School to desired temperature: Mr Moody

Generally speaking, it is the memories you don’t remember that define you. I’m not talking about traumatic experiences that are suppressed in the mind and then go on to shunt a personality one of several ways, although that can sometimes happen (and I’m not just saying that because I’ve been watching a lot of Dexter lately). Besides, you may well ask, is it even a memory if you don’t remember it? Well – yes. In a healthy brain, a memory never truly goes away. There are things that you can forget for days, weeks, years, even decadesat a time, and then one day – sometimes for no apparent reason – remember quite vividly. It was always there. Memories are funny things though, aren’t they? Little nuggets of your life that have somehow settled into your brain forever over other events of that hour, or day, or week, or month,...

Terry Pratchett: Neither gone nor forgotten

Hello. My name’s Luke Kemp, or at least that’s what my parents tell me. Through what I can only presume is a series of mistakes similar to those leading to Mr Bean vandalising Whistler’s Mother, I have been allowed to contribute a story to this upcoming anthology. Remember, 100% of profits go to Alzheimer’s Research UK – so if you buy less than three copies, you are a bad person. I’m extremely fortunate, in that I have thus far not had somebody I love suffer Alzheimer’s Disease (at least, not officially diagnosed). Statistically however I almost certainly will in the future. Perhaps that somebody will even be me. It already feels wonderful to know that I will, in however large or small a way, be a part of something that contributes funding towards understanding this condition which steals so much of what makes us visibly human. I immediately confess...

Introducing your authors – round A!

The other day Sorin asked me why on earth we have author announcements ’round one’ and ’round a’.  I explained it’s because both groups are equally awesome! With no further ado, here are the other authors participating in the ‘In Memory’ anthology: Anna Mattaar, Netherlands, www.annamattaar.nl.  Writer for computer games and soon-to-be novelist. Charlotte Slocombe, UK, student and future writing superhero Steven McKinnon, UK, independent author R McK, UK, freelance writer P E, UK, pioneer of the dramatic arts Plus three more who are remaining a mystery for the time being....

Recipe no. 231

OK, let me bite the bullet here. What kind of story can you write for an anthology dedicated to the memory of Terry Pratchett? How do you honour a person that meant so much to you, a person that educated you, soothed you, made you laugh out loud and made you hide a little inner smile when there was nothing else to smile about in your life? Should you write a sad story, given the fact that he’s barely gone for several weeks now? Something about death and mourning, maybe? Should you, instead, given his positive take on life and death and, literally, everything, write some humorous, lighthearted piece? I was torn for a bit. Then I thought it doesn’t have to be one or the other – it just has to point to something meaningful in Sir Terry’s life and career. So I thought of his role as...

Meet your authors (round one!)

Now that acceptances have been sent out, we’re happy to let you know who our authors are.  Round one is below (round ‘A’ will be following shortly!).  We judged submissions based on their quality, not on whether the writer had been published before.  As such, we have a fantastic mix of published and unpublished authors, who are all coming together for this fantastic cause. Michael Schaefer, Germany (new author) Mike Reeves-McMillan, New Zealand (prolific novelist, website: http://csidemedia.com/gryphonclerks/) J E Nice, UK (fantasy and paranormal writer) Caroline Friedel, Germany (scientifically prolific) Chris Drew, UK (new author) Peter Knighton, UK (new author) Jay Vee Choong, Malaysia (published in Esquire Malaysia and KL Noir Yellow) DK Mok, Australia (novels include The Other Tree and Hunt for Valamon, website: http://www.dkmok.com/) Luke Kemp, UK (writer for criticalgamer.co.uk) Faiz Kermani, France (award-winning children’s author, website: http://www.faizkermani.com/) Cristian Englert, Netherlands (novelist, previously published in Romanian) Many...

All authors have been notified!

All authors who responded to the call for submissions have now been emailed, and all rejections and acceptances sent out.  In the end we had hundreds of submissions, 43 short-listed authors, and 19 selected.  We saw an amazing variety of texts, from people in all kinds of positions and all over the world.  We had to make some very difficult choices due to the high quality of submissions received, and we look forward to producing a truly excellent anthology....

Submission are closed!

Thanks to everybody who submitted their ideas and writing samples.  Further correspondence will be going out in the next few days, so don’t panic if you haven’t heard from us yet. In the interim, this is where our several hundred submissions came from:...

Final day for submissions!

It’s the final day for submissions for the anthology, so if you want to take part, get in quick!  We must receive your submission by midnight on May 31st (check the current time here). We’ve received a huge number of fantastic submissions so far, and look forward to producing a truly excellent collection.  We have been using a short-listing process for likely candidates (barring those who have submitted in the last few days), and final selections will be made by June 7.  We are also trying to give feedback to all unsuccessful submissions, so bear with us—it may take us a little time to get to you. – Laura...

Call for Submissions

In memory of Sir Terry Pratchett, we are putting together an anthology of short stories to raise money for one of his favourite charities. If you are an author (or suspect you have the makings of one!) and are one of the millions of readers out there who has been touched in some way by the writings of Sir Terry, then read on. We have reached out to Alzheimer’s Research UK, offering to put together a fan tribute anthology on the theme of Memory. The book will be dedicated to Sir Terry Pratchett, with all proceedings going to the charity. They were thrilled and have offered their support. If you’re up to the challenge, here are the details: Short Story Guidelines The story should follow the theme of Memory The story should be between 3,000 and 8,000 words Humorous writing is preferred, given the nature of Sir Terry’s work The genre...

In Memory: A Tribute to Sir Terry Pratchett