The 2020 Pushcart Prize

I’ve had word today that my story, Smoke & Cinnamonhas been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. This piece was born in a Kathy Fish workshop. I draw a lot from real life, but much of the time I embellish or exaggerate. The people in this story represent real people, but are not completely accurate depictions. Except my brother with his nose in a book.

While 2020 has been quite a non-productive year for writing for me, it has been very productive for my mental health and, frankly, my soul. So, while I’ve only published three pieces of flash fiction this year, I’ve accomplished so much.

#NFFD2020

I have just finished celebrating the launch of the 2020 National Flash Fiction Day Anthology which happens to contain a story of mine. Normally, there would be a proper launch with a gathering in the UK, etc. Given the current quarantine, obviously that will not be happening. The online launch, however, turned out to be loads of fun. We had all prepared a video ahead of time of each of us reading our work. Each video has been posted at YouTube in NFFD’s channel.

The print version will be delayed again due to the quarantine, but you can get a digital version at Amazon now.

For those interested, you will see I defied authority and shot my video in portrait instead of landscape and I totally mean to. I did it because of reasons.

The One That Needed Fifty Takes

I guess the 4th was with me…

I’m thrilled to announce that Fictive Dream has accepted another of my pieces, On Peter Street. The publication has previously published Something Pretty in a Jar and Some Good Lobsters.

Laura takes such care in selecting the work she publishes and in choosing illustrative photos. She’s a great editor and takes pains to ensure everything is to the author’s satisfaction.

Date of publication is May 15th. I will update you as the time grows closer.

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Here’s a link to the story!

National Flash-Fiction Day Anthology

Some of you may remember that last year I placed Now You Have to Pee Again into the Flash Flood competition last year and won. This year I am staggered to announce that I’ve managed to have a piece accepted into the National Flash-Fiction Anthology for 2020. I can hardy wait to share it with you.

The piece, Smoke & Cinnamon, is a six-time rejectee but one I couldn’t let go of. I’m not only proud to get it out there, but proud to be a part of the NFFD Anthology.

I will post more information as publication grows closer.

Longlisted!

This morning I found out I’ve made the longlist for the Bath Short Story Award for 2019. This is my second entry in this contest and I’ll be a nervous wreck waiting for the shortlist. I’m in good company, as it happens. I’ve been watching Twitter’s writing community and there are some amazing writers longlisted this year. I can’t reveal which story is mine as judging is done anonymously, but watch for updates as things unfold!

National Flash-Fiction Day

This past weekend, I participated in National Flash-Fiction Day. It was more than a day and there were so many great activities. Go have a look!

In fact, my participation began before that when I submitted my story, Now You Have to Pee Again to the Flash Flood competition and it was accepted. Beginning at midnight British time, stories were released every 5 to 10 minutes and starting at noon, stories by unpublished authors were released each half hour. There’s a lot of great stuff to read, if you’re a fan of flash.

Naturally, I wanted to be a part of the entire celebration so I also participated in the Write-In where a prompt was released each hour and we used the prompt to produce a piece of writing. Many writers also submitted these pieces for publication, but as I had company for the weekend, I was only able to respond to a few prompts and I tucked the rest away for later.

Dream Publication

A few days ago, I received my contributor’s copy of The Antigonish Review (Issue #196) which features my short story, Grace. I originally submitted to the magazine in March of 2018. I received my acceptance that November and have been waiting anxiously since. It feels really good to see something I worked so hard on in print, in front of my very eyes! As soon as the issue is available (print & digital), I will publish a link.

What a week!

This week, two very special things happened.

I had a piece selected by Mura for publication. Mura is a brand new Canadian publication looking for submissions. It could also use our support and donations. There are some pretty great pieces already published and I’m proud that my work will join them on May 31st.

Then I woke up this morning to discover I had won Adhoc Fiction for the second time. This contest is special to me because when I decided to return to writing a couple of years back, I started there and was lucky enough to have one of my favourite pieces win out of the gate.

I would be remiss if I didn’t, once again, mention Kathy Fish’s Skillshare class and credit her and it for getting my creative juices flowing again.

#FlashFlood

Last week, I participated in an online Flash Fiction course, Flash Fiction: Writing Tiny, Beautiful Stories taught by Kathy Fish. I felt so motivated to write which was great because I’d lost my motivation somewhere along the way lately. I finished up my final project, posted it, and was met with very positive feedback. The timing was perfect for National Flash Fiction Day’s Flash Flood competition. June 15th is National Flash Fiction Day so throughout the day, the site will post winning entries. Everything happens quickly with this competition with some submissions receiving responses within the same day. This was the case with mine. I received my acceptance when the story was about 12-hours old! It will appear on the journal at around 6:20 a.m. (BST) on the 15th of June 2019.