My little story ‘Keith’ is now up on the Molotov Cocktail, the US online zine. Volume 9 Issue 12.
Really chuffed that my little story/flash ‘Keith’ will be published in the online US zine The Molotov Cocktail in about a week’s time. The Molotov Cocktail describes itself as ‘A Projectile for Incendiary Flash Fiction’. It’s my second piece with them.
I’m delighted to say that my semi-autobiographical short story ‘The Hero’ is to be published in mid-January 2019 by the online literary zine The Cabinet of Head. Couldn’t be more pleased.
My story ‘A Visit from the Vampires’ has been short listed in the 2018 Earlyworks Press Short Story Competition. It will be included in the anthology to be published in spring 2019.
8 December at the Stokes Croft Writers’ Talking Tales event was also the launch of the To Hull And Back Anthology. There were eleven readings including by Pat Winslow, Steve Wheeler aka Steve John, Richard de Silva, Jonathan Macho, Leema Ahmed and Sherry Morris. I read my winning story ‘Lips’. Such a great night.
Four of my flash pieces have been published in the Earlyworks Press anthology of flash fiction and poetry ‘Records, Rivers and Rats’.
These are -
It doesn’t exist
Rats (which gave its name to the title of the anthology)
Buy the anthology at Amazon here.
Our 17th event ‘What Makes a Monster & Other Stories’ was part of the third Stroud Book Festival. Here’s a great article in the local newspaper the Stroud News & Journal which gives SSS two mentions.
A full house at the SVA in Stroud witnessed the 17th Stroud Short Stories event ‘What Makes a Monster & Other Stories’ on 11 November 2018.
A brilliant evening with stories written and read by Ali Bacon, Zara Wick, Clive Singleton, Andrew Stevenson, Amanda Staples, Ken Popple, Sophie Flynn, Stephen Connolly, Katie Witcombe and Sarah Hitchcock.
More info - http://stroudshortstories.blogspot.com/
The Anthology includes my winning story ‘Lips’. Details of where to buy here -
Look at my stupid face on the cover!
The 11 November 2018 Stroud Short Stories event 'What Makes a Monster & Other Stories' has sold out in just 6 HOURS!
The Next Stroud Short Stories event ‘What makes a Monster & Other Stories’ to be held on Sunday 11 November at the SVA in Stroud will feature stories by Ali Bacon, Andrew Stevenson, Clive Singleton, Zara Wick, Amanda Staples, Ken Popple, Sophie Flynn, Stephen Connolly, Katie Witcombe and Sarah Hitchcock.
112 stories were submitted by 85 Gloucestershire authors. Many thanks to my co-judge Debbie Young.
The event SOLD OUT IN 6 HOURS!
Thanks to the Stroud News and Journal for the little interview about my story ‘Lips’ winning first prize in the 2018 To Hull and back Short Story Competition.
My story ‘Da’ has been selected for the Writers Unchained event on Sunday 7 October - at the Southbank Centre, Bristol 7.30 start. I’ll be reading a shortened version of the story that won the 2016 InkTears Contest. Mark Rutterford, Ali Bacon, Rosalind Minett also reading.
The brand new SSS Anthology is being launched at the Ale House in John Street, Stroud on Friday 28 September 2018 from 7.00 to 10.00pm.
The anthology costs £10 and contains stories from the six SSS events from Nov 2015 to May 2018. That’s 57 stories by 45 authors.
Come along. It’s free and unticketed.
More info here.
Woohoo! My story ‘Lips’ has won FIRST PRIZE in the 2018 To Hull And Back Short Story Competition. That’s £1,000, published in a print anthology, the cover of which will bear my face, and a videod day out in Hull with Chris Fielden who runs the comp.
With the Dorset Fiction Award for ‘Cows’ in July that’s two First Prizes in four months.
Really chuffed that my story 'Lips' is one of 20 stories short listed for the £1,000 To Hull and Back short story competition. The winners are announced on 22 September.
'Stroud Short Stories Volume Two 2015-18' is being launched at the Ale House in John Street, Stroud on Friday 28 September from 7pm to 10pm. Everything about the book and how to buy a copy and about the anthology itself is on the SSS website.
Do come along to the launch. Everyone is welcome and it's free and unticketed.
Four pieces shortlisted in Earlyworks Flash Fiction Contest - and will all be published in new anthology
I submitted six pieces of microfiction to the Earlyworks Press 2018 Flash Fiction Competition - max words 100. Four have been short listed and will be published in the forthcoming anthology.
These are the pieces -
It Doesn't Exist