Short Stories

I love the form and discipline of the short story. In its focus, its compression, the weight attached to every word, the story shares many elements with poetry.

My favourite quote on the short story is from William Trevor: The short story is bony and cannot wander.

And my stories have been successful in a number of competitions including:

  • 2015 The Instructions Said longlisted in the Bath Short Story Award
  • 2013 Slivers of my Heart shortlisted on Blue Thumbnail website. You can read the story here
  • 2013: Flash fiction Dexter’s Lover to be published in Fish publishing anthology
  • 2013: Turnip Soup published in ‘By the Light of the Moon’ (Rubery Book Award)
  • 2012: The Wrong Victim published in ‘Cityscapes’, an anthology of stories inspired by the collections of the Barber Institute of Fine Arts
  • 2012: Short story commission from West Midlands Readers Network:  A Dream Job published in ‘Six Stories’, collection of six commissioned stories
  • 2012: Errol’s Eyebrows shortlisted in the Fish Flash Fiction competition
  • 2012: A Particular Man longlisted in the Fish Publishing short story competition
  • 2012: The Weight of the Rucksack longlisted in The New Writer short story competition
  • 2011: The title story Feeding the Cat and two others, The Young Man and the Nose Ring and Gloria, and Garden of Antipathy published in the Cinnamon Press anthology
  • 2009: The Magic of Stories published by Cinnamon Press in anthology ‘Storm at Galesburg and other stories’. 
  • 2009: The Magic of Stories also longlisted for Fish Publishing short story competition
  • 2007: Turnip Soup shortlisted Fish Publishing short story competition
  • 2006: The Young Man with the Nose Ring and Gloria shortlisted Asham Award for Women Writers
  • 2005: The Worst Thing You’ve Ever Done regional winner Real Writers short story competition
  • 2003: Silence read on BBC Radio Nottingham as part of three-minute thriller series