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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.

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.

‘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!

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!

‘The Dot on the Horizon Isn’t the Sun’ Published by Visual Verse!

Chuffed to bits to have had a flash fiction published by the wonderful Visual Verse. Their journal provide a photo prompt, and you have to respond to it within an hour with a flasher a poem within 50-500 words.

It’s a great idea, and they publish all of the stories and poems together as one mini anthology online. My flash inspired by the picture, ‘The Dot on the Horizon Isn’t the Sun’ is in Volume Three, Chapter Three, and is available to read following this link here: ‘The Dot on the Horizon Isn’t the Sun’. 

Enjoy!