Presenting the inaugural showcase anthology from InkTears Press: "How To Begin a Wonderful Life". It features a selection of the choicest cuts of work by the writers Margaret Dakin, Mark Sheerin, Drew Taylor... and me!
Within you'll find four of my stories: "True Colours" (my first published short story, which went on to win runner-up prize in the 2012 InkTears short story contest); "I Say Papaya, You Say Pawpaw" (the opening story in the seventh Fiction Desk anthology "There Was Once a Place"); "Monty Jackman's Exposition" (runner-up prize in the 2013 Writers' Village Short Story Competition); and a previously unpublished story, "The Edge of Heaven".
Buy it here either as a hardback or an eBook for your Kindle.
Additionally, how can I possibly not mention the other InkTears showcase anthology, released at the same time, "Death of a Superhero"? This one features a selection of stories by Kaya Ra Edwards, Mandy Huggins, Brindley Hallam Dennis, and my occasional partner in adverb-related literary crime, Chris Fielden. The book itself is even named after one of his stories. Buy this one here. Or better yet... buy both!
This month, I've been online, via a variety of media...
Firstly, here's the resulting video of Chris Fielden's "To Hull and Back" competition, which I won last year. Can a literary award get any cooler than this?
Then came a Tweet-length story I sent to Shirley Golden (@shirl1001), which I was pleased to see she marked as one of her favourites. The remit was to place Thor, the Norse god of thunder, in an unusual setting. (This was part of the intriguing "Nine Realms", a Viking-themed collaborative project combining art, poetry, and stories, which is well worth a look.)
My tweet is below, but you can read all the very entertaining efforts at the Artipeeps website.
Announcing news of what is, and surely will be, my shortest ever short story - at least, to win a competition!
In December last year, the Exeter-based Riptide Journal advertised this call-out for submissions...
So I tweeted my effort...
... and won a few books!
Since I usually struggle to get my short fiction below 3,000 words, I'm actually rather pleased with this result. It doesn't quite beat the one word story I saw published in the flash fiction anthology "Scraps" (which has to be read to be believed), but telling - or at least, hinting at - a tale in six words certainly represents a victory for brevity.
Coming up at a literary event near you: a zero-word story contest for mimes.
"How Not to Undertake an Effective Time-and-Motion Study" wins the "To Hull and Back" humorous short story competition