A negative birthday…

Today is our first birthday and we are feeling remarkably negative about everything in a positive kind of way. A big thank you to all the writers involved for making Still happen. Many thanks too to the readers, bloggers and shops (particularly Foyles and Tate Modern) for your treasured support. Exciting times lie ahead as our … Read moreA negative birthday…

Story | ‘Mini-Opera for Ernst Mahler’ by Blair Reeve

The third in a series of short-listed stories from the Still/Foyles short story competition is by New Zealander – and Hong Kong resident – Blair Reeve. Blair says he knew nothing about Mahler when he wrote his story. ‘When I saw the photograph of the piano, the first word that popped into my head was … Read moreStory | ‘Mini-Opera for Ernst Mahler’ by Blair Reeve

Story | ‘Waiting To Go On’ by Gill Blow

The second posting of short-listed stories from the Negative Press London/Foyles short story competition is ‘Waiting To Go On’ by Gill Blow – a writer from Lincolnshire. The story is her first attempt at writing flash fiction. For the competition, writers were invited to contribute a new story (maximum 500 words) inspired by the photograph, ‘The … Read moreStory | ‘Waiting To Go On’ by Gill Blow

Story | ‘Chopin in the Dust’ by Tim Sutton

The first posting of short-listed stories from the Negative Press London/Foyles short story competition is by Tim Sutton – a composer and lyricist from east London. [hr] Chopin in the Dust The woman from the theatre left three messages. So grateful… perfect for the… (What was it?)… some Chekhov on a shoestring. She had said she would come … Read moreStory | ‘Chopin in the Dust’ by Tim Sutton

Q&A | AJ Ashworth, winner of the Negative Press London/Foyles short story competition

Interview by Roelof Bakker  Today is the end of this year’s National Short Story Week, a perfect occasion to post an interview with AJ Ashworth – winner of the Negative Press London/Foyles short story competition and writer of the award-winning short story collection, Somewhere Else, or Even Here (Salt, 2011). I found your story ‘Piano’ – winner of the Negative … Read moreQ&A | AJ Ashworth, winner of the Negative Press London/Foyles short story competition

Q&A | Ava Homa

AVA HOMA LIVES IN TORONTO, CANADA. She is a Kurdish-Iranian-Canadian writer. Her collection of short stories, Echoes From the Other Land was nominated for the 2011 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Ava’s writings have appeared in various journals including the Toronto Quarterly, Windsor Review and the Kurdistan Tribune. She’s finishing work on a her first … Read moreQ&A | Ava Homa

‘Still’ competition: winning story ‘Piano’ by AJ Ashworth

Negative Press London is excited to post the winning story of the Still/Negative Press London/Foyles short story competition. To celebrate the publication of Still, writers were invited to write a story up to 500 words, inspired by the photograph ‘The Stage (Piano)’ by Roelof Bakker. The winning story, ‘Piano’, is written by AJ Ashworth and … Read more‘Still’ competition: winning story ‘Piano’ by AJ Ashworth

‘Still’ short story competition: A.J. Ashworth announced as winner

A big thank you to everyone for submitting stories to the Still short story competition organised by Negative Press London and Foyles – London’s iconic independent bookseller. All the entries were read by Roelof Bakker (editor, Still) and Lisa Bywater (local marketing manager, Foyles) who together selected a shortlist of ten stories. These ten stories … Read more‘Still’ short story competition: A.J. Ashworth announced as winner

Photographs from ‘Still’ launch event, 26 September 2012 at Foyles, Charing Cross Road, London

THANK YOU! Negative Press London says a BIG thanks to all the writers (reading/non-reading) who were at the Still launch event in the Gallery at Foyles, as well to all the people who came for what was a very lively entertaining literary evening. The readings went down a storm and the audience really enjoyed the mix of … Read morePhotographs from ‘Still’ launch event, 26 September 2012 at Foyles, Charing Cross Road, London