The Literary World

No Pain, No Gain

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Back in 2008, I had a painful but extremely valuable encounter at the Winchester Writers’ Conference. As part of the Winchester package, you are given the opportunity to have fifteen minutes with three different writing industry luminaries. These may be agents (pitch!), editors (pitch again!) or experts (listen!) My three sessions were booked with an […]

Anthologies

The Best of Every Day Fiction Three

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Just remembered that I haven’t mentioned this one yet. “The Best of Every Day Fiction Three” is now out – another bumper anthology from the good people at EDF. This one’s got  a couple of my pieces in it: “Hidden Shallows” and “The Colour of Criticism”. There are details about how to buy it here. […]

Anthologies

Escape Velocity Anthology

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The Escape Velocity anthology has just been launched, containing works by loads of good people such as Cathy Edmunds, Paul Freeman, Rob Harkess, Geoff Nelder and Bec Zugor. And me, with “Symbiosis”, a jolly little tale of the love between a girl and her parasitic worm. It’s available in paper and on Kindle over here […]

Anthologies

100 Stories for Queensland Chart Rush!

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Remember the “100 Stories for Queensland” charity anthology? Well, it’s now out, and there’s a “chart rush” campaign on today. What it means is that we’re trying to get as many people as possible to buy it at once so that it gets into the top 10, thus garnering more exposure. Click here to buy. […]

Reviews

Me and My Short Stories

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That nice chap and all-round good egg Scott Pack has reviewed one of my stories for his Me and My Short Stories blog. Fortunately, he seems to like it. If you want to read the story, “Advice re Elephants”, it’s available online, at Metazen. Scott’s short story project is turning up some really interesting stuff, […]

Mrs Darcy

Meanwhile, Back in Pemberley…

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On Friday, Twitter chum Rebecca Brown alerted me to the fact that Mrs Darcy (remember her?!) had been spotted in the pages of Writers’ News, which sent me on a frantic hunt for my copy. Which actually arrived on Saturday. Anyway, there she is on page 28, along with fellow author Charles Christian’s enigmatic blue […]

Competitions

The Scott Prize

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On Friday I noticed a tweet from Salt Publishing saying that the Crashaw and Scott prize winners would be announced on Monday, at which point I suddenly realised how desperately I wanted to be one of them. Up until then I was thinking “Well, I’ve got one book coming out this year anyway, so this […]

Acceptances

Journal of Microliterature

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Last summer I had an e-mail from a new venture called the Journal of Microliterature inviting me to submit to them, anonymously. My immediate reaction was twofold. First of all I was flattered to be asked, but then I panicked, thinking how embarrassing it would be if I didn’t get my submission accepted. So I […]

Mrs Darcy

Wickhampedia Begins to Take Shape

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This could get out of control. No sooner had I put up the initial entry on Jane Austen (now looking a bit more Wikipedia-ish since I sorted out the CSS), including descriptions of several hitherto unknown novels of hers, than I was sent some utterly brilliant covers of four of those novels by my extraordinarily […]