Great email this morning

Dear Chloe,

You kindly entered our poetry competition last year.

This year we are holding a Newark & Sherwood Poetry trail, using selected poems at sites around the region.

I wanted to let you know that your poem ‘An Aftermath’ will be the poem for Newark Castle for March and April. This means it will be on our website and on a poster at the Castle gates during this period.

The trail is launching on Monday 12 March, after which you will be able to find information about it on our website –www.visitnewarkandsherwood.info/competitions.

Many thanks for the lovely poem – we are looking forward to sharing it again this year.

Best wishes, Sara



Great bunch!


At the Mountains of Madness - HP Lovecraft - http://r.search.yahoo.com/_ylt=A2KLj.vNHY1aRmAAU4H.3olQ;_ylu=X3oDMTBtdXBkbHJyBHNlYwNmcC1hdHRyaWIEc2xrA3J1cmw-/RV=2/RE=1519226445/RO=11/RU=http%3a%2f%2ftempleofghoul.blogspot.com%2f2010%2f08%2fat-mountains-of-madness-script-review.html/RK=2/RS=vNFv0U0jhdfSMS_srNRt8FcA9C0-

This month’s competition is one close to my heart.

At the Mountains of Madness, by H.P.Lovecraft (the same story that we based the logo on this month).

I read and re-read this book a number of times and it led to my own writing taking something of a dark and sinister, un-Godly slant. I even wrote and filmed a (bad) short story based on Lovecraft’s tale.

So this month, I’m asking for your darkest, other-worldly tales. Set them in the farthest and most remote of locales. Create full and thoughtful characters. Write dialogue that forces the reader to think and contemplate their existence.

…and do it all in 300 words!

 Just the one submission each per person, please.

300 words, maximum.

Deadline is Midnight GMT on the final day of the month.

Please allow Zeroflash the first opportunity to publish your work. Once the competition is over…

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The zeroflash anthology is nearly here…

Looking forward to seeing them all!


Dodo illustration by Sophia Johnson for zeroflash

You’ve been waiting and you’ll have to wait a little longer, but here is the list of those that will be featured in the first ever, Zeroflash anthology and the illustrated front cover by long term colleague, Sophia Johnson.

Not long now.

We’re also pleased to announce that the interactivity within the E-book will allow for those pieces performed by voice artist Elijah Lucien and his team to be listened to also.

A devilish delivery by David J.Wing

Just Us Two by Munira Sayyid

0.4% Male by Janelle Hardacre

Nine and Counting by Cath Barton

The Fractured Library by Mark Sadler

Once in a lifetime by Danny Beusch

One thing always stays the same by Myrto Zafeiridi

Trouble by Kelly Griffiths

Just don’t say you’re a witch by Sandra Arnold

The Mere Seller by Chloe Gilholy

A Sign of Life by Carol Rosalind Smith

Off the rails by Paul Thompson

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#submissioncalls #getpublished

I’ve sent a submission to nOthing Books.


Warwick Castles & Burst Of Inspiration

Taking advantage of a voucher I found online really proved to be worth it. I ended up getting a story out it. And they say a picture is worth a 1000 words and my story was bang on a 1000 words by pure coincidence. It was about how three witches who lived during Henry VIII’s reign cast spells that would change the course of history. Luckily I managed to finish it during the writing meet up to be able to read it all out.


I submitted a dialogue only entry for a contest I found in a magazine. I quite like how it turned out.

I made another submission for 101 Words. Even if my stories don’t always get approved, I like submitting work there. Get a lot of valuable feedback.

Also looking forward to the next contest over at Zero Flash. Love reading all the entries and it’s nice when your friends get involved in it.

I shared one of my articles on Vocal Media to a private facebook group and it got a lot of praise for it. And someone from a band asked me to review their latest EP. Further research showed that not only was this person a member of the band, but was also their manager.

Scraping pennies off Swagbucks and my book sales are slowly building up. The extra money is the cherry on top of a bakewell tart.


January’s Zeroflash Writing Competition

Still time for this!


Asimov's Nightmare - Sophia Johnson

Well, it’s a new year and we’re feeling like this might just be THE year for Zeroflash and our friends.

Our first anthology is tentatively due for release this or next month (cough cough), the entries are incredible and the writers are, well, they’re pretty top notch.

This month’s competition is future themed. You’ll have noticed the robots in our logo illustration, well, take that and run with or from it. I want your most deviant futures, your most delightful dystopias, the life you’d life ‘if only’ robots hadn’t destroyed your world and ours.

Come on, get creative ad get weird!

Just the one submission each per person, please.

300 words, maximum.

Deadline is Midnight GMT on the final day of the month.

Please allow Zeroflash the first opportunity to publish your work. Once the competition is over, feel free to publish anywhere else you like.

Do your best to…

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Poetry · Progress · Stories

Recent success

My poem Mr Alphabet’s pets won an a monthly challenge on writing forums and is featured on their Flashes of Brilliance website.

Got another story published on 101words called Clara’s Llama.

Got a 300 word story that’s been accepted into Zeroflash’s first anthology.

Have three poems up on Spillwords: 25 Years, Mountains & Gems and I Want.

Read out Reflections, crossover fanfic between The Cat Lady & The Letter based on the theme Reflections and and it was well received.