Phew - apologies for the delay but I have now selected which pieces will appear in the forthcoming short story anthology of post-industrial fiction I have been putting together. This took a bit longer than anticipated as the entries were slow to come in at first, and then I have been extremely busy over the last month working a new job which usually has me finishing at midnight most nights.
I'd like to thank everyone who took the time to write stories and submit them to me. I have, I think, selected the ones for publication on the basis of the criteria I laid down in the original post, as well as how they fit in with the general feel of the anthology. If you sent me a story and you are not listed below then please don't feel too bad as all the entries were great and it was probably just a stylistic thing.
The following authors will be contacted shortly and sent a publishing contract. I have also written a story that will be included.
Angela Corbet - Inside Out
Damian Macrae - The Last Farang
Catherine McGuire - Shifting Gears
Charles Tolver - A New World
Matthew Griffiths - The Island
Faze Al - After the Pause
Genna Rae - The Gift
Didier Pasqual - Soul Traveller
Jason Heppenstall - The Amnesiac
The book will provisionally be titled "The Spreading Silence: a collection of tales from the world after oil" and I'm looking around for cover artwork at present. I'm hoping to get it edited, proofread and typeset as soon as I can, but I'll continue to be busy for the next month and am then heading off to Germany, so please bear with me.
Once again, many thanks to all those who entered the competition - if you are on the list above I'll be in touch via email.