Wind Turbine Army

Competitions, Flash Fiction, Published Work, Short Stories, Writing Online

My short story Wind Turbine Army has been published online at Reflex Fiction. The story was longlisted in the Reflex Fiction Spring 2019 Flash Fiction Competition.

“There is an army of wind turbines approaching, her father says, and they must be ready.”

The Last of the Horse Watchers

Anthology, Competitions, Leicester, Short Stories

My short story The Last of the Horse Watchers has been longlisted in the Leicester Writes 2019 Short Story Prize. The longlist of twenty titles was chosen from over 150 entries. Congratulations to the winners, shortlisted authors and my fellow longlistees. All stories will be published later in the year in the 2019 prize anthology.

“I take an encyclopaedia from the bookcase in the hall, sit on the stairs and watch Alice’s silhouette through the frosted glass, casting occasional nervous glances over my shoulder. I find the entry I am looking for. I know nothing of horses, apart from what my wife has told me, and I sit there, while Alice screams at the film and giggles, reciting the parts of the horse over in my head. Pastern, coronet, fetlock. Gaskin, withers, forelock. Would it temper Alice’s romantic view of them to read the first sentence of the encyclopaedia entry: ‘The horse is an odd-toed ungulate mammal.'”

Light Smash

Competitions, Flash Fiction, Published Work, Short Stories, Writing Online

Those lovely people at Reflex Fiction have also selected Light Smash, another story I entered in the Reflex Fiction Spring 2019 Flash Fiction Competition, as one of their just-missed-the-longlist titles (!) to be published on their website between 15th and 22nd April.

“He brandished a wooden oar and waved it about to show that the water was stormy. When he did this the oar caught on a light fitting hanging low from the ceiling and the glass lampshade lifted a little then fell to the floor.”

Wind Turbine Army

Competitions, Flash Fiction, Published Work, Short Stories, Writing Online

My short story Wind Turbine Army has made it to the longlist of the Reflex Fiction Spring 2019 Flash Fiction Competition. There were 394 entries from 19 different countries and I am incredibly proud to be on the longlist alongside Tania Hershman, who selected my short story Little Yellow Squares as the winner of the Retreat West Flash Fiction Competition back in 2014. My story will be published at the Reflex Fiction website sometime between 23 May and 30 June, as the site counts down the longlist towards the top three, as judged by one of my all-time favourite authors, Alison Moore. As if that wasn’t enough good news from one competition – the story will also be published in Reflex Fiction‘s Year 3 anthology in April 2020.

There is an army of wind turbines approaching, her father says, and they must be ready…