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Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Vol 4 [Kindle Edition]

Ruth Brandt , Emily Bullock , Timothy Bunting , Ian Burton , John Fairweather , Niven Govinden , Eluned Gramich , Naomi Lever , Laura Lewis , Miha Mazzini
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Original, exciting and innovative writing abounds in this collection of 20 irresistible short stories. Selected from more than 2,000 entries for the 2011 Bristol Short Story Prize, here are 20 superb writers illustrating not only their own talents but, also, the vast spectacle of the short story.
Ruth Brandt, Emily Bullock, Timothy Bunting, Ian Burton, John Fairweather, Niven Govinden, Eluned Gramich, Naomi Lever, Laura Lewis, Miha Mazzini, Paul O'Reilly, Nastasya Parker, Robert Perry, Philip St John, Genevieve Scott, Safia Shah, Melanie Whipman, Peter Winder, Laura Windley, Rachael Withers

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"It is a wonderful selection that reflects the great talent of contemporary short story writers and emphasizes the fact that the short story is still alive and kicking today." Emma Young --The Short Review

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 669 KB
  • Print Length: 179 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bristol Review of Books Ltd (24 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #140,198 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars None 5 Mar. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
There are some good stories in this collection, the best one being the over-all winner. Unfortunately, there is also some dross. A couple of stories are so poor they should never be in print!
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Formulaic 5 Dec. 2011
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There are lots of good ideas in this collection, there are a few amazingly good stories as well (including the First Prize winner), and one or two stories are so poor I am actually astonished that they ever made it to the shortlist.

Overall, however, it is too obvious that these stories are all written by people having followed so called 'creative writing' courses: they are formulaic in build up and the 'original' metaphors are far fetched at the best of times. The main goal of most of these stories seems to be winning (or ranking high) in a contest, rather than to tell a decent story and deliver true originality. I suppose that in times, where X-factors rule the world and where our brains are rarely challenged at all, literature can not fall behind in becoming more bland, and choose mass entertainment over originality and quality. Lost opportunity.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good for research but won't be a bestseller.... 29 Jun. 2012
By Mavvis
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I bought this book as part of my research before I entered "The Bristol Short Story competition." It gave me a good idea of what works and what doesn't. Also, it shows the kind of stories the judges go for. It was a nice easy read but nothing to stir my imagination or grip my heart. If you want better quality short stories or learn the art of what makes a great short story I would recommend getting 100 Greatest Short stories on Kindle.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Content Boring 4 Jan. 2013
By Red
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Personally, I didn't enjoy the stories in them but that is just my taste and the cover of the book is quite boring. I've read a couple of stories out of it and that's it but it's always best to buy a magazine book with stories in before you send your work to them, which is what I did, and the magazine would not suit my stories (or vice versa).
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Year 2 Aug. 2012
By Karen - Published on
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Something for everyone in this year's edition of the Bristol Short Story Anthology.

Analysis of short stories, especially those from competitions can be very subjective. Personally, I preferred the second place winner to the first, 'Kitchen at the Lion by Laura Windley', with her first published story.

Nice variations between the different writer and stories.

This competition attracts many entries from writers all over the world and in differing stages of their careers. I think that it is always worth a look for fans of the short story format.
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