I received a Northern Writer’s Award from New Writing North in the Northern Debut category, for my short story collection Girls Who Get Taken & Other Stories
My story So Far Over the Rainbow the Rainbow is a Fucking Dot was awarded second place in the Reflex Flash Fiction Competition
Judge Barbara Byar had this to say:
I was initially wary of the title, anticipating an angry rant without much finesse but, boy, was I wrong. I was also initially sceptical of the colour device and fairly certain it would fail but again, spectacularly wrong.
This piece begins innocuously enough despite the blood reference but the colours are stabbing exclamation points in a building disdainful rage. So much information and backstory is conveyed in the carefully selected details. I was the seething narrator and by the end of the piece, wanted to stick a knife in her partner.
Again, the title does a lot of work on numerous levels and the author skillfully manipulates the reader’s emotions through rising tension. The continuous reminder that I was in the narrator’s point-of-view again, might have misfired, but instead, succeeds in me identifying completely with the woman’s emotional state.
Emotive. Masterful use of language. Great piece.
I had a micro shortlisted in the National Flash Fiction Day competition, for the third year running
My story Some Things in and Out of the Garden at the Smith Family Barbecue was longlisted in the Mslexia flash fiction competition (it went on to be published in the National Flash Fiction Day Flash Flood in June)
Another nomination for Cleft, this time my Bath flash winning story has been nominated for Best Small Fictions
I was the first quarter judge for the Retreat West Flash Fiction competition.
My Personal Anthology (12 of my favourite short stories) was published on www.apersonalanthology.com – a brilliant resource for short fiction lovers
A bumper month for nominations, thank you so much to the editors.
Pushcart Prize nominations from Liminal Residency for There’s a Merman Under the Log Flume at Alton Towers, from Ellipsis Zine for Before the Nose, from Bath Flash Fiction for Cleft and from Virtual Zine for The Life She Gave Me
Best Microfictions nomination for Great Sorrows are Mute from National Flash Fiction Day
I attended the Liminal Residency Alton Towers book launch and read my piece There’s a Merman Under the Log Flume at Alton Towers
I had two stories selected for the BIFFY 50 – a list of the best British and Irish flash fiction of the year. The editors chose The Pelt Collector from MoonPark Review and Al fine / To The End from Train Lit Mag
Two of my stories were nominated for Best of the Net – The Hardest Thing In This World Is To Live In It from Barrelhouse and To My Three Year Old, Naked in the Bath from Ellipsis.
I performed at the Edinburgh Fringe as part of That’s What She Said – an incredible experience.
Another Close But No Cigar shoutout in the Molotov wild flash contest.
My story, Something Like Drowning, won third prize in the Anton Chekov Award for Very Short Fiction, run by National Flash Fiction Review. Judge Angela Readman had this to say:
What struck me about Something Like Drowning was how incredibly well structured it is. It’s wonderfully vivid and startling at the beginning, daring the reader to come on this journey. It almost felt dangerous to follow these characters, so much seemed st stake, yet it was impossible to look away. I had no idea what would happen, yet the writing is so strong I knew I was in safe hands. The story delivered.
June 2019: My story Cleft won the 12th Bath Flash Fiction Award, judged by Christopher Allen.
Interview with Gaynor Jones, first-prize winner, June 2019 Award
The Thing Between Your Legs longlisted for the Wigleaf Top 50. Read the final selections here: http://wigleaf.com/
My story, What 20p Will Get You in the Year of Our Lord, 1996 was highly commended in the Federation Writers Scotland competition
May 2019: Close But No Cigar shout out in the Molotov Cocktail Flash Legends competition.
April 2019: I attended the Liminal Residency at Alton Towers, read my on-site interview here: https://www.liminalresidency.co.uk/an-interview-with-gaynor-jones/
My self-published flash fiction pamphlet, Business As Usual received a special mention at the Saboteur Awards.
March 2019: A busy month for competitions! Shortlisted for both the Flash 500 and TSS Flash Fiction competitions. Highly commended in the National Flash Fiction Day micro competition. Read my piece here: https://bit.ly/2Z8AN9J
Also in March, I performed a feature set at That’s What She Said Manchester and was a guest performer with the Real Story at the Not Quite Light Festival.
February 2019: I won joint first prize in the Funny Pearls micro competition. Read my piece here: https://bit.ly/2wBDN1T
January 2019: My second Close But No Cigar in a Molotov Cocktail flash competition.
I headlined at Verbose spoken word night alongside Rosie Garland and Michael Conley.
I launched my limited edition print flash fiction pamphlet, Business As Usual, which sold out within 6 weeks!
Here’s a review of the book by Storgy: https://bit.ly/3129KyF
Originally posted 2018-06-04 15:41:38.