Writing short stories and poetry is an essential part of me as a writer. Completely different styles of writing that express emotions and narrate what moves me the most. I’m not quite at the top of my poetry game and haven’t really submitted anything from my very personal chapbook – it’s like staking my body out ready for torture and despite two poems selected for the Filigree, Contemporary Black British Poetry anthology [see below]. But short stories – well, I’m nearly there, whether written directly into the laptop, or in longhand.
I have been commended, highly commended, shortlisted and longlisted for both genres in the past and the accolades continue, though I’m always the bridesmaid and never the bride as they say, always missing the top spot by a whisker of subjectivity. I have apparently a “brave and distinct voice” and one person told me that I was a “Marmite writer – love me or hate me”! This is maybe why I missed out on a shortlist spot for my Anglo-Indian collection in the SI Leeds Prize?!
You will find my winning published stories below by clicking on the icons. Others that have been placed are not published so have to keep them secret for the moment and try my hand at submitting elsewhere and entering more competitions.
Enjoy and please leave comments!