everybody's winning things

Everybody, clap your hands! It's only Tuesday and already it's been a hell of a good week for my writing pals. Yesterday, Andrea Ashworth and Jon Pinnock were selected, along with Cassandra Parkin, as the joint winners of this year's Scott Prize for short fiction. They'll have their debut short story collections published by Salt in November. And today, last year's Scott Prize winner, Tom Vowler, found out he's been shortlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize for his collection, The Method. Tom's a former member of my writing group, Andrea's a current member, and Jon's a fellow Bristol Prize shortlistee. Plus Jon's got a comic zombie novel coming out later this year. Seriously, these guys are putting us all to shame. I'd start competitively writing right now if I didn't have the cast iron excuse of newborn sleep-deprivation. It's a brilliant get-out clause. But, really: my novel's percolating in the background, I'm getting some reading done (clearing a stupidly large backlog), and I've even made some edit notes between nappy changes.* Novelling shall recommence in a few weeks. In the meantime I'm getting Seren started on her literacy skills. Shame about her motor skills, though:

*Okay, that's a giant lie - nappy changes are Andy's job. I'm the milk machine. 


Sarah Hilary said...

Aw, look, she's reading! Or is she critiquing? Cute, either way.

Valerie O'Riordan said...

I'm going with 'close reading'.

Sarah Hilary said...

Ha! Excellent answer.

Rachel Fenton said...

I had no idea you'd had a baby - huge congratulations.

My son's two, almost three, and has just stopped having naps, so I'm back to the scribble as much down as I can at the weekends method of writing.

Very talented baby (and gorgeous name)!

And congrats to all those mentioned.

Valerie O'Riordan said...

Thanks Rachel! :-)