Anything Goes

Monday, Sept 10th saw the adjudcation for our own “Anything Goes” competition. Judge Andy Humphrey gave excellent feedback on all the entered pieces of writing, which was much valued by everyone attending. The winner was Sunyi Dean for her story “Ice Cream and English Summers”. Since entering the piece for this competition she has succeeded in getting a version of it published by Flash Fiction Online. Read it here. Double congratulations are therefore in order. In second was Jason Heppell, also winner of the Annavation Prize. Third was Peter Richardson. Full details on the Competitions Page.

Sunyi will be a familiar face to those in the Novelist’s Group. Members will be delighted to know that she’s on something of a roll at the moment, having just secured an agent for her adult speculative fiction novel “Anchor (To Your Other Self)”. There is an online interview here that gives some background. It’s a good read. She also occasionally blogs.

Sunyi has had a number of other short stories published this summer: “John Kills Jenny” and “-Good” can be read on-line by following the links. Sunyi has also had success with “A Possible Serenity” in Andromeda Spaceways Magazine and “Deserted Lies the City” in Aurealis #111.


August 2018

It’s time to catch up on a lot of publishing and competition success. This list probably isn’t exhaustive. Members of the Circle are encouraged not to be shy and let us know if any writing is accepted for publication or has won a prize. It’s inspiring for everyone.

In no particular order …

Charlotte Eichler has just had her debut poetry pamphlet “Their Lunar Language” published by Valley Press.

Andy Armitage has had his poetry pamphlet “Letter to a first love from the future” published by Half Moon Books.

Strix Magazine, the creation of members Ian Harker and Andrew Lambeth, has recently celebrated its first birthday and fourth beautiful edition. Featuring a number of contributions from Circle members, Strix was shortlisted for Best Magazine in the prestigious Saboteur Awards.

Sarah Brooks has been setting the literary world alight, winning both the Bare Fiction Short Story Prize for “Sandgrown” and the Walter Swan Short Story Prize for “A Delicate Balance”.

Graeme Hall was the winner of the English section of the Macau Literary Festival short story competition and has also recently been published in Litro Online. His story “A Love of Numbers” was an Editor’s Pick.

Emma Storr won 3rd place in the international Hippocrates Poetry Prize for “Six Week Check” and was highly commended’ in the YorkMix 2018 poetry competition for “Your Skin”.

Sandra Burnett has her poem “sixties usherette” published in Magma 71, the film edition.

Pat Belford has sold her Victorian short story “The Poet’s Daughter” to The People’s Friend.

January 2018

Sarah Dodd (writing as Sarah Brooks) has been Longlisted for the Walter Swan Short Story Prize for her story, “A Delicate Balance”.

Pat Belford‘s childrens’ book, “A Kitten in Daisy Street” (OUP), has just been translated into Turkish. Oxford University Press  sold the translation rights  to the Turkish publisher. They previously brought out a Welsh version and have also sold the digital rights to South Korea!

Circle News from before 2017

David Cundall was longlisted for the Remember Oluwale Writing Prize, 2016.

Ann Clarke won the The Aine Maire Chadwick trophy in the NAWG (National Association of Writers’ Groups) short story competition in 2015, and her story was published by NAWG in The Write Path, 2015.

Sarah Dodd (writing as Sarah Brooks)
Blackpool‘, Shimmer, 30, March 2016
‘Aviary’, Lighthouse11, March 2016
The Great Detective‘, Strange Horizons, 2014
‘Trans-Siberia: An Account of a Journey’, Interzone, 249, 2013, reprinted in The Year’s Best Fantasy 2014, Salt Publishing
The Years of the Tarantella‘, Unlikely Story, 2013
‘The Moon Bears’, Shimmer, vol.17, 2012

Linda Fulton (writing as Linda Anne Baker)
The Sun on Their Backs, Amazon/ York Publishing Services, 2015
(Writing as Linda Fulton)
‘Roots’, long listed for the Frome Literary Festival short story competition 2015.
‘A Pram Fit for Purpose,’ short listed and highly commended in the Ilkley Literature Festival competition, September 2015.
‘A Case of the Measles’ and ‘Pyjama Day’ were both shortlisted for the Ilkley Literature Festival 2014.
‘Seven Easter Eggs’, Matter (the annual literary magazine from Sheffield Hallam University), 2012.
‘Green Lady Blues’ won 3rd prize in the Writers’ Forum Magazine, Nov 2011.

Graeme Hall
A History of Chinese Tea,’ Litro Online, June 12 2016.
Sacred to the Memory‘, Litro Online , April 19 2015.
The Faraday Cage‘ was shortlisted for the Black Pear Press Short Story Competition 2014 and published in the resulting anthology Seaglass and other Stories, Black Pear Press, 2014.
The Photographer’ won second place in the Black Pear Press Short Story Competition 2016 and was published in the resulting anthology On the Day of the Dead together with ‘Until Four‘.                                                                                                                                                           ‘Confessions’ was shortlisted in the 2015 Ilkley Literature Festival.                                          ‘A Photograph, Creased’ was short-listed in the 2016 Ilkley Literature Festival.              ‘The Jade Monkey Laughs’ won 3rd Prize in the 2017 Ilkley Literature Festival Short Story Competition and ‘From Somewhere the Scent of Jasmine’ was also short-listed.

Ian Harker
The End of the Sky (pamphlet), Templar Publishing, 2015
Ian’s work has appeared in magazines including The North, Stand, Other Poetry and Agenda. He has been longlisted in the York Literature Festival competition and was joint winner of the Remember Oluwale Writing Prize. He’s been shortlisted in the Guernsey International, Troubadour and Bridport prizes, and has also been Highly Commended in the Bridport. A winner of Templar Poetry’s Book & Pamphlet prize, his debut pamphlet ‘The End of the Sky’ was published in 2015. His first full collection is forthcoming with Templar. He is assistant editor at Iota Magazine.

Sandy Hogarth
The Glass Girl, New Generation, 2014.
‘The Boy’ by Sandra Hogarth-Scott – commended short story 2013 published in An Anthology of the best short stories and poems from the Yeovil Literary Prize 2012 and 2013.

Tom Kelly
The Hoopoe at the Execution, Villebois (pamphlet), Templar Publishing, 2015
Tom’s poems have been published in Other Poetry, Brittle Star, The Frogmore Papers, Envoi, Cadaverine, The Interpreter’s House, and the Otley Word Feast anthology The Garden.
He’s also had poems published in the ‘Leads to Leeds‘ project, which brings together artists with a Leeds connection.

Iby Knill
The Woman without a Number, Scratchingshed Publishing, 2010. (Now on 10th reprint. Translated into Slovakian in 2012).
The Woman with Nine Lives, Scratchingshed Publishing, March 2016
You can find out more about Iby on her website.

Andrew Lambeth has been shortlisted for the Remember Oluwale Writing Prize and longlisted for the National Poetry Competition, 2016.

Neil Rathmell
The Old School, Faber & Faber, 1976
An Englishman (and his mother) Abroad , and Vive le Mole!, Southernwood Press, 2014
(Both of these books, along with his re-telling of two Indian stories, Ramayana and Heer Ranjha, have also been published as e-books on Kindle).
‘Wasting Time’, Ambit issue 223, February 2016
‘At the Back’, The Poetry Bus, issue 6, 2016
‘Peter’, Prole, April 2016
‘Roland’, Ambit, July 2016
Neil’s first published short stories appeared in Introduction 4 – stories by new writers (Faber & Faber, 1970). Scripts and performance rights for his plays for young people are available at next play of his to be given a public performance will be Revenge of the Sea God, which is to be produced in summer 2016 by a youth theatre in Hong Kong. He writes regularly about literature at

Emma Storr has had a poem commended in the 2016 Hippocrates Open and NHS Poetry and Medicine competition. It will be published in an anthology later this year.

Zarina Yousuf-Bonass
The Boy With The Patang, Amazon, June 2015 (paperback and e-book). Available here.