Tuesday, 13 September 2016


I am still getting over the shock because I've been shortlisted in the Eyeland Colours Competition (in Greece). My short story will appear in the book to be published at the end of November.

This third success in a month for flash and short fiction makes me wonder whether I'm better at stories than poetry. My poetry has taken a nose dive lately and I'm more reluctant than ever to enter competitions. I think I've decided I just don't write winning poems. I do still write the odd poem and I do intend to submit to magazines but not competitions. I've done a lot of that this year and not a sniff. My real passion is for stories right now. In fact this shortlisted story was adapted from a poem!

Meanwhile, back to poetry - I'm off to The Poetry Book Fair on Saturday and will also be attending the launch of Traverse Poetry Trading Cards at the fair at 4pm. I need to make sure I have plenty of cash and a backpack as I always come home with a nice selection of poetry books.