What are the Roomto Write Authors Up to?

Hello all! – Yes,  we know, it’s been very quiet here for a while but it doesn’t mean to say we haven’t been busy. We’ve also enjoyed summer breaks in France and Greece and we hope you’ve enjoyed yours too.

So what have we been up to? Here’s a snapshot of our latest news:

We’re very excited to announce that RoomtoWrite author Kitty Fitzgerald has just started her Writing Residency at the Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg…
‘Red squirrels dashing about on the grass trying to avoid the dozens of Canada geese also loitering on this fabulous, hugely multi-racial campus. The weather is changeable but generally hot and with a good wind, perfect for walking…I’m looking forward to meeting up with students in a few days time, offering advice on their writing and then running a weekly fiction workshop.

You can follow Kitty’s adventures here

Wendy Robertson has launched her new novel The Pathfinder, to some great reviews: ‘The past has never felt so real as in the last days of Roman Britain and the uneasy peace between natives and conquerors portrayed in Wendy Robertson’s ‘Pathfinder’. Heroine Elen is a beautifully drawn character uniting natives with the conquerors…’

‘a delightful, thought provoking read.’

She is also preparing to lead two discussions at Belmont Library  Durham, on World War One fiction on October 21st and October 22nd. You can read more about this Durham Book Fest event HERE on Wendy’s Blog.

Avril Joy was longlisted (or in USA speak a semi-finalist) in the international Raymond Carver Short Story Contest – ‘ Now in its 15th year the contest is one of the most renowned fiction contests in the world. Featuring prominent guest judges…the contest delivers exciting new fiction from writers all over the world.’ You can read more about it on Avril’s blog HERE.

Avril’s newsletter for writers goes from strength to strength, with a number of writers gaining success following her recommendations for competitions and submissions. If you’d like to subscribe (it’s free) you can sign up HERE



Listen to Our Winning Story

Rachel Cochrane – ‘A writer with a passion for helping you to get your words out’


It has been a great honour to be part of the prestigious ‘Room to Write’ short story competition ...  My part was to record the winning entries and I also recorded interviews and sound bites from the Winners’ Presentation Evening which was hosted by the Teikyo University of Japan at Durham University.

The first place in the competition went to short story Diagonal Flight and this was read by its author, Christine Powell and recorded by me in the library of the wonderfully tranquil building of the Teikyo University.   I hope to bring you further stories from the runners up over the next few weeks.

The great thing about the ‘Room to Write’ competition is that it provides much needed recognition for the work of aspiring writers and as a result I am able to bring you some fantastic audio!’

You can hear soundbites from the evening and the winning story HERE

At Last! Our 2014 Winning and Shortlisted Stories

Japan Collage

Collage of last weekend’s Teikyo Festival – Wendy Robertson

For various reasons it took us a little longer than expected (thank you for your patience) but we’re delighted to publish the winning and shortlisted stories from our 2014 short story competition in PDF form with an e-book, if not paperback, to follow. You can read the stories by going to this Page and clicking on the link to download the PDF.


Any Day Now!

Thank you for your patience and in answer to all the queries the winning and shortlisted stories will be online just as soon we clear final permissions etc from our writers.

In the meantime we’re delighted to say our Novella course has proved very popular and is currently full!  But  – if you are very keen – we can probably still squeeze in an extra one or two  (definitely no more – so hurry if you want a place)

Wendy has been posting about J L Carr’s  novella A Month in the Country over on her blog, do take a look…

‘Some writers might need a hundred thousand words to weave this amount of meaning and literary magic into a story. H.L Carr managed it on thirty five thousand words. That is the potential power of the novella. No small thing.’

Our Prize Winners Reception

recp 8There was a real buzz in the room last night with great coversation and much laughter as we celebrated the winners and shortlisted writers in our RoomtoWrite short story competition. We had a great time – and it seems that everyone else did too. Here’s what some of our writers thought of the evening…

‘Huge thanks to Avril, Wendy and Gillian for making last night such a special occasion; it was a lovely event, personal, welcoming and so thoughtfully planned. I particularly enjoyed listening to your feedback on all of the stories, although they all sounded so brilliant I did wonder if you’d picked the right winner! Chris (Yes we did pick the right winner.’  Chris! )

‘Thank you for a lovely time last evening, it was good to talk to all the short listed writers, there’s always a new friend to make. Listening to why the judges liked a particular story was so interesting and I’m looking forward to reading them all . You were all so kind to me, seeking me out to talk about my work. It was obvious all the judges really had read every story, and, although I’m sure Pat Barker was kind to all of us, I was thrilled when she spoke to me with such knowledge and understanding of my story.’ – Ruth

‘Room to Write is a really special and different competition – thrilled to have been part of the first one. Thank you all!’ Isabel

See more PHOTOS  from last night HERE

and to read our judges comments take a look HERE

Celebrations and Novellas

Coming soon –  watch this space for our judges comments on the RoomtoWrite competition entries. Also photos from our reception for prize winners at Teikyo on Wednesday evening. We’re  very excited now with only two days to go and everything in place for a great celebration: our shortlisted writers, the photographer, the wine and all round great company – see you there…

Our novella course is filling up fast – if you’re interested take a look here and don’t delay.

‘A novella is a short work of fiction. It is a film for the mind – short enough to read in one sitting, but large enough to provide a satisfying read.’ Meike Ziervogel