Truly honoured to learn my flash story ‘Angie’ appears on the Best of British and Irish Flash (BIFFY50) list for 2020. Nancy Stohlman selected this story to win the Bath Flash Fiction Award in 2019. She said, ‘Wow. This one took my breath away on the first read and haunted me throughout the entire judging process. As with many of my final choices, this one had an extremely powerful ending. The story was deceptively simple at first, distracting us from the impending tension just as the father is distracting his young daughter. The reader, too, is lulled into a calm curiosity, only momentary chinks in the facade giving us insight into not only what is going on but the devastating impact of what is to come. Politics in stories can become too heavy handed, but this author perfectly balanced the political with the personal, giving us a story that is urgent, empathetic, and timely. A necessary story for a haunted world.’
My short story ‘The Pencil Drawn Girl’ won the Bath Short Story Award 2020! Thank you to judge Kate Johnson from the Mackenzie Wolf Literary Agency for the following comments: First Prize: The Pencil Drawn Girl. “I ached for the narrator of this intimate story, whose skin – once creamy and “soft like Leche Flan,” worthy of a pencil sketch by her mother – is badly burnt in an accident, narrowing her once vibrant life to a small, shrouded existence. The story is a perfectly contained vessel of the human experience, as well as an evocative, full-sensory read (the warm, misty air; the tight, seared skin; the salt of the milkfish – I felt I could touch, taste, inhale the atmosphere), and the writer so economically draws seven years of shared sorrow between mother and daughter that the light and forgiveness at the end hits us hard. It is quietly, tenderly soul-shattering.” The story will appear in the 2020 anthology!
My flash story ‘Rwanda 1994’ has reached the short list will be included in the 2020 Bath Flash Fiction Award Anthology.
The National Flash Fiction Day Anthology 2020 contains two of my flash stories, ‘Nantucket News’ and ‘Closest To the Edge’
The 2020 flash flood on June 6th features a flash story called ‘Keeping Company with Orchids‘ and was first published at The London Independent Story Prize in 2018
I’m very excited to have a micro entitled Corners and Edges in the New Zealand National Flash Fiction day Micro Madness top 22 again this year.
Reflex Press’ The Real Jazz Baby has won Best Anthology in the Saboteur Awards #sabawards20 – I’m delighted to have three stories inside.
Mad happy to have my flash story “Closest to the Edge’ selected for the National Flash Fiction Day Anthology 2020.
It’s wonderful to learn my flash story ‘Something Like Gravel’ made the Fish Publishing Flash long list again this year.
I am over the moon to have a story on the Reflex Spring 2020 long list. My flash story, ‘Comfort in Grammar’ will be published online, and in the forthcoming anthology.
It’s made my day to learn my flash story made the long list for the Cambridge Flash Fiction Prize.
My 100 word micro Nantucket News took third place in the National Flash Fiction Day micro competition, it’s exciting because it means that little story goes into the anthology.
My short story made the 2020 long list at Mslexia – the UK magazine for women who write.
Hooray for a Best of Small Fictions Anthology 2020 Nomination! Over the moon and grateful to Bath Flash Fiction Award for selecting my story Angie.
I am blown away to hear from Cathy Ulrich that my story ‘Bodily Fluids‘ is amongst Milk Candy Review’s nominations for Best Microfiction 2020.
It made me so happy to learn that my story ‘Them Naming Me Trespasser‘ at New Flash Fiction Review has been nominated by writer Stephanie Hutton to the BIFFY50 Judge Emile Devane.
A Route Map From Dad to Dad published in The Citron Review has been nominated for inclusion in the Best of British and Irish Flash Fiction 50 (BIFFY50) List by the amazing writer of the novella in flash ‘Homing’ Johanna Robinson. I am extremely grateful.
Wow, thank you to Reflex Fiction for nominating ‘Mistakes Multiplied by 3.14549‘ For inclusion in the Best of British and Irish Flash Fiction 50 (BIFFY50) list.
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