Members' Successes - 2014/15


July 2015

Margaret Mounsdon - Large print rights sold to Thorpe for Finn's Forest and Love Among The Arts.

Alison Hawes - A sixth and a seventh infant reading book accepted by Cambridge University Press.

Richard Buxton - finished runner-up in the Thresholds International Feature Writing Competition. My article, on Tim Gautreaux, can be seen at

Suzanne Conboy-Hill - recent successes include: flash fiction - ‘Control’ shortlisted (Finalist) in Mash Stories competition May/June 2015, flash fiction - ‘Albert’s teeth’, WSW flash winner in 2014, published by The Los Angeles Review of Los Angeles issue 9, June 2015., flash fiction - 'The Collector’, published by Urban Fantasist’s Grievous Angel webzine, June 2015. and Short Story - ‘Dancing Her Black Bones Home’ to be published by Resurrection House’s Bahamut literary journal in December 2015.


June 2015

Richard Buxton - has been shortlisted in the Thresholds International Feature Writing Competition.

Rose Bray - has a story in People's Friend.

Julie Round - her latest publication "Never Pretend" a story of music and lies, was published on April 29th.


May 15

Rosanna Ley - 'The Saffron Trail' is published by Quercus 21st May 2015. Rights have also been sold to Germany, Portugal and Norway.

Rose Bray - was commended for her poem The Hermit in the West Sussex section of Slipstream Poetry Competition.

Alison Hawes - All six of my Teacher’s Guides, to the WOW! Facts series of non fiction books for reluctant readers from Badger Learning, are out now. Also commissioned to write another book for teenage reluctant readers for Badger Learning.

Suzanne Conboy-Hill - Her flash piece ‘Here The Magic Must Be’ was a Finalist in the Flash Fiction Chronicles String-O-Ten competition.

Nina Tucknott - secured the job as Editor for Flora International magazine.


April 2015

Pam Weaver - has a short story 'Chopsticks' in April Woman's Weekly Fiction Special and commissioned to write novella to be published for the Christmas market.

Margaret Mounsdon - is the winner of the Lady magazine 50 Great Literary Ladies comp. - she chose aunt Agatha from the Bertie Wooster novels.

Richard Buxton - was awarded an MA with Distinction in Creative Writing from Chichester University and he won the Writers' Forum Monthly Short Story Competition with his story, Little Round Top.

Malcolm Welshman - has been commissioned by The People's Friend to write a weekly veterinary tale for six months and his novel, Pets Aplenty, has been nominated for The People's Book Prize 2015.

Nina Tucknott - has two articles entitled 'Wedded Seaside Bliss' and 'Florimania @ Hampton Court' both accepted by Flora International for their Summer issue.

Sarah Palmer - has two stories being published in the Crooked Holster crime fiction anthology next month.

Alison Hawes - Out now are Prehistoric Record Breakers and The Weird World of Work in the WOW Facts Series for reluctant readers published by Badger Learning.

Sue Iles-Jonas - Short story ‘Say it With Flowers’ selected by competition for publication in Crooked Holster’s crime anthology due to be published April 2015.


March 15

Alison Hawes - Three of Alison’s infant readers for OUP to be published in Korea too, by children’s publisher EPLIS. Four of Alison’s children’s English Workbooks from 2003 to be updated and re-launched by Anness Publishing.

Sarah Palmer - Creative non-fiction piece What I Think About, When I Think About Writing to be published in the launch issue of The Atelier Project.

Margaret Mounsdon - Letter printed in The Lady magazine.

Janet Rogers - has had the following articles published. Choose the right verbs - March - Writing Magazine. A travel piece about cycling in France - March - CTC Cycle magazine A travel article about the salt marches of Brittany - March - The Oldie.

Jan Henley - 'Return to Mandalay' by Rosanna Ley has been shortlisted for the RONA book of the year in the 'epic romantic novel' category by the RNA (Romantic Novelists Association.) The award ceremony takes place in London on March 16th.


February 2015

Margaret Mounsdon - Finn's Forest sold to People's Friend Pocket Novels.

Suzanne Conboy-Hill - 'Albert's Teeth', which won the recent WSW flash competition, has been picked up by the Los Angeles Review of Los Angeles even though that's not where it was submitted! It will probably appear in June 2015.'Terminus', which also made its first appearance at WSW, is out in Fine Linen, a subscription print literary journal. 'Puddles Like Pillows', published by Zouch Magazine, then a finalist in the Lascaux short fiction competition, is out in the Lascaux Prize 2014 anthology in both print and digital form.


January 2015

Nina Tucknott - Article accepted for Flora International Magazine for their Spring issue.

Alison Hawes - commissioned to write another early fiction reader for Cambridge University Press, two more Teacher Guides to two new series of non-fiction books for teenager reluctant readers and one fiction and one non-fiction early reader for OUP.

Suzanne Conboy-Hill - has been awarded an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University


December 2014

Alison Hawes - Just published; three non-fiction books for Badger Learning- Daredevils, Nail fashion and Body Art. Commissioned to write two more non–fiction titles for the same series for teenage reluctant readers. Also out now, Chinese editions of three early readers for OUP; My Dog Needs a Bone, The Best Sandcastle and The School Trip.

Richard Buxton - second place in the Salopian Annual Open Poetry Competition for my poem 'Muscovies.' It'll be published in the Salopian winter magazine.

Della Griffiths - Has completed this years NaNoWriMo and has her certificate to prove it. Her word total was 50,720.


November 2014

Margaret Mounsdon - Large print rights to Angela's Return Home sold to Thorpe.

Suzanne Conboy-Hill - Puddles Like Pillows, her very short story first published in Zouch Magazine in 2013 has reached the Finals of the Lascaux Review Short Fiction competition earlier this year. Now Lascaux have put it forward as one of the two stories they can submit annually for the Best of the Net anthology.

Alison Hawes - has been commissioned to write three fiction and one non-fiction readers for Cambridge University Press and has just published, two non-fiction readers for the education market; Animals in Danger and Gladstone’s Lost Cities for Oxford University Press. She has also been invited to send in ideas for non–fiction titles for teenage reluctant readers for Badger Publishing.

Ian Black - had his 1 Act stage play - Visiting Friends - read at the November 2014 meeting of Sussex Playwrights in Brighton.

Malcom Welshman - has had a Bird mimics feature in the Daily Mail. Articles in the Western Gazette, Western Morning News, West Somerset Free Press, Somerset County Magazine, Bournemouth Echo, Veterinary Practice, Your Cat. plus two short stories in People's Friend.

Rose Bray - had a short story in People's Friend at the end of September and at the Shoreham Wordfest Slam, she got highly commended for her short story. The chairman of the judges was Simon Brett.


October 2014

Julie Round - her first book, Lane's End, has just been accepted by Calibre in audio version and her last novel, Never Run Away is now out as an e-book.

Suzanne Conboy-Hill - 'Emily Buckingham and the Major's Madam' - a short story published by Ether Books September 2014 and available as a paid download for smartphones and tablets.

Alison Hawes - is this month’s featured author at

Julie Coffin - has had a short story accepted by Woman's Weekly.


September 2014

Margaret Mounsdon - Sold Large Print rights to The Swallow House Summer.

Nina Tucknott - Triple design article accepted for Flora International for their winter issue.

Tracy Fells - Short story ‘Small Miracles’ to be published in 2014 Bridge House Anthology (out Nov/Dec) and Runner-up in Retreat West's short story competition with 'WHOOSH', judged by Alison Moore (theme was 'fear').

Alison Hawes - gave a morning of writing workshops to pupils at Steyning Grammar School in July and has been commissioned to contribute to a new literacy project for young children by Cambridge University Press.

Sarah Higbee and Sarah Palmer - gave a creative writing workshops to groups of 11 to 14 year olds at Hove Park School on the last day of the summer term – and (just about) lived to tell the tale.

Malcolm Welshman - Daily Mail May 16th Grief in animals, May 26th Never mess with a swallow, June 10th The vet who dares to admit: 'I hate cats', June 23rd How Cyril the squirrel stole my heart and his third pet novel in the Prospect House series, Pets Aplenty, published 29th August.


Successes in other years