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Unthology 10 Events

Join us in July to celebrate the publication of Unthology 10, the latest in our series showcasing short fiction from new and established writers. If you can’t make the Norwich launch, maybe you can make the London reading. We’d love to see you.   Norwich Launch Unthology 10 will be launched at the Writers’ Centre Norwich on the 5th of July. Hosted by editor Ashley Stokes, there will be readings from top Unthologists Gareth E Rees,…

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Kick, Bite and Voltage: In Defence of the Short Story

I am prone, mischievously and only in part flippantly, to claim the short story as the highest literary form, forever offending poets, playwrights, memoirists, novelists. Such a claim rightly attracts accusations of literary snobbery, as if such a hierarchy could ever be quantifiable, or even useful. Each form surely elicits its attendant challenges, in terms of stamina and technique, process and flair. There is no need for a first among equals. And yet. Let’s rephrase…

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Closed to Submissions

We have had an amazing and overwhelming response to our recent call for submissions for short story collections by single authors. Seriously, we’ve been overwhelmed by an embarrassment of riches. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to send us something. We will get back to you as soon as we can. We are also now closed for submissions to Unthology 11, Unveiled and books. Please sign up to our mailing list if…

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Call for Submissions: Short Fiction

  Dazzle me. Haunt me. Tom Vowler talks about joining Unthank as short fiction editor and what he’s looking for in short fiction collections.   I am delighted to join Unthank Books as Short Fiction Editor, tasked with commissioning single-author collections to complement an already respected and talented list. I also look forward to joining Ashley on Unthology, continuing his fine work in bringing you the best work of voices new and established. The short…

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Introducing Tom Vowler

We are very pleased to announce that Tom Vowler has joined the Unthank team as our Short Fiction Editor, with a remit to commission single-author short story collections and co-edit Unthology with Ashley Stokes. Tom is a former winner of the Scott Prize and brings with him considerable experience as editor of the literary journal Short Fiction, author of two novels, as well as the short story collections The Method and the recently released Dazzling the Gods,…

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Chrissie Gittins on Getting On

  As I got older, I didn’t bargain for my parents getting older ahead of me. There were gradual tell-tale signs that their world was curling up at the edges. My mother kept a photograph of her younger self beside her in the sitting room. She was lounging on a beach towel in her harlequin shorts and off-the-shoulder top. She liked to remind herself of how she once looked. When her dear brother died, she…

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An Introduction to The End

The End is a new series of paintings by Nicolas Ruston, that have inspired The End: Fifteen Endings to Fifteen Paintings, a collection of short stories edited by Ashley Stokes and published by Unthank Books.   One thing about The End paintings is that when viewing the works you begin to wonder what happened before and how we got here – which is precisely the opposite effect of most paintings, where we either seem to have reached…

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Eddie and Me

David Frankel writes about his story ‘Beneath the Melting Snow’ in Unthology 8 and his fascination with Edvard Munch   For me, art and fiction have always been bound closely together. For a large part of my life I was an artist (in between writing stories, I still am) and the painter, Edvard Munch, has been with me from the start of things. He moved in shortly after my teenage obsession with fantasy illustration and…

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The Life of Country Life

Ken Edwards talks about his novel, Country Life, published by Unthank in November 2015   I started writing the novel that became Country Life nearly 20 years ago. I’d just completed my first successful (in my eyes) novel, Futures, which had suffered a series of publishing setbacks before I brought it out under the Reality Street imprint in 1998. Country Life was to have been the next one. Instead, I got side-tracked – once again.…

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Gary Budden on Writing the Hollow Shore

Gary Budden talks about how he wrote his Unthology 7 story, The Hollow Shore   The inspiration for my story in Unthology 7, ‘The Hollow Shore’ is in fact a real geographical location, called (you’ve guessed it) the Hollow Shore; the name itself a perfect piece of poetry immediately lending itself to fiction. It’s just one part of a string of bleak and flat marshland that stretches across the ten miles from Faversham Creek before…

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