Writing Achievements


2023 Writing Achievements:

Upcoming in 2023:  The Parting Glass in Janus Literary, March 2023.

Starry Night in 50-Word StoriesJanuary 2023

Cat and Mouse in Soor Ploom Press, January 2023


2022 Writing Achievements:

A Sea Symphony in The Phare, Winter 2022 issue, Dec 2022.

Evie Girl in Flashback Fiction. October 3rd, 2022.

Winging It,  Inaugural issue of Westwordthe new Retreat West Journal. September 21, 2022.

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Wife in A Cast of Crabsed. Gaynor Jones and published by Retreat West Books, September 2022, anthology of winning stories.

The Tale of the Ship’s Cat, Winner, Wivenhoe News Short Story Competition, Autumn 2022.

Martha Turns the Tide  winner, Wild Words Winter Solstice Competition 2021, published June 2022.

The Bicycle Orchestra (Jun 30th 2019) retweeted by Fictive Dream on June 3rd, 2022, World Bicycle Day:



Granny Holds Me to Account placed second in the Brilliant Flash FictionWriting Contest June 2022.

The Devil’s in the Detail, Issue 2, 23rd May 2022, The Woolf

Ask Google  in Pigeon Review, May 15th, 2022.

Facing the Line of Dance (p20) Issue 10 of Loud Coffee Press, April 2022.

The Comfort of Re-reading, blogpost, Wivenhoe Writers, April 2022.

Stealth Gardening for 101 Words, 18th March 2022



I Remember micro piece for Paragraph Planet, 14th March 2022


Mary Johnson of Wivenhoe Revisiting the Essex Witch Trials with Snapping the Stiletto, March 2022

Line in the Sand flash fiction with Ellipsis Zine, March 2022



The Lighthouse Keeper’s Wife shortlisted in the Retreat West  2021 Short Story Prize (“vivid world-building and a killer last line” – judge, Kirsty Logan) and due for publication in the anthology later this year. February 2022.

Simon and Brigitta, The Writers Company blog, January 2022 (first published in Meniscus, 2018).

The Society of Fly Fishing for Females, shortlisted, Cranked Anvil Flash Competition, January 2022.


2021 Writing Achievements

In The Driving Seat, Flash Frontier, December 2021

Call and Response, runner up in Essex Book Festival Storyhunters Flash Fiction Competition, November 2021

Helen’s in Cloud Cuckoo Land book review blogpost for the Writers Company on Anthony Doerr’s Cloud Cuckoo Land, November 2021

A Spirited Tale with Glittery Literary October 2021


Speed Writing  blog post for Wivenhoe Writers, October 2021

On Reflection selected for Colchester WriteNight Short Prose Collection, ed Sue Dawes and Emma Kittle-Pey, and published by Patrician Press, October 2021.


Fairies at the Bottom of My Garden writing and recording for Diary of the Pandemic Year, Snapping the Stiletto, British Science Festival, September 2021.

How to Make a Film: an idiot’s guide in Wivenhoe News, Autumn 2021.

In Praise of Herbert published in Branching Out, International Tales of Brilliant Flash Fiction, July 2021.

NOMINATED for a 2021 PUSHCART PRIZE (best of the small presses), October 2021, by Brilliant Flash Fiction.



Against the Grain, republished in Ekphrastic ReviewThrowback Thursday‘, July 2021

The Other Side of Me published in Janus Literary Magazine, Issue 1 Vol 4, June 2021

Un, Deux, Trois published in Janus Literary Magazine, Issue 1 Vol 4 , June 2021

Pigeon Post Winner, Wivenhoe News Spring competition, 2021

Listen, final verse of collaborative piece Survival, 100 Words of Solitude, May 2021

Lavender Soap published in Flash Frontier, April 2021

The Siren Song of the Sea longlisted in the Cranked Anvil flash comp, March 2021

Pushing the Boat Out, longlisted in the 2021 Blinkpot Award, and published in the ebook available here, March 2021

The Invisible Woman, article in Wivenhoe News, Spring 2021

Old Bird published by Fifty Word Stories, February 2021


2020 Writing Achievements:

Ebb and Flow published by Spillwords, Dec 25th 2020

Ebb and Flow

Writing online during Covid, blogpost for Wivenhoe Writers, Dec 2020.

Rainey Turns the Tide, longlisted, Strands Flash Fiction Competition, December 2020

Lavender Soap, longlisted, Mslexia Flash Fiction Prize, November 2020

What I Can Do In The Air, finalist, London Independent Story Prize, Sept 2020

Her Mango shortlisted in the Retreat West mango-themed Microfiction competition, July 2020

A Day at the Seaside, Winner, Weekly Fast Fiction, Scottish Book Trust, July 2020:

We peer down at the impenetrable sea.

‘Goodbye John. We miss you. Rest in Peace.’

On the count of three, we drop the urn. It submerges, then slowly resurfaces, bobbing round the end of the pier like a beachball.

‘Always was a contrary old git.’ 

We watch him drift away.

Rosemary 50-word micro-fiction for Wivenhoe Writers, June 2020

How it Happens and A Well-Designed Kitchen republished in the Potato Soup Journal Vol 1, issue 1, May 2020


Sacrificial Lamb shortlisted Retreat West, Mountain-themed Micro-fiction Competition. (Scroll down to seventh micro on list), April 2020

Sink or Swim published at SpillWords, March 23rd 2020


Cloudburst published at The Wild Word, February 28th 2020


Stretching Time 500-word first prize winning story in Wivenhoe News Spring 2020 edition

Is All Our Company Here? Director’s Notes 3: Moonlight and Madness published in Wivenhoe News, Spring 2020

The Mysteries of Marmalade Making published in Wivenhoe News, Spring 2020

Tending the Light shortlisted light-house themed Micro-fiction in Retreat West competition, February 2020


2019 Achievements:

Against the Grain published in Ekphrastic Review , December 2019


100 Rejections Blogpost for Wivenhoe Writers, December 2019

Is All Our Company Here? Director’s Notes 2 published in Wivenhoe News, Winter 2019.

Spring Wedding nominated for Best Microfiction 2020 by Citron Review  December 2019.


Waverley longlisted in the Retreat West water-themed flash competition, Nov 2019.

Flash fiction Almost published in e-book Revisiting the Walls, Oct 2019:

White Wedding selected and reprinted in Citron 10   Tenth Anniversary issue of Citron Review, September 23rd 2019

Is All Our Company Here? Director’s Notes 1: Article on directing A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Wivenhoe Open Air Shakespeare in Wivenhoe News, Autumn 2019 issue.

Magnets published in Stories My Gay Uncle Told Me Truth Serum Press, August 11th 2019

Fully Formed  published in Spelk, July 22nd 2019


The Bicycle Orchestra included in monthly Fiction Circular, Logos July 4th 2019 (a weekly series which collects independent fiction from around the web so as to treat their works to a wider audience)

The Bicycle Orchestra published by Fictive Dream, June 30th 2019


Hair Apparent longlisted by Arachne Press, Solstice Shorts, June 2019

Wivenhoe Open Air Shakespeare Company blogpost for Wivenhoe Writers, on my interest in acting and directing, May 2019

I Was Something Then published by Who Writes Short Shorts? May 2019

How it Happens, published by Potato Soup Journal, April 2019


White Wedding, Spring Citron Review, March 2019, beautifully illustrated by Citron Review:


Spring Wedding published in the Spring Citron Review, March 2019, illustrated:


Spring Awakening First prize winner, Spring 2019, Wivenhoe News

Fred’s Party, published in ‘Envy 7 Deadly Sins Volume 6’, Pure Slush, February 2019

The Great Escape longlisted, Retreat West Short Story competition, January 2019

Map Reading  published in The Drabble, January 2019


2018 Writing Achievements:

Spiders recommended in the London Independent Story Prize, 4th Quarter, December 2018, author interview here

A Well-Designed Kitchen published by Potato Soup Journal, December 2018

Simon and Brigitta published by Meniscus Magazine, November 2018

The Buzzard  performed by Fraser McPhie at Liar’s League Hong Kong, October 2018

Here and There published by We Write Short Shorts, September 2018

Clippings published in Fish Anthology 2018, Winner Fish Short Fiction Prize 2018


Photo: At Bantry House, Bantry Bay, West Cork Literary Festival, July 2018


Associated articles with Fish Prize:

The Dare‘Fantastic Flashing’ winner, Retreat West, July 2018, and republished online Summer 2019


Reader (flash fiction and short story) for rounds one and two, Brighton Prize, Summer 2018

Garage Flowers published by Who Writes Short Shorts? February 2018


2017 Writing Achievements:

Hair Apparent published in Words Down the Line, Spring 2017.

Ebb and Flow shortlisted for Liar’s League London, ‘Sacred and Profane’, December 2017

Mermaid’s Curse long-listed for Arachne Press ‘Solstice Shorts’ Dusk Stories, November 2017

Muddy Hell published in The Bigger Picture: Reflections on the Great War, 2017, SaveAs Writers

2016 Writing Achievements:

A6DNR, winner Short Story Competition, Felixstowe Literary Festival, 2016 (published in Suffolk Magazine)

The Mere Dragoun published in Creel 2, Wivenbooks, University of Essex: Centre for Creative Writing, 2016

MA in Creative Writing awarded by the University of Essex, July 2016

    • Dramatic Structure (Jonathan Lichtenstein)
    • The Wild East (James Canton)
    • Retelling the Tale (Marina Warner)
    • Writing Radio Drama (Elizabeth Kuti)
    •  radio drama and evaluation, submitted for dissertation

Rolling Back with the National Coast Path published on the Wild Writers ‘Wildeasters’ blog, September 2016

Walking the Sailor’s Path published on the Wild Writers ‘Wildeasters’ blog, December 2016

2015 Writing Achievements:

The Painted Nails  published in Breaking the Surface, shortlisted South Wales Short Story Competition 2015

All Change published in Words Down the Line, Winter edition 2015

2014 Writing Achievements:

A Brief History of Cycling, winner Hysteria Flash Fiction Competition, 2014 (published in Hysteria 3)

Rehearsing King John published in Words Down the Line, Summer 2014

Revolution 50-second play performed at the University of Essex ‘Homecoming’ event, September 2014

At Alresford Creek published in Words Down the Line, Winter 2012