Anthology by members of the Plymouth Writers Group




Autumn 2019

Feature: Harvest in April?

The Plymouth Writers’ Group has the answer to that!






This is the latest book from the members of the Association of Christian Writers.

Good to dip into when you need five minutes away from the planning and shopping.

It contains a myriad of thoughts and mini-stories to help you enjoy the Christmas season.

Look out for my story about an Abbot who was worrying about his negligent monks.




Every good story needs characters who are so real, your readers feel they would know them the moment they walked into the room. Veronica Bright’s aim is to help you create realistic, believable characters, who will have your readers rooting for them all the way through the ups and downs of your story. She tells you about the ancient wisdom of the Enneagram. This is a tool for understanding human nature. It points out the unconscious motivations behind the ways we react, and shows how characters may change and grow in the unfolding of a plot. There are helpful examples of many character combinations throughout the book, and also eleven sections providing exercises to help you consolidate your developing knowledge. If you want to understand people better, improve your skills and make your fictional characters memorable, How to Create Believable Characters Using the Enneagram is waiting to help you.

‘A fascinating approach to creating characters – and understanding our own characteristics. I recommend it.’

Della Galton, author and creative writing tutor

‘Getting the characters right is the key to good fiction. This book makes that so much easier.’

Linda Lewis, author and creative writing tutor



‘… a unique and refreshing view on New Life.’

Edited by Amy Robinson and Wendy H Jones

Published by the ACW

Association of Christian Writers



‘An eclectic, truly wonderful collection. You’ll laugh, cry, and possibly have a small existential crisis.

Deceiving Light brings you the best from the June & October competitions of 2017 with twenty stories by various authors.’

Quoted from Amazon Books




Winter 2017/2018

Feature: Create short stories your readers will love









A third collection of prize-winning stories

A long-forgotten actress sits in the park, feeding the birds.

A boy, eighteen today, carries a bundle of broken dreams beside a city river.

A woman lies on her back and gazes at the starry Exmoor sky.

Wrong place? Wrong time? And yet…

                           …hope can come from unlikely sources.

ISBN 9781548446567

Available from the Amazon bookstore

With the Freak. Not Smiling

Flash of the day (25/10/17) at

WHAT WAS LEFT (Contributor)

Ten things I can tell you about Abraham Lincoln

1 He was the sixteenth president of the United States. Mrs Slater looks out of the window she she talks about him. As if he might be up there in the clouds somewhere, his face serious.

3rd prize in the Retreat West short story competition

A Retreat West Books Publication

A Set of Flying Ducks

Flash of the day (24/06/17) at

The Lavender Fields

Miss Swanson’s Dog

Both published by, and for online purchase at,



Anthology by members of the Plymouth Writers Group


Flash of the day (28/09/16) at

CLOUD PAINTINGSCloud Paintings - small

Facing life’s challenges

A collection of prize-winning short stories

ISBN 9781534626973

Available from the Amazon bookstore




A GIFT FROM THE HORSE CHESTNUT TREEA Gift From The Horse Chestnut Tree - small

Sometimes love hurts

A second collection of prize-winning short stories

ISBN 978153462636

Available from the Amazon bookstore





My Sister

Flash of the day (10/06/16) at


TIDE AND TIME (Contributer)


Second anthology of the Plymouth Writers’ Group


Bill was eating a raspberry ripple when his wife died. rhyme-amp-reason[2]

A story on the theme of ‘Remembrance’

1st prize in the 2014 Remembrance Writing Competition

2016 Rhythm and Hues Desk Diary


The Remarkable Mrs Froggett

An unusual friendship between a young man and the remarkable Mrs Froggett

Commended in the 2015 Rhythm and Hues Writing Competition

2016 Rhythm and Hues Desk Diary

Sunday Mornings in the Park

There’s always something going on in the park, but does the old lady have to verbalise everything she sees?

2016 Rhythm and Hues Desk Diary

Dear Marcus

A man tries to write a letter to some-one who caused his daughter’s death. In doing so he learns more about himself.

1st prize  Swanwick Writers’ Summer School short story competition

Writing Magazine’s Competition Special (October 2015)

Mr Wacker’s Bridge

The boy walks, one foot in front of the other. No-where to go. Eighteen years old today, and all he gets is complaints and criticism. They call him Teddy at home and he hates it. They call him Edward at school and he hates that too. He stares at the pavement; the chewing gum, the pigeon droppings, the rubbish. They just about sum up his life.

3rd prize Chudleigh Phoenix short story competition


How to be a Cornish Genius

Petroc Tremayne. Intelligent, smart, aspiring genius. Well, he would be if he had a few more brains and he didn’t have to worry about the fox getting his chickens, and then there’s his dear old Gran… I mean, what chance has he got?

1st prize Cornish Gorsedh short story competition (unpublished)

2nd prize Alfie Dog International Short Story Competition

For online purchase at


1st Prize in the Remembrance Writing Competition. img039

Remembrance 2015 desk diary, (Rennie Grove Hospice Care). Unfortunately, due to an editorial error, the last 63 words of my story are missing. I have received an apology and ‘Lorna’ is to be reproduced in full in the 2016 Rhyme and Reason Diary.

Miss Swanson’s Dog  cover

1st prize in the Miracle E-zine and What the Dickens Magazine

The Gardener  

2nd prize Writers’ News  Published online at

The Tightrope Walker img026

On 23rd June 2013 Nik Wallenda crossed the Little Colorado River Gorge in the Grand Canyon on a high wire.
My life is more treacherous than his. Every day I walk my own tightrope……

Runner up Greenacre Writers competition

Greenacre Writers Anthology 3

The Last Rays  img021

3rd prize mags4dorset 2013 Creative Writing Awards

4dorset magazine (April 2014 edition)

The Mini-beast Project

1st prize Society of Civil and Public Service Writers 2013 open competition (Author – Spring 2014 edition no 205)


Ypres 1915; The Number Seven Bus; War and other piecesThe Man at the Allotments

War and Other Pieces (First anthology of the Plymouth Writers’ Group)



1st prize Association of Christian Writers competition. Subject ‘A day in the life of a writer’.

Christian Writer (Summer 2013 edition)

A Hole in the Sky

2nd prize Ifanca Hélène James

A Bit of Peace and Quiet  

2nd prize Writers’ News

School is for Boysimg022

A girl in Britain may love school and dream of being a doctor. But for Rashmina in Nepal, life is not quite so straightforward.


3rd prize Hysteria (the Hysterectomy Association)

Hysteria 2 (Short Story Anthology)

A City Boy’s List 

3rd prize Porlock Arts Festival

The Man at the Allotments

3rd prize Writers reign

Leaving it all Behind (AWAREOnline magazine of the Chorley and District Writers’ Circle)

The Lavender Fields


Rain beats down on the old shed roof, and it’s the sound of a thousand hard peas poured from a bucket. Ben used to love the rain, the exuberance of it.

Runner up Belper Short Story competition

Belper Arts Festival Anthology

A Perfect Worldimg026

Thomas has a perfect job and and a perfect family, so why is he dreading this visit so much? And is there anything he can do improve his relationship with her before it’s too late?


1st prize Greenacre Writers 2012 short story competition

Greenacre Writers Anthology 2 and online at (Dec 2012)

A gift from the horse chestnut treeimg028  


There’s not much Davy’s teacher can tell Kylie that she doesn’t know already. It’s parents’ evening, just before half term, timed to reassure the adults that their child is settling well.


But Davy isn’t settling, and his Mum Kylie wants to help him so much. But is she the one who really needs the help?


1st prize National Association of Writers Groups 2012 open competition

The Write Path, the 2013 anthology of the National Association of Writers’ Groups, and online at


Beast City

1st prize in Swanwick Short Story for Children competition

Writing Magazine Competition Special, and on the Swanwick website

The boy who was Orson Cartimg042

1st prize Writers’ News

Writers’ News July 2012, and online at www.

Autumn Term  

2nd prize Writers’ News

Comfort Foodimg031

2nd prize, short story section Onward Writing  Awards

Onward Writing Anthology 2012 (Theatre Royal Hyde)img033


Shoot  (short story)

Summer Jazz (short story)

A Scottish Summer (poem)

Seasons 2013 Desk Diary (published by Iain Rennie Hospice at Home)

 Earlier publications:

 Shoes (1st prize, 2011) Town and Village magazine (later renamed 4dorset)

The Sign (1st prize, 2011) Speakeasy websiteimg044

Stargazing (1st prize, 2011) Writers Reign website

Feeding the Birds (1st prize,2011, Hampshire Chronicle)

Rainbow Laughter (2nd prize, 2011) New Eastbourne Writers website

The Portrait (2nd prize, 2011) Writers’ News website

The Number Seven Bus (2nd priz, 2011) Rhyme and Reason Diary 2012

The Next Instalment (3rd prize, 2011) ACW websiteimg045

 Dancing for Marigold (runner up, 2011) Theatre Onward Anthology 2

Second Chance (2nd prize,2010)  Speakeasy website

The Cake Stall (2nd prize, 2009 HE Bates competition) Published in Beauty in the Bog, an anthology of the Northampton Writers’ groupimg046

Story Time (runner up, 2009 Legend Writing Awards, Hastings Writers) Published in  Six of the Best

African Sanctus (1st prize, 2008 +edition of Town and Village magazine

Out of the Apple Tree (1st prize, 2005 Woman & Home short story competition. Published in Woman & Home, Nov 2005img008img001







Also published  in The Sunday Night Book Club, 2006 (collection of short stories, Random House Group, Ltd) and New Books, Sept/Oct 2006


Robots coverimg049Short dramas for collective worship, with activity sheets and discussion pointers.

2003 and 2005



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