The Good Life in Galicia Competition: The Good News

The Good Life in Galicia competition is open to stories and poems from anyone, anywhere in the world. The only requirement is that the work is about Galicia in a major way. And entries must be written in English.

There has been some confusion that the entrants must live, or have lived, in Galicia. This is not true. We want as many people from as many places as possible to enter. The whole reason the competition was started was to increase awareness of Galicia among non Spanish people.

Spain is not just the southern summer holiday coast and bullfighting. Spain is also the steep vineyards the heroic vineyards of the Riberira Sacra region in Galicia. The beaches on the rias along the coast. Galicia has more miles/kilometers of coastline than Spain has on the Mediterranean. The Spaniards already know it’s a great place. A lot of them holiday here.

When I first discovered Galicia, while surfing the internet looking for houses for sale in Spain, I had never heard to it. But I soon fell in love with the place–before I even arrived here. And I love it more now that I am lucky enough to live here.

The Good Life competition has had an international flavour from the beginning, and after five competitions, 2016–2020, there have now been entries from people who live in India, New Zealand, Australia, America and the UK. It is wonderful to see such a variety of places represented in our entries. To know that people in these places are becoming aware of Galicia, many of them only through the competition.

Robin Hillard from Australia has been an entrant in several competitions. She has never been here, yet she has written excellent factual pieces about Galica, all researched on the internet. I particularly enjoyed her latest one (which appears in the 2020 Anthology) about the Eiros caves and their Neanderthal inhabitants.

It’s also very satisfying to see entries come from Galicians, and Spaniards from other regions. Galicians are deeply connected to the land through family, as in Vanessa De La Puentas lovely story about her Grandfather in The Man of the Vines. (The Good Life in Galicia )

They also know its legends, learned as children, and are able to pass them on to the rest of us. Noelia Roca Jones loves the old legends and her stories telling them have contributed an historic traditional aspect to the competition anthologies. Stores of mermaids living in the rivers of Galicia and the ghosts haunting the old caminos.

More advice and info about the Good Life in Galicia Competition is coming soon!


Edinburgh LGBTQ crime novel in progress from Heath Savage

For thirty years I was a chef, with a parallel career; case manager in social services. I moved to Galicia in 2018, where partner, Sarah, and I have renovated a farmhouse.

I have won prizes for my poetry and prose and been published in the anthologies: The Good Life in Galicia 2019 and 2020 .

I write articles for a global English language online publication, The Local (ES) and I also blog

Born in Belfast in 1961, I’ve lived in Australia, Scotland, USA and Belgium. I began this book twenty years ago, after finishing my day’s work. I forgot about it until eight years ago, when an acquaintance; forensic psychologist and former detective, read it. He gave positive feedback, and suggested I should publish. Now, I am working on a cook book, and others in the crime genre. I’m developing the characters in this book, to create a trilogy.

In the late 1980s and 1990s I lived in Edinburgh. I was a chef, co-owned a bistro, and volunteered as a crisis worker. I helped run rehabilitation projects for people with HIV+, and those with mental health issues. I jobbed part-time on the theatre scene when I could. Death Festival: An Edinburgh Murder Mystery is my first novel.

Death Festival: An Edinburgh Murder Mystery captures the atmosphere of Edinburgh during a decade when AIDS and drug epidemics raged. The foundations of Edinburgh’s provincial past collapsed and the city’s present incarnation was built on those ruins.

This is a crime story. Like all good stories, it is a mixture of truth and fiction. Many characters are based on real people I knew and worked with. Some events happened. These are woven into the fictional narrative. I am painting a picture; some of the fascinating, far-out people and scenes I encountered, mixed with the triumphs and tragedies of my own experience.

Death Festival creates graphic snap-shots of life, love and partying during a heady decade in Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh. As AIDS and drugs rage through the city, a hedonistic, anything-goes party scene flourishes, alongside emerging violent criminal gangs.

A series of vicious murders shakes the gay community, in the midst of its famed International Arts Festival. By the end of that wild summer, a celebrated theatre director will be dead, in what looks like an erotic experiment gone horribly wrong.

DC Debbie Kane’s is a star on the rise, in the Lothian and Borders Police Murder Squad. Her mentor, Billy Alexander, is an old-school DCI, who has no time for modern policing theories or methods. He finds himself out of his depth and becomes reliant on Debbie during the course of the investigation.

Debbie’s colleague, and friend, Sandy Jardine, is a gay man, in her team. Sandy is torn between his job and his private life, and when he begins an unofficial, private investigation into the sadistic murders of three gay men, he creates a rift between himself and Debbie, which compromises both the official investigation, and his own life.

Local girl, Jules Hamilton is central to the story. Oblivious to all but her infatuation with the charismatic Webster’s strung-out girlfriend and PA, Jude Durrant, Jules becomes enmeshed in a dangerous affair with the complex, high-maintenance Jude. Debbie Kane accidentally uncovers this affair, which results in Jules becoming a potential link in the chain of investigation into Webster’s sordid and suspicious death.

This novel examines modern morality, and it challenges stereotypes. With wry humour, I attempt to shine a glaring, unflattering spotlight on our media-influenced perceptions of who is “good” and who is “bad”, while I explore love and obsession.

Crime fiction addicts, who want more than just murder and dark deeds, will love Death Festival: An Edinburgh Murder Mystery. Readers tuned into popular culture will appreciate its journalistic style. To Die For appeals to both male and female readers, in the 40-70 age-range. The quick-witted, punchy style will also appeal to younger readers.

A gay audience will appreciate the personal, humane and insightful documentation of what was a pivotal and painful time in gay history.

The Good Life in Galicia Competition 2021

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Short  story competition and anthology from Cyberworld Publishing

In 2016 Cyberworld Publishing produced The Good Life in Galicia 2016 after running a competition for short prose pieces in the categories of fiction and non fiction.

In 2017 we added a poetry category, and in 2021 we are again seeking prose pieces in the categories of fiction and non fiction, and poetry.


Prose: Fiction and non fiction 1,200 to 4,500 words in ENGLISH

Poetry: max 60 lines in ENGLISH

Prizes: 15 Euros first place and 5 Euros second place in each section, prose fiction, prose non fiction and poetry (paid via Paypal).

All entries must be available to be published in the anthology “The Good Life in Galicia 2021” in e-book and paperback. Entries to be published will be selected by the volume editors and not all entries may be included (No payments will be made for publication.).


  • Closing date is 1 August 2021
  • All works must be about Galicia in a significant way.
  • No requirement for the author/s to have ever been to Galicia
  • All entries are to be sent by e-mail to thegoodlifeingalicia2017 ATT outlook dot com
  • Entries to be pasted into the e-mail, not sent as attachments.
  • All Entries to be in English.
  • Files to be in .rtf or .doc 2003 format NO .docx. Font: 12 point Arial. Style: Normal. No Headings style please.
  • Direct all enquiries to thegoodlifeingalicia2017 ATT outlook dot com
  • You can find more information and updates for the competition here on our blog or on Cyberworld Publishing https: //

DEADLINE: First of August2021