Acceptances

Boston Literary Magazine

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The extremely stately and elegant Boston Literary Magazine have just accepted my poem “Mid-Life Crisis”, for their Fall edition. As far as I remember, I wrote this for the monthly SlingInk Poetry Challenge, and it’s nice to see it finding a home ‘cos I quite like it. And it’s also nice to be making my […]

Things I like

Harry Patch and the Battle Proms

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On Saturday night we headed off down the road to Hatfield House for this year’s Battle Prom Concert, one of those truly weird only-in-England things. Essentially, the deal is that you turn up, grab a spot to pitch your deckchairs (plus your gazebo if you get there early enough – which we were, just) and […]

Stuff

One Year On

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Hmmm. Looks like it’s a year to the day since I posted this. Doesn’t time fly, eh? Interestingly, I notice that I didn’t quite stick to my original intentions. Ah well. These things are meant to evolve, and when you’ve got your own platform, it’s hard to avoid the temptation to use it. I just […]

Competitions

Bournemouth Short Story Competition

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Over the last few weeks I’ve been nervously checking the website for the inaugural Bournemouth Short Story Competition (not to be confused with the Bournemouth Literary Festival competition, where I once had some success with erotica, God help me), watching for the results. Then last week the following rather disturbing notice appeared: Due to the […]

Unpublished Pieces

Man in the Moon

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I did this for the Café Doom Flash Challenge some time last year, and if I’d got my act together, I would have tried to get it published somewhere round about now. But I didn’t. In fact, I never got around to submitting it anywhere. So I might as well put it up here now, […]

Publications

Hokusai vs The Smog Monster

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… is now up for all to see at Ink, Sweat and Tears. I wrote this for the Café Doom Flash Challenge when the two words for the week were “Squid” and “Volcano” (don’t ask). Mine was one of two entrants to attempt to cover both bases, although neither of us won that week. I was […]

Competitions

The Whittaker Prize 2009

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… and in fact I came second in the fiction and fourth in the poetry. As far as the fiction is concerned, the excellent Cathy Edmunds grabbed the lead back in Round 3 and clearly wasn’t going to let go of it, so it was always going to be a race for second place in […]

Competitions

It’s Over!

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The 2009 Whittaker Prize, that is. And what a long, strange journey it’s been these last eighteen weeks. I now have nine new stories, some of which I think are amongst my best, although time will tell once they’ve been sent out in the world to seek their fortune. Having said that, two of them […]

Acceptances

Short Story Radio

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This is cool. I’ve just had my story, “Natural Selection” accepted by Short Story Radio. It’s especially cool, for three reasons. Firstly, I get paid £30 of Arts Council money for this. Secondly, I get to hear a real live actor reading my piece, recorded by a professional producer. And thirdly, one of my favourite […]

Acceptances

Residential Aliens

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… has (have?) picked up my flash, “What Jesus Said” (previously known as “What Matthew Said”, re-titled – entirely logically – at the suggestion of ResAliens‘ editor Lyn Perry). One of my odder pieces, and (inevitably) a product of the Café Doom Weekly Flash Challenge. Surprising how many of my pieces have some connection to […]