Brought together in one remarkable collection, Head Land presents an array of stories from writers nominated for the Edge Hill University Short Story Prize, in celebration of ten years of this unique and prestigious award.
The stories here explore the domestic and the fantastic, the past and the present in writing that is sometimes funny, sometimes tragic, but always brilliant. This dazzling assortment demonstrates the indispensable and ever-evolving nature of the short story, featuring outstanding work by some of the very best writers in the field of contemporary fiction.
Pioneered by Edge Hill to showcase excellence in the short story form, the Prize attracts established writers competing alongside emerging voices, drawing welcome attention to fresh, compelling work from the finest single-author collections published in the UK and Ireland.
Contributors include Kevin Barry, Colm Tóibín, Ali Smith, Neil Gaiman, Kirsty Gunn, Tessa Hadley, Sarah Hall, Zoe Lambert, Claire Keegan, China Miéville, Jon McGregor, Nicholas Royle, Helen Simpson, amongst others.
This anthology also marks the inception of the Edge Hill University Press, a new imprint dedicated to bringing contemporary prose and poetry to new audiences.
Praise for Head Land
‘Short Stories: The quality of the writers involved is incredible: there’s a touching, twisting story from Ali Smith, a terrifying eco-parable from Helen Simpson, plus contributions from China Mieville and Neil Gaiman. If you’re looking for somewhere to start small, this is your collection.’ Emerald Street
‘What a good title for a short story collection: the imaginative territory of the mind or a cliff edge? What’s the difference? There lies much of the satisfaction of the form – a lot packed into a little – especially when practised by Ali Smith, Neil Gaiman and Sarah Hall. However, it’s the mix of names and unknowns, and the stories themselves, that make this ring particularly true.’ Monocle
‘Head Land is a wonderful echo chamber where there is a strong sense of recognising truth told in artful and courageous ways. Such stories are gifts, where human experience, however raw or strange, dazzles on the page revealing our strengths and vulnerabilities. Short stories take such a little time to read but give generously in return… The richness of each story in Head Land makes it a spellbinding read.’ Product
‘Without a doubt this anthology contains the most important writers from the UK and Ireland at work in the short story today. These masters of the craft often re-define what the genre can do. A hugely impressive collection of stories.’ Paul McVeigh, Co-Founder of The London Short Story Festival and author of The Good Son
‘As these fabulous (in all senses) stories attest, the Edge Hill Prize is a unique and vital part of the UK’s vibrant short story ecosystem, signposting the variety and brilliance of each year’s crop of short story collections.’ Tania Hershman, author of My Mother Was an Upright Piano and co-author of Writing Short Stories: A Writers’ and Artists’ Companion