Yes, this is my bragging page, with successes to date, and some stories available either directly or via purchases.  Further down you'll see some stories actually on this page, but seeing as I've had a few successes now, this is where I'm going to put them.


"Right On, Says John" got the following comments from the Grindstone Literary judging panel: We read a lot of work that broaches dark subjects. Often times, they are to do with death, depression, and suicide. It's an ever-present cloud that hangs over society, and it's one that few ever dare to look up at. And few who write about it as Robert have are able to do so in a way that not only draws attention to it as a growing issue, but are also able to capture the bravery and fortitude of those that it affects. We loved this story, and we're proud to showcase it in our shortlist.

Southport Writers placed my story "Closer to the Edge" third in their short story competition.

A humorous short story, "The Problem With The Fridge", obviously in no way inspired by my time in an office environment, won joint 1st place at the Slough Writers Group "Humorous Short Story" competition, and was runner-up in the Writing Magazine "Epistolary" competition.  Enjoy.

Shooter Lit Mag ran a poetry competition, into which I submitted my retelling of my namesake (first name, but every second male in my family was named after him, so it counts) Robert Burns's address to a haggis.  Mine is "Ode to a POTUS".



"Spring Forward, Fall Back" won second place in the Exeter Writers' "Wow" 1000-word short story competition.  Published in the "Creative Writing Matters" anthology:

My poem "Wendigo", appeared in the poetry anthology "A Face in the Mirror, a Hook on the Door".  In North American mythology, a Wendigo eats two things, and two things only: human flesh, and moss.  In my poem, I attempt to cast light on this oddity.

My short story "Troll Bridge", appears in the "After the Happily Ever After" anthology published by Transmundane Press.  

"Jerusalem Wormwood" won second place in issue 191 of Writers' Forum.  (You'd have to pick up the magazine to read this one - sorry)

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"Half-Life Connections", second-placed in the Slough Writers group summer fiction competition.  The brief was to write three standalone stories which had a link, with a total of 3000 words.  Enjoy.

"Harvest Festival", published in Every Day Fiction.

2015 - Successes (as in published by someone else)






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