Holy balls, the first month of 2019 is almost over and it’s hiiiiigh time we checked in and showcased the many amazing achievements of our students and members. Heckity yeah.
Clare Wade won the Good Housekeeping Novel Competition, bagging a lit agent and publishing contract in the process. Her debut, The Choice, will be released in July 2019!
Sarah Alcock won the Dark Tales monthly contest with her story, The Manor.
Peggy Denimal won the 2018 Harpers Bazaar short story competition with The Looking Glass
Clara Wilcox published her book What Now to raise awareness of miscarriage and baby loss.
Joanne Done’s story The Blossom Tiger was shortlisted for the 2018 Aesthetica Creative Writing Award and appears in their accompanying anthology.
Jan McCarthy racked up a string of publications including: A Snow Burial in The Wild Word, The Absent Guest in Pure Slush‘s Envy edition of their Seven Deadly Sins series, 2 poems in Please Hear What I’m Not Saying, and a poem in Persona Non Grata. Not only that but she also published her novel Blowing Smoke at the Stars.
One of our brilliant Manchester Writers’ Retreat reps, Melissa Welliver, was longlisted for the 2018 Bath Children’s Novel Award.
And our wonderful Cheltenham Writers’ Retreat rep Alex Clark had her story, Midwinter, published at Fairlight Shorts. Plus, her first ever poetry publication, Dear Foxes, is forthcoming in Issue 19 of Lighthouse.
Holly Rivers signed with agent Kate Shaw at The Viney Shaw agency and signed a three-book deal for her MG trilogy.
Anika Carpenter is having a run of it lately, with stories longlisted in the Bath Flash Fiction Award and Reflex Fiction autumn competition, a highly commended piece in the Brian Dempsey Memorial Poetry Prize, the runner-up place in the BIFFY50 Microfiction contest (autumn), AND she only went and won the TSS Winter 2018 Flash Fiction Competition with her story The Grieving Gallery Attendant is Going to Quit, (as well as getting a sneaky shortlisting in the same competition, too!).
Lisa Fransson‘s dark fairytale The Moss Child was published in The Forgotten and The Fantastical 4, she was longlisted for the Fish Flash Fiction Prize, shortlisted for the Bridport Flash Fiction Prize, and her poem My Store of Preserves was published in issue 43 of The Dawntreader.
Sara Hodgkinson was on the shortlist of our very own Fight Back Flash Competition, and was also shortlisted for the Mags4Dorset 10th Annual Creative Writing Comp, highly commended for the Senior Travel Expert Heritage Writing Competition, and had a short story published in the Squaw Pies anthology Vegan Tales.
Rachel Sambrooks won the City of Stories competition for Merton with her story Nonsuch Place as This, had her radio play broadcast, poetry in Shoreline of Infinity, and was selected for the BBC’s Biggest Weekend Monologues.
Alison Gibson is another multiple offender, with stories in the Nottingham Review (Chance by Fire), the Mechanics’ Institute Review (When the Universe Listens), Pif (Christmas, Muted), Scrittura (We Were Strangers Once, Too) and Meanjin (A Fading Timbre). She also came second in the Winchester Writers’ Festival short story comp with Fortune and Fate, and has stories forthcoming in Riggwelter and Pure Slush’s Envy anthology.
K P Parker won the Waterstones Write and Raise competition.
And Jenny Rowe contributed the Atmospheric Journeys chapter to The Odysseum, performed her one-woman show, Tiptree: No One Else’s Damn Secret But My Own, at the Stroud Theatre Festival – and is bringing it to the 2019 Brighton Fringe!
Lorna Eifflaender made the top three (and judges’ favourite) in the Ink & Insights Master Novel Competition (judging ongoing), was a finalist in the YA category of the Windy City RWA Four Seasons Contest, and was shortlisted in the 2018 Flash 500 Novel Competition.
Guys. You guysss.
That’s A LOT.
You’re amazing. Congratulations every single one of you.
And, look, we’re not saying that doing a Writers’ HQ course will make you win ALL THE THINGS and get published and shortlisted and longlisted and gather a bunch of literary plaudits but you’ve gotta admit it’s quite a coincidence that all these wonderful writers just so happen to be WHQers… Just sayin’.
But really, it comes down to getting your writing OUT THERE. If you don’t sub, you’ll never get pubbed. So make a commitment to your writing and take our #Submit2019 challenge to beat your own personal best this year. What’s the worst that could happen? Nowt. What’s the best? You could even end up on our next Wall of Fame…
OH HEY and while we’re talking about submitting, why not enter a story into our brand new Flash Quarterly competition? It’s free, you can win a bunch of cool WHQ stuff, and we want your wooooords!