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HOT OFF THE PRESS

Thank you @LiterallyStory my short story, A Little Kismet, about writers, favours, and modern match-making is over at Literally Stories.

Thanks Laurie Garrison founder of The Women Writers School  – really interesting interview about the Sixth International Hysteria Writing Competition, including how the comp got started & more…check out the great pic too ;D.

Feel like some pocket-sized fiction? My new flash fiction On the Verge is in fine company with other 250 word stories in the April [Pocket] edition of Flash Frontier.

There is nothing like a dame, as the song goes, so my new blog as writer-in-residence for @UKHysteria brings you a real dame of literature, and six other acclaimed, award-winning class acts who write and judge short stories. 

Big thanks to our eight stellar short story collaborators this year: Danielle McLaughlin  Alison Moore, Dame Fiona Kidman; Kirsty Logan; Tania Hershman; Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin and  Sinead Gleeson for generously donating their time and over twenty pointers – plus, there’s a great story generator from the Chief Editor at Fish Publishing, Mary-Jane Holmes.

The Sixth International Hysteria Writing Competition is open till 31 August 2017 and includes flash fiction (250 words); short stories (2,000 words) and poetry (20 lines). Thanks everyone for your enthusiasm, great feedback and re-tweets too :D.

A Furious Hope (ed: Zelda Chappel), an anthology featuring poetry and fiction from
fifty-four writers, is available for pre-order. Includes my story about a clootie well, The Orchard of Hopes & Dreams. For the latest, follow @AFuriousHope and www.facebook.com/furioushope.

My latest blog as writer-in-residence for @UKHysteria is all about flash fiction, bringing you 18 top tips and a great story generator from award-winning women writers, editors and judges around the world – @kathyfish; @KitdeWaal @NualaNiC; @nodghosh @megpokrass; @authorzoesharp.

In fine company on the inaugural 2017 Bath Novella-in-Flash Award shortlist with 37 Foolish ThingsCongrats and great good luck everyone – and big thanks to the well-organised team at the Bath Flash Fiction Awards.

I’m delighted to become the third Writer in Residence for the
Hysterectomy Association 

This year the Sixth Hysteria International Writing Competition for women offers three categories – flash fiction (250 words), short stories (2,000 words) and
poetry (20 lines). There’s no theme, beyond writing about “things of interest to women.”
Finalists are published in the Hysteria 6 Anthology at the end of this year, ISBN number and all.

Entries open 01 April and end on 31 August. Over the coming months, a dazzling array of women from around the world are joining me, generously sharing their best writing tips and some exercises to help you whip your work into shape for the competition.
And my Ten Tactics for Writers is here.

To stay up to date with the latest Hysteria competition posts and news,
just sign up for the newsletter.

Happy writing – I know the judges are looking forward to reading your work!

Alex

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Delighted to have three stories in Carry Her Home, the first Bath Flash Fiction anthology, edited by Jude Higgins and Ad Hoc Fiction. Nocturnal, about a night out, for the late, great Arthur Tauhore (07/10/1958 – 28/11/1993); Ten Bucks Used To Buy You A Lot, about Mary Doyle Keefe, the woman behind Rosie the Riveter, and Rules – for all the motel cleaners out there.

In excellent company, there’s stories from one hundred and twenty four other authors across eleven countries too. Robert Vaughan says the anthology offers “unique landscapes, with unusual words, startling sentence fragments and odd characters…remarkably crafted stories…truly international with heartfelt prose, playful poetics and taking literary risks.”
You can order yours here

My review of Alice Kaltman’s darkly funny debut short story collection about post-crash America, Staggerwing, is out now, over at The Short Story .

My noirish story about predators, The Girl in the Kiss, is out over at Spelk Fiction.
Thanks, Gary Duncan.

Two new stories in the latest issue of Halo Literary Magazine, themed Embers . Scratching the Matchbox, which takes its title from a phrase Virginia Woolf used in her diary about getting a conversation going which “brings together simple, everyday associations in a gently poignant story.” Free to Roam is dedicated to Portadown author, Orla McAlinden. Set against a backdrop of segregation, the story “captures perfectly the sharp bite of teenage insecurity and competitiveness.” You can pre-order Halo here. Thanks Lorrie and team, and Ruth Thorp for fine cover art.

Tis the season…Double trouble – two stories in
Noble Gas Quarterly, Issue 203.4 – “And, the body snatchers are only doing their job” – Perishable and The Court Jester. Thanks NGQ and Sara Iacovelli!

Festive gratings – my story Magic is out now, over at Issue Six of The Nottingham Review
with a bunch of talented writers. You can read it online, download it or read it on Issuu – if you enjoy this issuu, your donation is welcome. Thanks Spencer!

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An award-winning writer, I work across genre and form. I’m currently completing an historical literary fiction novel. I’ve lived in both hemispheres and worked around the world in all kinds of weird and wonderful jobs – mostly to do with stories in one way or another. My stories regularly appear in assorted journals and anthologies around the world. and shortlist for prizes.

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