Flash Fiction story, 'Chess', wins The Dorset Prize in the Bridport Prize 2015. Thanks
to David Gaffney and Roger McGough for deciding this was the highest placed entry by a Dorset writer in the competition. The
prize is sponsored by The Book Shop, South St. Bridport, where the statue is on display along with copies of the Bridport
Prize anthology. They also sell Pumping Up Napoleon.
Unpublished novel, The Chicken
Soup Murder, is one of three finalists for The Dundee International
Book Prize 2015.
10-year-old Michael is sure his neighbour's been murdered. Why doesn't anyone believe him? And how far
is he prepared to go to let the truth be known?
Short story, 'Learning to Say До
Свидания', published in New Welsh Short Stories (Seren:
'The Wish Dog', title
story of an anthology of haunting tales from Honno Press.
The Wish Dog edited by Penny Thomas and Stephanie Tillotson, was chosen as the Waterstones, WH Smith, Wales National Museums and
Galleries and Wales Independent Bookshops Book of the Month for October 2014.
September 2014: guest judge for the PENfro literary festival short story competition.The winners are
First prize — Diana Powell for 'Ingrid, Audrey and Jean'
Second prize — Shirley Golden for 'The Parapet'
Third prize —
Jo Mazelis for 'Marco's Eyes'.
story, 'Dog Sitting' in Issue 9 of The Lampeter Review 'The Man says, "Oh by the way, if the dog dies while we're gone, we won't blame you ..." '
Announcing Seren Shorts 1. Seren's
first e-book, free to download. An anthology of nine selected stories from recent collections, including 'All the Souls'
by Mary-Ann Constantine, 'The Scattering' by Jaki McCarrick, and 'The Dancing King' by Maria Donovan - from
her collection Pumping Up Napoleon.
The entire Pumping Up Napoleon collection is now also available as a e-book for KIndle and Kobo
Maria is from Bridport in Dorset.
She's lived in other countries, speaks fluent Dutch, and has been a factory worker, nurse, gardener, magician's assistant,
busker, student and university lecturer.
Founder member of the Welsh Short Story Network, which has a Facebook page and a Facebook group. Anyone interested in short stories can join. The Network welcomes local, national and international connections.