Short Stories (books)
*Already short-listed, published and prize winners:
That said, of my newest batch of 20 or so finished stories, (ie, those dating from the present and back to around 2013) nine have already been shortlisted in leading Australian short story competitions and eight published in associated online or prize anthologies; one has won a major first prize, and another a 2nd prize. (For more details, see the Latest Posts and Publications section of this website.)
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* 2020/2021: I am delighted that my short story, The Stars Shine for Bach, has recently been published in the Oz Music Trust's E-Zine, Loud Mouth. See: https://musictrust.com.au/loudmouth/the-stars-shine-for-bach-a-short-story-by-john-jenkins/ Also in the Oz Music Trust E-zine is my story Under His Hat: https://musictrust.com.au/loudmouth/under-his-hat/
** I am also currently hard at work (circa May 2021) completing a 'Quadrella of Novellas'.
Watch this space!
* FIRST PRIZE, 2018 Elyne Mitchell Short Story Competition
My story, The Girl Who Wasn't There won the Open Section of the 2018 Elyne Mitchell Award, for a story up to 2,500 words. Just click on link and scroll down a little. And if you'd like to read all shortlisted entries; a well-produced booklet is available for $15 + $3 postage. (Contact the Corryong Neighbourhood Centre on 02 6076 2176).
2nd Prize, C. J. Dennis Society Short Story Competition
My story, Rosemary's Summer Harvest won second prize in the 2018 C. J. Dennis Society Short Story Competition.
My completed stories include quite a variety of themes, styles and approaches: character studies, speculative fiction, tales of the uncanny, hard-nosed realism, naturalistic tales of everyday life, very dramatic stories and evocative/atmospheric ones. I find all these possibilities equally intriguing, and have literally scores more of ideas and notes for same. I have also very recently completed a novella (of 15,000-plus words) with another three on the way.
This new book, however, will be a first full collection of my own work. I am now very excited by the prospect of having it finished!
Again, for more news, watch this space.