New York, NY (PRWEB) July 31, 2010
The Strand Magazine has announced that a contest will be held to determine who will complete the unfinished Graham Greene novella The Empty Chair, which for the past year has been serialized in the Strand.
"I think we're very excited to see what comes our way," Andrew F. Gulli, the managing editor of the Strand said, "As an editor, it's easy to underestimate the ingenuity of aspiring writers."
The Empty Chair was discovered in a library by French scholar François Gallix while he was going over Graham Greene's papers for a research project. The first part of the 23,000 word manuscript was published in the 2009 summer issue of The Strand magazine and generated worldwide publicity and interest not only among Greene fans, but among the reading public. "I think what this proves is that despite being dead for almost twenty years, Greene is very much alive in the conscious of the reading public," said Frank Simon, the associate publisher of the Strand.
Graham Greene was born in 1904 and has a reputation as one of the greatest novelists of the 20th century for writing novels such as, The Power and the Glory, The End of the Affair, Our Man in Havana, and The Quiet American. He died in 1991.
The idea for a contest came from Greene's son Francis, who thought that The Strand was the ideal venue to publish The Empty Chair since his father published several short stories for the old Strand in the 40s.
The final part of the story will be published in the holiday issue of the Strand Magazine. "In our holiday issue we have a very short chapter five written by Greene," Gulli said, "Then the novella ends rather abruptly, immediately following chapter five, we'll publish the concluding chapter penned by winner of the contest."
The rules of the contest are listed on the Strand's website, http://www.strandmag.com
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