Welcome welcome to the October Toots post! Yes, there are now so many of you getting published and winning stuff and generally being the most awesomely imaginable writers around, we’ve had to move out of the newsletter where space is limited and onto Shit & Whimsy: the Writers’ HQ bloggy-magazine-content-scenario where we can be a little more expansive.
So, let’s not mess around, onto the roll call:
(PS if you want your name in the November toots, please make sure you post your wins in the November toots thread on the forum).
(PPS If we missed you off the list, we are extreeeeemely sorry. Give us a nudge via the usual channels and we’ll add you in).
The inimitable Mallika Narayanan saw her novel In The Dark I See You officially make its way into the world. Massive congratulations Mallika!
Sumitra Singham got an acceptance from Gone Lawn for a piece that was previously rejected eight times and got a Best of the Net nom from Emerge Literary Journal for this bit of CNF right here https://emergeliteraryjournal.com/the-way-you-changed-how-i-see-things/.
Lauren Phillips-Freeman’s poem Excavations was featured in a recommendations list on Medium.
Karen Arnold had an acceptance from Free Flash Fiction (for a Flash Face Off story!), a story accepted for the Flash Fiction Festival, THREE stories accepted by Alice Says Go Fuck Yourself!, made it onto the Bath Flash Fiction longlist AND won second place in the Oxford Flash Fiction Prize. Eesh Karen, leave some for the rest of us!
Mags Diep was long listed for the Fiction Factory competition for her story Trying It On (also a Flash Face Off Story!).
Heather Haigh was also long listed for the Fiction Factory competition for Not That Kind of Woman, and got an acceptance from The Serulian for a poem (which was originally a Flash Face Off story!).
Sarah Oakes had her poem The Water of the River Ness featured on the Failing Writers’ Podcast https://www.failingwriterspodcast.com/.
Lizzie Eldridge has a chapbook coming out in 2024, published by Naked Cat, and also released this incredibly moving and important video from a story written at WHQ https://youtu.be/goHtZwFupiI.
Mairead Robinson got a yes from the Hooghly Review, had a piece accepted by Stanchion for their ‘Home’ anthology, made the Bath Flash Fiction longlist, and had a beautifully illustrated flash in Popshot Magazine (ahem, yes that one was a Flash Face Off story).
Matt Gost had a story put forward for the Brave New Weird Awards, had an acceptance from DarkWinter Lit, a story coming out in the next Wrong Publishing anthology, and a poem accepted for a Ravens Quoth Press anthology.
Terry Holland had Less common start-up issues with the Asus Zenbook 15 UX534 published in Sage Cigarettes magazine and, yes, that is also a Flash Face Off story. https://www.sagecigarettes.com/?p=3435.
Fiona McKay had a Haibun accepted for the Flash Fiction Festival Anthology (we had to look up haibun too. Worth it tho).
Sarah Masters had a flash selected for the London Independent Story Prize anthology and WAIT FOR IT it was a Flash Face Off piece.
Alison Wassell won The People’s Prize in the Retreat West Monthly Micro, and the Flash 500 longlist.
Kendra Jackson had her third acceptance from Alice Says Go Fuck Yourself!
Elisa Rivera had a piece of CNF accepted by FiveMinuteLit.
Joyce Bingham had stories in Flash Frog, Sci Fi Shorts, and Voicespace Zine.
Billie-Leigh Burns has a story going into issue 3 of The Icarus Collective.
Julia Ruth Smith made the Bridport Flash Fiction shortlist.
Flashy Kathy Hoyle was highly commended in The Oxford Flash Fiction Prize!
Wow wow wow. You guys truly rock the big one. Well forking done.
And like we said up there, if you want your name in the November toots, please make sure you post your wins in the November toots thread on the forum. OKAY BYE NOW.