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‘Touching the Tender Parts’ to be published in the forthcoming A Furious Hope anthology!

My flash fiction called ‘Touching the Tender Parts’ will be published in a forthcoming anthology with the working title of A Furious Hope.

I’m really excited for my work to be included in this anthology of fiction and poetry about hope, which will be edited by Zelda Chappel. We are experiencing dark days, and with each passing day the world seems to be getting a little bit darker; this anthology is an anthology of hope in these hard times.

Though it sounds risqué, ‘Touching the Tender Parts’ is a delicate story of hope in a situation that is all to common. I can’t wait to share it with you when the anthology is published in 2017 (publication date to be confirmed).

‘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!

‘The Fortune Seeker’ published by Litro Magazine!

My flash fiction, ‘The Fortune Seeker’, has been published today by Litro Magazine as a part of their #FlashFriday weekly feature. You can read it by following this link here: Litro Magazine.

I’m so proud to have a story published by Litro Magazine, and I hope you all enjoy reading it. ‘The Fortune Seeker’ is about a young woman called Lorna who wants to discover the meaning behind her recurring dream…

I’m a new First Reader / Marketing Coordinator for Vestal Review!

I’m thrilled to be able to share that I have become a part of the team behind Vestal Review, a very well-established flash fiction magazine. The below is quoted from the Vestal Review ‘About Me’ page because I feel this really sums up what Vestal Review is all about:

Launched in March of 2000, Vestal Review is the world’s oldest magazine dedicated exclusively to flash fiction.

We are firmly established as an exciting venue for exceptional flash by both emerging and well-known authors. Our stories have been reprinted in numerous anthologies such as Best of the Net, Sudden Flash Youth and You have Time for This. Vestal Review is an eclectic magazine, open to all genres except children’s stories and hard science fiction. Our past contributors include Steve Almond, Katharine Weber, Aimee Bender, Sam Lipsyte, Judith Cofer, Bruce Boston, Robert Boswell, Bruce Holland Rogers, Michelle Richmond, Stuart Dybek, Robert Olen Butler, Pamela Painter, Sara Banse, Claire Tristram and others.

Vestal Review is one the best flash fiction magazines in the world. It originated so many things–so many great stories have been between its covers. And no doubt, with Vestal, more of the best is to come. May it thrive. -Robert Shapard.

Vestal Review is an awesome literary journal, one that does the work of angels when it comes to short short fiction. A national treasure. Find it. Read it. Now. -Steve Almond

I’m really excited to be a part of the team. I’m looking forward to reading all of your submissions, and to do what I can to uphold the reputation of Vestal Review as one of the best places for quality flash fiction.

‘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?

‘On Returning Home’ Published by Speculative 66!

My flash fiction, ‘On Returning Home’, has been published by Speculative 66and is now available to read in their very first issue. Speculative 66 is an online magazine dedicated to flash fiction of exactly 66 words, and they accept all types of fiction, so I encourage you all to submit something for their second issue.

‘On Returning Home’ is a little science-fiction tale, which isn’t something I normally write, but I was inspired by a thought one day: what if we weren’t the original inhabitants of Earth? You can read ‘On Returning Home’ and other 66-word stories in their first issue by following this link here: Issue 1 of Speculative 66.

‘I am Lasagne’ published by Sick Lit Magazine!

The third of three flashes of mine to be published by the formidable Sick Lit Magazine is my story ‘I am Lasagne’. It’s a somewhat sassy, in-your-face piece which went down very well when I read it at the Bath Flash Fiction Award Event in July. If you’d like to read it, head on over to Sick Lit Magazine to read it now: I am Lasagne. I hope you enjoy!

I’d like to take the opportunity to thank Kelly Fitzharris Coody and Melissa Libbey for accepting my pieces and for selecting my suggested theme of Perceptions. I’ve really enjoyed reading everyones interpretation of the theme, and I can’t wait to read more!

‘The Domesticated Creature’ Published by Sick Lit Magazine!

The second of three pieces to be published by Sick Lit Magazine this month is now available to read online. It is called ‘The Domesticated Creature’ and I’m so happy it has found its home at Sick Lit Magazine. I’d written this flash fiction a few years ago, one of my first ever ones actually, and you can read it by following this link here: ‘The Domesticated Creature’. You’ll like this one if you like cats!

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.