Members' Successes 2016/17

July 2017

Alison Gilby - writing as Alison Eatwell - Pen & Sword will be publishing my history book ‘Crime, Clemency & Consequence in Britain 1821-39' in October ’17.

Phil Williams - has had 2 short stories ("The Wrong Way" and "Cull of the Leshak") shortlisted for the horror anthology "Twisted 50: Volume 2".


June 2017

Tracy Fells - On 30 March she was announced as Regional winner of the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. That's the UK, Canada & Europe region if you haven't been following the competition. We wish her the best for the Overall Winner announcement in Singapore on 30 June.

Richard Buxton - was a finalist in the latest fiction contest run my New Millennium Writngs of Knoxville for his story 'Little Brothers,' the first time he has been short-listed for a US based competition.

Stella Whitelaw - has had two books published in May. Dangerous Shadows - Endeavour Press and The other is A Rose Named Vengeance - Tirgearr Publishing.


May 2017

Kathy Schilbach - (pen name Katie Finnemore) has sold her short story Murder Most Fowl to The People's Friend. Her novel entitled Impossible Love will be published as a My Weekly Pocket Novel on July 4th.

Dave Simpson - read some of his recent poetry and gave a paper on his experiences as a cancer patient to a University of Brighton international conference on life-writing on March 29th 2017.

Richard Buxton - his first novel, 'Whirligig', was published in April and is available on Amazon and other platforms. He has also published his Exeter Prize short story 'Battle Town' as a stand alone ebook on Amazon.


April 2017

Kathy Schilbach - has had two short stories 'The Road to Faraway' and 'Silver Screen dreams' accepted for publication in The People's Friend.


March 2017

Jan Henley - The Little Theatre by the Sea by Rosanna Ley is published by Quercus Books in hardback (March 17th 2017) and in paperback 1st June 2017.

Alison Hawes - has been commissioned to write an early non-fiction reader for Collins Education.

Phil Williams - has just launched a new website for his self-published SFF fiction.


February 2017

Alison Hawes - commissioned to write 12 early readers for OUP Education.

Richard Buxton - his story 'Lemonade Day' was published in Issue 30 of Firstwriter e-zine at


January 2017

Margaret Mounsdon - Large print rights sold to Love Will Find A Way and her latest pocket novel entitled Hungry For Love has been accepted by People's Friend. Publication date 16 March 2017.


October 2016

Julie Coffin - (writing as Rebecca Bennett) - novel MIDSUMMER MAGIC accepted for publication in large print by F.A. Thorpe (Ulverscroft).


September 2016

Alison Hawes - commissioned to write three more beginner readers for an international reading programme published by Cambridge University Press.

Sue Iles-Jonas - (writing as Lucy Rutherford) has her crime novel ‘A Bunch of Lies’ published in paperback and Ebook available on Amazon and indie bookshops including City Books Hove.

Margaret Mounsdon - sold her latest novella Love Will Find A Way to People's Friend Pocket Novels.

Suzanne Conboy-Hill - ‘Where Things Come From’, first published by Ether Books 2014, is excerpted in the August 2016 Mensa Magazine.

Beryl Fleming – 1st Prize, Society of Women Writers & Journalists Competition for the first 200 words of a short story (making the reader want to hear ‘what happened next’).


Successes in other years