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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.

‘Everything She Wanted’ Published in ‘The Write-In’ for National Flash Fiction Day!

The Write-In for National Flash Fiction Day is an online journal which is open for submissions for 24 hours only. You’re required to select a prompt (and there are plenty to choose from) and write a story up to 500 words.

I’ve just done so this morning and here is the result: ‘Everything She Wanted’, which you can read by following this link.

I hope you enjoy it, and feel inspired to submit your own piece of writing!

‘Miss/Hit’ Published in FlashFlood – and Happy National Flash Fiction Day Everyone!

My very short flash fiction ‘Miss/Hit’ has been published in FlashFlood as a part of National Flash Fiction Day, which is today! You can read my story by following this link here. There’s already a really nice comment on there about it! Thrilled!

There’s so much going on today! There are free events in Bristol, as well as other places, and we also have The Write In where you’re required to write a piece of flash fiction from one of the prompts featured on the website.

So get involved!

You can check out details of what’s happening today on the National Flash-Fiction Day website and blog.
You can join The Write In if you’re up for the challenge! The link is here –> The Write In.

Happy National Flash Fiction Day everyone! I’ll be heading to this event in Bristol tonight and I’m so excited! 11249098_994592180574437_6512978828450806443_n

Landmarks: 2015 National Flash-Fiction Day – Out Now!

Landmarks, the 2015 National Flash-Fiction Anthology (pictured below) is now available from Amazon in paperback by following this link. It will feature my flash fiction ‘Saharan Shades’.

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There are over 60 flash fictions in this anthology, which is based on the theme of Geography, and having volunteered behind-the-scenes to help put this anthology together I can tell you now that it is a great anthology of flash fiction. There are hugely talented flash fiction writers included in this collection and a vast array of stories.

My flash, ‘Saharan Shades’, is a tale of fear, beauty, and thought captured during six thoughts in the Sahara desert. I won’t give away the rest! I’m looking forward to receiving my copy so I can read these brilliant stories on the page.

Congratulations to everyone who has been published in this year’s anthology! I’m looking forward to the official National Flash-Fiction Day event, which is at Foyles Bookstore in Bristol on Saturday 27th June. Entry is free!

11249098_994592180574437_6512978828450806443_nIf you’re free make sure you come! Last year’s event was incredible and I’m really looking forward to hearing great flash fiction being read by these writers.

Upcoming Publication in FlashFlood!

I’m thrilled to announce that my flash fiction ‘Miss / Hit’ will be published in Issue 7 of FlashFlood Journal.

It will be published at around 06:00 BST on Saturday June 27th, which is National Flash-Fiction Day. I’ll post a link to the story in the publications page on the day.

The good news is – you could get your flash fiction published in FlashFlood too! Submissions are open until 23:59 BST on Wednesday 24th 2015, and submissions are free!

The only stipulation is that the flash fiction is 500 words or less. So if you want to submit you can do so by following this link.

There are lots of things I love about this journal. Firstly, they publish flash fiction throughout the day, hence the name; they intention is to flood the internet with flash fiction, so they publish one every ten minutes (or thereabouts). Secondly, on the three occasions I have submitted writing for this journal it has always been the story I least expected to be accepted for publication that does – this is always a nice surprise for me! Finally, it is run by Calum Kerr and his team of editors who all do a fantastic job with this journal every time it runs, and Calum works incredibly hard to ensure National Flash Fiction Day happens each year.

I’m delighted to be included in this journal again, and I urge you all to submit your own writing to this great journal! I hope you’ll all enjoy reading ‘Hit / Miss’ when it’s published – it’s very short!

Upcoming Publication in the 2015 National Flash Fiction Anthology!

I’m delighted to announce that my flash fiction ‘Saharan Shades’ will be published in this year’s National Flash Fiction Day anthology! Links will be added to the publications page in due course.

You can see the full list of stories accepted for this year’s anthology, which is on the theme of Geography by following this link here ——> this one.

What is also wonderful is that I am a part of a writer’s group called ‘Company of Writers’ and five of our members (myself included) will have stories published in this anthology! So a warm well done also to Diane (who won 3rd place in this year’s Micro Competition), Chris, Jenny, and Mazzy! Well done guys! (I said ‘also’ a lot there!)

I adore National Flash Fiction Day – a day dedicated to this wonderfully short but powerful form of writing. I was first published in the 2014 anthology (details of which are on the publications page) so be included in this year’s anthology feels great because it reminds me of my very first publication.

There are so many incredible events running this year, details of which can be found HERE. I’ll be going to some of these in Bristol – it will be great to see you there too!

Without wanting to give too much away, my flash fiction is based on my night spent in the Sahara desert, but the tale is more sinister than it sounds…

National Flash Fiction Day is directed by Calum Kerr, a man who works incredibly hard to make this day happen every year. He’s published numerous flash fiction collections, all of which are excellent, and I encourage you all to read them if you haven’t already done so.