2021 joanne burns Microlit Award

Thrilled that my flash fiction piece ‘Portals’ has been selected as the winner of the 2021 joanne burns Microlit Award. My hugest thanks to Spineless Wonders and judge Cassandra Atherton!

This year’s theme was Pulped Fiction, which is also the name of the prize anthology. It’s a fantastic read and I’m feeling really humbled to be included alongside so many amazing writers. An online launch will be held on 7 April 2020. It’s free but you need to book to get the zoom link.

Newcastle Short Story Award

I’ve been shortlisted for the 2018 Newcastle Short Story Award. My story Red Belly will be published in the award anthology later in the year.

If you want to know something funny, a few days before I found out I was a finalist, I filed a magazine story on art prizes and the role they play in the art world. The basic point was not to take them too seriously, but I’m still going to take Michael Zavros’ advice to NAVA members to heart:

Peer assessment is really valuable in my opinion. Prizes where the work is considered by a curator or guest judge for pre-selection before the final means that a) someone has actually seen it and b) thought it worthy or interesting.

So my sincerest thanks to the Hunter Writers Centre and judges Ryan O’Neill and Isabelle Li.

UPDATE: Red Belly ended up being Highly Commended, so my huge thanks too to Foghorn Brewhouse for my prize