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Much to my relief, the filming of the reading had been cancelled in my absence and I was able to retire to a nearby pub with my husband to drink rum and Coke and soothe my frazzled nerves before the awards ceremony began. In the Gallery at Middleton Hall, the shortlisted authors and others in the audience were gathering. Immediately we arrived, a dashing young Jamaican wearing a trendy suit and a scarf which draped around his neck and down to his knees, seduced me with the news that he had read my story and my blog, On Being Rejected.

My blog? How had he found that? He smiled and waved an elegant hand decorated with two huge silver rings. He had Googled my name and found me on Thresholds. I smiled back. And he was? This was his first visit to England, he told me, but he had to fly back straight after the ceremony as his wife was just about to give birth to their first son. I was amazed and delighted to meet him.

The readings were delivered without a hitch, with both Roland and the young South African writer Kiare Ladner, raising laughter as well as applause. The other readers were Angela France — winner of the poetry prize, Peter Crockett — winner of the flash fiction prize, and Helen Holmes — shortlisted for her amusing story about a doomed budgerigar.

After more wine and chat, we were all bussed to an Italian restaurant for dinner where I found myself sitting next to Sir Andrew Motion and opposite Alessandro Gallenzi. The champagne flowed on through the evening and noise levels grew as literary friendships were forged and conversations became more and more animated. But as the clock approached midnight, I feared that I might suddenly change from the literary prize-winner I had become, back into an ordinary wanna-be writer, and we left the party at a quarter to twelve — before the fairy-tale ended.

There was, however, still the matter of the recording which my late arrival to the university had scuppered. The next day, still feeling the glow from the awards dinner, I presented myself at the home of the cameraman where I was filmed reading my entire story — thirty-three minutes in total.

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As I reached the final line, I came to the end of what had been a tremendous experience — from the award itself and the distinguished literary company at the dinner which followed, to the reading of my story. For the first time, I felt like a real writer. Submissions are now being accepted for the Lightship competitions. The deadline for submissions to each of the four competition is 30 th June.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. It assembles 28 stories, three of which are original to this volume, many of which take the form of folk or fairy tales, and all of which are excellent. Sometimes dark, sometimes humorous, the stories are always beautifully written, sharp, and wise. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published August 11th by Tor Books first published More Details Original Title.

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More filters. Sort order. They stand out among other stories for their quirkiness and audacity in revisioning traditional stories and genres. So I was thrilled to read an entire volume of her stories, some of which I had read before but most new to me. Some short story anthologies can seem repetitive but Yolen is stylistically very diverse. The stories vary not only in genre but also in mood and writing style Every time I open an anthology of SF or fantasy stories, Jane Yolen's contribution is one of the first I turn to.

The stories vary not only in genre but also in mood and writing style; every reader is likely to find something captivating.

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Although the title story is SF, my personal favourites are some of the fairytale retellings and fantasy stories, which left me wanting more of the worlds she creates so convincingly in just a few pages. There were just as many stories, though, which left me cold. I did find most of the SF stories a little formulaic, with predictable twists in the end, and the same could be said for some of the fairytale retellings, which are often political at the expense of atmosphere and originality.

I found the collection less satisfying than Yolen's full length works, which I recommend highly to anyone who is enchanted and intrigued by some of the stories in this volume.

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Briar Rose, for example, combines the dark allegory of some of the tales here with more fully developed characters, plot and themes. Despite these reservations, though, this is a great volume to dip into occasionally - you never know what kind of story you will find. Mar 10, Ozsaur rated it liked it Shelves: for , fairy-tale , read-women , humor , magic , fantasy , ghost , collection.

A fun and interesting collection of stories. I enjoyed most of the fairy tale re-tellings. The snow white story particularly, was going along in a typical way, then took a sudden step sideways, and zing! A couple of stories were like that. Some of the stories were whimsical, some had an intriguing idea, some sad.

There were a couple that didn't work for me at all, which is usually the way with collections. One was a real stinker. Overall, some cool stories, and I generally like Jane A fun and interesting collection of stories.