Very Specific Commissions

3.

Commission for a short story, 300-400 words, written in the first person. The narrator is an employee at the NRA in charge of soliciting gifts from individuals. But the narrator has begun seeing things. Are they hallucinations? Is a sense of guilt creeping into the narrator’s life and influencing their interactions with co-workers and family?

The story must include a scene where the narrator interacts with a Republican politician.

The story must contain the line of dialogue: ‘Could be a trick of the light.’

PAYMENT
A pristine hardback copy of Zadie Smith’s latest, Feel Free.

DEADLINE
April 13th, 2018

SEND WORK TO:
hamish@hamishhamilton.co.uk

2.

SHORT STORY

Commission for a short story, 300-400 words, an interior monologue, from the point of view of Ivanka Trump, as she attends a meeting with her father and Xi Jinping, and contemplates who she is and what she’s become.

Jared Kushner is also in the room. He sits across the table from her.

Story must contain the line of dialogue: ‘But would the clothing still sell?’

PAYMENT

Three pristine Hamish Hamilton hardcover books. One will have the (inauthentic) signature of Ivanka on the inside cover. 

DEADLINE

June 16th, 2017

SEND WORK TO:

hamish@hamishhamilton.co.uk

INSPIRATION

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1.

SHORT STORY

Commission for a short story, 300-400 words, about a scientist who smuggles out crucial climate change facts under the iron fist of a censorial government.

Scientist’s name must be Rowena.

Story must contain the line of dialogue: ‘Some things you just don’t see coming.’

PAYMENT

Three pristine Hamish Hamilton hardcover books. One will have an interesting fact about climate change written on the inside of the front cover.

DEADLINE

February 10th, 2017

SEND WORK TO:

hamish@hamishhamilton.co.uk

INSPIRATION