Month: September 2016

‘We Need a Heart Transplant, Not a Facelift’ to be published by Black Market Re-View!

My flash fiction ‘We Need a Heart Transplant, Not a Facelift’ will be published in the second issue of  Black Market Re-View, an online magazine edited by undergraduate and postgraduate students from Edge Hill University in the UK.

I’m so happy that this story has found a home; it was fun to write, and I hope have fun reading it! ‘We Need a Heart Transplant, Not a Facelift’ is about a man who reads in the newspaper that Mary Portas is coming to town to fix up their high street.

Interested? You won’t have to wait long! The second issue of Black Market Re-View is scheduled to be published this weekend. I’ll post a link once it’s up!

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‘The Fortune Seeker’ published by Litro Magazine!

My flash fiction, ‘The Fortune Seeker’, has been published today by Litro Magazine as a part of their #FlashFriday weekly feature. You can read it by following this link here: Litro Magazine.

I’m so proud to have a story published by Litro Magazine, and I hope you all enjoy reading it. ‘The Fortune Seeker’ is about a young woman called Lorna who wants to discover the meaning behind her recurring dream…

I’m a new First Reader / Marketing Coordinator for Vestal Review!

I’m thrilled to be able to share that I have become a part of the team behind Vestal Review, a very well-established flash fiction magazine. The below is quoted from the Vestal Review ‘About Me’ page because I feel this really sums up what Vestal Review is all about:

Launched in March of 2000, Vestal Review is the world’s oldest magazine dedicated exclusively to flash fiction.

We are firmly established as an exciting venue for exceptional flash by both emerging and well-known authors. Our stories have been reprinted in numerous anthologies such as Best of the Net, Sudden Flash Youth and You have Time for This. Vestal Review is an eclectic magazine, open to all genres except children’s stories and hard science fiction. Our past contributors include Steve Almond, Katharine Weber, Aimee Bender, Sam Lipsyte, Judith Cofer, Bruce Boston, Robert Boswell, Bruce Holland Rogers, Michelle Richmond, Stuart Dybek, Robert Olen Butler, Pamela Painter, Sara Banse, Claire Tristram and others.

Vestal Review is one the best flash fiction magazines in the world. It originated so many things–so many great stories have been between its covers. And no doubt, with Vestal, more of the best is to come. May it thrive. -Robert Shapard.

Vestal Review is an awesome literary journal, one that does the work of angels when it comes to short short fiction. A national treasure. Find it. Read it. Now. -Steve Almond

I’m really excited to be a part of the team. I’m looking forward to reading all of your submissions, and to do what I can to uphold the reputation of Vestal Review as one of the best places for quality flash fiction.

‘Old School Rivalry’ to be published by Fictive Dream!

My flash fiction, ‘Old School Rivalry’, has been accepted for publication by Fictive Dream. I’m so happy to have a story featured by Fictive Dream, who publish wonderful flash fiction and short stories.

‘Old School Rivalry’ is about two women who bump into each other ten years after finishing secondary school…

More to follow when the piece is published, which is currently scheduled for February/March 2017, but may be sooner. I’d like to thank Fictive Dream for accepting this piece – I can’t wait for it to be published! They’re currently open for submissions, so why not consider sending them a piece today?

‘Full Circle’ Published by And Other Poems!

I’m so thrilled to share with you all my prose poem called ‘Full Circle’, which has now been published by And Other Poems.

As you may know, I mainly write fiction, but I love poetry. I find I write prose poetry more than any other form of poetry (I don’t know why, maybe I find something satisfying about a block of text?), and I enjoy reading the poems And Other Poems publish. It’s a real honour to have a poem featured there, among so many talented poets.

‘Full Circle’ is about growing up and the lessons we learn along the way, but I won’t give it all away! You can read it for yourself by following this link here: ‘Full Circle’.

‘On Returning Home’ Published by Speculative 66!

My flash fiction, ‘On Returning Home’, has been published by Speculative 66and is now available to read in their very first issue. Speculative 66 is an online magazine dedicated to flash fiction of exactly 66 words, and they accept all types of fiction, so I encourage you all to submit something for their second issue.

‘On Returning Home’ is a little science-fiction tale, which isn’t something I normally write, but I was inspired by a thought one day: what if we weren’t the original inhabitants of Earth? You can read ‘On Returning Home’ and other 66-word stories in their first issue by following this link here: Issue 1 of Speculative 66.

My debut collection, ‘Dots, and other flashes of perception’, is now available to pre-order. Fancy a preview?

My debut collection Dots, and other flashes of perception is available to pre-order from The Nottingham Review Press now! You can pre-order the collection from The Nottingham Review Press shop by clicking this link here, but would you like a preview?

If the answer to that is ‘yes’, then look no further than Issue 5 of The Nottingham Review, which has published my flash fiction ‘Sketchy’ from DotsYou can read ‘Sketchy’ and the other striking pieces of fiction and poetry by following this link here to Issue 5.