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Three Flashes Published by Open Pen Magazine!

Three of my flash fictions have been published online by Open Pen Magazine today! You can read all by following this link here: Open Pen Magazine.

‘He’s Become Addicted to Green Tea’ is funny story about a couple whose relationship breaks down because of an addiction to green tea that is pushed too far.

‘The Copper-haired Girl’ has been described as a heart-breaking tale. It is a single sentence that contains a life.

And the final story, ‘The Perfectionist’s Secret’, is about a perfectionist named Cassandra whose life is meticulous, until something goes wrong…

I hope you enjoy reading them!

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‘Old School Rivalry’ published by Fictive Dream!

My flash fiction, ‘Old School Rivalry’, has now been published by Fictive Dream and is available to read by following this link here: Old School Rivalry’.

‘Old School Rivalry’ is about two women, Hannah and Zoe, bump into each other for the first time in ten years, and their old jealousies are reignited.

The featured image on this page is an illustration for the story by Claudia McGill. It is called Lady Looking at a Tiny Woman Figure and has been produced as a mixed media collage 6″ x 6″. Isn’t it just fascinating? I think it really suits the story well. You can find out more about Claudia McGill and her work at Claudia McGill and Her Art Worldthe link for which is RIGHT HERE.

I hope you enjoy reading ‘Old School Rivalry’ and consider submitting your own work to Fictive Dream.

‘Her Incarceration’ published in Long Exposure magazine!

My flash fiction, ‘Her Incarceration’, has now been published in the fourth issue of Long Exposure magazine. It is available to purchase by following this link here.

The issue features many brilliant writers. I’m honoured to be included in this issue alongside such talent!

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.

Three Upcoming Publications

I’m sure I’m not the only one this happens to: Nothing, and then, everything! I hope to provide a number of blog updates over the next few days and weeks, but for now here’s details about three upcoming publications I’ve had confirmed.

The first will be very soon. My flash fiction, ‘Buffet’, will be published by the brilliant 101 Words. All of their stories are (you guessed it) 101 words in length, and I enjoy reading the diverse range of stories they publish. They’ve previous published my flash fiction, ‘High Street’, which you can read by following this link here. You’ll have to read this one to find out what it’s about – I’ll post again once it’s been published.

The second is another flash fiction called ‘Handball’, which will be published at the end of July by Cafe AphraThis is another great home for flash fiction of all kinds. This story is about football, but something isn’t right – you’ll see…

Finally, my prose poem ‘Lovelorn’ has been accepted for publication by Unbroken Literary Journal. Those of you who have read previous posts of mine will know how much I love this journal, and this will be my eighth prose poem published by Unbroken. It will appear in their July/August issue, and you’re interested in finding out more about prose poetry, you can read my thoughts about it when I was interviewed by the editor, R. L. Black, by following this link here.

A lot to look forward to, and there’s more, I promise you, but for now there’s only so much I can say…

My TSS Young Writers’ Award Story ‘Some Place New’ – Available to Read Now!

In January of this year I was awarded the TSS Young Writers’ Award. Now I’m thrilled to be able to share with you my commissioned short story ‘Some Place New’ with you all.

This is the longest piece of fiction I’ve had published, and I learnt a lot about my own writing and editing during this process.

You can read ‘Some Place New’ by following this link here.

I’m very proud of this piece, and I hope you enjoy reading it.

I’ve been awarded the TSS Young Writers Award!

I can now share with everyone the incredible news that I have been awarded the TSS Young Writers Award for January 2016!

It is an absolute honour to have been shortlisted and selected as the winner of this award! The Short Story (TSS) are committed to providing one of these awards to young writers over 2016, and they’re open to submissions from writers under the age of 28.

For more details check out their website by following this link here.

As a part of the award I have been commissioned to write a short story, so I had better crack on with that! I’ll post once again when the story is available to read.

To say I’m ecstatic about working with TSS over 2016 is an understatement. I’m incredibly thankful for this opportunity, and I hope if you are under the age of 28 you consider going for this too!

Happy writing, happy reading!