Writing ​​

The FISH Short Story Prize, 2017
A re-write of 'Still Clinging...' was worthwhile, it made the long-list. 
The Bridport Prize, 2016

Not in the anthology this year (sob) but pleased to have made the shortlist with 'Looking for Light in the Cingulate Cortex'. Thank you again Bridport!

The FISH Short Story Prize, 2016
I was thrilled to hear that the short story 'Conceptual' has been awarded third prize and was included in the FISH Anthology 2016. Thank you to judge Kevin Barry for noticing this piece. I enjoyed the Cork Literary Fesstival and meeting the FISH team and other winners in West Cork. The FISH Anthology is available form the FISH website, or you can read Conceptual here.
Mslexia Short Story Prize, 2016
Delighted to hear that 'Mincemeat' reached the short-list.
The Bridport Prize, 2015

Short story writers dream of being included in the Bridport Anthology and with over 4,500 entries my luck was in with the short story 'Beyond the Blind'. I throughly enjoyed my trip to Bridport to receive the Highly Commended award from judge Jan Rogers, thank you! Another short story of mine, 'The Silencing' was also Highly Commended but only one entry per person could be published. Copies of the Bridport Anthology may be purchased from the Bridport Prize website or Beyond the Blind can be read online.

A Tail for All Seasons, published May 2015

I am delighted thet short story 'The Homecoming' is featured in this anthology of stories with a Manx theme, published by Linda Mann at Priory Press. Copies can be purchased here or read The Homecoming online.

5-Stop Story, 2013

I was pleased to be awarded runner up for the story 'Homecoming'.

Cinnamon Press Short Story Award, 2012

The short story 'The Second Before it Hits' was long-listed for their annual competition. I was delighted to be accepted on their novel mentorship scheme.

Meridian Writing, 2012

I am grateful to Meridian for a wonderful confidence boost. The short story 'Still Clinging ...' was awarded first prize in Spring 2012 competition.​

​Bristol Short Story Prize, 2012

Highly Commended for short story 'The Homecoming.'

FISH Short Story Prize, 2011 and 2012

I was pleased to make the long-list in 2011 with 'The Drowning House' and the short-list in 2012 with 'The Silencing'. Thank you FISH for your helpful critiques.

Winner of Cambridge Writers Annual Competition, 2003

My first short story competition - although text now sadly lost, it had a quirky theme that one day will be rewritten ... I never met any of the group personally, but  am indebted for the unexpected early confidence boost!