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What great news – encouraging, too!
My flash fiction “How can a woman sleep when the Master is in pain?” has just received a commendation in the Bath Flash Fiction Award, October 2018.
Judged by Nuala O’Connor. I’m delighted.

You can read it here:

https://bathflashfictionaward.com/2018/10/rosie-garland-october-2018-commended/

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I’m absolutely delighted to announce that my short story ‘Speaking in Tongues’ has won The Casket of Fictional Delights 2018 Flash Fiction Competition!

Judged by wonderful writer David Gaffney.

My story 'Speaking in Tongues' is published on The Casket of Fictional Delights website, and can be read here
https://www.thecasket.co.uk/story/speaking-in-tongues/

And you can listen to it here
https://www.thecasket.co.uk/story/speaking-in-tongues/

Full list of winners:
1st place Speaking in Tongues by Rosie Garland
2nd place Sync by Mark Farley
3rd place Floating by Mark Farley
4th place 1-2-5 by Gina Headden
5th place Bikini by Sherri Turner
6th place The Plughole Picker by Susan Carey
7th place Serendipity by Sandra Purdy
8th place Bombs, Lilies by Jason Jackson

***CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE WINNERS***

more info here:
https://www.thecasket.co.uk/

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2018 Nominations round-up!

It’s always wonderful to receive nominations for my work, and I can announce a few beauties.

First up, absolutely delighted to have a poem nominated for the 2018 Pushcart Prize!
‘The Topiary garden’ was first published in Picaroon Issue #7. Thank you to the editors for having such faith in my writing.
You can read the poem here:
https://picaroonpoetry.wordpress.com/2017/11/18/pushcart-prize-2017-18-nominations/

… and I’m honoured to have my poem ‘Extinction events’ (featured in New Welsh Reader 115) nominated for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem by the lovely people at New Welsh Review.
https://www.newwelshreview.com/article.php?id=2032

and finally, my short story ‘An Eye for An Eye’ (in 'Darkest Midnight in December' edited by Storm Constantine, Immanion Press) has been nominated for the BSFA Awards! These are awarded each year to the best Novel, Short fiction, Artwork and work of Non-Fiction as voted for by the members of the British Science Fiction Association.

https://bsfa.co.uk/bsfa-awards-stage-2/

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Tuesday, 07 November 2017 13:46

A foxy short story for Hallowe'en...

Thank you to the gorgeous people at For Books’ Sake for featuring my new short story ‘Eye for an Eye’ as their Weekend Read for Hallowe'en…

it’s also a sneak peek into the forthcoming anthology ‘Darkest Midnight in December’ from Immanion Press (December 2017), edited by Storm Constantine.

Read on…

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‘Dark in the Day’

I’m delighted to have a brand new short story – 'An End to Empire' - in this fab collection of spooky tales, edited by Storm Constantine & Paul Houghton!

Click here to order from Immanion Press

“In the blink of an eye, around the corner, The Weird is everywhere. It’s in the bird that turns out to be a fluttering newspaper, that white shoe left in a ploughed field, or the curdling smoke on the windscreen of a car, caused by the fast-moving reflection of clouds overhead. Normal is often weird and vice-versa. We’re used to weird dreams but what about the wide-awake weird? This collection celebrates evocative tales of oddness that span the genres of magic realism, the supernatural, the fantastical and the speculative.

Weirdness lurks beyond the margins of the mundane, emerging to dismantle our assumptions of reality. When we encounter strange intervals, our perception of the natural order is challenged and changed. It is perhaps in those moments, that we glimpse the hidden truth of all things.

Dark in the Day is an anthology of weird fiction, penned by established writers and also those new to the genre – the latter being authors who are, or were, students of Creative Writing at Staffordshire University, where editor Storm Constantine occasionally delivers guest lectures. Her co-editor, Paul Houghton, is the senior lecturer in Creative Writing at the university.
Contributors include: Martina Bellovičová, J. E. Bryant, Glynis Charlton, Danielle Collard, Storm Constantine, Louise Coquio, Elizabeth Counihan, Krishan Coupland, Elizabeth Davidson, Siân Davies, Jack Fabian, Paul Finch, Rosie Garland, Rhys Hughes, Kerry Fender, Andrew Hook, Paul Houghton, Tanith Lee, Lisa Mansell, Kate Moore, Tim Pratt, Nicholas Royle, Michael Marshall Smith, Paula Wakefield, Ian Whates and Liz Williams.
· Paperback: 318 pages
· Publisher: Immanion Press (9 Sept. 2016)
· Language: English
· ISBN-10: 190773774X
· ISBN-13: 978-1907737749

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Monday, 19 November 2012 13:52

Wolf-Girls

Wolf-Girls: Dark Tales of Teeth, Claws and Lycogyny, Edited by Hannah Kate (Hic Dragones 2012)

Feral, vicious, fierce and lost… the she-wolf is a strange creature of the night. Attractive to some; repulsive to others, she stalks the fringes of our world as though it were her prey. She is the baddest of girls, the fatalest of femmes – but she is also the excluded, the abject, the monster.

The Wolf-Girls within these pages are mad, bad and dangerous to know. But they are also rejected and tortured, loving and loyal, avenging and triumphant. Some of them are even human…

Seventeen new tales of dark, snarling lycogyny. Features Rosie Garland’s short story ‘Cut and Paste’

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Price: £8.99 (plus P&P)

http://www.hic-dragones.co.uk/#/wolf-girls/4565397194

EXTRACT from 'Cut and Paste'

Annie wakes up talking.

‘He looked like Michael Jackson, but with a real nose.’

‘Oh god,’ I groan.

‘He was really hitting on me.’

I push back the covers, give up on dozing. The moment she opens her mouth I can smell her breath, stale with beer from the night before.

‘Gross,’ I mutter. ‘I hate Michael Jackson. I always hated him, even before he died. Even before all that stuff with the twelve year old boys.’

‘Acquitted.’

‘Yeah, right.’

I grunt something about being able to afford the most expensive lawyers in the world, but Annie is gazing off to the left, picking plaque off her teeth and wiping it on the sheet. She stopped listening when I wouldn’t let her get away with acquitted. It makes me want to go on some more: pound her with words. She stops listening so fast.

‘He said he was a cosmetic surgeon,’ she says.

‘You’re not having plastic surgery.’

‘It’s not plastic.’

‘That’s how you’d end up looking.’

She sighs, continues as though I’ve said nothing. ‘I might. You know.’

‘What?’

‘See him. Meet up with him.’

‘Who? Michael Jackson? He’s gone where you can’t follow.’ I smirk.

‘No. Him. The guy I met at the party.’

‘What?’ This wakes me up for sure. ‘Are you nuts?’

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Monday, 19 November 2012 13:45

The Sandhopper Lover and other stories

Room With A Partial View - The Sandhopper Lover and other Stories (Cinnamon Press)

I was still determined to go, even without you. The flight from Stansted blurred into every other flight I had taken from there; the coach transfer from Pisa was held up by road works. By the time I arrived in the centre of Florence and bumped my wheeled case from the bus station to the hotel I’d seen enough of rolling Tuscan hills.

            ‘You are alone?’ asked the clerk at Reception.

            ‘Yes.’

            ‘But you have double room?’

            ‘Yes. Paid for. Is there a problem?’ I glared.

            ‘No, no.’ He clattered at the keyboard, squinting at the screen. ‘You have Room 301.’ He gave me a swipe card.

            ‘It’s a double room?’

            ‘Yes.’

            He was almost telling the truth. The bed was a double, and there was just enough space to squeeze around it and open the wardrobe door three-quarters of the way. I checked the hotel layout map taped to the back of the door. A red sticker indicated you are here. The here was a narrow slot squashed between rooms more than twice its size.

            I edged past the television and opened the window. It’s the first thing I do on holiday. Facing me was a brick wall. I stood on tiptoe and caught a glimpse of a domed building showing its pate over the top of the wall. I flipped through my guidebook: the Medici Chapel.

It was unfair. I’ve had worse (don’t get me started on New York), but if any room in this hotel was going to look out at bricks and mortar, it was going to be mine. I leaned out of the window. The room next door had a great view: the wall didn’t stretch that far. It had a balcony, too. That’s when I saw her foot.

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http://www.cinnamonpress.com/the-sandhopper-lover/

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    Since I wrote about the Power of Asking, I’ve been heartened by how many writers have told me they’re going to ask for Writers’ Residencies too. There are plenty of questions: What do you say? What do you ask for? This blog offers a few suggestions.

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    How long is a residency?
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    What can you offer?
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    If you’re unsure, ask for advice from writer friends (or friends of friends) who’ve done residencies in the past. If you don’t know any – ask the internet. Social media can be a lot more supportive than you might imagine.

    How do you get an introduction?
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    What about money?
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    A personal tip is to source funding elsewhere. I applied to The Arts Council - Successfully.

    Then again – aim for the stars! One writer told me she’s asking for a residency at a private members’ club with buckets of money. Needless to say, she IS asking them to fund it.

    What’s the worst that can happen?
    Fear of the word no can stop us asking in the first place. Your chosen venue may say no. But they’re not going to poke you with forks. Trust me on this one. And in the words of Steve Jobs: “Most people don't get experiences because they never ask. I've never found anybody who didn't want to help me when I've asked them for help.”

    Keep going. Keep asking.

    https://rylandscollections.wordpress.com/2019/02/26/how-to-ask-for-a-residency/

    Written on Sunday, 24 March 2019 10:08
  • 'The Power of Asking' blog - The John Rylands Library
    'The Power of Asking' blog - The John Rylands Library

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    Sounds easy.

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    Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start. Unless you were born with a set of silver spoons in your mouth (which is everyone reading this, right?), then you’ve worked out that opportunities don’t fall magically into your lap. You’ve had to work hard to get where you are.

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    I have to take a deep breath, and ask. So, why is it so difficult?

    Here’s my take. I grew up with a spectacularly unhelpful dictum: Ask, don’t get. Don’t ask, don’t want. I shared this with friends recently, and was shocked to discover it’s very common. I end up stuck in a bizarre Catch 22 situation, thinking that if I have to ask for something, then I don’t deserve it. Or, that I must to wait for someone else to ask me. The most I’m allowed to do is stand around looking hopeful.
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    Naturally, my internal critic undermined any notion that somewhere as amazing as The John Rylands Library would want the likes of me.

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    Years ago I decided that I was not going to let fear of rejection stop me living a life that is too darn short as it is. I take inspiration from Jia Jiang, whose TED talk about dealing with rejection is well worth 15 minutes of anyone’s time.

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    I have told Mavis to put that in her pipe and smoke it.

    Coming next – what I asked for, and how to ask for a residency.”

    https://rylandscollections.wordpress.com/2018/12/10/the-power-of-asking/

    Written on Saturday, 02 March 2019 15:36
  • January 2019 - short fiction highlights
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