Members' Successes  2015 - 2016


July 2016

Rose Bray - 1st Prize (216 entries) at Binsted Arts Festival, for her poem Raising the Bowman.

Richard Buxton - his short story 'The Bred Man' won the Nivalis Short Story Competition run by Fabula press and will appear in their anthology later this summer.

Julie C. Round - " A Lesson for the Teacher" a 1960's romance was published on 1st June in paperback with an ebook to follow.

Margaret Mounsdon - Festival Fever. Large print rights sold to Thorpe.

Sarah Higbee - Has had a short story - 'Miranda's Tempest' published in an anthology called Eve of War, published by Fox Spirit Books.


June 2016

Wendy Tomlins - has had a letter published in The Lady magazine.

Jill Taylor - Ebook "Culture Shock" (psychological suspense) by J Kefford (pseudonym) published on May 20th, now widely available.


May 2016

Jan Henley - Last Dance in Havana by Rosanna Ley is published by Quercus Books May 19th 2016. Rosanna's books have now been published in thirteen different territories outside of the UK.

Margaret Mounsdon - her short story Flowers For The Teacher sold to People's Friend.

Julie Coffin - (writing as Rebecca Bennett) her novel 'Haunting Shadows' republished in large print by F A Thorpe in their Linford Romance Library and her short story "A Traditional Gardener" has been accepted for People's Friend.


April 2016

Nina Tucknott - Letter in the Spring 2016 issue of Landscape magazine.

Tracy Fells - has passed her MA in Creative Writing with Distinction and has the Star Letter in Writing Magazine (April issue).

Margaret Mounsdon - Sold Large Print rights to Thorpe for Love In A Mist.

Alison Hawes - Alison and her book for young readers, A letter to New Zealand get a mention on BBC Breakfast and in the Telegraph online.

Julie Coffin - (writing as Rebecca Bennett) - novel 'The Touch of Thistledown' republished in large print by F.A.Thorpe in their Linford Romance Library series.


March 2016

Julie Coffin - has also had a short story accepted for Woman's Weekly and (writing as Rebecca Bennett) her Novel "Mists of Time" republished in large print by F.A.Thorpe in their Linford Romance Series.

Wendy Tomlins - has had a letter published in The Lady magazine

Sue Iles-Jonas - has had her short story ‘Forget me Not’ published in the second crime anthology by Crooked Holster on the theme of Ritual.

Nina Tucknott - has had three articles in Flora International


February 2016

Margaret Mounsdon - Sold to People's Friend Pocket Novels - Festival Fever.

Sue Ajax-Lewis - two pieces sent to the Telegraph, about her horse and dog have made it into a collection of such stories and have been published as a paperback.

Alison Hawes - Out now, an American edition of her OUP title, The School Trip, published by Kaeden Books. Also, just published. Six infant reading books for a new series of international readers from Cambridge University Press, entitled; A Hot Day, The Enormous Watermelon, Jamila Finds a Friend, Leela can Skate, Packing my Bag, The Last Lemon and At the market and two further books in OUP’s CODE series of Infant readers, entitled Air Spin and Thrill Seekers.

Richard Buxton - won the Bedford International Writing Competition this month. read his entry at He is also January's showcase author at The Literary Consultancy.

Tracy Fells - will be reading her short story ‘Ancient Wing’ at Rattle Tales (The Brunswick, Hove) on 11 Feb.


January 2016

Alex Medwell - Has had his poem Darlink published on the Worthing World of Words page in The Worthing Herald on 10th Dec 2015. My painted portrait of my wife Wendy was displayed along with it.

Suzanne Conboy-Hill - ‘North Star’, a flash fiction 21st century fairy tale, was published by Every Day Fiction in their December one-time invitational. An audio version is also available She will be visiting lecturer to the MA in Creative Writing at Brighton university this semester.

Richard Buxton - is shortlisted for the Bedford International Short Story Competition.


December 2015

Richard Buxton - has a story published Alt Hist 8, a series specialising in historical fiction.

Suzanne Conboy-Hill - has had ‘The Spooking of Einstein’, a sci fi flash piece, published in Urban Fantasist’s Grievous Angel this week Also her short science fiction/humour story, ‘When Gliese Met Glasgow (and Muira made a mint)’ was a finalist in Pen 2 Paper, a competition run by the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities.

Malcolm Welshman - Has had a short story, 'Going Crackers at Christmas' in The People's Friend Christmas Special and a feature on dogs on the beach in a January issue. Also, a short story, 'A Goose Called Gertie' in Pets' Magazine. and one called 'Fixing Felix' in Cat World.

Margaret Mounsdon - was awarded 3rd place in the SWWJ Christmas Short Story completion.

Alison Hawes - has had an Infant non fiction book accepted for publication by OUP.


November  2015

Rose Bray - was the winner of the Shoreham Wordfest short story slam.

Liz Eastwood - won the Shoreham Wordfest Poetry Competition.

Richard Buxton - won the Exeter Story Prize during October and his winning story, Battle Town, is expected to be published by Creative Writing Matters in the spring.

Tracy Fells - her short story ‘Through the Arched Window’ came 2nd in Writer’s Forum monthly short story competition (to be published in issue 171).

Julie Coffin - had a short story in People's Friend Autumn Special and her novella 'The Touch of Thistledown' is to be re-published in large print by Ulverscroft in April 2016.

Wendy Greene - has won Star letter in Choice Magazine October issue for her letter about bus passes.

Margaret Mounsdon - has had a letter published in The Lady - 2 October 2015.


October 2015

Alison Hawes - Out now-Get the Look! published by Badger Learning in their Famous Faces series, for teenage reluctant readers and a Chinese edition of her OUP title, Arctic Hero; the story of Matthew Henson, has just been published, too.

Janet Rogers - has had a travel piece included in the Bradt travel book, 'To Oldly Go' tales of intrepid travel by the over 60s.

Nina Tucknott - has had three articles feature in the autumn issue of Flora International magazine

Margaret Mounsdon - Her People's Friend Pocket Novel entitled Love In A Mist has been accepted

Tracy Fells - Her story ‘Gretel and the Chocolate Wolf’ will be read and performed at New Venture Theatre’s Folk & Fairy Tale event on 16 October.

Sarah Palmer - is being awarded an MLitt in Creative Writing with Distinction from the University of Glasgow.


September 2015

Alison Hawes - has Korean editions of three of her OUP infant reading books out now, an Australian edition of another of her OUP reading books has just been published and she has been commissioned, by OUP, to write a non fiction book for young readers.

Pat Hopper - has had a short story longlisted for Frome Festival competition. The short story is also to be featured on a FromeFM radio programme.

Richard Buxton - has had a short story picked up by the American Magazine 'Alt Hist'. It should be published around the end of the year.


Successes in other years