Bookshelf is intended to be used by published authors and poets who have won a prize or been shortlisted in the competitions run by BIWC. Our hope is that, by allowing these authors and poets to promote their work, it will help them to build on their success and establish themselves in the competitive world of literature. To qualify for inclusion on the Bookshelf, authors and poets must have been successful in any of the short story or poetry competitions that BIWC have run since 2014 and have at least one published work either available now or scheduled in the near future. For more details email

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Josie Turner

Josie Turner lives in Kent and works in London. Her short fiction has been published in journals including Luna Station Quarterly, Mslexia, The Frogmore Papers and Words with Jam. In 2015 she was a joint winner of the Plough short story competition, and in 2016 she won the Brighton Short Story Prize and was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. Josie has received the Emrys Foundation's Sue Lile Inman award for fiction. She has been shortlisted in both the 2014 and 2017 BIWC Short Story competitions.

Her most recent publications are:

God's Fingers and The Collector.

Other published works by her can be accessed online by clicking on the following links:

House of Flowers - Highlands and Islands Short Story Association (HISSAC)
Equity - Mechanics' Institute Review
Interrup- - Gordon Square Review
Treat - Ellipsis Zine
Getting Ahead - Submittable

Her winning story Learning My Lesson can be obtained through the Brighton Prize 2016 Website.

Look out for The Guide soon to be published in Brittle Star Magazine -Issue 42

Rob McInroy

Rob McInroy has a PhD in American literature and an MA (with Distinction) in Creative Writing, both from the University of Hull. Since graduating he has concentrated on writing novels. His first, unpublished, novel, Cloudland, is a humorous literary novel set in Perthshire, Scotland, in the 1980s. He is currently seeking representation for this and is finalising a second novel, recreating a real-life crime in 1930s Perth, for which he was a winner in the Northern Noir Crime Novel competition in 2018.

He is also active in short story writing circles and in the past year has won four competitions and been placed or shortlisted in a further fourteen.

A Scotsman, he now lives in Yorkshire, England, where he does missionary work.

(In My Way) (flash fiction) won second prize in the Flash 500 Short Story Competition in August 2017.

Man Walks Into a Bar (flash fiction) won the Hissac Flash Fiction Competition in October 2017. The judges described it as "a hugely impressive piece of work. Rarely will you read a piece of Flash Fiction that gets so much into such a short space."

Whisky Night won first prize in the Writing Magazine competition in February 2018. The judges described it as: "a tour de force of accumulated impressions and heightened perceptions that convey the way death changes everything and nothing: Ash's world reshapes itself in its new form as the story is being written."

Burials won the Chipping Norton Literary Festival Short Story Competition in May 2018, judged by Rachel Seiffert, who said it was: "A dark and very well-crafted mini thriller, with a finely-drawn detective protagonist, who must seek to understand the disturbed mind of her main suspect in order to solve the crime."

Stakes was published in Storgy in April 2018.

The Birth of God won second prize in the Segora Short Story Competition in July 2018.

Peewit (flash fiction) won third place in the HISSAC Flash Fiction competition, November 2018.

Sequela was highly commended in the HISSAC Flash Fiction competition, November 2018.

Rob McInroy posts news of his writing and reviews of fiction on his blog.

Rosemary McLeish

Rosemary McLeish is a poet and an outsider artist. A late starter, she began to write when she was around 40. She gained an MPhil in Creative Writing from Glasgow University in 2005, when she was 59. She has had poems published in many anthologies (including several with Grey Hen Press) and on-line and print magazines, self-published two pamphlets, and her first collection, I am a Field has just been published at the end of January. In December 2018 she won 2nd Prize in the MsLexia/PBS poetry competition. She shows poems in exhibitions and has made some of them as artworks.


I am a Field published by Wordsmithery, from whom it may be purchased for £10. It is recommended that the poem I am a Field is selected as it is at the heart of this collection of poems about place and nature. The poem expresses the outrage she felt, after she moved to a small village in Kent eight years ago, at the way farming has been industrialised, and at the same time gives voice to her anger about how women are treated in our culture as they grow older

Further information can be found on Rosemary McLeish's website

Jo Carroll

Jo Carroll worked in Child Protection, supporting troubled children and writing official documents and research papers. Thirty years was long enough. A newspaper article entitled Gap Years are Wasted on the Young led her to giving up work, selling her car, finding a tenant for her house, abandoning her (adult) children, and setting off round the world.

One wild day in New Zealand she wandered into a museum to get out of the cold, and came across the story of Barbara Weldon. She had been born in Ireland in the mid nineteenth century and died in a fire in Hokitika, at the height of the gold rush. Jo had chosen to go there and was moving on to warmed climes. What had taken an Irishwoman there, all those years ago, to die so far from home?

Barbara Weldon wouldn't leave Jo alone. With only the sketchiest details to draw on, Jo gave her a story: it became The Planter's Daughter. It is Jo's first published novel, and she is hugely proud of its positive reviews.

Jo's earlier writing grew out of her travels. Details of her travel writing can be found at her website.

Guy Russell

Guy Russell was born in Chatham in 1965 and has been a holiday courier, purchasing clerk, media analyst and fan-heater production operative. He currently works in Milton Keynes for the Open University. Stories in Brace (Comma Press), To Hull And Back 2018, Madame Morte (Black Shuck), Liars League and elsewhere. Poems in Troubles Swapped For Something Fresh (Salt), The Iron Book of New Humorous Verse (Iron), The Rialto, The Interpreter's House and elsewhere. Competition first prizes: HE Bates Short Story; Leicester Poetry Society (judged Jackie Kay); Redwing Sonnet Prize (judged John Mole); Cannon Poets; Flash500. Runners-up prizes include: Guernsey Litfest; Poetry on The Lake (judged Carol Ann Duffy). He occasionally reviews for Tears in the Fence.

Mary Gilonne

Mary Gilonne was born in Kent, a Londoner until the age of 13 when she moved to Budleigh Salterton, Devon. Holidays were spent waitressing, serving clotted cream, as a post girl, a variety of jobs which led to incessant scribbling in note books, a habit she still has. It was here that she started writing thanks to an inspiring English Lit teacher. The glorious coastal scenery influenced her teenage years so much that her poetry is often threaded with sea and sky.

Mary moved to France to be with her French husband, a teacher of Spanish, and settled in Aix- en-Provence in the late sixties. She wrote articles for Bath newspaper, as Bath was twinned with Aix, and still works as a translator. Two sons and many years later they upped to a little wine growing village under Cézanne's Mountain Saint Victoire, an essential landscape once again.

She was a student on Helen Ivory's U.E.A. Poetry Course in the '90's, and above all she was a member in 2014 of Jo Bell's iconic 52 poetry group which was a life changer in her poetry world.

Mary has won the Wenlock Prize, been shortlisted several times for the Bridport Prize, came third in the Stroud Prize, shortlisted in the 2017 Bedford Writing Competition Poetry Prize, and commended in the Prole, Buzzwords, Teignmouth, and Caterpillar Prizes. Her work has appeared widely online and in printed magazines: Prole, Antiphon, Smeuse, Snakeskin, The Pickled Body, Grievous Angel, Obsessed with Pipe-Work, among many others. Her poems can be read too in several anthologies: The Very Best of 52, Mildly Erotic Verse, Samhain, The Road to Cleveland Pier, A Restricted View from Under the Hedge.

Her first pamphlet "INCIDENTALS" has just been published by 4WORD PRESS.

Mike Fox

Mike Fox is married, lives in Richmond, and is a former therapist now concentrating on writing fiction. He mainly writes short stories but has also recently begun a novel. His stories have appeared in, or been accepted for publication by, The London Journal of Fiction, Popshot, Confingo, Into the Void, Fictive Dream, The Nottingham Review, Structo, Prole, Fairlight Books, Riggwelter, Communion and Footnote, and were awarded second prize in the 2014 and 2016 Bedford International Short Story Competition.

His story The Homing Instinct first published in Confingo, is now available in Best British Short Stories 2018 (Salt) .
The Violet Eye, Nightjar Press - Is now available as a limited edition signed chapbook.

Other stories soon to be available are: Breath Fictive Dream - publication 23rd September 2018.
The Species Assimilation Unit Cabinet of Heed - publication October 2018.
The Family Hypnopomp Magazine - publication 28th October 2018.
Paper Darts Pixel Heart - publication October 2018.
A Lighterman's Tale due to be published in Footnote: a Literary Journal of History - Autumn 2018

More published stories by Mike can be found on Mike Fox's website

Anne Casey

Originally from Ireland and living in Australia, Anne Casey is an award-winning poet and writer. Over a 25-year career, she has worked as a journalist, magazine editor, communications director, legal author and editor. Anne is Senior Editor of Other Terrain and Backstory literary journals (Swinburne University, Melbourne). Her writing and poetry rank in The Irish Times newspaper's Most-Read.

Anne's poems feature internationally in newspapers, magazines, journals, books, broadcasts, podcasts, a stage show and an international art exhibition. In 2017, Salmon Poetry published her debut poetry collection, where the lost things go. She has won or been shortlisted for poetry prizes in Ireland, Northern Ireland, the USA, the UK, Canada and Australia.

Anne's poetry has appeared in Cordite, Backstory Journal, What She Knew (Papaya Press, UK, 2017), The Incubator, Entropy Magazine, The Irish Times, The Honest Ulsterman, The Murmur House, Into The Void Magazine, ROPES literary journal (25th edition), Autonomy anthology (New Binary Press 2018), Poets Speak Up on Adani anthology (Plumwood Mountain 2018), Abridged, The Bangor Literary Journal, The Corrugated Wave, the Henry Lawson Verse & Short Story Anthology 2018, the Bedford International Writing Competition 2017 Anthology, Not Very Quiet (NVQ II/2018) , HeadStuff, Pink Cover Zine, Poethead: Index of Irish Contemporary Women Poets, Addictions & Compulsive Behaviour mini-anthology (Poetry Pharmacy, 2017), The Clare Association Yearbook 2018, Other Terrain Journal, Luminous Echoes: A Poetry Anthology, Tools for Solidarity poetry pamphlet, FemAsia Magazine, EMPWR, Tales from the Forest, Dodging the Rain, Deep Water Literary Journal, The Blue Nib, The Remembered Arts Journal, Thank You for Swallowing and Visual Verse: An Anthology of Art and Words, among others.

Anne holds a Law Degree from University College Dublin and qualifications in Media Communications from Dublin Institute of Technology.

Further information can be found on Anne Casey's website or follow her on Twitter.

Dianne Bown-Wilson

Dianne was born in England, grew up in New Zealand and now lives in Dartmoor National Park. She has always written short stories (the first of note being 'Lost in the Dessert' at school) but although her spelling has improved, until recently other things got in the way of prodigious output.

In the past few years she's had stories shortlisted or placed in numerous competitions and included in anthologies - amongst them the Fish Prize, Exeter Writers, Leicester Writers, The Momaya Annual Review, Writing Magazine, Writers Forum, The Walter Swan Competition, Ink Tears, the HG Wells Prize, The Fresher Prize, Flash 500 and the Yeovil Prize.

Her story, Get Along Without You Now won third prize in the 2017 Bedford International Writing Competition.

A collection of thirty-two of her successful stories, Instructions for Living and Other Stories was published in 2017. She is currently working on a novel but so far, prefers writing short stories.

Links to some of her work can be found on Dianne Bown-Wilson's website

Bruce Harris

The Daniel Album is not autobiographical, but it is connected with different events and people from my schooldays and my time as a teacher. It typifies many people's such recollections, being a sequence of pictures and scenes as much as a continuum of narrative. The Daniel Album is my second BIWC success, after Jen's Gallery was short-listed in 2014.

My latest project is a collaboration with Shaun Peare, the editor of Words Magazine, who regularly produces anthologies to fund raise for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. We gathered together eight of his Words contributors' stories and eight of mine, with the aim of splitting the proceeds between the RNLI and the Huntington's Disease Association. Follow this LINK and scroll down to Collection 5. It is available as an e-book now; a print version will follow.

I began writing fiction and poetry following a career in teaching and educational research, including the publication of research-based articles in the national and educational press. I've published two collections compiled entirely of stories which have won prizes, commendations or listings in competition, First Flame, 2013, and Odds Against, 2017. There have also been two poetry anthologies so far, Raised Voices, including a number of award winners, 2014, and Kaleidoscope, 2017.

Following my partner's diagnosis of the hereditary illness Huntington's Disease in October 2016, I am donating my takings from my books to Huntington's Disease charities. They are available from and the publishers' sites.

Liz Kershaw

Liz Kershaw's writing has been published in collections of short stories, including What Haunts the Heart (Mantle Lane Press) and Triptych Tales (P300 Press). She has won the Pan Macmillan Crime Story competition, the No Exit Press Crime Short Story competition, and the Bedford International Short Story Competition, and in 2017 she was shortlisted for the Historical Writers' Association short story competition.

Her Gothic-themed novella The Music Maker was described by Andrew Taylor, (bestselling and award-winning crime and historical novelist), as 'an alarmingly sinister fable about the underbelly of human nature ... unsettling, unusual and absorbing.' Kai, a mysterious stranger with a strange and compelling voice arrives uninvited in the middle of a choir rehearsal - and the lives of two friends are changed forever. Who is Kai, and what does he really want from shy, good Stella? And will Stella's not-so-good friend be able to stop him in time?

Liz Kershaw sees her fiction as literary mysteries, with a nod to the supernatural and folklore. Unsettling stories that leave shadows in their wake. Many of her stories have their roots in the past where long ago events return to haunt the present and where people are not quite as they seem.

The Music Maker was published by Mantle Lane Press in April 2018 and can be purchased via the publisher's website, or on Amazon. Links to some of her published short stories can be found on Liz Kershaw's website

Catherine Rose

My 2017 poem Sugar Thief appears in Ammonite: Collected Poems - my first collection of poems written under the pen name of C.E. Trueman and available from Amazon . The collection is a distillation of work that I have written since the early 1980s, some of which has been successful in other competitions and published in various anthologies over the years.

Sugar Thief was written in January 2017 after inspiration struck on a short holiday in Antigua, a beautiful and still largely unspoilt Caribbean island where there is much history documented about the sugar cane industry that brought the first African slaves to Antiguan shores.

One of the native birds of the island is the Sugar Bird, so named because of its predilection to sugar. Small and black with a red throat, it resembles a finch and you can imagine how it must have been a frequent sight flitting around the cane boiling houses, stealing droplets of the sugar being processed there.

On the day I wrote the poem, a Sugar Bird came flying into our room through a crack in the door to our patio. It knew exactly where it needed to go, navigating the room straight to the sugar bowl on a cabinet at the other side. Without showing the slightest concern that I was there, it lifted one of the sugar packets out of the bowl and flew down onto the floor with it where it proceeded to peck out the sugar grains one by one as if disembowelling a snail.

Not only was this actually a charming spectacle (and I have a whole section on birds in Ammonite that testifies to my captivation with these winged creatures), I also saw the resonance between this little bird and the slaves who once lived and toiled on this beautiful island.

Neil Beardmore

Neil Beardmore performs at many poetry events across the country and he has recently had poems published in An Anthology for Jeremy Corbyn (Shoestring Press) and ORBIS having previously had his poem Refugee published in Poems for Jeremy Corbyn (Shoestring September 2016, ISBN 978-1-910323-66-3). In 2016 Neil collaborated with fellow published poet Caroline Davies on a performance of poetry to commemorate one hundred years of the opening of the Battle of the Somme. In addition he has appeared in the Bedford poetry event: Remembering (November 2017) and the Toddington Poetry Society's Fortieth anniversary celebration (Sept 2017)

2014 saw the MK Fringe professional performance of Neil's full length play: Pristine in Blue to much acclaim (The Play's The Thing). Produced and directed by Rosemary Hill, the play explores the effects of undercover policing on women.

Lemon Seas, is Neil Beardmore's latest novel set in Goa. This is a suspense/thriller which follows 'twenty-something' Rich as he finds himself deeply involved in the disappearance of Indian dancing girls. Available from Amazon, background to this novel can be found by clicking MORE

Neil has also written the short story, Be My Guest, which appears in the anthology Voices from the Grid, (ISBN: 978-1-78808-859-6) a collection of stories which use Milton Keynes as their setting and form part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of it becoming a new town. Further information about this limited edition publication is available - FOLLOW THE LINK.

His poem, Amanuensis was published in the summer 2017 edition of Orbis (number 180) Quarterly International Literary Journal.

For more about Neil, visit - Neil Beardmore's website

Mary-Jane Holmes

Mary-Jane Holmes, chief editor of Fish Publishing, Ireland, has been published in such places as Myslexia, The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, Prole, The Tishman Review, The Lonely Crowd and The Best Small Fictions Anthology 2016 and 2018.

She is the winner of the 2017 Bridport Poetry Prize, the Martin Starkie Poetry Prize, the Bedford International Poetry Prize and the Dromineer Fiction Prize. Her debut poetry collection Heliotrope with Matches and Magnifying Glass was published by Glasgow-based Pindrop in April and explores the wild landscape of the North Pennines where she currently resides. Dave Lordan has described Mary-Jane as "perhaps the most convincingly rural and at the same time convincingly contemporary English poet since Ted Hughes".

The poems in this collection range from the landscapes, stories and traditions of the North Pennines, rich with dialect, to an Occitan hamlet with its chanterelles and walnut harvests, via the voices of wind, water and rural history. They include the female roofer determined to shove it to the men, Eros escaping from a nursing home, the ordeal of tattoo removal, and a family preparing a body for burial.

Mary-Jane gained distinction in a Masters of Studies in Creative Writing from Kellogg College, Oxford.