They Say

A Slice of Paradise is a sophisticated story that expertly portrays the changing dynamics of a long-term friendship. With its depiction of trampled dreams and lingering hopes, this story is as relatable as it is believable. This piece also features powerful symbolism.”
Eileen Goodall & Maria Arena, Judges, Field of Words Short Story Competition, 2015

“Assured, dark, funny and sly. Happy Now brings nearly pitch perfect portrayal of a relationship turned sour. Brilliant female protagonist, great ending.”
London Short Story Prize, September 2015

“This story of the sea really stayed with me…the language in Think No More of the Sea
was stunning…luscious and the descriptive passages blew me away.”
Niamh Boyce, Adjudicator, Roberts’ Short Story Competition

“Your story, Samson, did not just fit the criteria, but was interesting and unique.”
111 Emergency Words Flash Fiction Team

A Little Kismet is a wonderful story, and our judge, Darcy Scott, thought so too.”
Katherine Mayfield, Editor, The Maine Review

 “Very engaging stories, both direct and lyrical…the characters are productively ambiguous. In particular, the mother/daughter relationship in The Detention
is heartbreaking.”

Emma Wright, Editor, The Emma Press

“Set in nineteenth-century New Zealand The King Tide portrays the loneliness of
Hannah King, an English settler on an isolated mission station. There is great beauty; poetry in the language, particularly in the descriptions of the shore and the way
Ehura works. The story is told with grace and elegance, attributes that mirror the character of Hannah who faces her struggles with stoicism and yet cannot quite resist the gift delivered to her by the sea. Even though the story deals with issues of loneliness and a struggle with faith, there is humour too, particularly Hannah’s imagined exchange with her busy-body neighbour.”
Danielle McLaughlin, Judge 2015 Words on the Waves Awards (Eire)

The King Tide took me across the world to New Zealand, a place I know little about.
That it was historical really grabbed my attention. Some wonderful phrases really bought the story alive. The descriptive style made me feel, smell and see Hannah’s world and all that great attention to food made me nicely hungry.”
Dreda Say Mitchell, Judge, Ilkley Literature Festival Fiction Awards, 2014

 Something Sweet to Finish is absolutely gorgeous. It seriously gave me chills, both for its sensuality and also the sense of menace.” Editor, Stand Up Tragedy

“We enjoyed your take on the theme and appreciate the dark and sumptuous nature of Something Sweet to Finish.” Editors, Flash Frontier

Antipodean Pepper Tree succeeded in evoking a sense of place that takes a reader effortlessly from the here and now to childhood.” 
Sunday Times Magazine Deputy Editor, Cathy Galvin

The Maori House is a cracking good story which mixes emotional / psychological interest and has a genuine character and atmosphere all of its own. In addition, it’s rich in unsentimental and sassy humour (some of it laugh-out-loud funny) with unusually finely honed cultural antennae.” Anna South, TLC

Lucky Country, the first in the Southcoast series, has intrigue, humour, well-defined characters and exceptional dialogue. Loved the narrator’s voice.”
Judging panel, Claymore Crime

“I really liked this excerpt from The Re-Onion a lot – I definitely want to read more. I feel there’s a lot brewing and I’d love to know what happens next.”
Expert Reviewer, ABNA Breakthrough Novel Awards

“I love the originality of Any Eye But Mine…a real flair for a well-chosen economy of words.”
Amanda Lowe, Judge, The Lightship

Any Eye But Mine is a cracking story.”
Mandy Sutter, Ilkley Literature Festival