Acceptance – Fairlight Books

Sending off any story is nerve-wracking, but sending off one you’re especially proud of, which you have a soft spot for, that’s especially stressful. What if they don’t like it? Does that mean it’s not very good? Does that mean I’m not very good? Writers ask themselves these questions every time they submit something, but…

Final Degree Show

On Wednesday 6th June, a lecture theatre at Newcastle University hosted our final degree show, an event celebrating the writing we’ve done during the programme. Having helped organise the event, I was nervous in the build-up; I wanted everything to go well, and spent a lo time running back and forth making sure everyone was…

Getting Started

Towards the end of March, all the students on my programme got an email asking if we’d like to get involved to help run our Final Degree Show. I had a couple friends who had a degree show a few years ago, and so I volunteered immediately, my head full of ideas. When I went…

Rejection – Bridge Eight

I’ll start by saying the honest thing – this rejection hurt. It was at the end of a bad day, towards the end of a rough week. It was a magazine, Bridge Eight, that I admired, and that I felt my story – The Blue Rose, one of the strongest shot stories I’ve written in a long while…

Submission – A.M. Heath

A week or so ago I saw a tweet from Julia Churchill, children’s and YA agent at A.M. Heath, which said: These sorts of opportunities shouldn’t be missed. I’ve found that while many agents are always after new talent, most are (some would say rightly) prioritising their current authors ahead of finding new ones. That…

Rejection: Lighthouse Journal

‘Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.’ – F. Scott Fitzgerald. Facing any kind of rejection in life is never easy and its never fun, but, like 12-year-old on the Internet who’ve slept with your mam, it’s an inevitability of life. It’s certainly an inevitability of a writer’s life. Below is the email…

Submissions: Bridge Eight and Atlas & Alice

Websites http://www.bridgeeight.com/ and https://atlasandalice.com/ Of all the short stories I’ve written for my MA, the one I’m most happy with is The Blue Rose, the story of a writer and his muse, and the often torturous power of the imagination. Inspired by (amongst others things) Ruby Sparks and Howl’s Moving Castle, it’s a story that slots into a number of genres…

Unholy Island – The Idea

High on the Northumberland coast is the holy island of Lindisfarne; it’s remote, historic, and for about ten hours a day the only road off the island floods. Where better to set a horror film? Me and Nic had talked about writing a film together for a while. I was a wannabe writer working the…

The Jackanape

Once upon a time, there was a girl and a boy, and that’s where things really started to get complicated. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me start again. Once upon a time, there was a girl. Much better. As with all girls when viewed correctly, she was beautiful. She had eyes and a…