In November, 2011, I had a wee bit of spare time on a trip back to Scotland. I’d been shopping in Glasgow and met with speedier success than anticipated, so I had an extra hour before I had to hop on the train from Queen Street to Stirling for dinner at Uncle Brian’s. What else would a good writer do but duck into the nearest bookshop and then coffee shop (yes, I know, bookshop then bar might be closer to the mark) and sip something strong while catching up on what’s on in the local and regional literary scene? Amongst the many interesting goings on in the Scottish Literary Scene, I found Northwords Now, a wonderful literary journal. I also found guidelines for a then-new literary competition, The Baker Prize. I submitted to both and wound up winning The Baker Prize with one piece of fiction — Payline — and having another — Between Sea and Sky — accepted for Northwords Now. That was a year ago, in 2012.
This year, 2013, The Baker Prize and Northwords Now have teamed up. The journal is publishing the winners, runners up and highly commended stories and poems of The Baker Prize. Here’s a link to the website. Follow the instructions to get the issue, which contains the lot of them (and lots of other great writing), in whichever format suits you best: