Wednesday, February 17, 2016

New short story collection - Spitshine

New short story collection
Spitshine by Michael Botur
Spitshine is the third fiction collection from NZ writer Michael Botur.
Spitshine is 16 gritty short stories about people who will do anything to get on top.
The genre is literary fiction and the stories are in the tradition of NZ writers Alan Duff and Bill Payne (sort of crime fiction… sort of.)

Most of the stories have been published in/accepted for publication in literary journals including The Red Line (UK), Newfound (US), Takahē (NZ) and Swamp (University of Newcastle, Australia). Some have won prizes or been shortlisted for prizes. Botur has published fiction and poetry in Landfall, Poetry New Zealand, Takahē, Bravado, Catalyst, Deep South, 4th Floor and JAAM.

Botur works mostly as a copywriter and occasionally as a freelance journalist. He has published in NZ Herald, Herald on Sunday, Sunday Star-Times and Mana.
Previous fiction collections MEAN and Hot Bible! are available at Reviews for Mean can be read here.

Mike’s writing awards
Bath Flash Fiction Award 2015 - Shortlisted
Whangarei Libraries Flash Fiction Comp 2015 - 1st and 2nd place winner
Tākahe magazine (August 2014) – Guest Fiction Writer
Miles Hughes Award - Third place in 2014
Dan Davin Literary Award 2009 – Highly commended 
NZSA Short Story Competition 2008/9 – Third, for ‘Latter Day Lepers’
Kiwi Short Story Competition, 2009 – Second, for ‘Home D’

Her magazine Short Story Competition, 2008 – Winner

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