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To Hull And Back Short Story Anthology 2023

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The end of October looms and the Day of the Dead is upon us. As the sun rises on the dawn of Samhain AKA Halloween AKA Hallowe'en AKA Allhalloween AKA All Hallows' Eve AKA All Saints' Eve and AKA the lesser-known Hulloween, a book is published. Said book contains 26 stories of mirth and legend, written by goblins.

Well... not goblins as you'd know them. They're not green and you won't see them in fantasy films mining for gold. The creatures I'm referring to are writing goblins; humanoid creatures that spend time mining words in dark places and arranging them with spellbinding magic.

The title of this epic goblin-ridden tome is the To Hull And Back Short Story Anthology 2023.

To Hull And Back 2023 Front Cover

Cover designed by Georgia Cook, featuring the epic expression of winner, Olivier Breuleux

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Where to Buy The Anthology

The To Hull And Back Short Story Anthology 2023 is available from Amazon in print or Kindle (eBook) formats. PDF versions of the book are also available, sent by email.

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PDF Copies of the Anthology

Purchasing a PDF is the cheapest way to buy the 2023 To Hull And Back anthology. Pay via PayPal using the button below. I will then email you a PDF version of the book.

When purchasing the 2023 PDF, you can also opt to add the 2021 anthology PDF for an extra £2 (50% discount) or the 2021 and 2019 anthology PDFs for an extra £3 (62% discount). Use the arrow on the right to access the discount dropdown menu.

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To Hull And Back Anthology 2023

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About The To Hull And Back Anthology

I’m proud to present the eighth To Hull And Back humorous short story competition anthology. It contains a collection of 26 short stories from the winning, highly commended and shortlisted entrants of the 2023 contest. The book also contains a story written by each of the judges.

The stories in this book are fun and quirky, written by writers with vivid imaginations. This means all the tales are highly original and entertaining to read. I predict that each will become a fable of mirth and legend in the future.

The authors featured in this anthology are:

Alex Dutson, Avi Ben-Zeev, BV Lawson, Christopher Fielden, Clayton Lister, CG Casci, Dan Purdue, Emma Brankin, Helen Binks, Ian Tucker, John Holland, Katy Wimhurst, Kitt Harris, Lynda Nash, Mark Nutter, Mark Rutterford, Mary Ethna Black, Mike Scott Thomson, Noel Taylor, Olivier Breuleux, Rhys Timson, Sherry Morris, Susan Bennett, Susannah Plomer, Tim Craig and Tony Kirwood.

You can see all of their biographies on the 2023 competition results page.

Georgia Cook

The book’s cover was created by Georgia Cook - you can see her biography below.

Angela Googh

The eBook was prepared and formatted by Angela Googh - you can learn more about Ange on her website.

The anthology was first released on Hulloween (31st October) 2023. The winner’s copy of the book will make a journey on the Highway to Hull, strapped to a two-wheeled chariot of rampant noisiness. You can learn more about the meaning of the previous sentence and the To Hull And Back competition (which offers the most awesome prize in the field of literature) on the main To Hull And Back short story competition page.

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The To Hull And Back 2023 Video

The winner's video will appear here sometime during 2024, after the trip to Hull has taken place.

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Anthology Book Launch Party

The 2023 anthology book launch party took place on Thursday 25th January 2024 at The Small City Bookshop, in conjunction with Talking Tales, an established storytelling event run by Stokes Croft Writers.

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Here is a picture of all the writers who performed at the event, with some of the To Hull And Back judges.

Talking Tales January 2024 To Hull And Back

Back row, left to right: Susannah Plomer-Fielden, Richard Peyton, Olivier Breuleux, Mike Scott Thomson, Mark Rutterford, Pearl Kofi, Tony Kirwood

Front row, left to right: Ian Tucker, Dan Purdue, Noel Taylor, Chris Fielden, Bev Williams, Hilary Smith, Amena Kofi, Kitt Harris

You can find all the details on the Talking Tales page via the link above or on the SCW Facebook page.

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Anthology Cover

The 2023 To Hull And Back anthology cover was designed and created by Georgia Cook.

Georgia Cook

Georgia Cook

Georgia Cook is an illustrator and writer from London who has worked on shows for the likes of Disney+ and Apple. As a writer, she has written for publications such as Baffling, Vastarien Lit, and Flame Tree press, as well as the Doctor Who range with Big Finish. She also frequently writes and narrates for horror anthology podcasts such as 'Creepy' and 'The Other Stories'.

She can be found on twitter at @georgiacooked and on her website.

To Hull And Back Anthology 2023 full book cover

To Hull And Back Anthology 2023, full book cover by Georgia Cook

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