Short Stories and Flash Fiction

Shorter stories let me experiment with different genres and different voices. I love writing about that moment when things are about to change and seeing how the characters cope with it.

On this page you’ll find details of my award-winning stories and flash fiction and opportunities for you to read them.


One Careful Owner

I won the 2008 Woman & Home magazine short story competition (in association with Costa) with this. The theme of the competition was ‘Passion’ and as I thought there would be plenty of entries about love affairs, I wanted to try a different approach. An image had been in my head for a while – that of someone I worked with running their hand lovingly along the flank of their new car.

A New Routine

This won the competition set by Writing Magazine – the challenge was to produce a story on the theme of 'A New Routine', but to do it in 750 words or less. I remember the first draft being way over that limit, but I find it much more useful to do this and then cut and cut, rather than trying to hit that target from the start.

Bonne Maman

Winner of the Yeovil Short Story Prize in 2009, judged by novelist, Rachel Billington. There was no theme, but at the time I had been reading a lot about Henry VIII’s wives and wondered what life would be like for the child of a much-married father.

Other Short Fiction Success


Global Short Story Competition - First Place

Sandcastle Man

Writers' Forum short story competition - third place
Published in 'The Ways of Love, A collection of stories in fresh voices' Edited by Elizabeth Bailey

Mainly Sharps

Fish Story Prize - Longlisted

How To Fall Off a Soapbox

Writers' Bureau Short Story Competition - Third place
Writers' Forum - Shortlisted

The New Parent

Global Short Story - Shortlisted

The X-Rated Parrot

Published in The Weekly News, February 2010

Full Spider

Bath Flash Fiction Award October 2020 -Shortlisted

You Should Have Read the Small Print

Bath Short Story Award 2021 - Longlisted
Crossing the Tees Short Story Competition 2022 - Shortlisted. Published in Anthology

Now You Don't

Oxford Flash Fiction Prize 2021 - Third Place. Published in Anthology

Rules Governing Shipping

Mslexia Flash Fiction Competition - Shortlisted
Appears in Mslexia Publication - Best Women's Short Fiction 2021

Cold Snap Later, With Falling Iguanas

Retreat West Flash Fiction Competition - Long-listed
Scottish Arts Club Flash Fiction Award 2022 - Longlisted. Published in Anthology

Electric Historian

Scottish Arts Club Short Story Award - long-listed

My stories have also been published in the Sunday Express Magazine and My Weekly.