The eleventh edition of The Week of the Short Story starts on Monday 14 February. More than twenty-five bookshops in the Netherlands and Belgium are making an extra effort this week to draw attention to the short story genre. The JMA Biesheuvel Prize for the best collection of short stories will also be announced during this week. The week is an initiative of Linnaeus Boekhandel.
dhe Short Story Week started small, but has resonated more with booksellers, the press, publishers and especially readers. This is how you get the short story during the Week of the Short Story at Linnaeus Boekhandel I also lived in Arcadia by Ingeborg Bachmann gift. The story is included in the bundle Collected stories†
Linnaeus Live with short story writer Joep van Helden
On February 24, there will be a special episode of Linnaeus Live in the Oba Linnaeusstraat with the recently published collection of short stories jerry can by writer Joep van Helden as subject. The writer will be interviewed by Maaike Bergstra of Schrijvers from East. In jerry can he explores the interface between hard and soft, world and people, ability and will. The walk-in of Linnaeus Live is from 6.30 pm, the program starts at 7 pm. Admission, including soup, is free. Sign up at the counter of the Oba or via [email protected]†
JMA Biesheuvel Prize for the best short story collection
While there are infinite prizes in the Netherlands for novels, non-fiction work, thrillers et cetera, we have not yet had a prize for the short story collection. To give the short story the status it deserves and above all to show that it is a fully-fledged, beautiful genre, there is now also the JMA Biesheuvel Prize. It is an annual prize for the best short story collection in the Dutch language. The award is a document to one of the masters of genre. The winner of the best short story collection will be published on February 20.
The jury consists of Bo van Houwelingen, Christine Otten, Dirk-Jan Arensman, Ronald Soetaert and chairman Ionica Smeets composed the shortlist.
- A modern desire – Hanna Bervoets
- Friends of Poetry – Guido van Healdonk
- Fathers who mourn – Carmien Michels
- Tat Tvam Asic – AL Cutters
- Trains and rooms – Annelies Verbeke
Like every year, the prize money for the JMA Biesheuvel Prize will be crowdfunded via voordekunst.nl. brought. The target amount of € 4,000 was achieved in record time and is now rising to € 5,000. You can donate until February 18. The Amsterdam Literary Activities Foundation is organizing the award ceremony.