Head Land

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The first book from EHU press, Head Land (22nd September 2016) will take the form of an anthology featuring previously shortlisted authors from the Edge Hill Prize. This year’s winner and the readers prize winner will also be included in the anthology to celebrate the tenth year.


The stories in Head Land explore the domestic and the fantastic, the past and the present in writing that is sometimes funny, sometimes tragic, but always brilliant. Brought together in one remarkable collection, Head Land presents an array of stories from writers nominated for the Edge Hill University Prize for Short Story, in celebration of ten years of the unique and prestigious award. 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. Pioneered by Edge Hill to spotlight excellence in the short story form, the Prize attracts established writers competing alongside relative newcomers, showcasing fresh, compelling work from the finest single-author collections published in the UK and Ireland.

The writers and their stories:

Starting on the 5th July with the Edge Hill University Short Story Prize winner, we will be releasing the name of another author and their story, every week until the publication date. Look out for these announcements on our social media pages and check back here for a more detailed biography and review of their story.


The Stylist magazine
We’ve covered a lot of short story collections in these reviews, but, despite some really
astonishing collections coming out and more attention being paid in general, short stories just
don’t receive the love that novels do. Edge Hill University, based in Ormskirk, are on the same
page as us and run the only short story prize for a collection by a British or Irish writer.
The Edge Hill Short Story Prize has been running for 10 years now and they’ve published Head
Land to celebrate. 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 Neil
Gaiman and China Melville. If you’re looking for somewhere to start small, this is your collection.

‘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.

‘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: Fictions; co-author, Writing Short Stories: A Writers and Artists Companion.

Edge Hill Short Story Prize

The prize was founded by Dr Ailsa Cox, a Reader in Creative Writing and English Literature and Professor of Short Fiction. Her critical and practise-based research and commitment to the short story in its own right have made a valuable and valued contribution to a nationwide revival of interest in a genre that has traditionally been overshadowed.

Freight Books

Freight Books is an independent publisher focused on high quality fiction for an English speaking readership. They are committed to publishing work by established writers, brilliant débuts, short story collections, forgotten classics, occasional novels-in-translation and, from time to time, poetry collections. Freight Books are our partner in our first joint enterprise, publishing Head Land.

Order Now!

You can now order this fantastic anthology from Freight Books!

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