I am a writer, writing tutor, writing mentor and writing events organiser. In 2012 I completed an MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and in recent years I’ve been successful in writing competitions and been published in several literary magazines and anthologies. I also organise Bath Flash Fiction Award, and co-run Bath Short Story Award. In June this year I am directing the first ever UK literary festival entirely devoted to Flash Fiction. Takes place in Bath 24/25 June. flashfictionfestival.com
Writing News this year (2017
January – shortlisted for Retreat West yearly flash fiction prize and will be published in an anthology. £15 for the shortlisting! Prize winners to be notified next month.
Shortlisted for Tears in the Fence literary journal flash fiction contest
Longlisted for Flash 500. Fingers crossed for the short list.
Really exciting! Three flash fictions to be published in Great Jones Street I get paid for these, which is fantastic and I think they get illustrated.
Shortlisted for Flash 500
Shortlisted in Ink Tears Short Story Competition
Three fictions Published in Great Jones Street.
Won the Retreat West yearly flash fiction competition judged by David Gaffney
May Read three flash fictions written during Kathy Fish May fastflash workshop at the evening of flash fiction readings in Bath
‘There’s no such thing as a fish’ is published in National Flash Fiction Day Anthology, 2017
‘Crumbs’ is one of 22 finalists in Micro Madness for National Flash Fiction Day, New Zealand.
‘Ten Ways to Prepare for your Brothers’ Visit to be published on the Flash Flood blog at 1.00 pm on June 24th, National Flash Fiction Day UK
‘The Chemists’ House’, my debut flash fiction pamphlet published on 16th June by V.Press
Reading from my pamphlet at Novel Nights for readers and writers at the short story event led by guest author, Ken Elkes, 19th June.
The inaugural Flash Fiction Festival, UK, directed by me and sponsored by Bath Flash Fiction Award and the Arts Council is taking place on 24/25 June in Bath.
Feb: Shortlisted for Flash500 contest.
April: Longlisted for Fish Flash Fiction competition. Shortlisted for A3 Review Purple Things micro competition. Longlisted for Retreat West monthly flash fiction competition. Longlisted for Flash 500 contest. Winner of weekly Faber Academy Quick Fics contest Friday 22nd April with my flashfiction ‘Are we nearly there?’
May : Won Retreat West monthly Flash Fiction competition for my flash fiction ‘Out of Bounds’. Shortlisted for the A3 review Waterways competition.
June: Flash fiction ‘It Tasted Good’ published in Severine Literary Magazine, Heroes edition. Flash Fiction ‘What the Chinese Say about bats’ published in Halo Literary Magazine. Flash Fiction. ‘What the therapist said’ published in ‘A Box of Stars under the Bed’ National Flash Fiction Day 2016 anthology. Stolen: An inventory published in Flash Frontier Literary Magazine. Birthday Cakes, third prize winner in National Flash Fiction Day, New Zealand Micro-Madness competition and published on the blog. Electric originally published on Visual Verse, published on the rolling blog as part of Flash Fiction Flood for National Flash Fiction Day.
Their Memories, originally published Visual Verse, then highly commended in the Inktears 2015 Flash Fiction contest published in the New Flash Fiction Review. Tell me the full name of the motel keeper in Psycho published in Flash Frontier, Motel themed issue. The Chemist House published in the Blue Fifth Review.
October – I won the Exeter Flash Fiction prize with a piece that was originally shortlisted in the A3 review Waterways themed monthly contest, then altered slightly. The story will be in their anthology. I’m also one of ten finalists for the Hysteria Flash Fiction contest and will be published in their anthology. Another flash fiction, was shortlisted for the A3 review Island themed contest and I’ve been long listed in the Flash500 contest. A good month!
November – I was shortlisted again in the A3 review’s monthly contest – this time, Uniform themed. Two of my stories, Electric and Grand Designs, originally published on Visual Verse, were long listed in the Ink Tears Flash Fiction contest. A piece about flash fiction I wrote was published in the lovely Project Calm magazine along with an article on bookshops around the world.
December – My story ‘Swifts’ was published in great company at The Nottingham Review and I’ve been long listed in the Retreat West flash fiction contest for my story ‘At the Hospital written during a Kathy Fish, Word Tango weekend. To end 2016, I’m absolutely thrilled that my pamphlet, The Chemist’s House is to be published by V Press next year.
In March two of my flash fictions were shortlisted in the Fish Flash Fiction competition. I was part of the National Flash Flood Day on April 17th 2015 when my flash fiction ‘The Lottery’ was published on the rolling blog. Another story was also included on the rolling blog for National Flash Fiction Day. My micro, ‘Maturity’ is one of ten winners in the National Flash Fiction Day micro competition 2015 and is published in Landmarks the 2015 National Flash Anthology
My story’ Conkers’ was long listed in the Exeter Short Story Prize for short stories and my flash fiction Elemental was short listed in the Exeter Flash Fiction prize.
‘Their Memories’ was highly commended in the Inktears Flash Fiction competition and is published on their website.
Runner up in the Faber Academy’s ‘quickfic’ weekly flash contest. Friday 13th November
Several of my pieces have been published on Visual Verse this year. A micro piece ‘When I Met The Devil’ is published in the flash fiction literary journal, Flash Frontier this December plus a feature interview with me.
Last year, 2014, my flash fiction ‘The Lottery’, received an Honourable Mention in the Fish Flash Fiction Competition and is now published in the Fish 2014 Winners’ Anthology
In 2013 I was longlisted in both the Fish short story competition and the Fish flash fiction competition.
My story ‘The Caravan’ is in ‘Reaching Out’ an anthology published by Cinnamon Press, 2013
I’ve co-run Writing Events Bath with my friend Alexandra Wilson since 2009. We lead popular creative writing groups to encourage and inspire writers, both beginners and more experienced, in Bath Central Library. We run Dream Breakfasts to help change dreams into fiction, journal writing sessions and many other workshops. We also offer workshops at the Bath Literature Festival and at the American Museum Bath and invite visiting authors, agents and publishers to run workshops.
Bath Short Story Award
In 2012, I co-founded the Bath Short Story Award which I organise along with my friends and writing group companions, Jane Riekemann and Anna Schlesinger. The 2017 Award is now open. £1000 top prize.
Bath Flash Fiction Award
I run The Bath Flash Fiction Award with the support of a website team who deal with all design issues and administration. The fifth round of the award is now open. £1000 top prize. Judge, The next contest opens March 1st and is judged by Meg Pokrass, who is also judging the inaugural novella in flash competition. An anthology of pieces from the first four contests will be published in mid Feb 2017.
Ad Hoc Fiction, a Bath Flash Fiction Award Project, is a free to enter weekly micro competition. The winner receives a free entry to the main contest. This year Ad Hoc Fiction was longlisted in the Saboteur Awards as the ‘best newcomer.’