The High Fantasy Challenge has been met with an admirable variety of work in poetry and prose, in traditional mythological and modern convention-defying forms.
The Binding of the Sleepless Sands.
The poetry prize goes to Steve Mann for …and here he is, himself…
These pieces are published in the anthology The Sleepless Sands along with work by the following authors:
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The Sleepless Sands
Published by Earlyworks Press ISBN 978-9553429-3-6
"Please, no more magic sword romps," they said. (in a quaint font). "Elves, dwarves and rustic spirits have had their day," they said. "High fantasy has scraped the barrel clean, there is no more."
win this competition, prove them wrong!" we said. (in
the same font). "Send
us a new fantasy story or poem that feels as magical as one of the old
favourites, but isn't just a rehash.”
This book celebrates the work of those who we feel answered the challenge with heroic success. The overall winner was R D Gardner for “The Binding of the Sleepless Sands”, an original story which is a great read in itself, but also admirably fulfills Tolkien's ideal of 'applicability', and which provided the inspiration for the title and for Katy Jones' original painting which graces the front cover.
Also included are stories, poems and artwork from 23 other writers and artists, which present high fantasy in traditional, modern, comic and deadly forms.