Some great news we missed while preparing for last year’s awards ceremony and anthology launch, J.R. McConvey, who claimed second prize in our 2015 competition, had his debut short story collection, Different Beasts published by Goose Lane in Canada.
The collection has been receiving some excellent reviews: “This is a brilliant collection. Here is the human understory, a tour through the internal wilderness of soul after troubled soul. As their maker, J.R. McConvey considers each one with a clear, unfailing gaze. More than that, he does so in language that sings.” — Alissa York
“Different Beasts made me fall in love with the craft of short stories all over again. This collection took me to places — some uncomfortable, others hearbreaking — that I wasn’t expecting to go. This is the work of a writer of beastly talent, vision, and guts.” — Brian Francis
“In these uncanny stories, McConvey gently pulls at the seams of reality until it frays to reveal the battered heart beneath each tale.” — Andrew F. Sullivan
“Affecting, dynamic, inventive, and inexhaustibly various — J.R. McConvey’s debut is a menagerie of remarkable beasts.” — Steven Heighton
Many congratulations to Joel, and we look forward to reading much more of his work in the future.
J.R. McConvey won second prize in the 2015 Bristol Short Story Prize for his story, Between the Pickles. The story is available in our volume 8 anthology.