I’ve dabbled with words on and off all my life, but I’ve only started taking it seriously recently – the last two modules of my Open University Literature degree were creative writing, and they gave me the confidence to inflict my work onto the wider world.
Here’s a list (which I hope will be ever-growing!) of some successes, most recent at the top…
The Dawntreader Issue 32 is now out, and features my poems Corvus and over! The other two poems will, I suppose, appear in future issues.
Four poems – Corvus, Mistaken Identity, Revolutions and over – accepted by The Dawntreader magazine, and will be published in due course. The mag normally only accepts a maximum of two poems, so I’m pretty chuffed. Not only that, but Revolutions is a pantoum. Aye – who says formal poetry is dead!
The Visit, a miserable wee poem, is published in Northwords Now. This delights me beyond words, as Northwords Now is a respected literary magazine and publishes writers I have actually heard of. My poem is on the page facing a short story by a poet I have read, admired and bought collections by. Perhaps he read my poem! Oh, and I was paid £15 as well, but that’s a bonus..
Water Under The Bridge, an autobiographical short story, is one of ten Highly Commendeds in The Skye Reading Room‘s annual Baker Prize competition. It will be published in their anthology in late 2015.
It’s Only a Game, a short story written in Glaswegian dialect, is published in the second edition of Octavius, a magazine which at the time was only featuring work by students (I think it’s opened up to anybody now). I managed to fulfil the criteria by being the oldest student in town…
The Buachaille, a poem about the mountain at the head of Glen Coe, appears in the online magazine The Open Mouse.
Simon goes on (under the title of Gone Fishing) to appear in Still Me…, which is a charity anthology put together by some fellow creative writing students. You can read more about it here. Still Me… also features two poems, When I Was Very Young and the stirrer, both autobiographical childhood memories. If you want to read them you’ll have to buy the book.
My first monetary success was with a very short story called Simon, which won me a runner-up prize of £15 on Flash Fiction World.