literary journal

‘Midnight Sky in Winter’ Published in the Winter Issue of Unbroken Journal!

Nothing better to wake up to after a night of partying on a Saturday night, a Halloween night too, to find the winter issue of Unbroken Journal published and ready to read online. I cannot begin to describe how much I enjoy reading this journal.

Unbroken Journal celebrate the poetic prose and the prose poem, and accompany writers’ work alongside photography, which is always well-chosen and thought-provoking. They’re particularly fond of prose poetry and this is fantastic because there aren’t very many journals, from what I know, that publish a lot of prose poetry (and they’re missing out). I thoroughly recommend checking out their latest issue and consider submitting your own writing to this journal. Follow this link to check them out!

Of course, I also recommend you read their latest issue and my prose poem, ‘Midnight Sky in Winter’, kicks this issue off! My little poem being the first one to appear in the issue — now that’s not something that’s happened to me before! You can read the issue, and ‘Midnight Sky in Winter’, by following this link here.

If you’re interested you can check out their last issue too, which features two more of my prose poems, ‘Stuck’ and ‘Caught’. You can read those by following this link, and keep an eye out for their first issue of 2016, as this will include another of my prose poems, ‘Tessellation’.

Happy reading, happy writing, happy Sunday!

‘October’ to be Featured in The Best of Vine Leaves Literary Journal 2015!

I had some wicked news this morning: my vignette ‘October’ has been selected for The Best of Vine Leaves Literary Journal 2015. I’m so thrilled! ‘October’ was originally published in Issue #15 in July of this year, and I’m surprised and delighted that it has been selected to be considered as one of the best pieces of writing to have been published by Vine Leaves Literary Journal this year! It’ll also be their last Best of anthology that they’ll be publishing, which is sad, but it feels good to have made the cut!

I’ll post more information once it has been published, though in the meantime you should check out their submission guidelines and submit to their next issue when submissions are open, and you can check out previous issues online too. You can do all this by visiting their website here.

‘The LGBouTiQue’ to be Published in Gay Flash Fiction!

My flash fiction, ‘The LGBouTiQue’, has been accepted for publication by Gay Flash Fiction and will be published in the upcoming weeks.

Labels are something that I feel is an important part of the LGBT community, though “labels” is possibly not the right term. Depending on the individual these labels or definitions for want of a better term can be a form of freedom, a little word that allows one to understand oneself better, but for others it can be confusing; what if the label doesn’t fit, doesn’t suit you, feels odd to wear. No matter, there is only one label that everyone should feel comfortable with, the only label required regardless of sexual orientation, gender, or any other characteristics: me. This is what I wanted to write about in ‘The LGBouTiQue’. It’s about a character who feels as though they need to find the right fit, only to understand that as long as they’re happy with and in themselves that’s all what is important. I’m in no position to argue with other peoples’ realities, but if I can speak for myself, being comfortable with the person you are is of the utmost importance. This can affect people in so many different ways as we try to seek a way of shaping ourselves to meet the conventions of society, communities, or these “labels”, and for some people that works, but as long as you like the person staring back at you in the mirror that’s what matters.

I like the person staring back at me when I look in the mirror, flaws and all.

I chose Gay Flash Fiction to submit this story to because I liked the flash fiction they published. I also admire their ethos: ‘We showcase flash fiction and poetry which is GLBTQI friendly, and has a Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Intersex theme.’ You should definitely check out the flash fiction they’ve published, and consider submitting your own. I’ll post the link when ‘The LGBouTiQue’ is published; I’m looking forward to seeing it online with so many great stories.

‘Backspace’ to be Published in the Journal of Microliterature!

A micro-fiction of mine called ‘Backspace’ has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Microliterature. The editor said they were thrilled to be able to accept a piece of my writing in their journal, but the pleasure is all mine. It’s a great online journal featuring tiny tales.

‘Backspace’ is about all the things that we think we’re powerful enough to say behind a computer screen but decide not to. Intrigued? Well you’ll need to wait until January to read it…something to look forward to in the new year!

Why not check out the Journal of Microliterature by following this link here.

‘Stuck’ and ‘Caught’ Published in Unbroken Journal, and why I write Prose Poetry (sometimes).

Today my first prose poems to be accepted for publication, ‘Stuck’ and ‘Caught’, have been published in Unbroken Journal, in their Autumn / Halloween special for 2015.

I enjoy writing and reading flash fiction and prose poetry. What I’m not about to share with you are what I believe to be the difference between the two forms (there are plenty of debates already out there online) but what I will share with you is why I like writing both flash fiction and prose poetry.

You see, I never really liked writing poetry and I (still) don’t know why; perhaps I can’t get my head around the technicalities, or hear where the line breaks should be. I loved immersing myself in the reading of poetry, but I’d never been a lover of writing the stuff until I discovered prose poetry.

Writing prose poetry comes with its own challenges and also, for me, a release that I don’t tend to achieve writing flash fiction. In both writing prose poetry and flash fiction I get to release something. When I write flash fiction, or any other prose for that matter, I’m able to bring to life a story that’s more often than not imaginary, completely fictional, though not always. When I write prose poetry, however, I feel I’m able to tap into a part of me that fiction doesn’t allow; prose poetry allows me explore my emotions yet retain a certain element of ambiguity.

Are my prose poems autobiographical, then? Potentially, in some ways maybe, yes, and no. Inspired by something real is perhaps more accurate; an atom of something experienced and how that made me feel, you could say.

Back to ‘Stuck’ and ‘Caught’. I’m very happy that these two poems have been published together. If you read them, which I hope you do, or even from reading this blog post, you may think both poems are very similar. In a way they are; they were inspired by the same thing, but what (I hope) distinguishes them (other than the poems themselves) are the titles. ‘Stuck’ suggests you’re somewhere where you don’t want to be, whereas ‘Caught’ implies capture. Okay, this sounds the same still. I think what I’m trying to say (and not very eloquently I know) is that they come from different perspectives of the same thing; ‘Caught’ being more spellbinding, and ‘Stuck’ being more hopeless, empty.

Anyway, read them for yourself. I haven’t finished reading the full issue yet, but what I have read is incredible. I love this journal, having read previous issues, and am very happy to say that I have two more prose poems, ‘Midnight Sky in Winter’ and ‘Tessellation’, due to be published in their next two upcoming issues.

You can read both poems by following this link here – Unbroken Journal. You’ll notice it’s a double-page spread – yes that does make me feel very special! The photos accompanying my prose poems are beautiful, and really capture an essence of what they’re about. I hope you enjoy them and the other writing featured in this great journal!

‘October’ Published in Issue #15 of Vine Leaves Journal – Out Now!

Issue #15 of Vine Leaves Journal is out now and includes my vignette ‘October’. It’s a great publication, available both online and in-print, and I’m looking forward to receiving and reading my contributor’s copy soon.

If you’d like to read it for yourself you can by reading the online edition or, better yet, by purchasing and supporting the publication by buying this issue. You can do either or both by following this link here: Vine Leaves Journal Issue #15.

If you’re a writer reading this, then why not consider submitting to them? They’re open for submissions now.

‘Like Old Times’ Published in Flash Fiction Magazine!

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I’m thrilled to announce that my flash fiction ‘Like Old Times’ has just been published at Flash Fiction Magazine today. I don’t want to ruin the story for you, but it’s about a man named Clive who, whilst battling with his inner demons, encounters someone who was important to him from his past.

You can read it by following this link here.

Flash Fiction Magazine is a wonderful online magazine that publishes a piece of flash fiction every day. The stories they publish include all types of style and genre, so there is really something on there for everyone to enjoy.

I hope you read and enjoy my story, and if you’re reading this, I have two more pieces of prose being published tomorrow; ‘Hereditary’ at Spelk and ‘October’ in Issue #15 of Vine Leaves Literary Journal, so keep an eye out for those updates!

‘Lens’ Published in Fewer Than 500 and an Upcoming Publication in the Jan/Feb Issue of Unbroken Journal!

Today my very short flash fiction ‘Lens’ was published at Fewer Than 500. I would tell you what it is about but, considering it is only 59 words long, I think you should check it out for yourself, which you can do by following this link here.

I also had some good poetry news: another one of my prose poems will be featured in Unbroken Literary Journal‘Tessellation’ will be featured in their January/February 2016 issue. This means that I’ll have at least one poem featured in the next three issues of the publication, which I’m very excited and proud about.

Upcoming Publication in Flash Fiction Magazine!

I’m really excited to announce that I have an upcoming publication in Flash Fiction Magazine. My flash ‘Like Old Times’ will be published online on Thursday 16th July.

Flash Fiction Magazine is an amazing online publication who publish a piece of flash fiction every day. They have a wide readership (approximately 14,000 followers on Twitter, for example) and I love the work they publish. It’s great to have the opportunity to be featured among many great stories and writers.

It also means I’m allowed to put this on my website:

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Now that too is pretty cool!

Of course I’ll post again once the piece has been published and is available to read online, or maybe you’ve already signed up to their mailing list? You can sign up on their site, and you should definitely check out the flash fiction they publish, which you can do by following this link.

‘Everything She Wanted’ Published in ‘The Write-In’ for National Flash Fiction Day!

The Write-In for National Flash Fiction Day is an online journal which is open for submissions for 24 hours only. You’re required to select a prompt (and there are plenty to choose from) and write a story up to 500 words.

I’ve just done so this morning and here is the result: ‘Everything She Wanted’, which you can read by following this link.

I hope you enjoy it, and feel inspired to submit your own piece of writing!