August 2019: My story, Something Like Drowning, won third prize in the Anton Chekov Award for Very Short Fiction, run by National Flash Fiction Review. Judge Angela Readman had this to say:
What struck me about Something Like Drowning was how incredibly well structured it is. It’s wonderfully vivid and startling at the beginning, daring the reader to come on this journey. It almost felt dangerous to follow these characters, so much seemed st stake, yet it was impossible to look away. I had no idea what would happen, yet the writing is so strong I knew I was in safe hands. The story delivered.
June 2019: My story Cleft won the 12th Bath Flash Fiction Award, judged by Christopher Allen.
Interview with Gaynor Jones, first-prize winner, June 2019 Award
The Thing Between Your Legs longlisted for the Wigleaf Top 50. Read the final selections here: http://wigleaf.com/
My story, What 20p Will Get You in the Year of Our Lord, 1996 was highly commended in the Federation Writers Scotland competition
May 2019: Close But No Cigar shout out in the Molotov Cocktail Flash Legends competition.
April 2019: I attended the Liminal Residency at Alton Towers, read my on-site interview here: https://www.liminalresidency.co.uk/an-interview-with-gaynor-jones/
My Collection, Business As Usual received a special mention in the short story collection category at the Saboteur Awards.
March 2019: A busy month for competitions! Shortlisted for both the Flash 500 and TSS Flash Fiction competitions. Highly commended in the National Flash Fiction Day micro competition. Read my piece here: https://bit.ly/2Z8AN9J
Also in March, I performed a feature set at That’s What She Said Manchester and was a guest performer with the Real Story at the Not Quite Light Festival.
February 2019: I won joint first prize in the Funny Pearls micro competition. Read my piece here: https://bit.ly/2wBDN1T
January 2019: My second Close But No Cigar in a Molotov Cocktail flash competition. I headlined at Verbose spoken word night alongside Rosie Garland and Michael Conley. I launched my limited edition print flash fiction collection, Business As Usual, which sold out within 6 weeks!
Here’s a write up of the launch by Ellipsis: https://bit.ly/2JU1zPz
Here’s a review of the collection by Storgy: https://bit.ly/3129KyF
And here’s a wonderful reader review from the very talented, multi-prize winning writer Fiona J Mackintosh (www.fionajmackintosh.com)
Gaynor Jones “Business As Usual” – These stories are confident and accomplished right out of the gate. Starting with the opening story Girls Who Get Taken, we’re in the realm of women wrestling with the complication of their bodies. Bodies that both repel – “‘Close your legs, you stink of fish’” – and attract the worst sort of attention – “His arm appeared from nowhere. Tight around your neck… You let him lead you from the bus stop. Rigid. Frozen. Like this snow, just beginning to fall.”
In The Thing Between Your Legs, a bushel of sisters try to puzzle out the mystery of their vaginas. “Mother kept her legs crossed – always at the ankle, never at the knee. But there were six of us, plus the dead baby, so we knew she had opened them up plenty.” And in To My Three-Year-Old, Naked in the Bathtub, a mother worries about the pressures her daughter will face as she gets older, “These are some things you don’t yet know. To suck in your belly. To pull at the flab of your thighs as you stand in front of a mirror and measure the lack of space between them.” In the masterful Blue is a Feeling as Well as a Colour, a woman with post-partum depression comes upon a beached whale and imagines riding her out into the ocean, “The water fills me, fills my stomach, kicks and swirls inside me. Like it was before, before I knew how bad it could be.”
From a wrenching story of infertility (Ripe/Unripe) to the loss of a baby by adoption (The Price You Pay), Jones’ women suffer, but you never feel they will crumble. Even when vulnerable, they seem to possess a deep, infinite strength.
The stories vary in style from realist to surreal, which keeps the reader intrigued. And they also vary in length, which is desirable as too many 300-word or 500-word stories in a row can start to feel metronomic. It’s a fabulous collection – highly recommended.
Mini interview with Tommy Dean as part of his legendary flash interview series, a real honour to be asked. Read it here: https://tommydeanwriter.com/2018/09/04/mini-interview-with-gaynor-jones/
Originally posted 2018-06-04 15:41:38.