A selection of my short fiction pieces:
STORY TITLE: PUBLISHED BY:
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I'm Where? Visual Verse
Double Trouble Burrst
The Right Time to Fly Exeter short story comp (1st place)
Rulers and Fools ArtiPeeps
Mia, My Trigger
Retreat West 'Smoking' themed comp (1st place). 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
Greenacres Writers competition (1st place).
"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
Penfro Book Festival (2nd place).
"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