Exeter Writers Short Story Competition 2017: Longlist Announced!

Thank you to everyone who entered this year's short story competition.

We had hundreds of entries from around the world, so don't despair if you didn't make it this time. Maybe next year could be your turn?

The longlisted stories are shown below. Authors names are not listed at this stage as we are still going through the judging process.

2017 longlist (in no particular order):

Bury Me in Brently Park.
A Death in the Family.
The Miss Higher Complex.
Past breaking.
Calling the Tune.
Thin Air.
The Tracker.
The Secrets of Bones.
Never the Same Advantages.
Saving Anna.
Dotted About the Terrace.
Fire and Ice.
The Grief Register.
The Woman Within the Dress.
I Came and Met Your Absence.
The Fire of Fortune.
A Light Dusting of Snow.
The Crossroads at Jijiga.
Abandon Ship.
Dear Horse.
The Manana Approach.
The Palace Road Hunt.
The Fire People.
The Power of Three.
A Eulogy for Boo.
Call of the Kazer.
Celluloid Job.
The Cullen Quartet. After Teresa.
Selling Fans in Haliville.
Lapsang Souchong.
42nd Street.
A New Doll. 
Bye Bye Birdie.

Keep an eye on the website for when these have been narrowed down to a shortlist of ten, and the winners will be announced by the end of May.

Good luck and well done to everyone who has made it this far. 

Cover reveal for The Girl in Red Velvet

The latest novel by Margaret James; The Girl in Red Velvet is out on 25th April. Here's a peek at the gorgeous cover, and you can read more about it here.

Margaret is published by Choc Lit, and recently co-hosted an event at Exeter Library along with some of her fellow choc lit authors, Victoria Cornwall, Linda Mitchelmore and Laura E James (pictured below) talking about their journeys to publication whilst editor Lusana Taylor gave local writers the opportunity to pitch their novels.
Left to right; Margaret James, Victoria Cornwall, Linda Mitchelmore and Laura E James

Drama at Poltimore

Congratulations to the Exeter University drama students!  

 For their final assessment in front of examiners, they took two stories from the Exeter Writers anthology, The Coastal Zoo, and produced a clever, funny, and entertaining interpretation/improvisation.

The two stories were;  Octopodi Stifado by Naomi Cohen and Making Connections by Cathie Hartigan.

The Exeter Writers were invited along and despite the freezing cold and grim venue, the wit and energy of the students warmed our hearts. 

We hope they all do very well in their final assessment and wish them all the best in their future careers.


The Secret of the RAMM

 There’s always lots to do and see at Exeter’s RAMM, and from 2-4pm in their fantastic new shop on Sunday 19th March, Cathie Hartigan will be signing copies of her bestselling time-slip, Secret of the Song. 

The modern day story is set in Exeter, and the museum is the source of inspiration for what happens in the story. 

Do go along and say hello.