Did you know that there are 27 common faults in short stories, according to the Willesden Herald? The Willesden Herald is known for not awarding a short story prize to any of the entries because Zadie Smith found none of them fit for reward.
While that very move to not award a winner was very controversial, it’s blossomed interesting debates and commentary. Should a contest award a winner, no matter what? Were they right to withhold the award? Good stuff to digest on both sides of the debate (most notable: Edward Champion’s chastisement of Zadie Smith‘s decision).
Now the list. (And yes, I’m late on bringing this up here–but hey, I’m behind on my blogging).
With twenty-seven items, it’s a fairly comprehensive list. I have mixed feelings about the list. Maybe you do, too.