Free Bronze Author Membership

Free Author Membership for low-income writers

Amanda Huggins was the first author signed to Retreat West Books and she is generously sponsoring two free Bronze Author Memberships for writers on low incomes.

Amanda’s beautiful and poignant short story collection Separated From The Sea was published through Retreat West Books last year and she recently won third place in the Costa Book Awards Short Story Prize for her story Red. She has also won and been listed for numerous other prizes. You can read and listen to her Costa Short Story here for free!

Benefits enjoyed by bronze members include:

  • Weekly emails with a mix of writing prompts, exercises, readings, podcasts, videos and tips for writing short stories, flashes and novels
  • 1 entry to the quarterly themed flash comps (£400 in prizes available)
  • Ebook editions of all Retreat West Books titles as they are published
  • 5% discount on our online creative writing courses

You can find more about Author Membership here, including the other membership levels available and the general membership T&Cs.

To apply for a free membership, simply email Amanda a short note stating why you are applying. The writers that receive the two memberships will be chosen at random after the application process closes at 23:59 GMT on Sunday, 17th February 2019.

Thanks Amanda, for your very kind donation and best of luck to those applying!


Amanda Huggins’ first full-length short story collection, Separated From The Sea, is available in print and ebook through major retailers and Amazon. You can follow Amanda on Twitter and on her blog where she regularly posts news, travel writing, poetry and other writerly things.

Join in Jan

Join in Jan

Happy new year to you! 2018 was a great year for Retreat West and our growing community. It’s been a joy to see so much excellent writing make its way to us, so thank you! With lots planned for 2019, it promises to be another outstanding year and we will continue providing encouragement and support as well as opportunities to get your writing published.

With the new year, we’ve brought some changes to Author Membership. First, there is the addition of two new membership tiers (Diamond and Platinum), making it easier than ever to find the option that meets your writing needs! We’ve also updated the benefits, adding manuscript feedback. So make sure you check the complete list of benefits in the Author Membership section before deciding the right tier for you!

Amanda will be starting a new group Start Your Novel course for up to 12 writers at the end of January. And to kick things off in style, we’re offering the course for
half price to new and old members
alike! In the six-week online course, starting on 31st January 2019, you’ll plan, plot and outline your novel, while getting to know your characters and the world they live in. Making the writing of your first draft quicker and easier. Find out lots more here.

To complete our Join in Jan offer, we’ll also be awarding random prizes to new signups! They include:

To be in with a chance of winning one of these prizes, all you have to do is sign up for a new membership by 31st January 2019.

Thank you to everyone in our writing community and here’s to another great year!