Short Stories

“‘Aground’ is a beautiful exploration of human relationships and small town life told in pitch perfect prose, with a final image to die for.”  Courttia Newland, judge of Bare Fiction Prize 2016

The first short story I sent out into the world, ‘Last Rites’, was one of the five winning stories of the Bath Short Story Award 2015. Because it was my first fiction publication, I won the Acorn Award. As there were over 1000 entries from across the world, it was an exciting start to writing for competitions.


You can find out more about the Bath Short Story Award here.

I was delighted to be invited to Bath to read from my short story at the anthology launch, and you can see an excerpt of that here.

Why not treat yourself to the Bath Short Story Award Anthology 2015 featuring short story authors such as Angela Readman, Dan Powell, KM Elkes and Sophie Hampton?


My story ‘Son’ made the Top 50 of the London  Short Story Prize 2015.


One of my short stories was long-listed for the Fish Publishing Short Story Contest 2016.

‘Aground’,  a short story based on the 1989 Exxon Valdeez oil spill in Alaska, won Third Prize in the Bare Fiction Short Story Prize and was published in their great anthology. You can read it here.


In September 2016, an excerpt of my novel-in-progress won a competition hosted by the lovely folks at The Pigeonhole, who were serialising literary consultant Claire Wingfield‘s 52 Dates for Writers. The prize was an hour’s consultation with Claire herself – very inspirational! You can read the novel excerpt here.

A very dark little tale I wrote, ‘Predator’, was short-listed for the 2017 Hysteria Writing Competition, and subsequently published in their anthology.