Elizabeth Baines - short stories

'One of the finest short story writers in the country' - Neil Campbell



NEWS: A new story by Elizabeth, 'A Mountain, Three Houses', which was shortlisted in this year's
Short Fiction Journal Wild Writing Prize, has been placed in the top 50 in the
BBC National Short Story Competition 2021


Hear Elizabeth read an extract from the beginning of her latest published story,'The Words He Said',
and read a short piece on its composition.



USED TO BE
(Salt Modern Fiction)

What if you made a different choice or had another life?
'The stories in Used to Be are the work of a dazzling writer' - Nuala O'Connor, author of Miss Emily
'Baines reminds me of a scratch DJ, taking a conventional format and messing with it, expertly,
to give the audience a whole new experience...'
- Bookmuse

Reviews and comments



BALANCING ON THE EDGE OF THE WORLD
(Salt Modern Fiction)


Where is the Edge of the World? It's a back alley in Chinatown, or the dark suburban street where muggers jump you, it's a mountain camp in the dusk for an estranged father and son. It's the endless dunes where you lose your way, it's a seat in a pram at the top of a hill. It's the place where an erotic encounter can lead you. It's the unacknowledged scientific view, or the intuitive insight which conventional medicine ignores. It's the powerlessness resulting from lost language and suppressed history, it's the moment with the rough kids in the woods when you understand you're no better than them. It's the place where you can wrest back power - rebel against a violent father, expose a conman, discover you have magic powers.

It's between these covers. You can go there by clicking here

'Quite swept me off my feet ... Nothing would have induced me to interrupt
Balancing on the Edge of the World by Elizabeth Baines until I'd read them all' -Dovegreyreader. Read a review by Dovegreyreader here.

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AUDIO CLIPS OF EXTRACTS:

From 'The Shooting Script'

From 'Star Things'


SALT WEBSITE PAGE FOR BALANCING ON THE EDGE OF THE WORLD

 

ARTICLES AND INTERVIEWS ABOUT BALANCING ON THE EDGE OF THE WORLD :

Contribution to a series on creating a text on John Baker's blog, focusing on the story, 'Compass and Torch'.

The Short Review interview

The Book Addict's Guide interview

Dovegreyreader Asks

Film: Salt Podcast: I talk about my short stories

 

A virtual book tour.
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PRIZES

Shortlisted in the 2021 Short Fiction Journal Wild Writing Prize, and placed with the same story
in the top 50 in the 2021 BBC National Short Story Competition
Longlisted and highly commended in the Manchester Fiction Prize 2019/2020
Finalist and judge's honourable mention in the Tillie Olsen Prize 2019
Longlisted in the 2018 V S Pritchett Short Story Prize.
Longlisted in the 2018 Short Fiction Journal competition, and runner up in the same competition in 2014.
Shortlisted and Highly Commended in the Sean O'Faolain Short Story Competition 2010
Longlisted for the Bristol Short Story Prize 2010
Third Prize in the Raymond Carver Competition 2008
Earlier awards for stories in the following competitions:
A BBC Radio 3 competition (third prize), the Listowel Festival short story competition, Writers' Inc, and twice in the Moondance International Film Festival short story competition.

 

EARLIER WORK

Stories have appeared in numerous print journals and anthologies including Stand, The London Magazine, The Literary Review, Confingo, The Lonely Crowd, Best Short Stories from Stand Magazine (Methuen), Unthologies 5 & 7, and Best British Short Stories 2014 & 2019 (Salt), and have been broadcast on Radios 3 & 4.

Founder co-editor (with Ailsa Cox) and publisher (with Ailsa Cox and John Ashbrook) of the acclaimed short story magazine Metropolitan.


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