Short Story Collection Shortlisted for Scott Prize 2012

Competition Results

The Scott Prize for short story collections has short listed my collection, Between the Toes of the Cloven Hoof. The finalists will be announced in April and could mean publication in UK, USA and Australia! Either way the short listing is extremely exciting.

Chris Smith short listed


Julia Bohanna (England) – Ink Eyes
Carys Bray (England) – Sweet Home
Madeleine D’Arcy (Ireland) – Waiting for the Bullet and Other Stories
Rusty Dolleman (US) – Other People’s Kids
Sarah Faulkner (US) – American Heartbreaker
Maurice Gartshore (Scotland) – Mother Icarus
Otis Heschemeyer (US) – The Fantome of Fatma
Julie Mayhew (England) – End Of
Alison Moore (England) – A Small Window
Rob Roensch (US) – The Wild Flowers of Baltimore
Chris Smith (England) – Between the Toes of the Cloven Hoof

See the announcement here.

F8 Magazine Article

Film, Magazine Publications, non-fiction, The Busking Project

F8 Magazine accepted an article and photographs for their latest online edition (+ipad version) – The Busking Project: This Happens Every Day. F8 specialises in publishing documentary photography and photojournalism. Issue #6 can be downloaded here.

Short Film wins Reel13 Contest!

Competition Results, Film, The Busking Project

film by chris smith nick broad and belle crawford

The Busking Project’s recent promo video has won a weekly competition with Reel 13, part of New York’s Channel Thirteen. On Saturday 21st Jan the video will air on television. It’s a great show of support for everything we did in 2011.




Inspiration in leaping sheep

Thinking Aloud

I once read an interview with an author (I don’t remember who), but part of her creative process was to pin photographs of her writing subjects all over the wall behind her desk. When I get a desk and a wall this is one of the pictures I will use:

One day when I will buy this print.

Photographer: Alan Berner
Title: Jumping Sheep


Magazine Publications
I have just realised a story of mine has been rejected from 26 publications. I wonder when or if one should accept defeat. It brought to mind something I wrote a while back:
Rejection sounds like ejection, which makes me think of ejaculation: being rejected is a big gooey mess of mixed emotions. We are fragile things we unpublished writers; easily broken.

This is how rejection usually goes for me:

Hurt: deep and personal (me!). Reflection: long and hard (should I give in?). Reality: simple and true (I will never give in).

It is the most terrible thing. I usually find that I can’t write anything for a few days after I have been rejected. It’s a massive punch in the gut, and it takes a while to remember how to breathe.

The opposite of rejection is acceptance, and this acts like armour. The more acceptance you have, the less you are winded, the less you feel the fist of rejection. I wonder if there is a point where you feel invincible, where rejection doesn’t hurt? I doubt it. I should probably say:

We are fragile things we writers; easily broken, [handle with care].

There is hope though. An acceptance of the rejected! A magazine that only publishes a piece of writing if you can prove that it has been rejected elsewhere (Rejection Digest). What a beautiful concept, unless they reject you…*

*Fortunately there is a clause that if you have been rejected five times from different publications then you get automatic publication!

Recent writings for The Busking Project

Regular contribution, The Busking Project

Writings from an ongoing journey around the world to document street performers:

7. Who wants a Busking Utopia? – an article about creating the perfect place to street perform and the risks of creating a utopia!

8. An evening with Jim Hadley – an article about a very talented performer who turned from the street to please God.