Writing Summary 2020

This year has been my best so far for short story sales, and I’ve hit a few significant ‘level ups’, including adding several new markets to my repertoire. So here is my progress report.

List of acceptances/publications:

7 stories published, 8 accepted, 10 new written (2 of which sold), 7 novel chapters drafted, 48,612 new words(ish) written, plus editing. I wish you all a Happy New Year and hope – hooope – it’s a better one for us all. Take care all. 💙💜💙

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 It’s open to unpublished and self-published work.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.

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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August 2017

STORY WIN! My tiny microfiction, ‘It Wasn’t There Yesterday’, has won the Great Eighty Challenge (for 80 word stories) run by Third Word Press. I wrote it at my last writers’ group meeting – so big thanks to Marian for providing the exercise prompt for that evening. It’s already up on the site so here’s a link if you’re interested. It’s a pretty cool project they’re running too, with copies sold helping the homeless. A first print copy of winning stories has already been released, and it’s tiny! Not much bigger than a fifty pence piece! Fingers crossed that another collection can go to print, because I’d be absolutely jazzed to see my story in one of these pocket-sized cuties. The contest runs every 2 weeks and is free to enter, so if anyone wants a go it’s always open. Go on, writer friends, go play…

Photo credit: Flame Tree Publishing

I can also reveal that my dark historical pirate story, ‘Echo the Damned’, is going to appear in Flame Tree Publishing’s Pirates & Ghosts Short Stories anthology! ☠☠☠ This gorgeous new addition to their notorious Gothic Fantasy series includes such names as Arthur Conan Doyle, Rudyard Kipling, H.P. Lovecraft, Robert Louis Stevenson and H.G. Wells, along with a host of new authors whose work I can’t wait to read. I’m absolutely thrilled!

July 2017

Two pieces of news this month. Firstly, my prize-winning story is officially published! Huzzah! 😁 Curiosus Cattus, which was selected as this year’s Northwich LitFest Short Story Competition winner, is out now in July’s edition of Ourtown magazine. It’s illustrated (eee!) AND the editor very kindly put in a mention for Paws Inn Rescue, Weaverham 😺, the residents of which inspired the story. They’re in need of donations so hopefully this will be some good PR for them. More information about the rescue can be found on their website.

Secondly, I’ve been doing the author happy dance because my historical cryptid short story, ‘Spring Heeled Jack: The Terror of London’ has been accepted for ‘Hidden Animals’ – an upcoming charity anthology by Dragon’s Roost Press which includes stories about cryptids (such as Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster) from around the globe.

May 2017

Photo Credit: Alban Lake Publishing

Three pieces of news this month. Firstly, my fantasy short, Boon of a Faery Queen, is now out in the May issue of FrostFire Worlds by Alban Lake Publishing. Lovely cover art too. Secondly, my novel-in-progress, Clockwork Evangeline, gained an Honourable Mention for the Speculative Literature Foundation’s Working Class Writers’ Grant 2016 – this is the second year in a row it’s reached this high! So I’m very pleased. And thirdly… Continue reading “May 2017”

April 2017

Big things happened this month… Read below.

ACCEPTANCE! My dark historical fantasy, The Devil You Know, is going to appear in Pole to Pole Publishing’s newest anthology, Dark Luminous Wings! I’m absolutely thrilled. I’ve also seen some familiar names on the list of contributors and it’s an honour to be sharing another Table of Contents with such wonderful authors. Big thanks to the editors! Also…  Continue reading “April 2017”