Literary Orphans, Stinging Fly and Glass Woman prize finalist

Literary Orphans

I’ve just put up a new post on about the  beautiful Irish themed issue of The Chicago Based mag Literary Orphans

 Including fiction, essays and artwork from a wealth of Irish contributors it’s beautifully put together and was launched at Easter. In conjunction with Editor in Chief Mike Joyce, this Irish issue was guest edited by Westmeath native (and now Californian resident) James Claffey whose fabulous debut short story collection Blood a Cold Blue was released earlier this year.

I was delighted that my Fish shortlisted story All that Thinking was included in the issue and you can read it here

The Penny Dreadful

Cork-Based The Penny Dreadful magazine are also featured in the Literary Orphans mag, they are an innovative and vibrant lit mag whose submission deadline for fiction and poetry ends May 4th.

To read more about Literary Orphans and the Penny Dreadful sub opp see here.


Stinging Fly Launch

Apart from a dreadful flu which has delayed plans to bring out some ebook publications on headspace and creativity based on several years of blogposts, I’ve had some lovely highlights over the past month or so.

One of these was reading at the Stinging Fly launch on March 27th which was a real honour. I read from my flash fiction Eat! and apart from the fact that I should have brought my reading glasses, it was a terrifically enjoyable night, attended by almost 100 people with readings also from Dimitra Xidous who has just launched Keeping Bees with Doire Press) Patrick Chapman, June Caldwell and David Mellerick Lynch.

To read more about the issue, see here

Glass Woman Prize Finalist

From my sick bed, I received the lovely news that my short piece Anise Fish and Colin Behind the Glass had been selected by the judge of the Glass Woman prize and that I was one of ten finalists. What was really nice was that Beate Sigriddaughter had included me in the list based on her noticing the piece from her reading across the web (the piece was posted on Fictionaut) rather than through a competition entry. As every writer knows, such a boost of recognition is wonderful for the writer beavering away mainly in isolation. Both the piece selected and the flash fiction published in the Stinging Fly are from my novel in progress Eat! so I hope it augurs well for the future!

Another aspect to consider is that posting your work on your own site as part of Fridayflash or on peer review sites such as Fictionaut is a great way to connect with other writers and also extend your readership. We all love when someone enjoys our work and I’ve certainly discovered new writers through free posting sites such as I’ve mentioned.

To discover the other woman writers honoured with a Glass Woman Prize win or nomination, please see here. You’ll find links also to the pieces nominated including Anise Fish and Colin Behind the Glass.

Bristol Prize

Just a last word to say that the Bristol Prize short story competition closes this Wednesday. For submission guidelines see here