Entries are now open for the 2019 takahē Short Story Competition, and we’re all a flutter to welcome writer and artist Nod Ghosh as judge.
Nod is a prolific writer, having graduated from the Hagley Writers’ Institute in 2014, she already has an impressive list of awards and publications to her name, along with two years’ associate editing Flash Frontier. This year, between creating artworks like Snake (featured here), she found time to launch her debut flash fiction novella, The Crazed Wind.
We’ve also been lucky enough to have Nod’s work in the pages of takahē. Most recent was Muscle, in t93, which begins:
The screams. It’ll be the screams that finish me off.
And back in t87, Nod was our guest fiction writer, gifting us horse, starting with the haunting line:
i only ever saw horse cry once.
It’s not only the start of Nod’s stories that so evocatively imaginative. Reading her work feels at times like being caught in a psychedelic whirlwind, with time and sensation whipping past almost before we can catch them. There’s the science-spiced tale of the Shapeshifters on the Bus, the speculative joy of The Cool Box, and the sensual intensity of Seven Lesbians and a Bar of Soap.
The Crazed Wind continues pushing boundaries, beginning with the story They Have a Different Heaven, set in a dreamscape in which the narrator is following their father, when suddenly:
He turns a corner and becomes younger. There are remnants of sunshine on his skin, his hair, even though the dusk has turned the ground a midden brown. I follow the boy who is to become my father.
There’s such a richness in the world of Nod’s writing, it feels as if you could dive in anywhere and find a treasure.
So if you’ve got a strange story hidden away – a odd hybrid, something grown from truth and twisted into fiction, something that seems to talk about one thing while whispering incessantly about another, something layered, something funny, something surprising – Nod may well be your ideal reader.
See the Competitions page for full entry details for the 2019 takahē Short Story Competition.