Links to a selection of my short fiction

STORY TITLE:                                                                              PUBLISHED BY:



Flash fiction:

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Dinosaurs Don't Visit Tesco                                                        Pygmy Giant


Peter's Armageddon                                                                    FlashFlood Journal

Nail Trimmings                                                                                     FlashFlood Journal


Double Trouble                                                                             Burrst


A selection of 75-word stories                                                    Paragraph Planet



A selection of my Visual Verse flash fictions

can be found HERE

Short stories:

(click titles to read)


Rulers and Fools                                                                           ArtiPeeps


The Right Time to Fly                                                                   Exeter Writers Competition

Mia, My Trigger - 1st place Retreat West ‘Smoking’ themed competition   Anthology: Inside These Tangles, Beauty Lies

I loved the way that there is a novel’s-worth of story in a very short piece, and how well-done it is. The story doesn’t feel clipped at all, and yet every word has been made to count. The characters are rounded, real, especially the narrator, whose sadness and resignation at the events  of the story are palpable. I won’t forget it - it will make me take more notice of those people who brave the cold to feed the need for a cigarette, and wonder what their stories are.

Judge: Vanessa Gebbie 


The Mad Schemes of Morris - 1st place Greenacres Writers competition 2014

The dark wit of this short story reminds me of those of the great Roald Dahl, and I'm a bit worried about Morris' future with this big pouncing cat in the house. The metamorphosis of Morris and finally also his wife draws great parallels to real life couples who secretly dream of a fresh start without their long-term partner. I really enjoyed reading this story, so good luck to the author. I wish him/her a great future as an author.  Judge: Bettina von Cossel


The Parapet - 2nd Place Penfro Book Festival 2014

The subject of the First World War is very much in our minds this year, but it's difficult to do it justice in a story written so long after the events. 'The Parapet' succeeds in making a soldier's experiences so present and affecting that it brings an uncanny sense of what it might have felt like to be there.

Judge: Maria Donovan

2008 - 2016

Competition attainments:


Ad Hoc Fiction

Cadenza - long listed

Chapter One Promotions - runner up x2

Debut - 3rd place

Delivered - 2nd place

Exeter Writers - short list & 1st place

Flash500 - short listed x2

Flash500 novel competition - runner up

Grace Dieu competition - 5th place

Greenacre Writers competition - runner up & 1st place

HappenStance Press - short listed

HISSAC - short listed

Leaf Books - commended x4

Lightship competition - long listed

Penfro Book Festival comp - 2nd place

Rattle Tales x2

Retreat West short story comp - honourable mention & 1st place

Rubery short story competition - long listed x2

Scribble - short listed

Snapshots of History - 1st place

The Brighton Prize - short listed

The Glass Woman Prize - top ten contender

The Pages - 2nd place

The Yellow Room - 3rd place

Writers Bureau - 5th place

Writers’ Forum - short listed x4

Writer’s Muse competition - 1st place

2008 - 2016

Published by:



1000WORDS

ArtiPeeps

Alfie Dog Fiction

Bridge House Publishing

Crooked Cat Publishing

Debut

Delivered

Downtown & Driftwood

Dream Catcher

Earlyworks Press

Ether Books

FlashFlood Journal

Leaf Books

Paragraph Planet

Parthian Books

Scribble

Snapshots of History

Squawk Back

Staple

Telling Tales

The Pages

The Puffin Review

The Story Shack

The View From Here

Visual Verse

What the Dickens?

Writer’s Muse