This month I was very pleased to discover that I had won the Short Story Category of the 2015 Bare Fiction Prize with my story “The Sea In Me”. Bare Fiction is an excellent young literary magazine which publishes not only fiction and poetry, but plays as well. My story – which revolves around an adolescent woman undergoing some unusual changes – will appear along with the other winners in the March 2016 edition of the magazine. I’d strongly recommend subscribing to the magazine if you can – a digital subscription is just £12.00, and gets you access to some seriously interesting writing.
Unrelatedly, at the end of January I took part in the Global Game Jam at the SAE Institute in London. The Global Game Jam is a yearly challenge which involves building a game inspired by a secret prompt in the space of forty-eight hours. This year, the prompt was “Ritual” and you can see the game that me and my team came up with here. I’d recommend checking out some of the other games from locations around the world as well – there’s a huge amount of innovation on display, and it’s amazing to see what can be created during just two days of intense creative collaboration.
Finally, an update on a couple of my published pieces: my poem “Morning Sex” – which first appeared in issue fifteen of Vine Leaves – now also appears in the magazine’s annual best-of collection, The Best Of Vine Leaves 2015. Meanwhile my short story “Blue”, published by The Pigeonhole as part of their Fable collection is now available from their new IOS app. If the idea of irresponsible, possibly-hallucinatory lesbian pixies appeals to you, it might be worth a look.