Publication: Marmalade

2nd Sep 2020

Sheffield-based arts organisation Kurious Arts have published the shortlisted stories for their "curious" themed short story competition in A Very Kurious Anthology

My story "Marmalade" -- a dystopian story of a mother and child surviving in a post-apocalyptic world -- features, along with winners "The Gestation Period of a Lemon" by Holly Rose Gammage and The "Land of Cardboard" by Enzo Kohara Franca.

Grab yourself a copy here for £7.50

Kurious Arts has been amazing in supporting my writing this year. Until the Covid-19 lockdown, I was using their co-working space in Castle House, Sheffield, as a place to write. Since March, they've run weekly online Writers' Cafe sessions for goal setting, planning, prompts, and mutual support. My work-in-progress novel (currently at 25,000 words) got off the ground thanks to Laura Wake's novel-writing course in early 2020, which was hosted by Kurious.

If you've read any extracts from my novel, you may recognise similar themes in Marmalade.

Publication: Tooth and Claw

3rd July 2020

Thank you Banshee Press for publishing my dark, rustic short story, Tooth and Claw.

The Banshees suggested some excellent edits and in general were great to work with. Check out their free 2020 online issue.

Publication: Red Flag

15th June 2020

I'd like to thank 101 Words for publishing my microfiction Red Flag.

This story was shortlisted for Quarantine Quanta. Thank you to organiser Maura Yzmore for suggesting 101 Words as a suitable publication venue.

Escape Pod Flash Fiction - 3rd Place

12th June 2020

My 500-word story The Day The Sun Went Out achieved joint third place in the 2020 Escape Pod flash fiction contest. Listen out for the story on an upcoming episode of the podcast (probably around September).

This story is a spin-off from Behind the Sky, the post-apocalyptic novel I'm currently working on. Sign up to my mailing list and I'll let you know when I eventually finish and publish it. I don't have a regular newsletter, so you won't be inundated with emails.

Publication: Not Ready

1st April 2020

Thank you to Fifty Word Stories for publishing another of my fifty-word stories, Not Ready.

This micro is a linked story with Side Effects, which was published in February.

Writer's Domain Love Poem Contest 2020 - Runner Up

25th Feb 2020

I don't write many poems, so it was a fantastic surprise to hear that Blue Jeans won the 2020 Writer's Domain Love Poem Contest.

Writer's Domain is a content creation platform that I've worked for as a freelance writer for several years. Several times a year, they run creative writing contests on their blog.

I wrote Blue Jeans during the creative writing group at Sheffield Central Library. Run by Claire Walker, this group is always a great source of inspiration.