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Some Updates!

Hello, everyone!

I must apologise for being so quiet and for not posting in a long time. I have been (and still am) very busy studying for my Masters degree at the University of Bristol, but wanted to take some time to share some news about the other things that have kept me busy.

Firstly, I’ve been very busy with National Flash Fiction Day UK. This year I’m the co-editor of the anthology, and it was an absolute pleasure to be involved in reading and selecting flashes from the submissions we received. It was a difficult job for myself and my co-editor, the incomparable Meg Pokrass, because we received so many excellent stories.

The anthology theme is Life As You Know It, and the stories we selected are funny, poignant, evocative, and different. We also were able to include some incredible commissioned writers, writers who are very well known in the flash community, including: Etgar Keret, Stuart Dybek, Robert Shapard, Pamela Painter, Robert Scotellaro, Bobbie Ann Mason, and Danielle McLaughlin. This is to name only a few!

The anthology will be called Sleep is a Beautiful Colour, will be published in June, and will feature my flash fiction ‘They Keep Calling My Ex-Husband Brave’. For the full line-up, visit this link here: National Flash Fiction Day UK Blog.

As well as ‘They Keep Calling My Ex-Husband Brave’ being published, I have also had a handful of other acceptances since I last updated.

‘Getting the Gang Back Together’ will be published in Issue 10.1 of Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine. This I am still so excited about. Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine is one of the leading flash magazines in the UK and a magazine I have always admired.  Read more about them here.

My tiny micro-fiction, ‘The Broom of Sisyphus’, will be published in June as a part of National Flash Fiction Day New Zealand’s Micro Madness competition series! Read more about them here.

My short story, ‘Plastic’, will be published in the Stories for Homes Anthology Vol. 2. What is wonderful about this anthology is that the whole point of the anthology is to raise money for the homelessness charity Shelter. They’ve raised lots of money from the first anthology, which is still available to purchase, and the new anthology will be published towards the end of the year. Find out more about their extraordinary work here.

‘The Same People at the Bus Stop’ will be published in the very first issue of DNA Magazine. The editor, Katie Marsden, is absolutely wonderful to work with, and I encourage everyone to submit to future calls for submissions. Find out more about the magazine by visiting their website.

My flash fiction, ‘Veganuary’, was longlisted in the Bath Flash Fiction Award, and will be published in their second volume of their anthology, which will be published in December 2017 / January 2018. This I’m still so, so thrilled about! To enter the Bath Flash Fiction Award, or to find out more, visit their website.

My story, ‘Hair‘, won one of the weekly Ad Hoc competitions run by Bath Flash Fiction Award. You can read the story here: Hair‘.

Finally, ‘Men at Work’ was published by Great Jones Street, and is available to read on their mobile app. Download the app from the Apple App store or Google Play app store. You can read a little of it online, then purchase it online. Great Jones Street are an incredible platform of short stories, fiction on the go, and described as the “Netflix” of Fiction. Check them out there.

And as if all of that wasn’t enough, I’ve been helping organise the first ever Flash Fiction literary festival in the UK. You can find out more about it here: Flash Fiction Festival.

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Upcoming Readings with National Flash Fiction Day and the Bath Flash Fiction Award!

I have never done a reading before, and this Summer I’ll be doing two!

‘An Evening of Flash Tales’ – National Flash Fiction Day
Saturday 25th June 2016
At the Well Café and Laundrette, Bristol
7pm-10pm, Free admission

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‘An Evening of Flash Fiction with Meg Pokrass, Carrie Etter, & More’
Friday 29th July 2016
St James’ Vine Vaults, Bath
7.30pm-9.30pm, £5

With: Meg Pokrass, Carrie Etter, K M Elkes, Diane Simmons, and Santino Prinzi.

To say I’m excited to be reading at these two events is an understatement. I’ll be preforming alongside writers who are inspirations to me. Now, I must decide what to read, but whatever I do choose to read I know I’ll be bringing my absolute best. I’m excited!

If you’re interested in finding out more, please click either hyperlink.

‘Introduction’ and ‘Chain’ Published in SpaLife Magazine!

Two of my flash fictions, ‘Introduction’ and ‘Chain’, have been published in the Autumn 2015 issue of SpaLife Magazine, a magazine run by students at Bath Spa University.

The two flashes, pictured below, are, I like to think, very different from each other and demonstrate what I feel flash fiction allows writers to do: explore different things in different ways.

There is nothing experimental about either of these two stories. One, ‘Introduction’, looks at how small the world is, how we’re all potentially connected, and why this may not always be a good thing. The other, ‘Chain’, is a funny story about miscommunication.

For me flash fiction enables us to explore lots of different areas in different ways in such a small space and, though it seems restrictive, there is a great deal of freedom to do just that. Having ‘Introduction’ and ‘Chain’ published side-by-side in this way shows two different sides of my writing: the serious and the playful. Perhaps they’re both serious, and both playful, or neither.

Hope you enjoy reading them:

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‘Introductions’ and ‘Chain’ to be published in SpaLife Magazine!

Two flash fictions of mine, ‘Introductions’ and ‘Chain’ are to be published in SpaLife Magazine, a magazine created and published by Bath Spa University students. Here’s this from their website, which I’ve included a link to because they do more than just a print magazine!

SpaLife Magazine is published in a print edition once a term, and online. All content is produced by student volunteers who want you to keep up to date with the latest university news and events, entertainment, travel and more.  Pick up your copy around campus or via the SU website.

I’m really excited to pick up a print copy of this magazine later this year, and will link to the two stories when they’re published in the online edition too. It feels great to have work published in this magazine, to have my fellow students appreciate and accept my writing, and to have new students read my work, to reach a new audience. I also feel as if I’m giving back a little to my university, as if I’m saying ‘here’s a little bit of what I can do thanks to the skills you’ve helped me develop’.

‘Introductions’ is a flash fiction about a guy who walks in on his sister kissing someone. She introduces him to her brother, but they’ve met before… and ‘Chain’ is about a being stood up due to miscommunication, and is more humorous in tone than my usual writing.