I only went and bloody won something! ‘Transition Town Worthing‘ held a competition to imagine Worthing in 2030 and how energy would affect life in the town. A near future story based in Worthing? That’s my niche! It would be rude if I didn’t enter. Click here to read my entry – ‘From The Sea, Plenty‘
Short Story: Terror Forming
Here’s another short story I wrote a couple of years ago that’s picked up a few rejections along the way. It’s an actual, full-monty, sci-fi story in space. I like the anthropomorphising of planets in it. The idea of life coming from distant planets and not evolving by itself here is something I’ve never forgotten from a Star Trek
Short Story: The Only Banker Who Repaid His Debts
This is another short story I wrote which gained a few rejections. I initially wrote it for an alternative fairy tale competition. I still quite like it but realise it’s more of a vent against bankers than a ‘pure story’ and now it’s probably a bit dated for anyone to publish it. So here it
I thought I’d get involved in Chuck Wendig’s flash fiction competition, 100 words on the theme ‘revenge’. Editing this to the bare bones to meet the word count proved harder than vomitting forth the first draft, so here it is… Mr Kingston sat coiled in his chair, scrutinising Mr Harris at the podium, “Thank you,
Published in ‘The Last Laugh’!
So here’s my first ever publication, in the flesh. Feels good, feels like I’m actually getting somewhere. The best part was seeing my name in the copyright pages, nothing like legal mumbo-jumbo to stir the emotions! Richard from Spike The Cat sent over a copy of ‘The Last Laugh’ anthology a few weeks ago. I
Short Story: Till Therapy Do Us Part
The second victim of my ‘5 strikes and you’re out‘ rule for short story submissions but i’m walking this one because it’s only faced 3 pitches. I like the idea behind it but I don’t think the execution has been particularly well done. Anyway, let me know what you think, how you’d rewrite it and
Short Story Published on 365 Tomorrows!
A momentous day! My first ever publication! 365 Tomorrows have published ‘Turning a Frontier into a Home’ which is more of a flash fiction story as it’s only about 350 words. It was originally written for a competition by ‘New Scientist‘ who wanted flash stories ‘about the world 100 years from now‘. So go check
Short Story Published!
Holy crap! Hell must have frozen over, eskimo’s must be buying ice AND arabs must be buying sand plus other such impossibilities because one of my short stories is actually getting published. Spikethecat had a competition called ‘The Last Laugh‘ so I submitted my story ‘The Lost Journeyman’. Recently I got an email saying it
Short Story: Prins Kobaal – The Little Dutch Demon
This is the first victim of my ‘5 strikes and you’re out‘ rule for short story submissions. The fifth rejection was a very pleasant one but it commended the submission cover letter and rejected the actual story, not a great sign to be honest. This was originally written for the Writing Magazine ‘Seance’ competition in