Friday 24 April 2015


Candy Jar Books is pleased to announce that Breaking the Surface is now available to pre-order.

Twelve short stories were selected by the judges for publication in Breaking the Surface including Andrea Wotherspoon’s winning entry of the same title (for which she also won a Kindle Fire). Sarah Evans, Tony Mayle and Jane Collins were also highly commended for their entries.

On hearing the news, Andrea Wotherspoon, from Caithness near John O’Groats said: “My story focuses on the idea of grief and how it affects the people going through it. Despite this, I have been told that it is actually quite uplifting.  I look forward to seeing my work in print.”

The Cardiff-based publisher relaunched the competition to coincide with its summer book festival last year. Laura Foakes won the 2012/2013 competition with her entry The Countess and the Mole Man. She continued to work with Candy Jar and saw the release of her debut children’s book The Liars’ and Fibbers’ Academy last year.

Hayley Cox, senior publishing coordinator at Candy Jar Books, said: “We invite submissions for our short story contest biannually and have held two competitions so far. Both times we were inundated with excellent stories. This is an exciting year for Candy Jar, we will be releasing books from established, as well as debut authors but it’s great to promote previously unpublished writers within this anthology. The quality of writing was truly outstanding and we had a number of entries from all across the UK.”

Breaking the Surface contains the twelve winning stories and is available to pre-order for £9.99 from ahead of the general release of the paperback and ebook editions in the summer. 

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