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This Alone Could Save Us is OUT NOW!

My new flash fiction collection This Alone Could Save Us has officially been published this week by Ad Hoc Fiction! The collection explores the theme of how well we handle change, as well as how our expectations of others don’t always match with the reality.

You can purchase This Alone Could Save Us from the Ad Hoc Fiction Bookshop by following clicking HERE. You can also purchase the book on Amazon, on Kindle, and on Kobo.

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The manuscript itself was finalised at the end of January 2020, and the world has changed in unimaginable ways since then…

Nonetheless, it was great to be able to celebrate the launch of This Alone Could Save Us via an online Zoom launch, the sort of which we’re very much used to now!

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I wasn’t sure what was more nerve-racking: reading to a room full of people or reading alone in a room to a screen of little faces staring at me with their mics on mute. On the plus side, these online events mean that so many people can attend events that they may not be able to do so otherwise. As well as the UK, people from the US, Belgium, and Ireland (and maybe other places?) were able to come along! When we are eventually allowed to do events out in the wild again, I hope events will become a kind of digital-physical hybrid.

It was great fun being able to read new stories from this collection, including some of my favourite published and unpublished stories, including Curving the Pointy Edges which was published in SmokeLong Quarterly at the end of last year.

It was also special because I was lucky enough to have some guest readers to help me launch the book: Kathy Fish, Meg Pokrass, Vanessa Gebbie, and Diane Simmons. These are all writers I greatly admire, and they were so kind enough to not only provide advance praise for the book but to also find the time to come to this launch. Their stories were absolutely stunning!

On publication day itself, my publisher surprised me with a socially-distanced visit along with a book-cover cake! I wasn’t expecting this at all, but I have always wanted to see my book on a cake! Unfortunately, the cake was so delicious that it didn’t last very long!

To round off, I would share a A HUGE THANK YOU to the following people: Kathy Fish, Meg Pokrass, Vanessa Gebbie, Diane Simmons, Angela Readman, and Robert Scotellaro for providing kind words for the back of the book; Stuart Buck for the incredible cover artwork; everyone who attended the launch, has purchased the book, and who has shared and helped me celebrate these stories; and to Jude Higgins and John at Ad Hoc Fiction, without whom this book wouldn’t exist!

 

You can purchase This Alone Could Save Us from the Ad Hoc Fiction Bookshop by following clicking HERE. You can also purchase the book on Amazon, on Kindle, and on Kobo.

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‘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!

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!

‘Division’ Published by The Pygmy Giant!

My flash fiction, “Division’, has been published by The Pygmy Giant and is available to read now by following this link here.

The Pygmy Giant are is an excellent place for Flash Fiction writers from the UK. Here’s a little bit about them from their website:

The Pygmy Giant is an online home for UK flash fiction and non-fiction under 800 words. We aim to publish something new on the site each Monday and Thursday.

Why just British stuff? Because flash fiction on the web is dominated by our American cousins, and while that’s not a terrible thing, we want to give up-and-coming voices from the UK a chance to be heard.

I hope you enjoy reading ‘Division’ and the other flash fiction published there and consider submitting your own!

‘Lovelocked’ Published in Ink Sweat & Tears!

‘Lovelocked’ has been published today by the brilliant Ink Sweat & Tears. It’s about love locks, but this flash isn’t as twee as the love locks you see fastened to bridges…

I’m super proud to have been published by this webzine. I love the prose and poetry they publish, and you should definitely check them out.

You can read ‘Lovelocked’ by following this link here.

‘Just Like Mummy’ Published by CHEAP POP!

My flash fiction, ‘Just Like Mummy’ has now been published over at the incredible CHEAP POP and it is available to read by following this link here.

I’m so happy this story has found a home. ‘Just Like Mummy’ is about a little girl who wants to grow up to be like her mum, though she probably shouldn’t… It’s innocent and dark… you’ll see what I mean.

I hope you enjoy reading ‘Just Like Mummy’ and I wholeheartedly encourage you to read the other fiction CHEAP POP have published because they’re powerful pieces which will stay with you long after reading. They really do pop!

‘Backspace’ Published by the Journal of Microliterature!

My flash fiction, ‘Backspace’, is now available to read at the Journal of Microliterature now! It’s about all the things we wish we could say on social media but decide not to. You can read it by following this link here.

 

Interview for Unbroken Journal’s ‘Finding the Magic’ Series Available Now!

I am honoured to have been interviewed recently by R.L.Black, the editor of the incredible Unbroken journal, about my prose poetry and my writing processes. You can read the interview by following the link here:

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I love Unbroken journal. Taken from their website: “Unbroken is a bimonthly online journal that seeks to showcase poetic prose, the prose poem, and the haibun, both from established and emerging voices.”

I thoroughly recommend both reading and submitting to this journal, though they aren’t open for submissions until February. However, this gives you plenty of time to check out their previous issues and see for yourself the wonderful prose poems, poetic prose pieces, and haibuns.

Unbroken have been incredibly supportive of my prose poetry. They have currently published four of my prose poems (‘Midnight Sky in Winter’‘Stuck’‘Caught’, and ‘Tessellation’) and will be publishing three more of my poems in their March/April 2016 issue (‘Submerged’‘Tempestuous’, and ‘Sequester’).

I hope you enjoy reading the interview and find it useful.

Happy writing!

10 Places to Submit Your Writing in 2016

Happy New Year everyone and Welcome to 2016!

Whatever you hope 2016 holds for you I hope it happens, and if one of those hopes are to get your writing published, be it your first piece or not, then perhaps this will be helpful!

There are a mixture of competitions and journals in this list, and the main focus is flash fiction, but many of these places are looking for other forms of writing, like poetry or non-fiction. I’ll try and be as useful as possible!

I’ll also try to include links to current issues if they’re a lit mag / journal because the best way to support a literary journal / magazine is to read what they’ve published and share the writing you loved with the world.

The ten places I’ve chosen are based on many factors, but the main one is this: they love what they do. I suppose that could be said for a lot of places, but I suppose I also love what they do, and I think it’s very important people send their writing to somewhere they love!

Some may not be currently open for submissions, but make a note, use that time to read and enjoy the writing they publish, and return armed with your submission.

Here are my 10 places I believe you should submit your writing to in 2016. To be taken to each webpage, click each subheading, which is hyperlinked.

National Flash Fiction Day (UK)

National Flash Fiction Day, heading into its fifth year, happens annually in June in the UK and is a great way to celebrate flash fiction, with events usually happening up and down the country. Each year they produce an anthology from submissions, but as if that isn’t enough, they run a micro fiction competition and publish a journal called FlashFlood where they publish a new flash fiction every ten minutes, meaning you’ll have plenty of reading material for flash fiction day itself if you couldn’t make it to one of the events.

Though later in the year this is one to remind yourself of and, as I volunteer for National Flash Fiction Day, you’re sure to hear more about it from me over the upcoming months. Last year was the first year I helped and I can honestly say the organisers, especially Calum Kerr, work continually to make it such a great time to celebrate the form. Past anthologies, as well as collections by Calum Kerr, are available to purchase.

Unbroken Journal

Unbroken Journal is a truly fantastic literary magazine who are now in their second year. Their focus is on poetic prose, the prose poem, and the haibun. I love this journal because the editor, R.L.Black, is supportive of both new and established writers, and has been very supportive of my own writing and have accepted a total of 7 of my prose poems (either published or forthcoming 2016). They currently publish an issue every two months and accompany the writing with art and photography. More importantly, the work they publish speaks to the core of me.

You can read their Jan/Feb 2016 issue by following this link here.

Adhoc Fiction / Bath Flash Fiction Award

The Bath Flash Fiction Award is, as you may guess, a flash fiction competition, but here’s what makes the competition unique: you can enter the traditional way by submitting writing and paying a small fee, or you can enter their weekly Adhoc Fiction contest.

Adhoc Fiction allows you to write a 150 word flash fiction inspired by a prompt, and each week a selection are published and the general public read and vote on their favourite flashes. The flash with the most votes wins a free entry to the Bath Flash Fiction Award. The winners are published online, and they seek to illustrate each piece, which means they’re looking for artists / photographers to create pieces to go with each published flash.

Smokelong Quarterly

This is one of the best literary journals for flash fiction, and they’ve been going for more than ten years now. The pieces they publish are powerful, varied, and demonstrate what one can achieve in a thousand words or less.  If you’re new to flash, this journal is a great place to start for reading flash and seeing what makes flash fiction so great! Submissions are open all year round, so you don’t need to rush to submit something to them. Take your time, soak up the writing they publish, and when you’ve recovered read some more. Why not try this excellent story on for size?: ‘Coat and Shoes’ by Tania Hershman.

CHEAP POP

I adore this online literary magazine purely for the work they publish. They love flash fiction of 500 words or less, fiction that really POPS! This is exactly what their fiction does, and I was really excited to have a piece of writing accepted by them – ‘Just Like Mummy’ is due to be published in February this year. Here’s a great piece, and there are many more to choose from, so please check them out: ‘Saudade’ by Zain Saeed. This journal is certainly the home of striking writing.

Vine Leaves Literary Journal

I love this journal because they publish vignettes. Everything I have read that has been published by Vine Leaves Literary Journal resonates from the page and I can promise you’ll not be disappointed by what they have to offer. This, from their website, sums up best what they’re looking for in a vignette: “Vignette” is a word that originally meant “something that may be written on a vine-leaf.” It’s a snapshot in words. It differs from flash fiction or a short story in that its aim doesn’t lie within the traditional realms of structure or plot. Instead, the vignette focuses on one element, mood, character, setting or object. It’s descriptive, excellent for character or theme exploration and wordplay. Through a vignette, you create an atmosphere. Issue #16 from October 2015 is available to read from this link here.

Spelk

I love Spelk, the home of “short, sharp fiction”. The editor, Gary Duncan, is wonderful and I’ve found him to be really helpful with both the stories he’s accepted and with the feedback he’s provided for stories that weren’t quite ready. Again, like Vine Leaves, I feel this taken from their website sums up what makes Spelk so great: A spelk, in northeast England, is a splinter of wood – a tiny little sliver or shard embedded under the skin. Without getting too pretentious, we think there’s probably some kind of analogy there – we like flash fiction that’s short and sharp, that gets under your skin and leaves an impression. That, and we just happen to like the word. They publish stories three times a week, and there are many different ones to read! Why not give this one a read: ‘Graffiti’ by Jonathan Pinnock. 

NANO Fiction

I love NANO Fiction and have recently subscribed to this great journal. They publish flash fiction in print journals, and all the pieces in them tend to strike me as unusual but provocative. They include featured stories online too, here’s an example: ‘Gravity’ by Armel Dagon.

Firewords Quarterly

Fireworks Quarterly is a stunning literary journal who publish mostly short stories and poetry, but they do have a flash fiction challenge too. It is the care that goes into the production of the journal and it is this that is truly breathtaking. Click on their website and just look at their artwork and how the pages of the journal look – simply beautiful, who wouldn’t want their work published here? But rest assured that the writing is not drowned out by the artwork – the writing they publish is just as evocative as the artwork, so send them something shattering.

Synaesthesia Magazine

Last, but not least, Synaesthesia Magazine. Like FirewordsSynaesthesia Magazine is a literary journal that looks as visually powerful as the words they publish. They publish short stories, poetry, illustrations and photography, and usually have a theme for each issue. One thing I really, really love about this magazine is, though they can’t always guarantee this, they try to provide useful feedback for any writing they decide not to accept for publication. This feedback has allowed me to grow as a writer, to consider their feedback, make changes, and some of the stories I’ve then submitted elsewhere have found a home. This is another journal worthy of your support both as a reader and a writer! Their most recent issue should be available from this link here.

 

There are so many other magazines and journals I love too, such as Funny in Five Hundred, a journal of flash fiction dedicated to humorous stories, and 101 Words, an online journal of flash where the story must be 101 words (no more, no less).

Feel free to share in the comments your favourite places to submit writing to, particularly flash fiction, and share this list with other writers who are hoping that 2016 is the year they publish some flash!

Happy New Year and Best Wishes to you all! Good luck – happy writing!

‘Just Like Mummy’ to be Published by CHEAP POP!

My flash fiction, ‘Just Like Mummy’, has been accepted by the incredible CHEAP POP, an online journal featuring micro-fiction that sticks with the reader, regardless of genre or subject matter.

I’m really excited that ‘Just Like Mummy’ has found a home because I believe it’s a story that fits what this great publication is about. I won’t give it away, even though you will have to wait until February to read it, but it’s told from the point of view of a little girl who wants nothing more than to grow up to be like her Mummy.

Just you wait…

I’ll post again when CHEAP POP have published ‘Just Like Mummy’, and I’m looking forward to being a part of this brilliant online journal. Meanwhile, you should definitely check our the micro-fiction they publish, read some, and consider even submitting your own writing. Check them out by following this link here.