Month: June 2016

My Debut Collection ‘Dots, and other flashes of perception’ to be Published by The Nottingham Review Press in September!

I usually say “I’m thrilled”, but to say I’m thrilled to share this news is a HUGE understatement. I know many of you will already be aware of this news, but I’ve yet to post an update about it! And if you haven’t, well…

My debut flash fiction collection Dots, and other flashes of perception will be published in September 2016 by The Nottingham Review Press in print and electronic format.

I really cannot wait to be able to share these stories with everyone. There’s a mixture of stories that have already been published, but there are many which are unpublished.

The collection is about perceptions and feelings of disconnect; the way we perceive the world doesn’t always match up to reality, and I believe these make interesting, and sometimes delicate, stories.

There will be more information to follow as it is announced. See this link for further details: The Nottingham Review Press.

Recent Competition Successes!

I’m thrilled to be able to share some recent competition successes I have had. I could’ve posted this much earlier, but what with National Flash Fiction Day (a full write up to follow sometime soon) and other things I haven’t had time to do more than post on Facebook or retweet on Twitter!

Firstly, my short story ‘Costume’ was shortlisted in the Finchley Literary Festival and Greenacre Writers Short Story Competition. It’s a story I really loved writing about a woman returning to a beach she hasn’t been to in many years, and hopefully I will be able to find a home for it soon so I can share the story with you all.

The winning stories sound fantastic, and it’s great to see some familiar names on the short and long list. You can read the judges report, from the brilliant Joanna Campbell, here: Finchley Literary Festival website.

And secondly, my flash fiction ‘Corrections’ won THIRD PRIZE in the Worcester LitFest & Fringe Flash Fiction Competition! I’m ecstatic about this, and the story will be published in their forthcoming 2016 Flash Fiction Anthology. I can’t wait for you to read it! You can read the announcement here: Worcester Flash Fiction Competition.

‘Mother Knows Best’ Published by FlashFlood for National Flash Fiction Day!

My flash fiction ‘Mother Knows Best’ was published as a part of FlashFlood for National Flash Fiction Day!

I love FlashFlood. The idea is that, for one day, the journal publishes a flash fiction every ten minutes, meaning you get a deluge of brilliant fiction. There are over 140 flashes in total, so plenty for you to read and enjoy!

If you’d like to read ‘Mother Knows Best’ you can do so by following this link here: FlashFlood.

A Box of Stars Beneath the Bed: 2016 National Flash Fiction Day Anthology is OUT NOW!

The 2016 National Flash Fiction Day Anthology, A Box of Stars Beneath the Bed, is out NOW!

This collection already has a special place in my heart, as it was the first anthology where I have been involved with as an Editor, supporting Calum Kerr and Nuala Ní Chonchúir with a lot of the behind-the-scenes activities.

The anthology features my story ‘Ten Things that Happened After My Funeral’. The story is about a man who finds himself in limbo, and the rest is, from the title, pretty self-explanatory.

There are so many extremely talented authors in this anthology, and all of the stories are wonderful. Some of the authors include the likes of: Meg Pokrass, Paul McVeigh, Claire Fuller, Sarah Hilary, Angela Readman, Calum Kerr, Nuala Ní Chonchúir, Diane Simmons, Nik Perring, Kevlin Henney, Tim Stevenson, Michelle Elvy, Debbie Young, Ashley Chantler,  Jane Roberts, Jonathan Pinnock, K.M. Elkes, Chris Stanley, and so many more!

To purchase the paperback edition of the anthology, please follow this link here: BUY! The Kindle edition will be available very soon!

‘Mother Knows Best’ to be Published by FlashFlood!

My flash fiction, ‘Mother Knows Best’, will be published at around 2pm BST on Saturday 25th June by FlashFlood as a part of the celebrations for National Flash Fiction Day 2016.

FlashFlood is a brilliant online journal who publish a flash fiction roughly every ten minutes on National Flash Fiction Day itself. They are currently open for submissions, so why not submit your own flash fiction of 500 words or fewer? To find out more, follow this link here: FlashFlood.

I’m the new Flash Fiction Editor of Firefly Magazine!

With great excitement, I am now able to share with you all some wonderful news: I am the new Flash Fiction Editor of Firefly Magazine!

Firefly Magazine is a journal of luminous writing publishing flash fiction, short stories, poetry, and artwork. It’s a magazine I have enjoyed reading and have had my flash featured in before, and I’m hyped to be a part of the editorial team.

So, what are you waiting for? Head over to Firefly Magazine, read previous issues, and send me your flash fiction! We read submissions on a rolling basis and you can send up to three pieces of flash fiction, and each piece can be a maximum of 500 words (there is no lower limit).

Here’s a little bit more about the journal:

Firefly Magazine is an online literary journal of Fiction and Poetry dedicated to showcasing the foremost in luminous writing. What’s luminous writing? Well, anything really. As long as it is capable of taking our breath away, we’ll consider it.

Don’t send me words that keep the world spinning, send me words that make the whole world stop. Send me words that demand to be read, send me words that make me think of nothing else. Take my breath away – I can’t wait to read your best!