Head over to Sick Lit Magazine for their month of Perceptions!

If you haven’t heard of Sick Lit Magazine, you’re missing out. They’re a great online magazine who publish powerful poetry and prose. They ran a competition this year to decide on themes for their upcoming issues and my theme of “Perceptions” was chosen, meaning throughout all of August you’ll be able to read work selected by the amazing editors Kelly and Melissa around this theme!

I love the idea of perceptions, which is the major thread throughout my forthcoming collection Dots, and other flashes of perception, which you can read more about here: Dots.

I like the way different people interact with their version of the world and the universe. Everyone’s view of the world is different, and they way we relate to it and to each other is something I love to explore. I’m excited to read the writing published this month as a part of the theme. I can’t wait to fall into the perceptions of others.

This also means I have some upcoming publications with Sick Lit Magazine. The first is now available to read now and is called ‘My Fate Lies in the Weather Forecast’ and can be read by following this link here to Sick Lit Magazine. It’s about a man who wears shorts and flip-flops in the rain; you know the kind of guy I’m talking about! The other two stories, ‘The Domesticated Creature’ and ‘I am Lasagne’ will be published later in the month, and I shall post again once they’ve been published.

I hope you enjoy a month of different perceptions showcased by Sick Lit Magazine — I know I will!

‘Cacophony’ to be Published by Story Shack!

My flash fiction called ‘Cacophony’ has been accepted for publication by Story Shack and will be published in January 2017.

I think everyone should consider sending flash fiction to Story Shack; not only do they publish great flash fiction, but they also illustrate them. It’s why I submitted ‘Cacophony’ to them, because I felt this flash in particular had some strong visual elements that would look great illustrated.

I’m looking forward to being able to share ‘Cacophony’ with you all. For more details about Story Shack, check out their website here: Story Shack.

‘Handball’ Now Published by Cafe Aphra!

My flash fiction ‘Handball’ has now been published by Cafe Aphra and is available to read by following this link here: ‘Handball’. I hope you enjoy reading it!

‘Full Circle’ to be Published by And Other Poems in September!

I can announce, with great excitement, that my prose poem ‘Full Circle’ has been accepted for publication by And Other Poems. It will be published on Tuesday 6th September. I can’t wait to share it with you all! Do check out  And Other Poems as they publish striking poetry, and you’ll definitely recognise a few of the names they’ve published before, such as: Carrie Etter, Tania Hershman, Angela Readman, Jonathan Pinnock, Andrew McMillan, and Hilda Sheehan, to name a few!

‘Lovelorn’ Published in Issue 10 of Unbroken Journal

My prose poem ‘Lovelorn’ has now been published by Unbroken Journal in their tenth issue and is available to read by following this link here: ‘Lovelorn’.

I love this journal so much. You should definitely read the other pieces they publish and consider submitting your own.

My Debut Collection ‘Dots, and other flashes of perception’ to be Published by The Nottingham Review Press in September!

I usually say “I’m thrilled”, but to say I’m thrilled to share this news is a HUGE understatement. I know many of you will already be aware of this news, but I’ve yet to post an update about it! And if you haven’t, well…

My debut flash fiction collection Dots, and other flashes of perception will be published in September 2016 by The Nottingham Review Press in print and electronic format.

I really cannot wait to be able to share these stories with everyone. There’s a mixture of stories that have already been published, but there are many which are unpublished.

The collection is about perceptions and feelings of disconnect; the way we perceive the world doesn’t always match up to reality, and I believe these make interesting, and sometimes delicate, stories.

There will be more information to follow as it is announced. See this link for further details: The Nottingham Review Press.

Recent Competition Successes!

I’m thrilled to be able to share some recent competition successes I have had. I could’ve posted this much earlier, but what with National Flash Fiction Day (a full write up to follow sometime soon) and other things I haven’t had time to do more than post on Facebook or retweet on Twitter!

Firstly, my short story ‘Costume’ was shortlisted in the Finchley Literary Festival and Greenacre Writers Short Story Competition. It’s a story I really loved writing about a woman returning to a beach she hasn’t been to in many years, and hopefully I will be able to find a home for it soon so I can share the story with you all.

The winning stories sound fantastic, and it’s great to see some familiar names on the short and long list. You can read the judges report, from the brilliant Joanna Campbell, here: Finchley Literary Festival website.

And secondly, my flash fiction ‘Corrections’ won THIRD PRIZE in the Worcester LitFest & Fringe Flash Fiction Competition! I’m ecstatic about this, and the story will be published in their forthcoming 2016 Flash Fiction Anthology. I can’t wait for you to read it! You can read the announcement here: Worcester Flash Fiction Competition.

‘Mother Knows Best’ Published by FlashFlood for National Flash Fiction Day!

My flash fiction ‘Mother Knows Best’ was published as a part of FlashFlood for National Flash Fiction Day!

I love FlashFlood. The idea is that, for one day, the journal publishes a flash fiction every ten minutes, meaning you get a deluge of brilliant fiction. There are over 140 flashes in total, so plenty for you to read and enjoy!

If you’d like to read ‘Mother Knows Best’ you can do so by following this link here: FlashFlood.

A Box of Stars Beneath the Bed: 2016 National Flash Fiction Day Anthology is OUT NOW!

The 2016 National Flash Fiction Day Anthology, A Box of Stars Beneath the Bed, is out NOW!

This collection already has a special place in my heart, as it was the first anthology where I have been involved with as an Editor, supporting Calum Kerr and Nuala Ní Chonchúir with a lot of the behind-the-scenes activities.

The anthology features my story ‘Ten Things that Happened After My Funeral’. The story is about a man who finds himself in limbo, and the rest is, from the title, pretty self-explanatory.

There are so many extremely talented authors in this anthology, and all of the stories are wonderful. Some of the authors include the likes of: Meg Pokrass, Paul McVeigh, Claire Fuller, Sarah Hilary, Angela Readman, Calum Kerr, Nuala Ní Chonchúir, Diane Simmons, Nik Perring, Kevlin Henney, Tim Stevenson, Michelle Elvy, Debbie Young, Ashley Chantler,  Jane Roberts, Jonathan Pinnock, K.M. Elkes, Chris Stanley, and so many more!

To purchase the paperback edition of the anthology, please follow this link here: BUY! The Kindle edition will be available very soon!

‘Mother Knows Best’ to be Published by FlashFlood!

My flash fiction, ‘Mother Knows Best’, will be published at around 2pm BST on Saturday 25th June by FlashFlood as a part of the celebrations for National Flash Fiction Day 2016.

FlashFlood is a brilliant online journal who publish a flash fiction roughly every ten minutes on National Flash Fiction Day itself. They are currently open for submissions, so why not submit your own flash fiction of 500 words or fewer? To find out more, follow this link here: FlashFlood.