Mash Stories Shortlist

Yippee! One of my short stories has just made it onto the Mash Stories Competition Shortlist!

Mash Stories is a competition where writers can submit a short 500 word story which must include the three randomly selected words. This time it was Mug, Happiness and Converter

When I first discovered this competition last year, it caused a bit of a stir among members of my writing group. Mainly because once you submit your story it goes off to the judges to be considered for the shortlist. You then get feedback from the judges on your writing: why it didn’t make it through, things to improve or change.

When you write, feedback from a neutral source is such a valuable thing. So quite a few members of our group entered and some were shortlisted one actually went on to win that round, he then became a Mash Stories judge (as did another member of our group).

I’ve entered seven stories in total – this is the first one to be shortlisted!

Needless to say I feel I have reached a happy milestone.

To read The Last Wish, follow this link:

The Last Wish

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The Moment


Once upon a time a moment was born.

It waited patiently for someone to acknowledge its existence – but sadly, the moment was always missed.

Until one day, someone a bit like you, reached out and grasped the moment passionately with both hands.

‘Why do you seize me so?’ the moment asked.

‘Because you are precious,’ someone replied.

And the moment, feeling so utterly appreciated by someone, became golden.

The golden moment, shared its radiant glow with someone, until they both felt contentment, making every other moment, they had ever experienced, however dull and insignificant seem worthwhile.

‘Yes,’ the golden moment whispered to someone.

And, in return, someone smiled a knowing smile.

Together they lingered, knowing only peace, until eventually the golden moment passed, becoming a beautiful memory, caught in the edges of someone’s smile- twinkling like a star in someone’s eye.

Someone – a bit like you.

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Winner of the Writers & Artists Killer Fiction competiton

A month ago, I entered the start of a crime novel I’ve been working on, ‘Golden Hour’, into a crime/thriller competition run by Artists & Writers.

Now, i’ve entered quite a few competitions over the last year, so I wasn’t expecting to actually win!

Not only was my story chosen by agent, Diana Beaumont above hundreds of others, but I also got the chance to attend the ‘Writing Crime and Thriller Fiction conference’ last month in Bloomsbury house. It was great day, packed with information on writing crime fiction.

I have had great feedback on my novel so far – which has been a welcome boost to my confidence as a writer.

So, for now, I now plan to continue with ‘Golden Hour’ with a view to submitting to agents next year…watch this space!

If you would like to read my winning entry, follow this link:

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Bag Man


Nobody listened to the Bag Man. He moved like a ghost through the busy streets clutching discarded images from screwed up newspapers he’d rescued from bins. His face was permanently distorted, masked with terror. His sunken eyes wept as he tried desperately to make contact with another human being.

But avoid him they did.

For to acknowledge him, they would have to gaze upon the images of children washed up on beaches – their small bodies lying half naked, dead on the shore.

‘What’s happened to humanity and compassion?’ he would wail into their faces. ‘Are we not all human beings to be cherished and loved? Shame on you for turning away!’

And yet, turn away they did.

The Bag Man was arrested for disturbing the peace. His pictures were sealed in a plastic bag and  locked away in drawer.

Out of sight – out of mind.

He took no comfort in the knowledge that the newspapers would have more tomorrow.

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I’ve won!

I’m very excited as my short flash fiction Unspoken has just won the latest Ad Hoc competition.

This gains me free entry into another Flash Fiction competition. But more than that – it’s a great confidence booster!

If you’ve missed it, or to read it again, click here

My latest piece ‘The Game’ is on the Ad Hoc website open to fresh votes!

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Ad Hoc Fiction

Most weeks I enter a short piece of writing into a competition Ad Hoc Fiction.

This week my offering is called Perspective, follow the link and scroll down the page to read and vote.

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