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Shortlist

 

ANNOUNCING THE SHORTLISTS FOR THE SHOW ME YOURS PRIZE

Fiction//Poetry//Nonfiction//Image

I’ll Show You Mine: A Sex Writing Symposium began as a desire for conversation; with the Show Me Yours Prize, we want to open that conversation up to artists and writers of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and celebrate work that engages with the world of sex and desire in surprising, breathless and exciting ways.

We’ve been truly privileged to receive so many entries from such a diverse and eclectic number of artists. We received over 360 entries, many of which contained up to three poems or two short pieces of prose. Thank you so much to everyone who entered and trusted us with your work. We feel incredibly lucky and are excited to share these shortlists with you all.

As ever, taste is subjective and many fine pieces didn’t make the cut or didn’t feel like the right fit for us. This is no comment on the quality of that work and furthermore, due to the large number of entrants, there were many great pieces that we simply couldn’t find space for on this shortlist. Truly, putting together this shortlist has been incredibly difficult and we feel so blessed by how hard you’ve made this for us!

We know how hard putting your work out into the world can be and we want to acknowledge everyone who entered the prize. You’re the best!

You’ll find our shortlisted entries below, listed by category. Feel free to share news of your shortlisting and publication in your journal as far and as wide as you would like :)

We’ll be announcing the winner of our £300 grand prize and £50 highly commended prizes in the next few weeks. Exciting! If you’d like to receive updates about the prize, please sign up to our mailing list.

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James & Melissa

FICTION SHORTLIST

An Encyclopaedia of Orgasms - Timothy Boudreau


Timothy Boudreau's recent work appears or is forthcoming at Riggwelter, Spelk, Fiction Southeast, Milk Candy Review, Bending Genres and X-R-A-Y. His collection Saturday Night and other Short Stories is available through Hobblebush Books. Find him on Twitter at @tcboudreau or at timothyboudreau.com.

Animal Spirits (Ad Noctem Ignes) - Steve Passey

Steve Passey is from Southern Alberta. He is the author of the short-fiction collection Forty-Five Minutes of Unstoppable Rock and many other things. He is also poart of the editorial team at the Black Dog Review. Tweet to him @thestevepassey

Art - Lindsey Keller

L. Keller has lived somewhere along the Rocky Mountains nearly all her life. She writes short fiction and poetry that amplify the female voice & female concerns.

Doll - Sarah Westcott

Sarah Westcott is a poet and writer who lives in Kent with her family. Her first poetry collection, Slant Light, was published by Pavilion Poetry and Highly Commended in the 2017 Forward Prizes. She has had work published in journals including Poetry Review, Strix and Magma and embedded in a nature reserve where it was triggered by footsteps. She teaches poetry at City Lit in London and is working on a sequence of tiny poems in the voices of plants.

Girly - Angela Readman

Angela Readman's stories have won the Costa Short Story Prize, the Mslexia Competition, and the Anton Chekhov Award for Short Fiction. Her collection Don't Try this at Home was shortlisted in the Edge Hill, and won the Rubery Book Award. Her novel Something like Breathing was published by And Other Stories in 2019. She also writes poetry, her collection is out with Nine Arches.

Infliction - Vivienne Burgess

Vivienne Burgess studied English with Creative Writing at Brunel University London. Her fiction has been published online by LossLit and 365 Tomorrows, and in print by Brunel University Press, Cuckoo Young Writers and The Nottingham Review, for whom she is now a First Reader. She currently lives and works in the North East of England.

Notes - Vijay Khurana

Vijay Khurana's fiction has been longlisted for the Galley Beggar Press short story prize (2018/19) and shortlisted for the Bath Short Story Award (2019). His project ‘A Little Death’, examining James Joyce and others, can be found on creative-criticism site Beyond Criticism. His children’s chapter book, Regal Beagle, was published in Australia by Random House in 2014. He lives in Germany and the UK, where he is currently completing an MFA at the University of East Anglia.

Other Practices of Everyday Life - Sohini Basak

Sohini Basak is the author of the poetry collection We Live in the Newness of Small Differences, which won the inaugural Beverly International Manuscript Prize in 2017. She grew up in Barrackpore and studied literature and creative writing at the universities of Delhi, Warwick, and East Anglia, where she was awarded the Malcolm Bradbury Continuation Grant for Poetry. In 2017, she received a Toto Funds the Arts prize for her poetry. Currently, she works as an editor in Delhi.

Quid pro quo - Hannah Storm

Hannah Storm has recently discovered flash fiction and CNF after 20 years of travelling the world as a journalist. Now she writes to pay tribute to the people she’s met and to process her own experiences. Much of what she writes explores power and the abuse of power, in a range of contexts. She lives on the English south coast with her husband and two children and when she's not working in the media or writing, she runs crazy distances for fun.

The Night Women - Cilola Magdalena Mumbi

Cilola Magdalena Mumbi is a British-Zambian writer and educator who resides in London. Her work primarily explores sexuality, taboo, and trauma within Southern African communities and diasporic communities in London. Her poem 'plastic princess' was longlisted for the HAART Poetry Prize and her short stories such as 'The Lamb and the Flame' have been featured in journals such as What the Fresh Witch. She is currently completing a collection of short stories.

Thinking About my First Kiss at my Late Husband’s Grave - Thomas Willett

For Thomas, writing helped him to realise that, not only was he hella gay, he was hella gay and proud of it. Graduating Brunel University London in 2016 with First Class Honours in English with Creative Writing, Thomas spent his undergrad years exploring what it means to be gay, both on the page and off (meaning he met his now Fiancée in First year. Get your head out of the gutter!). Taking his academia to the next level, Thomas built upon his success to achieve a Distinction in Creative Writing: The Novel in 2018, also at Brunel. Love become his point of study; exploring how we love and define it can inform our identities and how we receive others. 

Now, Thomas lives with his fiancée and works as a Content Developer while polishing off his first novel (first of many, fingers crossed). He continues to unpick sexuality and identity in his works and hopes that his writing can help other queer boys, girls and ungendered individuals to find themselves in his pages and ink.

POETRY SHORTLIST

An Outward Sign of An Inward Grace - Jack Bigglestone

Jack Bigglestone is a queer writer and reader. Originally from rural Shropshire, he now lives in Glasgow. He was recently published in We Were Always Here: A Queer Words Anthology, Spam, and GUM. For word-y things follow him on twitter @JackBigglestone.

Bad girlfriend - Ruth Charnock

Ruth Charnock is a writer, poet and academic. Her work is interested in bad feelings, popular culture, sex, feminism and embodiment. She is the editor of Joni Mitchell: New Critical Readings (Bloomsbury) and the author of Anais Nin: bad sex, shame and contemporary culture (forthcoming with EUP). Her latest creative-critical piece, 'Bad Teacher' will be out with Capacious journal this summer.

Blueprints - Hilary Watson

Hilary Watson is a graduate of the University of Warwick Writers’ Programme and was a Jerwood/Arvon Mentee 2015/16 with mentor Caroline Bird. She has been shortlisted for the Troubadour International Poetry Prize and the Live Canon Prize, and has recently been published in the Butcher's Dog, The Interpreter's House, and Impossible Archetype. She lives in Cardiff with her girlfriend.

Coupled, You Will Need Both Equations to Solve for X and Y - Lydia Unsworth

Lydia Unsworth is the author of two collections of poetry: Certain Manoeuvres (Knives Forks & Spoons, 2018) and Nostalgia for Bodies (Winner, 2018 Erbacce Poetry Prize), and two chapbooks: My Body in a Country (Ghost City Press, 2019) and the forthcoming I Have Not Led a Serious Life (above / ground press, 2019). Recent work can be found in Ambit, para.text, Tears in the Fence, Banshee, Litro and others. Manchester / Amsterdam. Twitter@lydiowanie

Eating Coño Next to Ripe Mangos - Laia Sales Merino

Laia Sales Merino is a poet from the Catalan Pyrenees. She is currently based in the UK. In her poetry, the English language coexists with Catalan and Spanish. Her work can be found in Eyot, amberflora and Ambit.

Football for sensitive boys - Colin McGuire

Colin McGuire is a poet and performer from Glasgow, who lives in Edinburgh. His most recent collection is 'Enhanced fool disclosure' published by Speculative Books in 2018. He won the Out:spoken award for the 'film poetry' category and best poetry overall in London in 2018. His poetry explores the realities of addiction, anxiety and masculinity. He has been published in such magazines as Gutter, Wasafiri and Punch, he has been published in several anthologies. He is also a mindfulness practitioner, studying an Ms.c. in Mindfulness at Aberdeen University.

Little Girls So Often Get Lost In The Woods Chasing Pretty Butterflies - Sophie Essex

Sophie Essex is a softcore bunny and sexual synesthete living in Norwich where she promotes her adoration of poetry through micro-publisher Salò Press, lit-mag Fur-Lined Ghettos, and monthly open-mic night Volta. Her work has previously appeared in Leste, Lighthouse, The Belleville Park Pages, HVTN, and others. Her chapbook 'Some Pink Star' is available through Eibonvale Press. Find her @salopress @capitanofelixio.

Lustral - Hilary Watson

Hilary Watson is a graduate of the University of Warwick Writers’ Programme and was a Jerwood/Arvon Mentee 2015/16 with mentor Caroline Bird. She has been shortlisted for the Troubadour International Poetry Prize and the Live Canon Prize and has recently been published in the Butcher's Dog, The Interpreter's House, and Impossible Archetype. She lives in Cardiff with her girlfriend.

Neighbors - Jon Stone

Jon Stone is a researcher in poem-game hybrids and interplay, and co-runs Sidekick Books with Kirsten Irving. He has previously won an Eric Gregory Award. His first collection, School of Forgery (Salt, 2012), was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.

Nobody Poet - Frankie Blaus
Other Ways of Knowing - Frankie Blaus

Frankie Blaus believes that language is terribly limiting. It may seem a bit odd, then, that they identify as a “word-artist.” And they’re fairly good at what they do. Frankie has, in partnership with organisations like Manchester Histories, Young Identity, NowThen Magazine, MIF, and HOMEmcr, published nine whole poems (a few too many to list, I think), and co-written multiple pieces of theatre (BODY LANGUAGE, 2018 / HATCH: Home 2018 / IMPRINT, 2019) Alongside fellow Young Identity alumni, Frankie manages the independent publishing house, Ivy Publications (NO DISCLAIMERS, 2018). Frankie is working on a few things right now, like keeping the lights on, finishing their degree, and curating two new collections to be published by Ivy Publications in partnership with MIF and HOMEmcr.

Queer Arithmetic - Jarred Thompson

Jarred Thompson‘s poetry has been published in Typecast Literary Magazine, Type House Literary Magazine, Outcast Magazine, the Esthetic Apostle, Sky Island Journal, Odd Magazine, Best New African Poets Anthology of 2016, New Contrast Literary Journal and one of his poems was longlisted for The Sol Plaatje Award and Anthology of Poetry in 2017. His chapbook Universes and Paradoxes was shortlisted for the Kingdom in the Wild Poetry Prize. His fiction publications include Typecast Literary Magazine, New Contrast Literary Journal, The Rainy Day Literary Magazine, ImageOutWrite, the Johannesburg Review of Books and The 2018 Writivism Mentoring Anthology Transcending the Flame. Additionally his short story Changing I’s was also longlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize.

Same Old Sex My Pretty Elbow - Alice Willitts

Alice Willitts’ pamphlet Dear, won the Magma Pamphlet Competition in 2018 and was published in 2019. She graduated from the Creative Writing MA at UEA with Distinction (2018). She collaborates in experimental poetics under the name Cathenka-Willitts and was shortlisted for the Ivan Juritz Prize, Kings College London, 2018. She is also a garden designer and plantswoman. www.alicewillittspoet.uk

Sunday Afternoon - Jake Weaver

Jake Weaver is a writer and performer whose poetry unpacks love, distance, and queerness through vintage board games and complex-carb metaphors. For two years now he has been standing on stages in Nottingham and across the midlands insisting that Geminis are not that bad to people who never asked. His poetry will leave you laughing, crying, and wondering whether a co-owned fridge really is a good enough reason to stay together.

Thailand - Jaime García-Iglesias

Jaime García-Iglesias is a PhD candidate in sociology at the University of Manchester. His research looks at new meanings of HIV in online kink communities and pornography . Originally from Spain, Jaime has a background in English literature and critical theory. He has published academic work on 18th century literature, queer chicano poetry and ethnoperformance. He has been writing fiction since 2016 and published his poetry, which includes free-form and shape poems.

the syllables in the name of the good lord - Jack Houston

Jack Houston is his partner’s (slightly) less-glamourous assistant in the running of their two-child household and also holds council-funded poetry workshops at Woodberry Down Library on the second Tuesday of every month. His work has appeared in And Other Poems, Blackbox Manifold, The Butcher’s Dog, Magma, Poetry London and Stand.


NONFICTION SHORTLIST

A Night to Remember - Daniel Garcia

Daniel Garcia's work appears or is forthcoming in Write About Now, Crab Fat Magazine, SLICE, Denver Quarterly, The Offing and elsewhere. A semifinalist for the Frank McCourt Memoir Prize, Daniel is arecipient of the Myong Cha Son Haiku Award, the 1st Place Personal Essay Award at the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference, and winner of the Bat City Review Short Prose Contest.

First Time - Vanessa de Sade

Vanessa de Sade is a forty-something full-figure gal who likes to write hot stories about real women exploring the darker regions of their own sexuality. She is the author of numerous popular stories plus the collections, Fur, In the Forests of the Night, Black & White Movies and Tales from a Tangled Bush.

Never Have, Never - Taylor Beidler and Magdalene Bird

Taylor Beidler is a playwright, performer, deviser and dramaturg hailing from New York City. Her work has been produced across the US and UK, and garnered recognition from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. She is currently pursuing her MA in Scriptwriting from the University of East Anglia, as well as an MSt in Creative Writing from Oxford University with an emphasis on narrative non-fiction. She recently had a radio play recorded at RADA and a short film produced at London Film School. She will be an artist-in-residence at BarnArts this summer workshopping her most recent play with The New Collectives, where she is also a Resident Dramaturg.

Magdalene Bird is a scriptwriter, activist and performer; devoted to the Arts and helping others. She co-created the XRT Festival and currently is a writer in residence with FLY Festival. She recently performed her writing at The Pleasance Theatre and is writing short films for Drama Studio London. 

Re: Sometime after 5:00 p.m. on a Wednesday in the Middle of Autumn - Daniel Garcia

Daniel Garcia's work appears or is forthcoming in Write About Now, Crab Fat Magazine, SLICE, Denver Quarterly, The Offing and elsewhere. A semifinalist for the Frank McCourt Memoir Prize, Daniel is arecipient of the Myong Cha Son Haiku Award, the 1st Place Personal Essay Award at the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference, and winner of the Bat City Review Short Prose Contest.

spartans and the athenians - Jess Morgan

Jess Morgan is a writer and musician from Norfolk. She is a graduate of the University of East Anglia’s Creative Non-Fiction MA and her work has appeared in Oh Comely, The Cardiff Review and Memoir Mixtapes. She is currently working on a book about making families, hometowns and birdwatching.

Tiebreak - Milena Williamson

Milena Williamson is from Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. ‘Tiebreak’ is her first nonfiction publication. When not exploring this new genre, Milena is often writing poetry. She is currently pursuing a PhD in creative writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen’s University Belfast. Her project is entitled ‘War, Image, Memory: Contemporary (Northern) Irish and American Poetry’. She was the winner of the Mairtín Crawford Poetry Award in 2018. Her poetry has been published on RTÉ and in Magma, The Tangerine, The Honest Ulsterman, Poetry Ireland Review and more. Find more of her work at www.milenawilliamson.com

What You Don’t - Taylor Beidler

Taylor Beidler is a playwright, performer, deviser and dramaturg hailing from New York City. Her work has been produced across the US and UK, and garnered recognition from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. She is currently pursuing her MA in Scriptwriting from the University of East Anglia, as well as an MSt in Creative Writing from Oxford University with an emphasis on narrative non-fiction. She recently had a radio play recorded at RADA and a short film produced at London Film School. She will be an artist-in-residence at BarnArts this summer workshopping her most recent play with The New Collectives, where she is also a Resident Dramaturg.

Why Not - Anna Kate Blair

Anna Kate Blair is a writer from New Zealand. She holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge and has had work published in journals including Litro, The Appendix, King's Review and Headland.

IMAGE SHORTLIST

Flatpack boyfriend - Ian Shine

Ian Shine’s stories have appeared in publications including The Stinging Fly, the National Flash-Fiction Day anthologies for 2013-16, Firewords Quarterly and Belleville Park Pages. Sally Rooney recently discussed his story Cute on the The Stinging Fly Podcast, and his piece Legs and Feet Dangling was read out at legendary Paris bookshop Shakespeare and Company as part of its New Shapes of Publishing event. Litro magazine interviewed Ian about one of his stories as part of its “Flash of Inspiration” series in 2015. Ian is represented by InkWell Management and is seeking a publisher for his first collection of short stories.

The Interior of a Heart - Adam Burton

Adam is a social worker from the UK currently living in Verona, Italy.

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED!

Truly, from the bottom of our hearts, we’re overjoyed to present this shortlist and to have been able to read so much amazing work. We’ll be announcing the winners in the next few weeks!

All shortlisted entries will be published in the I’ll Show You Mine Journal, which you can preorder now for £6. Interested in stocking the journal? Give us a shout at showyouminesymposium@gmail.com

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