A Quick Update (Aug 2014)

Hoping to post another cut-up or two soon, but today I thought I’d post a little writing update instead.

I’ve recently judged the P17 Poetry Competition and I was bowled over by the shortlist and many of the pieces that didn’t quite reach it too, and especially by the winner and runner up, really had a tough time choosing between them!

I’ve also had a new poem appear in Regime 4, which is an awesome publication that I definitely recommend checking out – and which I’d certainly say even if I wasn’t featured in it 🙂

I’ve also been finalising formatting for my novel The Fairy Wren, which I hope to release this year and I also have a rough date (November-ish) for my next poetry volume old stone – which is a collection of haiku, senryu and haibun.

Hope everyone’s well!

A Review & Some Opportunities

Today I wanted to share a couple of opportunities for writers and link to a fantastic review of Stepping Over Seasons, by Sean Wright.

stepping over seasons coverThrilled to read it, not just because he enjoyed the collection, but because as with all reviews, it’s shown me something about my own work that I hadn’t realised. And it’s especially gratifying to hear that the poem ‘Small Town’ rings true!

Here’s the review at Sean’s blog.


birsI’m also pleased to announce that I’m back as editor for the poetry section for the 11th issue of Page Seventeen and this year, and as a judge! And so on that note, jump over and have a look at the guidelines – submissions are open now (for fiction & poetry) so get going! 😀



Submissions are also open for Regime’s 4th – and this year they’re trying a different structure too – details are right here. The shift includes a wonderful plan to support artists more, while maintaining the high production standards we’ve come to expect from magazine, so check it out – fiction and poetry too.

That’s all for today!

Page Seventeen – Submissions Opening Soon

Subs are nearly open for p17 – issue 9 – and I am lucky enough to be selecting the poetry! A big thanks to Beau Hillier and Tiggy Johnson, Beau for keeping me on and Tiggy for recommending me.

Subs will be opening April 15 and Closing June 30

More details about submissions here (including a new category)

And read Beau’s Introduction here

page seventeen – issue 8 is out!

A big list of great pieces lurks beneath the leaves of this issue, much bigger than the one I’ve lazily copied from the web but nonetheless, inside you’ll find work by

Graham Nunn, Ivy Alvarez, David Prater, Amelia Walker, Matt Hetherington, Jane Williams, Graham Rowlands, Mark William Jackson, A. S Patric and Anna Ryan-Punch to name but a few.

It’s especially satisfying to receive this issue because, as I’ve mentioned, selecting the poetry for it was a blast, and seeing it all together is great. But better is the surprises, with the stories and competition entries, which I had yet to read, being revealed at last.

Enjoying having a good read.

Thanks again to Tiggy and to everyone who submitted!

quick page seventeen wrap up

Easily the toughest part about editing any journal, is the amount of great work you have to send back. At the end of every submission period, I have to return poetry that I wanted to have in whatever publication I’m working on at the time.

For issue 8 of p17, I was flooded with some quality work indeed. (And I hear it was the same with the SS too) It made me sad to send so much back. If I am a fisherman, than I did not over-fish, even though I wanted to. The nature of the print journal is like that however, we have only so much space…

Thanks to Tiggy for inviting me in the first place (and more about Tiggy’s new book soon) and to Vicki for doing such an awesome job running the ship while I tried my best not to rock it! Really looking forward to seeing what Vicki, Peter and Laurie have selected for the short stories.

More rambling to follow!