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Looking for Love - Stephen Smythe

Chapbook RCP98
A6 38 Pages
Originally published as a limited edition of 40 Copies
Third printing


Looking for Love - Stephen Smythe

  • Looking For Love
    40 Forty Word Stories


    Stephen Smythe is a Mancunian writer. He was shortlisted
    for the Bridport Prize and longlisted for the Bath Flash Fiction
    Award shortly before completing an MA in Creative Writing, at Salford University. He won the Bangor Literary Journal FORTY WORDS Competition, in 2022, after being runner-up and shortlisted on several previous occasions.

    ‘Award-winning writer Stephen Smythe is a master of what not to say. Wit and melancholy underpin his words in equal measure. In Smythe’s 40-word flashes, the consensus is that the reader and writer play equal roles, putting themselves into each other’s shoes— the perfect verstehen.’
    Amy Louise Wyatt

    Before she was Gran, she had the best legs in Chorlton Palais…
    Stephen Smythe’s 40-word vignettes in Looking for Love paint a quirky, real, unexpectedly poignant picture of, among other things, online dating and its inevitable disappointments, intergenerational misunderstandings and their fallout, and the unfair world of zero‑hours contracts and the struggle to get by. Smythe is a master storyteller with a perfect sense of comic timing.’
    Ian Seed

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