Competitions

JBWB Autumn Competition

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I just found out that I’ve got a “Highly Commended” in each category of this quarter’s JBWB competition. The fiction one is for my not quite ghost story “Unquiet”, and the poetry one is for “The Orange Girl and the Philosopher”. Slightly bittersweet feeling: I know I should be really pleased about this, but on […]

Anthologies

Every Day Fiction Anthology

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One more post today. I’ve just heard that my stories “Mirror, Mirror” and “Opening the Box” are to be included in Every Day Fiction‘s forthcoming anthology. So I think that makes a baker’s dozen of anthology appearances for this year.

Publications

Exquisite Torture

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Today sees a bit of a first for me: two poems published in two different places on one day. More about the second one a bit later when it goes up, but the first one is “Exquisite Torture” at Every Day Poets. This one is yet another one from the Café Doom weekly flash challenge, where […]

Things I like

Something Rather Inspiring

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In case anyone out there’s feeling a bit, you know, icky after watching this week’s Question Time, here’s something that I picked up from Vanessa Gebbie’s blog that will go some way towards cleansing the image of Nick Griffin’s ugly fat face from your mind. It’s a talk given by Chimamanda Adichie at TED on […]

Publications

All the Best Tunes

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The Halloween edition of the splendid horror e-zine Tales From the Moonlit Path has now gone up, featuring my poem “All the Best Tunes“. Of course everyone knows who has all the best tunes, and he is well-represented here. This was yet another one written for the Cafe Doom Weekly Flash Challenge, in response to […]

Anthologies

back eyes poetry

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The anthologies are thudding through the letterbox thick and fast these days. This one arrived today from Earlyworks Press, and contains a mixture of poetry and flash fiction and it looks rather good. Unexpectedly, I booked my place therein with a poem, “Feral”, which was shortlisted for their latest web poetry competition. Unless I’ve miscounted, […]

Acceptances

Niteblade Anthology

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Had a nice e-mail from Rhonda Parrish, who edits the very wonderful Niteblade, to say that she’d like to include my story “An Unsuitable Replacement” in their forthcoming print anthology. So that’s two hits for a story that I originally wrote in under an hour during the 2007 Children in Need flash event. And that, I […]

Acceptances

the3six5.com

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Who said Twitter was a waste of time? I picked up on this one after my VWC chum Julie Mayhew tweeted about it and I was immediately attracted to it. The concept is very simple: 365 different people sign up to write a 250-word piece on a pre-specified day in 2010. Whatever they write will […]