Tall And True Short Reads

Thanks Ian St James Awards

Episode 57 (8 August 2022)

In their heyday, the Ian St James Awards offered the biggest fiction prize in the UK and Ireland. Launched by the thriller writer Ian St James in 1989 to encourage new writers, the awards were open to 5,000-10,000 word short stories by unpublished writers.


Thanks Ian St James Awards

Show Notes

Season Two: Episode 57 (8 August 2022)

Thanks Ian St James is a blog post from the Tall And True writers’ website, written and narrated by Robert Fairhead.

Read the post on Tall And True: https://www.tallandtrue.com.au/blog/thanks-ian-st-james-awards

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Episode Insight

I wrote the Thanks Ian St James Awards blog post in 2018 after uncovering the original copies of my short stories and judges’ critiques during an attic tidy-up.

Although I enjoyed rereading all four Ian St James entries, 1994’s Both Sides of the Story was the one that had best stood the test of time. But it needed a good edit, and in 2019, I started reworking the story to share on Tall And True and published it as a collection of short stories in 2020, eventually narrating these for Tall And True Short Reads.

None of this would have been possible without the inspiration of the Ian St James Awards and the constructive encouragement of the judges’ critiques. And although the Awards no longer exist, this blog post was my opportunity to say a belated, “Thanks, Ian St James Awards”.

I hope you enjoyed this episode of gratitude. You can read this and all my blog posts, short stories and other writing at TallAndTrue.com. You can also buy my short story collections, including Both Sides of the Story, from the Amazon Kindle and Kobo online bookstores.

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Production Notes

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Podcast episodes are recorded in Sydney, Australia, on the traditional lands of the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation.

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