‘I knew the stones inside me were the same ones that were outside: they were colluding with each other.’
A story by Can Xue, translated from the Chinese by Karen Gernant and Chen Zeping.
‘Into the carrot-coloured bag, alongside my clothes, I put the box with Mama’s urn.’
An excerpt from Oksana Vasyakina’s Wound, translated from the Russian by Elina Alter.
A Simple Blueprint
‘We master cartography, yet despite everything, we go back and forth often in our lives, directionless.’
Fiction by Marta Orriols, translated by Samantha Mateo.
There Was a Farmer Had a Dog
‘A twenty-five-kilo dog is too small to survive in the countryside.’
An extract from Irene Solà’s forthcoming novel, translated by Mara Faye Lethem.
The Tupperware Party
‘We’re going to go crazy today, Merche exclaimed and then let out an electric shriek.’
Fiction by Montserrat Roig, translated by Julia Sanches.
‘They both had their heads almost inside the carcass, which gave off a whiff of life and of death.’
Fiction by Raül Garrigasait, translated by Mara Faye Lethem.
‘When they placed the child on Anna’s breast after the birth, she felt nothing.’
Fiction by Olga Ravn, translated by Sophia Hersi Smith and Jennifer Russell.
‘He’ll be a goner soon; the cops will find him hanging in his loo.’
Fiction by Alison Rumfitt.
Overall Winner 2023
‘I was alone and isolated. But I was not scared.’
Fiction by Kwame McPherson.
Fancy Little Spoon
‘All sex is about letting go, I tell myself, and it is about time I do.’
Fiction by hurmat kazmi.
‘It was through the telly, Mister, that I learned how my Mothers saw themselves.’
An excerpt from Mister, Mister by Guy Gunaratne.
Oceans Away From My Homeland
‘At the entrance to the gynaecology clinic, I ring the bell.’
Fiction by Agnes Chew.
The Undertaker’s Apprentice
‘It was small and delicate and its song was simple but sweet – the perfect gift. The perfect offering.’
Fiction by Hana Gammon.