition.
Short story "Luke's Sketches" shortlisted by Louise Doughty in May for the Telegraph's Short Story Club competition.
Short story "Flock to a Shepherd" shortlisted by Louise Doughty in February for the Telegraph's Short Story Club competition.
Review of "Life! Death! Prizes!" given thumbs up by the author Stephen May.
Short story "Fun and Games" shortlisted by New Writing North for the Newcastle Journal.
Review of "Dreamer's Cat" given thumbs up by the author Stephen Leather.
Review of "TAG" given thumbs up by the author Stephen May.
Short story "Shadow Pains" long listed for the Aeon Award competition.
Short story "Lessons in Love" long listed for the Aeon Award competition.
Short story "Saint Christopher" published by the Writers' Forum magazine.
Short story "Aim High, Reach Higher" shortlisted by the Writers' Forum magazine.
Short story "Paper Dinosaur" shortlisted by the Writers' Forum magazine.
Short story "Shepherd Thy Flock" won Jacqui Bennett Writers Bureau spring competition.
Short story "Blackbeck" came third in Jacqui Bennett Writers Bureau winter competition.