Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

Veni, Vidi, Vici ... No 4018

Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

Veni, Vidi, Vici ... No 4018

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Set by Dipak Ghosh

The five important elements of a short story are characters, setting, plot, conflict and theme. These were all well represented in Ernest Hemingway's tiny "For sale: baby shoes, never worn", which he supposedly claimed was his best work. We asked you for short stories, in ten words or fewer, about some topical news item

Report by Ms de Meaner

I've had a few moans in this week. Harry Glenister has written to complain that, as well as David Silverman, he also entered the Book of the Year comp (unlikely title and author) with To Kill a Mockingbirdby Bill Oddie, and only David Silverman won. I can't check this, as Harry sent in a handwritten entry that has been thrown away. But my memory is that a number of entrants came up with that book, and even more had Bill Oddie attached to other titles, but only David put the two together. Usually, if two people come up with the same idea, they share the prize. If I inadvertently overlooked Harry I apologise profusely.

And Paul Bond, who now styles himself "dear Paul Bond" as I referred to him in my comp report castigating him for not having the energy to go out and buy the Sun or Mail to research their house styles, has put in a request: "Just don't rubbish me!--my public is nearly revolting." Perish the thought!

[pounds sterling]5 book tokens for the singletons and a [pounds sterling]10 cheque for the doubletons. In addition, the Tesco vouchers go to John O'Byrne for going beyond the call of duty. …

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