I have a double page spread in the April edition of The Oldie in the travel section about Hakone, a lovely area of Japan that we visit quite regularly. I am also pleased to say they have accepted another piece from me, publishing date unknown yet, that is about a sake museum we discovered on the way to the mountains for skiing.
Also short listed in the latest Choc Lit short story competition. The results will be out next week, early April. Fingers crossed.
Short-listed in Writers News Science Fiction competition. The story was called "invasion". May have to work on it and see if I can send it out anywhere else.
After a lovely lazy holiday in Thailand over the winter break it is time to start writing again. But what?
I had an expat piece in the December issue of The Oldie Magazine this month. My first non-fiction piece to be accepted. And I won the Erewash Writers Christmas Chiller story competition. http://erewashwriterscompetition.weebly.com/winners-2012.html
A story of mine made the short list in the Erewash Writers competition. Didn't make the final placings but they sent a very nice email commenting on the good points and weaknesses of the story. It will be polished and sent out again!
I was short listed in both the Writers News competition final sentence competition and the Writing Magazine 750 story competition this month (September's magazines.
Two good pieces of news this month:
My story "Snow Angels" was awarded third place in the Frome Festival short story competition. I attended the award ceremony and was handed my cheque by Peter Lovesey, the crime writer. It was very good to hear the judges comments on the entries and interesting to learn that certain themes cropped up rather often in the entered stories.
Secondly my story "The Girl Who Shone" was placed third in this month's Spinetinglers Competition. You can find the story on their website. http://spinetinglers.co.uk/ReadStory3129.aspx
My story "Snow Angels" is on the short list for 2012 Frome Festival short story competition. I am going to the prize giving in July at Frome.
My story "Guilt" is appearing on 5 minute fiction website. http://5minutefiction.co.uk/guilt.html
I was shortlisted to final twelve in Peter Barry's Moving Story competition. Didn't make the final three. My story was called "A Place in the Sun". http://www.peterbarry.co.uk/blog/2012/feb/10/peter-barry-short-story-competition-results/ See the results here.
I was also shortlisted in Writing Magazine's Sense and Sensibility competition and Writers News ghost last line competition this month.
Started the New Year on a high being short listed in Della Galton's win a book competition. My piece is below:
Jill chewed the pencil, staring at the first of her New Year’s resolutions.
She sighed. As a teacher, time was short, evenings mostly spent marking the horrific fantasies of Damian Hedges or the romantic warbling of young Romeo Sutcliffe. Holidays were her chance to catch up.
Ignoring her headache she started upstairs and searched the wardrobe for the bag of wool from last winter’s project. Nothing in the airing cupboard or the spare room either. Finally she tried the attic. Amidst the boxes and suitcases was the bag.
Jill took it to the sitting room and pulled out the contents. The yarn had been teased into a bundle. Her first thought was the cat had been playing with it. She started to untangle the mess. Pieces of the fluffy wool came away in her hands. Instead of being a continuous length it was short stands.
Jill frowned. This was not good. Then the ball shuddered. Jill stiffened. Warily she eased a hole in it and peered inside. Curled up and snoring was a tiny field mouse.
Swallowing and resisting the temptation to throw the ball down and let the cat deal with it, she drew the edges of the wool together and carried it outside to the shed. She placed it in a corner on a sack.
After tidying away the needles and pattern Jill put the kettle on. She crossed out ‘finish sweater’ from the list, and added ‘be kind to animals’, putting a check beside it.
Fangtales is out! A mixture of scary, blood soaked, tales - enough to send shivers down any young adults spine. Available from Amazon.co.uk http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Fangtales&x=16&y=14 and Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Fangtales&x=0&y=0
Get a copy for the young adult readers in your life this Christmas - and keep them quiet for a while.
The Big Book of New Short Horror is now available from Barnes and Noble (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Big-Book-of-New-short-Horror?keyword=Big+Book+of+New+short+Horror&store=book) and Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/Big-Book-New-Short-Horror/dp/1617061352/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1318926756&sr=1-1).
Had the proofs for Fangtales published by Wyvern Publications in which my story Dating Game appears. Also had the proofs from Pill Hill Press for the Big Book of New Short Horror in which my story The Bookmark appears. Both books should be out in October.
Arrived in Japan and unpacking boxes. Fortunately the computer and internet are up and running as the entries for Foreign Flavours are flooding in.
June 2011 Packing up ready for our move to Japan. Life is going into boxes. Just be told I have reached the last ten of the current On the Premises competition. I have to wait until next week to see if my story is placed.
It was! An honourable mention. The story can be read here. http://www.onthepremises.com/issue_14/story_14_h2.html
Check out my winning story on the Wyvern Publication's website. The story won their annual short story competition and is an eerie tale of a girl who caused her own death. http://www.wyvernpublications.co.uk/winning-competition-entries
My story "The Dating Game" has been accepted by Wyvern Publications for their anthology "Fangtales" due out later this year.
Author's copy of Devils, Demons and Werewolves has arrived and looks great. It is available for purchase from Bridge House Publishing. Be prepared to be scared. Also learned I have a flash fiction story in the anthology "Fifty Stories for Pakistan" put together by Greg McQueen to raise money for flood victims in Pakistan. This is available for purchase from Blurb.com. Still waiting to see my copy.
My flash fiction story "Seconds" has been accepted into the anthology "Fifty Stories for Pakistan" published by Big Bad Media, along with stories from three of my colleagues on this site. I've had the proofs for Devils, Demons and Werewolves for checking and the front cover is looking good.