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Long and shortlists Dec 15 First Chapter Comp

January 13, 2016
Many thanks to everyone that entered the competition in December. I’ve been busy reading away this month and am excited to announce the long and shortlists. Again the standard was high so if your story appears here then you should know that it’s really got a lot going for it!

Bright Stars

January 13, 2016
A big welcome back to Sophie Duffy today who has kindly returned to the blog to chat about her latest novel, Bright Stars, which came out late last year. It’s a great read about four friends who meet at university and looks at how the things we do when we’re young reverberate throughout

Just Keep Going

January 11, 2016
I’m thrilled to have Angela Marsons as a guest blogger today. Her story of success is truly inspirational and a must-read for all novelists whatever stage they are at with their writing and however many rejections they’ve had…   In January 2015 I was working 12 hour night

Live, laugh and love

January 8, 2016
Fellow Urbane author, Daniel Gothard, has just had his third novel published. Simon Says is a funny, bittersweet tale of a man trying to get over his engagement ending and find a new way to be happy in the world. Daniel has kindly written a guest blog all about love and laughter and giving his

The New RW Annual Prizes

January 5, 2016
I’m really excited to announce the launch of the new annual short story and flash fiction prizes. After running the bi-monthly competitions for a couple of years it seemed like the time was right to take a step up to an annual competition with bigger and better prizes. As well as getting

Year of Indie Debuts: Talk of the Toun

January 5, 2016
Thrilled to have Helen MacKinven here to kick off the series for 2016. Her debut novel, Talk of the Toun, was published by ThunderPoint Publishing last autumn and it is a funny, sad and insightful coming of age story set in the time I grew up so it really resonated with me. But even if you were not