short stories

Here are some of my short stories which you can read for free online:

'The Mud-witch', illustrated by Isabel Greenberg, is on joomag here.

'Fishskin, Hareskin' won the Costa Short Story Award 2014; you can read it or listen to a lovely reading on the Costa Book Awards website.

'Water Bull Bride', a folklore-inspired story, won The Short Story Competition 2014 and is available to read here.

'Earth is Not for Eating', a kind of reverse changeling story, is in US journal Glint, here. They very sweetly nominated it for a Pushcart Prize.

My Lorca-Inspired short story 'Green, How I Love you' appears in The Bohemyth here.

Another woods-and-Lorca inspired piece, 'Bronze and Dream, the Gypsies Come' is in Holdfast.

Luna Station Quarterly have published two of my stories; 'The Borrowed Trunk' is here and 'Perfect Pins' is here.

A 100 word drabble entitled 'Time Machine' is also at Luna Station Quarterly.

My short piece inspired by a mouse taxidermy class, 'How to Make a New Friend in 30 Steps', is available here in HOAX.

Another piece inspired by mouse taxidermy, 'Mouse Tongue' is in Vine Leaves issue 7 (on page 20).

You can find my prize winning story 'Salt Stain' online at Halfway Down the Stairs.

My story 'Patagonia' is published by Fringe Magazine here. There is also a blog post on Fringe's blog describing how I came to write it.

A flash story of mine entitled 'The Lost World' is in Flashflood Journal here.

Some stories of mine have appeared in print journals and anthologies:

My story 'Tether' came out of discussing Nozick's 'Experience Machine' (a philosophical thought experiment) with Professor of philosophy Jonathan Wolf. All the stories in this Comma Press anthology respond to a problem or paradox from science and philosophy.

I wrote my story 'Thunder Cracks' after consulting with Paul Reading, an expert on sleep walking, for this sleep-themed anthology from Comma Press.

My story 'Kite', about a man haunted by feathers after his brother's death, is in issue 12 of the Mechanics' Institute Review.

My story 'Water Bull Bride' was shortlisted for the Hilary Mantel Short Story Prize 2014, and is in this anthology of shortlisted stories, What Lies Beneath. 

My story 'Dead Man's Fingers' appears in this anti-romance anthology from Pankhearst, No Love Lost

  My story 'The Trotternish Ox-men' appears in Labello Press's anthology, Gem Street.

My story 'Sticks are for Fire' is in this anthology from Cinnamon Press, Journey Planner.

'The Lost World' won Lightship's One Page Prize 2013 and is in their 3rd anthology

My story 'The Woman in the Port' is in Irish journal The Stinging Fly, issue 27 vol 2.

Story 'Salt Stain' is in Earlyworks' anthology Barcelona to Bihar.

Here are some of the shortlistings and prizes for my stories - good competitions for developing writers to enter: 

'Water Bull Bride' won The Short Story Competition 2014 (see link above), and was also shortlisted in the Hilary Mantel Short Story Competition and Myriad Editions Retreat Competition 2014

'The Manhattan Room' won second prize in the British Fantasy Society short story competition 2013

'Green, How I Love You' won first prize in the Booktown Writers short story competition, as part of Wigtown Book Festival 2013

Short Story ‘Sticks are for Fire’ shortlisted in Cinnamon Press Short Story Award 2013 

Flash Story ‘A Little Light Relief’ won second prize in the British Fantasy Society flash fiction competition 2013

Short Story ‘Earth is Not for Eating’ longlisted for the Bristol Short Story Prize 2013, and nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Glint Journal

Short Story ‘The Trotternish Ox-men’ won second prize in the Leonard A Koval Memorial Award 2012 from Labello Press

Short Story ‘Salt stain’ won second prize in the Southport Writers Circle short story competition 2011, and was shortlisted in the Speakeasy short story competition 2011. 

Novel manuscript The Tarney Scalp longlisted for The Times/Chicken House children’s fiction competition 2012, also longlisted for the Cinnamon Press Novel Award 2012 and winner of Adventures in Fiction’s 2012 Spotlight Competition