DOWN TO THE RIVER TO PRAY published in The Periodical, Forlorn (Volume 1, Issue 1)

The Periodical, Forlorn is a bi-monthly literary magazine that specializes in horror, science fiction, speculative fiction, and weird fiction. They publish all varieties of short fiction and celebrate the subversion of traditional literary forms.

The Periodical, Forlorn itself subverts the format of a normal literary journal. Alongside submissions from contributing authors, each issue features excerpts from the magazine’s archive. These stories are told from the perspective of editor Carlisle and his intrepid reporters, Danger Callahan and Ceilidh Campbell. In this literary world, The Periodical, Forlorn is not just a magazine, but an investigative agency, probing the weird and bringing succor to those who run afoul of it.


We are delighted to announce that Laurence Jones has signed with Sara O’Keeffe at Aevitas Creative Management.

Sara has worked with a host of major brand names in fiction ranging from crime writer Minette Walters to bestselling women’s fiction author Elizabeth Buchan, Roman epic series writer Robert Fabbri and award-winning science fiction writer Chris Beckett. She was the UK editor for Kevin Kwan’s international bestseller, Crazy Rich Asians along with Robert Ludlum’s hugely successful Bourne series. She acquired and published the bestselling cult hit Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell which spent six weeks at the top of the New York Times bestseller list.

Aevitas Creative Management is a full-service literary agency, home to more than twenty agents in six cities (New York, Boston, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Seattle, London), representing scores of award-winning authors, thinkers, and public figures. Aevitas also provides high-level strategic communications consulting and original content development services to internationally renowned business, political, and cultural leaders, institutions, brands, and estates.

THERE IS A WAR shortlisted for Indie Writers’ Deathmatch 2019

There Is a War has been selected as one of the sixteen Battle Royale competitors in this year’s Indie Writers’ Deathmatch.

Since 2008, Broken Pencil, the magazine of zine culture and the independent arts, has been running the world’s most audacious short story contest — The Indie Writers’ Deathmatch Short Story Contest.

In the Deathmatch short story contest, the top 16 stories as selected by the Broken Pencil editors are pitted against each other in our online arena. In the online arena, anyone and everyone can read the stories and vote on which one deserves to reign supreme. The authors will be in constant communication with their audience through the comment boards, and they can hype up their own story, or trash-talk their opponent’s writing. The winning story moves on to the next round until there are only two stories left, battling it out for ultimate victory! With over 100,000 votes cast each year, the Deathmatch is a high stakes struggle for literary bragging rights!


BOYS OUTSIDE published in Impermanent Facts anthology

Impermanent Facts is the anthology of winning stories from the 2017 RW Short Story and RW Flash Fiction Prizes.
A woman ventures out into a marsh at night seeking answers about herself that she cannot find; a man enjoys the solitude when his wife goes away for a few days; two young women make a get rich quick plan; and a father longs for the daughter that has gone to teach English in Japan.
These stories and more make up a wonderful collection looking at relationships of all kinds – the ones we have with ourselves, our lovers, our friends and our mothers. They are funny, poignant, sad and strange but all beautifully written and a fine example of the wonderful writers from all around the world that are creating short stories and flash fictions today.

ISBN: 978-1-9997472-9-9
Published: 3rd September 2018
ISBN: 978-1-9997472-0-6
Published: 3rd September 2018

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MID AIR published in STORGY magazine

Mid Air has been published in online literary short story magazine STORGY.

STORGY was founded in 2013 by Tomek Dzido and Anthony Self as a means by which to explore the short story form and engage with readers and artists alike. STORGY seeks to publish and promote exceptional literary fiction whilst providing authors with the opportunity to reach a wider literary audience.


BOYS OUTSIDE longlisted for the Retreat West Short Story Prize 2017

Delighted to announce that after much re-reading of the longlisted stories, which you can see here, we have the final 10 shortlisted stories for both the 2017 RW Short Story Prize and RW Flash Fiction Prize. All of which have now been forwarded to the judges for the final round and will be published in the anthology later this year, through Retreat West Books.

There were some really fantastic stories on the longlist so well done to everyone whose stories appeared there and huge congratulations to all of the writers on these shortlists. I look forward to working with you to produce the anthology and hopefully celebrating with you at the launch party too.

2017 RW Short Story Prize Shortlist:

An Entry in the Yellow Book by Diane Bown-Wilson
Boys Outside by Laurence Jones
Calvo Marsh by Karen Featherstone
Home Improvements by Joanna Campbell
Options for the Ridiculously Poor by Ian Tucker
Roast Potatoes by Rachael Dunlop
The Distance by Keren Heenan
The Land of Bondage by Bettina Daniel
The Martha Rhymes by Susan Breall
Thou Shalt Not Kill by Bettina Daniel
Best of luck for the final round! The results will be announced in February. Thanks again to everyone who has taken part.