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.
Collision.
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.
Rebuffed.
The Manana Approach.
The Palace Road Hunt.
The Fire People.
The Power of Three.
Deer.
A Eulogy for Boo.
Call of the Kazer.
Celluloid Job.
Fences.
The Cullen Quartet. After Teresa.
Flowerboy.
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. 


 

Su Bristow on the Radio 2 Arts Show!


Drop everything this Thursday night (9th March) because Su Bristow (our Su Bristow!) is being interviewed by Jonathan Ross on the Radio 2 Arts Show about her novel Sealskin.

Well done Su! Sealskin is published by Orenda Books and was the first winner of the Exeter Novel Prize.



UPDATE: (Friday 10th March).

If you missed it, you can listen again on BBC Radio2 (it's about 1 hour 45 mins in).
Meanwhile here are a few pics from such an exciting week;

Display window, Goldsboro Books, London
Sealskin cake!!

Our Su, with Wossy!!!
  

The 2017 Exeter Writers Short Story Competition is closed.

Thank you to everyone who entered the competition this year. 

The competition is now closed and we are busily reading through all the entries.

Winners will be announced before the end of July, however keep an eye on the website as we will announce the longlist once that information becomes available.

Secret of the Song


 



Exeter Writer, Cathie Hartigan is thrilled to have been featured in Saturday's Western Morning News magazine supplement. Much of her novel, Secret of the Song, was inspired by Exeter’s heritage, and as a consequence the photo shoot took place in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM), and the Devon and Exeter Institution. All credit to Kilian aka The Smart Photographer.
Secret of the Song is a page-turning time-slip mystery on special offer at 99p as a Kindle Deal for the next few days only.






Not long left!

Don't forget, there are only a few days left to enter the 
 
Exeter Writers Short Story Competition 

closing date
 28th February 2017
 
First prize £500
Second prize £250
Third prize £100
Plus a prize for writers in Devon of £100
Click here for details!

Gorgito's Give-Away!

Elizabeth Ducie is featured this week on the With Love For Books website, which has an interview and giveaway on her first novel, Gorgito's Ice Rink

Sealskin is out there today!



The paperback went on sale this morning, and the audiobook as well. It's been a flying start, with so much support and fabulous reviews, not just from the bloggers on the tour, but others too, and a daily tweet-storm of good wishes. And there was an extra push when both Amazon and Kobo brought the ebook price down to 99p for Valentine's weekend. For three dizzying days, Sealskin got to number one in two categories, and became an official bestseller. In Mythology it got to number two, basking in the limelight focussed on Neil Gaiman's newly-released Norse Mythology, which will no doubt top the bill for weeks to come. I'm very happy with that!

The blog tour continues until the end of the month, and the official London launch is on March 8th at Goldsboro Books, followed by the Exeter launch at the fourth Exeter Novel Prize awards ceremony on March 25th. I'll be there with Sealskin to show the six shortlisters what can happen. The longlist is up now on the Creative Writing Matters website at www.creativewritingmatters.co.uk, but no-one will know who the next winner is until the judge, Broo Doherty of DHH Literary Agency, announces it at the ceremony. Meanwhile, congratulations to all on the longlist! I'm looking forward to meeting some of you on March 25th.



Short Story Competition

A reminder that the closing date for the
 
Exeter Writers Short Story Competition
is 28th February 2017
 
First prize £500
Second prize £250
Third prize £100
Plus a prize for writers in Devon of £100
 
Click here for details!

Exeter Writers flood Writing Magazine!

Ok, slight exaggeration, but congratulations to two of our Exeter Writers who are featured in Writing Magazine this month.

N. Sian Southern was shortlisted in Writing Magazine's 'Tight Situation' story competition.

And Elizabeth Ducie features in two articles. A press release about her novel, Counterfeit! and the regular 'I wish I'd known' column.