Tag Archives: Short Fiction

Vineleaves Short Story Competition: exclusive to UoG students

20 Nov
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Promotional poster featuring prize details, as listed at https://vineleavespublishing.wordpress.com/competition/

We’re pleased to share this call for entries to the inaugural Vineleaves short story competition. Vineleaves is a new publishing business launched by one of our Master’s students, Carina Mitchell. To be eligible for the competition, you must be a current student at the University of Gloucestershire (whether campus-based or distance learning), studying at undergraduate or Master’s level. You’re invited to submit stories of 2000-4000 words by December 1st. The best stories will be selected for a print collection, and there are great prizes on offer, including £75 (or local equivalent) of Amazon vouchers for the winner. For full details and submission guidelines, see here. Good luck!


Stroud Short Stories Competition

7 Feb

Phil Bowne

It’s been called “Possibly the best short story event in the South West” (Cheltenham LitFest programme) and in part that’s due to past contributions from UoG Creative Writing students, including alumni Phil Bowne and Rod Griffiths, both of whom were selected by the judges to read at the hugely popular event, which takes place out in (you guessed it) Stroud, at Stroud Valleys Artspace.

The next submission window opens shortly, on February 26th and you have until April to get something in.  It’s open-themed, with a max length of 1,500-words, and open only to writers with a Gloucestershire or a South Gloucestershire connection (which means you, Team UoG).  So if you’ve got something from one of your assessments that fits the bill, why not try your luck?  Full contest details and submission guidelines are available here.

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Reflections Anthology Launch Event

25 Nov

Hot on the heels of our recent post about the 2016 UoG Novel Contest Shortlist, we’re pleased to announced that this year’s annual Creative Writing anthology, Reflections: New Writing 5, will be launched in just under three weeks time, on Tuesday December 13th, in just under three weeks time.  The doors open at 6.15 in TCoo2(A) for reflective fun and refreshments.  Then, at 7.00 p.m., we’ll move into the main lecture hall (TC001) for readings.  The paperback anthology retails for £6.99 but will be on sale for the discounted launch price of £5.  When we wrap up, there is an after-party in the private function room (downstairs) at Tailor’s.  Entry is free, so bring your friends and come along to what’s shaping up to be a great night!


One Week To Compass Launch!

20 Oct

A week today, on Tuesday October 27th, the UoG Writing Programme will be launching Compass: New Writing IV, the latest anthology in the New Writing series, featuring the best prose, poetry, and drama by students on our course.  So navigate your way to TC002A at 6.45 p.m. and join us for snacks and beverages.  We will then adjust course and move into the main lecture theatre (TC001) for readings, before announcing the results of the second annual UoG Novel Writing Contest.  For the after-party, our hardy adventurers will make an epic trek to The Swan – a venue on the far side of the little world called Cheltenham, where we’ve booked a private function room.  The night is going to be one for the record books, or log books, so get your gear together and join the expedition!

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Team UoG Strikes Again

5 Oct

The other week Creative Writing Lecturer and BA Course Leader Tyler Keevil was down in London to read at Waterstones Picadilly for the most recent Word Factory short story salon.  He performed alongside, and was in conversation with, Diriye Osman, Toby Litt, and Carys Davies, recent winner of the Frank O’Connor Short Story Prize for her stunning collection, The Redemption of Galen Pike.  The readings and interview with host Cathy Gavin should be on WordFactory.tv shortly, so you’ll be able see Tyler hamming it up if you’re not sick of hearing him in your classes.

More importantly, on the same night Word Factory announced the winners of its Neil Gaiman-inspired short story competition, Fables For a Modern Word.  So imagine Tyler’s surprise when he looked out in the audience to see UoG MA student Rod Griffiths in the crowd, who had entered the contest and come to support the event.  Then, to both their delight, Rod’s piece, ‘A Ghost’s Story,’ was revealed as one of the winning entries.  The challenge?  To complete a fable based on Gaiman’s opening line: ‘Long ago, in the days when there were still fish in the oceans and cars on the roads, there lived a woman who was not afraid of governments…’  Rod’s winning piece will be published on the Word Factory website, and possibly in a forthcoming anthology; he also wins a year’s free entry to all forthcoming Word Factory events.  Below is a pic of Rod with judges Toby Litt and Cathy Gavin, and other winners from the night.

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Stroud Short Stories

14 Mar

The Compass anthology may have moved on to the next stage of the editorial process, but there are other new and exciting publishing opportunities fast approaching.  One of them is the latest Stroud Short Stories Competition, which is aimed at writers in Gloucestershire (and welcomes submissions from students here at UoG).  Full details and contest guidelines are available on their website.  The main point to note is that they accept both published and unpublished work, so if your piece has been accepted elsewhere (including Compass) you’re still free to submit it to them.  The deadline is a week today, on Saturday March 21st.  As usual, ten selected authors will get to take part in a reading event at the Stroud Valleys Artspace, and their work may also be included in a forthcoming print anthology.  Good luck and do us proud!

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The Latest Student Successes!

18 Feb

As those who’ve submitted will know, this year’s anthology of new writing at UoG – Compass – is now closed to submissions.  The editorial team is using this conveniently timed activity week to avidly read through all your wonderful submissions – of which there were over 100 in total, which is truly amazing.  Those who missed the deadline, fear not – there are plenty of other publishing opportunites out there, and you can take inspiration from fellow students who are continuing to make a name for themselves – check out the good news below.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFirst up, a couple of familiar names.  Thanks in part to the support and votes of the UoG cohort, BA student Phil Bowne has won the ‘Story of the Month’ contest at Bartleby Snopes, which means his story, ‘Forget-Me-Not’ will be appearing in their annual print issue.  So many thanks to all who voted – that’s Team UoG in action for you.  Furthermore, Phil has placed a new story with the Atticus Review – so watch this space for details on that.  Atticus Review has been very supportive of our students, as this month they have also published Matt Paul’s new story, the intriguingly and wonderfully titled ‘Pigs is Pigs,’ which is available to read online here.

Logo500x162FGBut wait – that’s not all.  This time we can add a few new names to the mix.  BA student Amy Ford has had three – that’s right, three – poems accepted in The Dawntreader poetry journal, while MA student Sam Kemp will have his poem, ‘My Understanding Is That It’ published in Angle Poetry Journal.  Well done all – it’s getting harder to keep up with these successes!

Last Day to Submit to Compass!

9 Feb

That’s right, folks.  D-day has arrived and the deadline to submit your work to Compass, this year’s UoG Creative Writing anthology, is looming.  You have until midnight tonight, when the submission window officially closes.  The submissions have been pouring in over the weekend, but we’re expecting more before moving on to the next stage of the editorial process.  So if you’ve been holding on to that precious piece of poetry, prose, or drama – trying to get it perfect – now is the time to let go and send it on its way.  For those who haven’t checked out the guidelines already, you’ll find them here.  Good luck!


1 Week to Submit to Compass!

2 Feb


It’s hard to believe, but the weeks have flown by since this year’s MA editorial team opened the submission call for their Compass anthology. Now there is only one week left to get your prose, poetry, and drama entries in before the window closes at midnight on Monday February 9th.  If you’re feeling a bit lost, confused, or disorientated about your latest writing endeavour – don’t worry!  The compass editors are experts at navigating through the creative process, and this week various team members will be dropping into your classes to help coax, encourage, and motivate you.  Or, if you’ve already got a completed project in hand, but haven’t yet submitted – what are you waiting for?  Check out the guidelines page and take the next step on your journey to potential publication!

New Publications and Vote for (Phil’s) Story of the Month!

30 Jan

Fresh from their recent publishing successes earlier this month, UoG students Olly Smith and Phil Bowne are continuing to make headway in the industry – and have placed further work quicker than you can say Jack Robinson.

sr2_roughOlly has shifted from prose to poetry, and his latest poem, ‘Swampsong,’ appears in the new issue of Spectral Realms journal, from American publisher Hippocampus Press.

Phil’s story, ‘Forget-Me-Not,’ has been published online in the January issue of Bartleby Snopes.  But wait – there’s more.  The magazine holds a monthly competition to select a ‘story of the month’ decided on by readers’ votes.  The winner will appear in the semi-annual print version of the magazine.  We wouldn’t want to sway your opinion at all, so we’d strongly recommend taking a look at the other entries before deciding you want to cast your vote for Phil.  You can find the stories and the voting button at the bottom of the page here.  Well done to both Olly and Phil – at this rate they’ll be surpassing their tutors soon.


More Student Publications!

9 Jan

prague3_391x521Before we move into the new year with all guns blazing, or all pens scribbling, we thought it a good time to catch up on some student achievements from 2014 that have slipped under the radar. Our BA, MA, and Research students are all having success in the publishing industry, something that – as ever – we’re exceedingly proud of. Firstly, third year undergraduate Phil Bowne, whose work appears in Carnival, has had his fiction and non-fiction appearing in a variety of markets. His short story ‘Bobby’ was selected for publication on Birkbeck University’s Writers’ Hub, and can be read in its entirety here.  In addition, Phil’s travel writing on his student interailing experience has featured on The Hub from Endsleigh, and also on the Guardian website.

Techno-Horror AnthologyNot to be outdone by the BA young guns, two postgrads have also had publishing success recently.  MA by Research student Olly Smith has had two pieces of speculative fiction published, including one story, ‘St. Ayer’s Gospel,’ in History and Horror, and another in a chilling Techno-Horror Anthology, published by Dark Hall Press.  You can check it out on Amazon here.  Last but not least, MA student Matt Paul has had several short stories published.  Firstly, his story ‘Naked As He Came’ – originally written as an assignment on our module HM7101 – was picked up by the Pea River Journal, and published both in print and online.  More recently, Matt has placed a new piece of flash fiction, ‘Pigs is Pigs,’ with the Atticus Review, which will publish the story as part of an ‘anti-Valentine’ special issue in February.  Congratulations to Phil, Olly, and Matt – and here’s hoping the new year will bring more student writing successes at UoG.

Compass: New Writing IV

18 Dec


We are proud to announce the arrival of this year’s UoG Creative Writing anthology, Compass: New Writing IV.  We are seeking high quality submissions of prose, poetry, and drama from any student enrolled on a Creative Writing module here at the University of Gloucestershire. To demonstrate the talent on our writing courses, we want you to create work that brings readers into your world. We want you to push the boundaries.  We are accepting work in any genre or style, and are particularly interested in those that resonate with the meanings and connotations of Compass, or emphasize notions of place, location, travel, journeys, and migration.

The submission window is now open, and you can find out how to submit your work by checking out our guidelines page.  The deadline for all submissions is midnight on Monday February 9th 2015.  Watch this space for updates, tips, and reminders over the next couple of months.  Good luck and we look forward to reading your work!

Tyler’s Triumph: UoG lecturer wins $10,000 Journey Prize

5 Nov

Glenn gould studioOn Saturday we blogged about Tyler Keevil, the University of Gloucestershire’s BA Course Leader for Creative Writing, being shortlisted for the prestigious Writers’ Trust of Canada Journey Prize. Well… he’s only gone and won it! Congratulations to Tyler who was announced as the winner of the $10,000 prize for his brilliant short story ‘Sealskin’. The award ceremony was held at Toronto’s famous Glenn Gould Studio (pictured), and the judges said “‘Sealskin’ is a stunner. Tyler Keevil has accomplished something rare: a story about rough masculinity that brims with emotion and pathos.”

'Why the **** did I say that about the bean bags?'

‘Why the **** did I say that about the bean bags?’


It’s still the early am in Toronto, but in a few hours we imagine Keevil will be waking with a sense of achievement, a fuzzy head, and a little bit of regret. Why, he’ll ask himself, did I rashly promise that if I won I’d equip the Creative Writing office with bean bags and giant balls?

Prizes, publications, and performances: more success for UoG Creative Writers

1 Nov

Happy news, fellow writers. As the man himself would say, we’re all super-excited for Tyler Keevil. The BA course leader has been shortlisted for the Writers’ Trust of Canada Journey Prize for his story ‘Sealskin.’ The Journey Prize is a major literary award with a $10,000 first prize, and Tyler is one of three finalists alongside Lori McNulty and Clea Young. He’ll be flying out to Toronto for the award ceremony at the Glenn Gould studio on November 4th, when the overall winner will be revealed. Tyler may be getting pretty used to award ceremonies, but we’re not quite believing the claim on his official website that he’s hired a fashion adviser. There’s certainly been no evidence of that around uni.

The journey prize

You can read a conversation between Tyler and Miriam Toews in the National Post here, and if you want to read the story itself, get a copy of Tyler’s collected short fiction, Burrard Inlet – it is, as Tyler would put it, super sweet.

Our poets are riding a wave too. Last year’s third year poetry group have had more success: Adam Magee has a poem up at the ezine Ink Sweat & Tears  and has two poems forthcoming in Domestic Cherry, the annual journal of Swindon Poetry Festival. Rosanna Riches and Josh Martin both have poems in issue six of Angle Poetry Journal.

Wales Arts ReviewThe poetry lecturers are also busy publishing: Angela France has a poem in an anthology of longer narrative poems, The Other Side of Sleep (Arachne Press), has three poems in Domestic Cherry, and a poem in Wales Arts Review. While Nigel McLoughlin has had poems published in The Honest Ulsterman and Under The Radar as well as poems forthcoming in New Writing, The Wolf, and The Stony Thursday Book.  There is an interview with Nigel in Axon, which you can read online here.

Not to be out done, there’s also fresh success for one of our playwrights. Senja Andrejevic-Bullock, who is studying for a Master’s degree, recently saw her short play ‘The Bargain’ performed script-in-hand by Touring Theatre Consortium at The Everyman Theatre.

Good luck Tyler and congratulations to all our stars!

Stroud Short Stories

7 Sep

After a summer of writing success for staff, current students, and alumni, here at UoG’s Writing School we’re gearing up for Induction Week in just over a week’s time.  Time to fire up those laptops, get out those notebooks, and sharpen those pencils in preparation for another year of writing, workshops, and procrastinating.  However, for those who are already chomping at the proverbial bit, can’t wait to get started, and have been developing new work over the holiday, this news flash is for you: Stroud Short Stories is currently seeking submissions from those who’d like to perform at its regular reading event.  Previously it was only open to those in the Stroud area, but the doors have been blown open and they’re seeking the best work from across Gloucestershire.  Ten stories will be selected from those submitted to be read at Stroud Valleys Artspace, in front of an appreciative audience.  Sound like your thing?  The deadline is September 28th, and the readings take place in October.  Check out the full rules and submission guidelines on the Stroud Short Stories website.  As for the rest of you, well, time to rouse yourselves from that summery slumber, shake yourselves off, and limber up for the autumn semester.  See you in a couple of weeks!

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Graduates’ Publishing Successes

4 Sep

Me after you coverTime to catch up on some good news from the summer 🙂

In February, we reported that Lucie Brownlee, a graduate of the University of Gloucestershire Creative and Critical Writing MA, had sold her memoir, Me After You, to Virgin Books.  Well, it was launched over the summer and it’s every bit as funny, tragic, and beautiful as her prize winning blog, Wife After Death. For those who don’t know, Me After You recounts Lucie’s life after the loss of her beloved husband, Mark, who died, aged just 37, as they were making love. The BBC’s Andrew Marr has described the book as ‘raw, riveting and beautifully written…much recommended’, and it’s already among Waterstone’s hundred best selling non-fiction titles. You can get a copy online here or from any good bookshop (probably from some pretty bad bookshops too). It’s great!

Congratulations are also due to poet Adam Magee, who has recently graduated from our Creative Writing BA.  Adam has had success with his poetry over the summer. First, he had two poems published in Domestic Cherry anthology – his poems are brilliantly titled ‘Dear Diary I Hate Him More Than Sh*t-suit Stigmata’ and ‘Dream I am the Rake’. And yesterday his poem, ‘How to Bake Sooterkins’ was published by Ink, Sweat & Tears. You can read it online here.

And the fiction writers aren’t to be left out. Another graduate from our BA, Matthew Paul, has had success with two stories over the summer. Matthew, who’s now studying on our Creative and Critical Writing MA, has had a story accepted for the forthcoming Pea River Journaland his flash fiction piece ‘Scratch the Skin Clean’ is available to read online from Luna Luna.

Congratulations to all three authors! Remember, we always want to hear what our alumni are up to, so drop us a line at hi@newwriting.org

MS Burrard Inlet Launched

2 May

Burrard Inlet Cover Last week saw the pre-release event of Burrard Inlet, the new book from UoG lecturer Tyler Keevil. The event was held at the Dylan Thomas Centre in Swansea, down near the water and marina – an appropriate backdrop for the launch of a collection that features stories about the fishing industries, manual labour, and coastal life. The official publication date was yesterday, May 1, and over the next few months Tyler will be doing a series of readings to promote the book, along with his recent novel, The Drive. The mini-tour includes appearances at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Speakeasy in London, the Hay Festival, the Dinefwr Literature Festival, and Penfro Book Festival.


Double Publishing Success for UoG Creative Writing Student

5 Mar

Meg & TateA big congratulations are due to 3rd year Creative Writing student Meg Paul, who has had two new publications in the last two weeks (in addition to her contribution to Fire!).  First, her story ‘Seeing Without Sight’ was selected by Charlotte Melor for inclusion on her website, Through Scarlett’s Eyes.  Ms. Melor said of the piece, ‘It’s a great resource for parents who want a young adult’s view of the world with VI eyes… thought provoking, candid, and beautifully written, it’s a must read for all parents who want to increase their depth of understanding.’  The story is available to read in its entirety here.

Myths of The Near Future 2Only a week later, NAWE released the latest edition of its e-magazine Myths of the Near Future, which includes another of Meg’s stories.  Her contribution, ‘Icon,’ is a satirical look at our increasing reliance on technology.  The issue is entitled ‘Young Blood’ and is available to download from Amazon here.  The usual cover price is £1.85, but as a promotional push, it’s free for the first few days – so snap up a complimentary copy while you can!

Last Chance to Submit Work!

24 Feb
Carnival Logo other coloursLast call, ladies and gentlemen. The Carnival is packing up and leaving town at MIDNIGHT TONIGHT.
You still have 12 hours to submit your best artwork, poetry, or prose. If in doubt, SEND IT IN. You have nothing to lose and a potential publishing credit to gain.
As a reminder, our submission guidelines are available here.

Fire Anthology, launch and after-party, on Thu 27th February

11 Feb

Display copies of the Fire anthologyThe venue for our after-partyYou are cordially invited to the launch of the University of Gloucestershire’s brilliant new anthology of Creative Writing, Fire. Join us on Thursday 27th for a wine reception at FCH Campus, with readings from the book and refreshments, from 7:15-9:15pm. Then we’ll be celebrating at the Night Garden at the Feathered Fish (pictured), a few minutes walk from FCH, from 9:30 until midnight. Everyone’s welcome at both events – students and alumni, their friends and relatives, and members of the public. There’s no need to book with us in advance, but to help us estimate numbers, we’d be grateful if those who plan to attend could indicate so on the Facebook event page. There’s a voluntary dress code of smart/ smart casual, so feel free to dress to impress. See you there!

Thursday 27th February, TC001 & TC002A at FCH Campus, from 7:15pm