Winner! My entry won Second Place in the Ink & Insights Novel Award 2019!

Earlier in the year, I found out that my sci-fi novel-in-progress, I Phoenix, was a finalist in the Ink & Insights Novel Award 2019. Well, as it turns out… I won Second Place! It was also selected as a Judges’ Favourite. In previous years, I’ve made the Top Ten Finalists with other developing novels, but this is the first time I’ve landed a spot in the top 3, and I’m thrilled. More details of my entry and other winners can be found here.

Ink & Insights is a rather unique award in that wherever you rank in the contest, win or lose, you still gain critiques from 4 different judges on your submission. In this way, it makes the entry fee really worth it. As the commentary can really help to hone your writing skills.

If the contest is of interest to any writer friends, there’s still time to get an entry in – but only just. This years deadline is 30th June. It’s open to unpublished and self-published work. First 10K words, plus synopsis. Details here.

March 2020

Well, writing-wise so far 2020 has been very productive. I can now announce 2 professional level short story acceptances. Both will appear in publications later this year. And there is a third piece of news… that for now will have to remain under-wraps. But I hope to announce it soon.

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Firstly, though. After having to keep quiet for a few weeks, I can now gleefully announce that my original, contemporary, short horror ‘You Think You Are Safe’ will be appearing in Flame Tree’s ‘Footsteps in the Dark’ – one of the newest additions to their Gothic Fantasy range. And isn’t that cover just gorgeous? This will be my seventh appearance in their range, and it will be the second ‘second person’ horror story I’ve sold within a year. It’s a rather dark tale which revolves around a young couple in hiding: a researcher who is trying in vain to keep under control his lycanthrope girlfriend whilst feverishly searching for a cure. FT announcement link here. Amazon link here.

Image: Cossmass Infinities

My second short story sale is with Cosmass Infinities! A new SFF magazine. My story… deep breath… ‘A Study of Mesozoic ‘Schistosoma’ in the Late Cretaceous Period and their Abundance in Large Theropods’ will be appearing in the venue’s second issue, due out in May. I’m thrilled about this, especially seeing the table of contents… and because the editor hasn’t mentioned anything about cutting such a stupendously long title (Shh! I love him a little bit for that). This story proves I actually used my parasitology Master degree for something, although probably not what my folks expected. Amazon link here.

It’s a humorous SF loosely based on that time Robyn and I took that time travelling research course at uni, where I was stuck shovelling dino-dung while she went off to fight krackens… which may or may not have actually happened… (Thanks for the beta read, Robs).

Image: the current selection of Flame Tree’s Gothic Fantasy which include my work, beautifully showcased by my fabulous new bookends.

Beginning 2020 with a BANG!

So I’m starting the new decade with a BANG!

My flash fiction, Lot No. #024: Intergalactic Death ray, has been released today in the new issue of Abyss & Apex. Really jazzed that it’s making an appearance in such a vaunted venue. Read it here.

Image from Abyss & Apex, edited with title and byline by me.

Beyond the Stars: Rocking Space!

Image: Beyond the Stars

I’ve been sitting on this news for a while, and it’s been so hard not to say anything. Earlier this year I had one of my all-time favorite short stories, a space opera, Imperatrix, accepted into Beyond the Stars: Rocking Space! And today is Release Day! I’m so very proud and excited to be sharing the pages with fellow contributors: David Bruns, A.K. DuBoff, Rhiannon J. Taylor, Julia Huni, Misty Zg, Patty Jansen, Andy McKellJenny ThomasChristopher Valin, Cain V. Hopwood, and Patricia Gilliam!

Huge thanks to Patrice Fitzgerald and Ellen Campbell for their tireless work, and to triple Hugo Award-winning artist Julie Dillon and talented cover designer Kendall Roderick who designed such a gorgeous cover.

It’s live now on Amazon US and Amazon UK!

The SLF $1000 Working Class Writers Grant 2018 WINNER!!!

This just in!!! I am beyond thrilled to be reporting that, this year, I have been selected as the WINNER of the Speculative Literature Foundation’s Working Class Writers Grant, with the first chapter of my new in-progress science fiction novel, I, Phoenix. Read more here. Press release below…

‘The Speculative Literature Foundation is delighted to announce Nemma Wollenfang as the winner of the 2018 Working Class Writers Grant.

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December Summary 2018

Ho ho ho, it’s Christmas month! And it’s started out merry indeed, because Santa sent some early Christmas presents – these landed on the doorstep. Chicken Soup for the Soul‘s ‘The Wonder of Christmas’ contains my short real-life story, Solved, which is about my feisty feline, Cas, and how she gets herself into trouble during the holiday season. The book is chock full of feel-good stories that’ll make you smile, so it’s a good choice for a stocking filler. Royalties from sales go to support Toys for Tots too. A book trailer, featuring Editor and Publisher Amy Newmark, has also been released on Youtube which explains more about the book and is well worth a watch. 😽 #CSSTheWonderofChristmas

Image: Flame Tree Publishing
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Spotted in the Wild

This was so awesome! Walked into Keele University’s Blackwell’s yesterday and released squeals of writerly joy. A WHOLE shelf given over to the four Flame Tree books I have short stories in, along with a lovely little note underneath. They’re sat up there with the likes of ‘The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe’, ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ and ‘The Complete Cthulhu Mythos Tales’. Although I’ve always known they were ‘out there’ this is the first time I’ve ever personally seen them in the wild (before now I’ve just seen other people’s photos from far and yonder, which, while wonderful, don’t quite compare to seeing the real thing yourself), so this has been a major highlight of the week. Big thanks to Cathrene Rowell who, I’m sure, played a pretty big role in bringing this about. Continue reading “Spotted in the Wild”

September 2018

This has been a month for contributor copies! Three different selections arrived in the post. There’s nothing quite like that feeling when you rip open a parcel to find your words in print under such beautiful cover art. The words ‘My Precious…’ come to mind.

Anyway, here they are. First, and most recent, are my copies of Robots & Artificial Intelligence Short Stories, another in Flame Tree’s growing Gothic Fantasy series. This book contains the revised version of my short SF-romance story, GOD is in the Rain (which first appeared in A Bleak New World by Raven International Publishing). I’m thrilled to be a part of this collection, appearing alongside such esteemed company as: Continue reading “September 2018”