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Success Stories

My first serious attempts at creative writing (way back in 2002) were short stories. Since then I’ve given up trying to break into the women’s magazine market, but I have carried on with attempts at something (slightly) more literary, and I submit on an irregular basis to Cadenza, Chapman, and Mslexia magazine as well as competitions large and small.

For a few thoughts on writing short fiction, view this post, otherwise, here are my success stories so far.

Most Beautiful, by Anna Grant, Buzzwords 29, 2005, (read it here)

A Fork Less Ordinary, Winchester Writer’s Conference 2007, ‘Shorter Short Story’ prize, highly commended.

Brain Drain, Pygmy Giant Blog (Flash Fiction), April 2008, (read it here)

Swimming Lessons, Frome Literature Festival 2008 (winner, local writer prize).

Blue-Sky Thinking, Cadenza competition March 2008 (long list).

Blue-Sky Thinking, published in  The Yellow Room, Issue 4, 2010

Mouse Years, Exeter Writers’ Circle competition 2010 (shortlist)

Mouse Years,  Scribble Magazine, No. 48, Winter 2010 

Mouse Years, Brighton Cow Autumn Competiton 2010, shortlist

Preparing for Winter, Writespace Competition June 2010  ( ‘The Lie’ ) 3rd prize

Preparing for Winter, aka Catherine Howard Short Story Competition July 2010

Preparing for Winter, Aesthetica Creative Works Competition 2010 (commended)

Every Day A Washing Day, Get Writing Short Story Conference Cup, February 2011, 3rd prize

Every Day A Washing Day, Writespace Competition March 2011, (‘Moving On’) shortlist


Afterlife, published on the Pygmy Giant Blog, May 2008, (a memoir, read it here)

The Way You Tell Them, guest post on the Strictly Writing blog, July 2010 (writing about writing, read it here)

Kilcreggan, Leaf Books Postcard and Short Travel Writing Competition, Autumn 2010 (Commended), to be published in Leaf Magazine Issue 3.