Early Reviews of Last Hummingbird West of Chile
"Everyone and everything has its own point of view, filled with aches, pains and longings. Sounds entirely weird right? But wait, you haven’t experienced the burgeoning imagination of Nicholas, coupled with his wide range of knowledge and his lyrical understanding of flow in language."
–Barb Minett, Guelph Today
"It is Ruddock’s gifted command of language, wit and wild imagination that suspends all disbelief and takes readers on a fantastic voyage, often through dark scenes and controversial themes."
"A stunning work of imaginative fiction, Last Hummingbird West of Chile spins a tale of adventure that is in turn comedic, violent, poignant and thoughtful."
Last Hummingbird West of Chile
Nicholas Ruddock's new novel is released with Breakwater Books
The Moth Poetry Prize shortlist, chosen by the American poet Claudia Rankine, is announced today.
The skilful use of language in Nicholas Ruddock’s Genetic Memory, Rankine says, "allows us to simultaneously exist in the past, present, and future."
The story "Ventimiglia" is shortlisted for the Circus Berlin Short Story Award 2020. Read an excerpt here.
"Esther" wins the 2017 Bridport Prize for fiction.
The judge, Peter Hobbs, writes:
"Technically so accomplished, but playful too in its form and its long sentences. It plays with plot more than most stories, but the work of plotting is done so slyly it is almost invisible. There are many details, but none are extraneous. It has real humanity to it, and a tremendous cumulative power, conjuring the lives of its protagonists in a handful of pages, allowing us to live beside them for years, and ensuring that the final emotional pay-off is utterly devastating."
"The Phosphorescence," a short story, is in Brick #98
Shortlisted for the EFG Short Story Award for "The Phosphorescence"
Night Ambulance, a novel, is released by Breakwater Books, 2016
Recent Short Fiction
"Fortune Bay, 1972" and "The Emergency Department"
Newfoundland Quarterly 2019
Bridport Prize Anthology
Winner of the 2017 Bridport Prize for Short Fiction
Brick Magazine 98 Winter 2017
And shortlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2016
Brick Magazine 97 May 2016
Irish Pages 2015
"Mario Vargas Llosa"
Exile Quarterly 2015
Fish 2015, second place
CBC Creative Nonfiction Longlist 2015
Bridport Anthology 2014, second place
Bridport Anthology 2013, first place