After having written several unpublishable novels, I am concentrating on making my next one passable. It’s got cosmetic surgery and cows (next step: an agent). A previous unpublishable novel came runner-up in the City University Festival Competition.
I’m also working on a play, about how my generation were missold ‘opportunity’, and have ditched my collection of short stories. Entitled Theologians: Stories from God’s Funeral, it just didn’t work out, although some of the stories from it were placed in competitions and publications.
In January 2012 I won the StorySLAM Live competition at the Southbank Centre. My story on synthetic biology was shortlisted for the SYBHEL prize and published by SYBHEL. I then accepted an invitation to perform a new, related story at a congress of bioethicists in New York.
Other short stories have appeared in Smoke: a London peculiar and Nottingham’s 3D anthology. The judge in the 2010 Segora short story competition ranked my entry, which will be included in the Segora anthology, “commendable”. I was shortlisted in the 2010 Earlyworks Press short story competition; my entry was published in the Ways of Falling anthology. Samples of my fiction are listed below. If you’d like to see more, please contact me.
“This is their dance” – a paparazzo and his model girlfriend. Fighting.
“On the Other Side of the Glass Wall” – a newspaper editor considers how to cover the story of his daughter’s murder. This story was commended in the 2010 Segora short story competition. The judge described it as “absolutely riveting and very chilling”.
“Alice for the Weekend” – an old friend sees me through. This story was a live-action contender in the London Literature Festival Story Slam 2010.
All works copyright Adam E. Smith.