Thursday, June 12, 2008

National Year of Reading Celebration

Waterstone's, the English book-selling behemoth is celebrating the National Year of Reading by publishing a collection of very short fiction from 13 of the most famous authors of our time. Authors like Neil Gaiman, Doris Lessing, Nick Hornby, Margaret Atwood, and J.K. Rowling are contributing this book which showcases original short stories on postcards. But they are also opening the field to all aspiring writers as well. You are invited to submit your short story to the website by June 19th for the chance to win an Arvon Writing Course. As of this posting there have been 2,707 stories submitted and that number is climbing every minute!

The 13 short stories will be available on the website for reading beginning June 11th, and the book will be available for purchase in about 56 days. You can pre-order it now, however, from Waterstone's for only 5 pounds. Go to the website and check it out. Support the National Year of Reading, and let me know what you thought of the stories!

1 comment:

Aureliano said...

Hi Erin

I've been following this with interest and I wondered if you might like to share the reasons for the competition, how you got such good figures entering, and what you want to achieve at the end of the project, on the National Year of Reading's good practice guide, Wikireadia.

It would be fantastic if you'd contribute an article on it or plug Wikireadia on your blog, as it's a hugely useful resource for the reading sector,

all the best


Oh, the url is