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Storgy Magazine #Exitearth short story competition

Since I last blogged, I’ve joined the online literary magazine Storgy as Marketing Director. It’s a great opportunity to work with a team I really admire and help them bring exciting new short fiction to an even bigger audience.

Each year Storgy run a short story competition and our competition this year, rather fittingly in these turbulent times, is on the theme ‘Exit Earth’. It’s open to all writers in all genres. We are looking for fiction that explores life – be it past, present, or future – on, or off – this beautiful, yet fragile, world of ours.

The Storgy Short Story Competition will be judged by critically acclaimed author Diane Cook, the author of the story collection Man V. Nature, who was formerly a producer for the radio show, This American Life.

1st Prize – £1,000

2nd Prize – £500

3rd Prize – £250

Finalists will be published in The STORGY Short Story Competition Anthology

£10 Entry Fee

Entry Dates
The deadline for receipt of entries is 11.00pm 31st May 2017

Enter the competition here

Read my spooky school run Halloween story, Swing Me, in Storgy Magazine

Photo of an adult hand holding a child's hand

I’ve just had another short story published in Storgy Magazine as a Finalist in their Halloween Short Story competition! They described it as ‘beautifully eerie’ – it’s a ghost story, with a twist. I love ghost stories and have read many over the years, my top favourites of all time are probably the Monkey’s Paw by W.W. Jacobs, The Turn of the Screw by Henry James and The Rocking-Horse Winner by D. H. Lawrence – but there are so many writers whose ghost stories I love it’s hard to list them all.

Anyway, please check out Swing Me on Storgy and if you follow them on Twitter they will link to a horror or ghost story a day by each competition finalist until Halloween, when they will also announce the winner.

Brick Lane Tales, an anthology of short stories about London’s East End, is coming out on November 30th

Book cover Brick Lane Tales


I’m very happy to announce that Brick Lane Tales, an anthology I have a short story in, will be published on November 30th this year. The short stories were chosen as part of a competition, and each one had to mention the Bow Bells and explore certain themes. My theme was ‘wealth and poverty’ and I wrote about a City trader.

I’m interested in the way London has always attracted people to trade and still does today, and how the flow of money alters the evolution and physical fabric of the city. As someone who grew up on Brick Lane, I’ve seen a lot of change first-hand.

Here is what Brick Lane Publishing say about the book:

“A mysterious man destroys a stranger with one whispered sentence; a lonely
little girl pines for her absent mother; a drug-addled rogue trader dodges
trouble; a hopeful, young Bangladeshi struggles in vain to fit into a vast and foreign city; and can a person be famous and not know it?

These are just some of the remarkable tales of everyday Londoners as they
fumble with their flawed lives. Each story in this collection is the result
of Brick Lane Publishing’s short-story competition, and explores the East
End’s rich diversity.”