Competitions

Fish Off The Hook

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Excellent news. The people at Fish have sorted out the problem with my entry. The problem – as far as I can make out – seems to have been a twofold one. First of all, there definitely seems to be some kind of issue with the “buy one entry, get one half price” offer. I […]

Competitions

The One That Got Away

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UPDATE This issue has now been resolved satisfactorily. More information here. Attention short story writers! Has anyone else had problems with their entries for the Fish competition this year? Or is it just me? This is what happened to me. I’m a pretty regular entrant for the Fish competitions. They’re pricey, but there’s potentially a […]

Acceptances

Graffiti and Other Things

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My cheeky little flash “Graffiti” went up at Spelk the other day. In case you’re wondering where the idea for this came from, I was thinking about the “sword” dangling from Orion’s belt and whether that interpretation might have been somewhat bowdlerised over the years… In other news, I was chuffed to find out last week that […]

Competitions

Flashing in Bristol

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As you can see from the flyer to the left, I will be celebrating National Flash Fiction Day this coming Saturday by performing at Foyles in Bristol, along with loads of other totally awesome people (is that really Adam Marek in there?). It should be an utterly ace evening and what’s more it’s completely free! […]

Acceptances

Hairdressing

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A couple of months ago I was asked if I fancied submitting a 300-600 word short story on the theme of “Unisex” for the very elegant and stylish .Cent magazine‘s “Man: Explained” edition. Well, I had an idea, wrote it up, sent it in and didn’t hear another word. I assumed that it wasn’t quite what […]

Competitions

Limbo in Fine Linen

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Fine Linen is not just another literary magazine. It’s a chapbook plus a broadside plus a linen bookmark plus a cardboard bookmark. In fact, it’s a pretty extraordinary artefact all round. And I’m in the new edition, with a piece called ‘Limbo’, somewhere in the broadside bit (I think that’s what it’s called, anyway – it opens […]

Acceptances

York Literature Festival Poetry

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I’ve probably said this before, but I do find poetry a little baffling. I think I have a reasonable idea of what constitutes a half-decent story, but I don’t really have a clue when it comes to poems. ‘The Orange Girl and the Philosopher’ is a case in point. I wrote it originally for a challenge […]

Acceptances

Sleeping with the Fishes, and other stuff

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Several odd bits and pieces to report. First of all, my rather peculiar flash, “Sleeping with the Fishes” is now up at Cease, Cows magazine. I’m not 100% sure what it means, but I think I like it anyway. See what you think. I like the picture they’ve chosen to go with it. Secondly, another […]

Broadcasts

Opening Lines

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It’s that time of the year again, when the BBC open their virtual doors to unsolicited short story submissions from writers new to radio. If you are such a person and have a suitable story to hand (or can put one together in a couple of weeks), you have until February 13th to send it […]

Competitions

The Binnacle and Twiction Addiction Again

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A couple of very short hits to report. First of all, I snagged an Honourable Honorable Mention in this years The Binnacle Ultra-Short Competition, with my 135-word story “99942 Apophis” (feel free to Google that if you want to find out a clue to the subject matter). The story will also appear in print, along with […]