HWG 2016 Anthology

The HWG 2016 charity anthology Seawords is now available from local outlets and to order online. All profits go to Hastings Pier Restoration, so please show your support for Hastings’ writers and help support this historic structure. Two of my short stories: All Saints and Kippers Can’t Swim are included in the anthology.

Available from Hastings Pier, Tourist Information Centre, Aquila House and Amazon.


Judging Hysteria 5

This year I have been invited to help judge the Hysteria writing competition, which has now opened for entries. There are cash prizes in three categories: short story, flash fiction and poetry, and the winners and the nine runners up in each category will be published in the anthology Hysteria 5, due for publication in November 2016. Link to Hysteria 5

Shortlisted in Plymouth Writers Group International short story competition

I am delighted to be runner-up in the Plymouth Writers Group International Writing Competition 2016 for short stories up to 2,000 words.

There were 118 entries from the UK and countries including Australia, USA, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, South Africa, Portugal, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Bulgaria.

The competition was judged by a joint team from the Creative Writing Department of Plymouth University and Plymouth Writers Group, and Plymouth’s Poet Laureate, Mike Sullivan, oversaw the adjudication process. Transmission will be included in the next Plymouth Writers Group Anthology to be published in the Autumn of 2016.

Link to PWG website

HWG Annual Short Story Competition

Marcia receives Catherine Cookson Cup

Marcia receives Catherine Cookson Cup

All Saints was awarded first place and the Catherine Cookson Cup in the annual competition for short stories under 3,000 words. The Judge was Sarah O’Halloran of the Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency.

2015 HWG Awards Dinner

2015 HWG Awards Dinner

Photographs by Caitlin Lock

Runner-up, Hysteria 3

Hysteria3The Gift is available from the Hysterectomy Association website as part of their anthology, Hysteria 3.

The association says of the anthology, “Each of these outstanding entries from the 2014 Hysteria Writing Competition is designed by the authors, writers and poets to entertain, stimulate and provoke the reader. The competition’s theme is Women and each winner has reflected a very different aspect of the glorious, touching and amazing female experience.

As well as revealing key moments in women’s lives and relationships this anthology paints a rich and vivid picture of life as we experience it. The writers tell us of the big issues and life events; love, hate, abuse, betrayal, birth, marriage and death. Equally the smaller, more intimate moments are also beautifully observed, often shedding light on the inner landscape of both women and writer.”