Announcing our story competition short list

January 21, 2016

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In November, Hodder teamed up with the Guardian to launch an exciting story competition to celebrate publication of Stephen King’s wonderful collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams.

We invited writers to send us stories which were original, gripping, chilling and inspired by Stephen King’s line:  ‘There’s something to be said for a shorter, more intense experience. It can be invigorating, sometimes even shocking, like a waltz with a stranger you will never see again, or a kiss in the dark, or a beautiful curio for sale at a street bazaar. ‘

We received over 800 entries and would like to thank all those who entered their finely crafted story to the competition.

A team of dedicated readers carefully selected stories worthy of putting forward to the long list.  20 stories were in serious contention and after due deliberation judges Claire Armitstead (Books Editor at the Guardian), Philippa Pride (Stephen King’s British editor) and Kate Lyall-Grant (our independent judge and Publisher at Severn House Publishers) unanimously chose six stand-out stories for the shortlist.

The judges were extremely impressed by the quality of the six stories which are now on their way to Stephen King.  The winner will be announced on or after 30 January. Watch this space…

Please join us in congratulating the talented authors on the shortlist:

‘The Spots’ by Paul Bassett Davies

‘The Unpicking’ by Michael Button

‘Wild Swimming’ by Elodie Harper

‘The Bear Trap’  by Neil Hudson

‘La Mort De L’Amant’ by Stuart Johnstone

‘Eau de Eric’ by Manuela Saragosa

Find out more about the selection process from Guardian Books Editor Claire Armitstead here.

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