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‘We Need a Heart Transplant, Not a Facelift’ to be published by Black Market Re-View!

My flash fiction ‘We Need a Heart Transplant, Not a Facelift’ will be published in the second issue of  Black Market Re-View, an online magazine edited by undergraduate and postgraduate students from Edge Hill University in the UK.

I’m so happy that this story has found a home; it was fun to write, and I hope have fun reading it! ‘We Need a Heart Transplant, Not a Facelift’ is about a man who reads in the newspaper that Mary Portas is coming to town to fix up their high street.

Interested? You won’t have to wait long! The second issue of Black Market Re-View is scheduled to be published this weekend. I’ll post a link once it’s up!

‘Old School Rivalry’ to be published by Fictive Dream!

My flash fiction, ‘Old School Rivalry’, has been accepted for publication by Fictive Dream. I’m so happy to have a story featured by Fictive Dream, who publish wonderful flash fiction and short stories.

‘Old School Rivalry’ is about two women who bump into each other ten years after finishing secondary school…

More to follow when the piece is published, which is currently scheduled for February/March 2017, but may be sooner. I’d like to thank Fictive Dream for accepting this piece – I can’t wait for it to be published! They’re currently open for submissions, so why not consider sending them a piece today?

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!

‘Division’ Published by The Pygmy Giant!

My flash fiction, “Division’, has been published by The Pygmy Giant and is available to read now by following this link here.

The Pygmy Giant are is an excellent place for Flash Fiction writers from the UK. Here’s a little bit about them from their website:

The Pygmy Giant is an online home for UK flash fiction and non-fiction under 800 words. We aim to publish something new on the site each Monday and Thursday.

Why just British stuff? Because flash fiction on the web is dominated by our American cousins, and while that’s not a terrible thing, we want to give up-and-coming voices from the UK a chance to be heard.

I hope you enjoy reading ‘Division’ and the other flash fiction published there and consider submitting your own!

‘Backspace’ Published by the Journal of Microliterature!

My flash fiction, ‘Backspace’, is now available to read at the Journal of Microliterature now! It’s about all the things we wish we could say on social media but decide not to. You can read it by following this link here.

 

‘Introduction’ and ‘Chain’ Published in SpaLife Magazine!

Two of my flash fictions, ‘Introduction’ and ‘Chain’, have been published in the Autumn 2015 issue of SpaLife Magazine, a magazine run by students at Bath Spa University.

The two flashes, pictured below, are, I like to think, very different from each other and demonstrate what I feel flash fiction allows writers to do: explore different things in different ways.

There is nothing experimental about either of these two stories. One, ‘Introduction’, looks at how small the world is, how we’re all potentially connected, and why this may not always be a good thing. The other, ‘Chain’, is a funny story about miscommunication.

For me flash fiction enables us to explore lots of different areas in different ways in such a small space and, though it seems restrictive, there is a great deal of freedom to do just that. Having ‘Introduction’ and ‘Chain’ published side-by-side in this way shows two different sides of my writing: the serious and the playful. Perhaps they’re both serious, and both playful, or neither.

Hope you enjoy reading them:

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‘The New Save’ to be Published by Yellow Chair Review!

29 minutes after submitting my flash fiction, ‘The New Save’, to Yellow Chair Review this evening I had a reply accepting it for publication in their upcoming Pop Culture issue. I’ve experienced quick submission turnarounds before, especially rejections, but this was by far the quickest reply I’ve had to a submission, and it felt great for ‘The New Save’ to have been accepted so swiftly.

Yellow Chair Review is a new literary which publishes a new issue every month. They’re in their first year, and they publish flash fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and artwork. Submissions for the current theme (Pop Culture: Movies, Music, Video Games etc) closes on 15th November 2015, or until it’s full, so get in there quick! Check their website out by following this link. Bonus points are available for work inspired by video games, which is where ‘The New Save’ comes in.

The idea for ‘The New Save’ revealed itself to me instantly. Video games make things seem so easy, don’t they? If you play the game right everything works out perfectly. Life is not a video game. I decided to write about a franchise of games that I have loved since childhood, and still love: Pokémon. I merged this theme with the idea of old and new, of things we had against the things we lost, and with the difference between reality and the virtual, to come up with a cool interpretation of the theme. At least, I think so, and so do the editors of Yellow Chair Review.

‘The New Save’ will be published around mid-December, along with all of the other creations featured in the Pop Culture issue, and I look forward to being able to share it with you all!

‘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!

‘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.

‘I’m Growing My New Boyfriend in a Petri Dish’ to be Published by Flash Frontier in their September / Science Issue!

I’m very happy to share with you all that my flash fiction ‘I’m Growing My New Boyfriend in a Petri Dish’ has been accepted for publication in Flash Frontier‘s September issue, which will be on the theme of Science.

All submissions were read blind and selected by two very good well known flash fiction writers: Kathy Fish and Tania Hershman. This particularly excites me because Tania Hershman is a writer who I admire a lot and inspired me to write flash fiction in the first place. During my first year at Bath Spa University Tania was invited to do a reading from her newest collection My Mother Was an Upright Piano and if you have no idea what I’m talking about get your hands on a copy and read it now.

This is the first time I’ll be published by Flash Frontier, which is edited by two great flash fiction writers Michelle Elvy and James Norcliffe.

I can’t wait for this issue to be published and to read the other stories that’ll be featured.

As you can probably guess from the title ‘I’m Growing My New Boyfriend in a Petri Dish’ is a flash fiction about an individual who decides to grow themselves a new boyfriend. To find out why you’ll have to wait until it’s published!