I am delighted to say that I will have two pieces in the forthcoming edition of The Ogham Stone magazine which is due out in February. The Ogham Stone is a literary magazine based in Limerick and edited by MA students from the University of Limerick and you can follow their blog here https://theoghamstoneul.wordpress.com/
I am delighted to be part of the new anthology from Black Pear Press, available now, called ‘Seaglass & other stories’. The anthology is comprised of the best stories from the inaugural Black Pear Press short story competition held earlier this year. The winning story names the anthology. My story ‘Sleeping Dragons’ came second. The anthology includes twenty stories.
The book is available currently as a paperback (see link on the website http://blackpear.net/ ) though it will be available as both a paperback and an ebook via Amazon soon.
One of my stories is ready for your vote in the 5th Paperswans flash fiction competition – the only trouble is, I can’t tell you which one it is! Voting is blind, so all you need to do is read the ten stories (max. 160 words each) and vote for your favourite. Maybe it will be mine…
Today I received news that not one but two (!) of my stories are to be published online in the next month and it made me realise the importance of sheer persistence. Last week I was really fed up as a writer as I failed to make the short list of a competition. For some reason I had hoped I would be more successful, maybe because I submitted 3 stories! I was so fed up that I doubted my abilities and my motivation. It was only the reminder from my husband of the successes that I have had that made me realise it wasn’t all bad!
I have a spreadsheet of all my submissions which allows me to check where I have sent my stories, but more importantly I can easily see which ones I have had published/longlisted/shortlisted/rejected. It is so disheartening when a story doesn’t get the recognition you think it should, but it is even better to look back at the spreadsheet and think – Yes!- I have some things accepted – my work is worthwhile. And, if that gem of a story doesn’t hit the spot first time, then re-work and re-submit. The key thing is to keep going. If you have belief in your own abilities, then just keep writing.
Today my 75 words story, Like aspergillus, is published online with Paragraph Planet. This is a great website that publishes a new 75 word story or novel extract everyday from new writers as well as established authors. Currently they are seeking submissions, so if you have 75 words that make a good story, then see their website for submission details http://www.paragraphplanet.com/
Today I was able to proof read my entry in the National Flash Fiction Anthology 2014, Eating My Words. It gave me such a thrill to see my name in print with other writers for whom I have much admiration such as the editors, Calum Kerr, Angela Readman and Amy Mackelden, as well as other talented contributors. It has a great cover too which will make it a really enticing read.
Having read a few of the other stories already I know that no-one will be disappointed by the quality and variety of the work showcased in the anthology.
National Flash Fiction Day is on 21st June, so it won’t be long before everyone can get a copy and see for themselves!