All posts by Megan Taylor

  • Short Stories Online

    March 2018 sees three of my short stories published online!

    I’m very happy that Fox-Holed has been released by STORGY today. Double Exposures (a collaborative project, working with fascinating images) came out yesterday on Mere Mortal and Meredith made its appearance last Friday on Dissections, the Journal of Contemporary Horror.







  • NWS Short Story Workshop

    I’m running a short story workshop for Nottingham Writers’ Studio this Thursday, 15th February, between 7 and 9pm.  The workshop is open to non-members as well as members and all proceeds will go towards NWS’s current funding drive.  For more details and to book please visit Nottingham Writers’ Studio.

  • The Walter Swan Short Story Prize 2017-18

    Totally thrilled that my short story, ‘Touched’, has been selected by judges, Anna Chilvers and Angela Readman for the shortlist of The Walter Swan Short Story Prize 2017-18.

    The Walter Swan Short Story Prize Anthology, edited by S J Bradley and comprising all the long and shortlisted stories, will be published by Valley Press and launched on May 22nd at Leeds Library. The final three prizewinners will also be announced at this event, which is run by the Northern Short Story Festival and the Leeds Big Bookend in partnership with the Walter Swan Trust.

  • Writing On…

    My next short story course for Writing East Midlands begins on Saturday 3rd February at Nottingham’s Waterstones.

    Writing On, which will feature a whole new series of exercises, is suitable for writers who have previously attended my courses or to new participants eager to deepen and develop their writing.

    Please visit Writing School East Midlands for further information and booking enquiries.

  • LeftLion’s Twelve Reads of Christmas

    Very happy that my short story collection, ‘The Woman Under the Ground’, has been included in LeftLions’s ‘Twelve Reads of Christmas’…

    The Woman Under the Ground, by local author Megan Taylor, is the perfect present to dive into during the chaos of a manic Christmas. It’s a great collection of beautifully written short stories, each one intriguingly illustrated by the talented artist, Nikki Pinder. Save someone’s sanity, buy it now!” – Ian Collinson, Weathervane Press

    I’m not sure about saving anyone’s sanity (perhaps more like peeping over the edge) but it could perhaps offer an alternative to misty-eyed urchins and grinning Santas.

  • Small Acts of Kindness

    I was at my local Waterstones on Saturday for the launch of Nottingham Peacebuilders’ anthology, ‘Small Acts of Kindness’.

    Combining a wide variety of poetry and flash fiction, this collection, inspired by the words of Gandhi, King and Ikeda, is part of an ever-growing community project promoting peace through the arts.

    There have been art installations and music events and Saturday’s sold-out launch featured a great live band alongside many warm and impassioned readings.

    I feel very lucky to have my flash, ‘Dragon’, included in such a diverse and positive anthology.  And the celebrations continue at Five Leaves Bookshop on December 11th.

  • Mere Mortal Magazine

    Photographer, journalist and freelance writer, Eli Regan, has set up a Kickstarter campaign to fund the publication of a new magazine, ‘Mere Mortal’.

    Eli says of the project –

    From vintage photo essays like W Eugene Smith’s seminal work ‘Nurse Midwife’ about Maude Callen – a black nurse and midwife and Dorothea Lange’s ‘Migrant Mother’ essay to Gillian Wearing’s iconic heart-rending messages held by desperate businessmen and more recently Juno Calypso’s re-imagining of a solipsistic honeymoon, there’s definitely still life in the photo story.

    Mere Mortal has grown out of this belief. We want to reflect photo stories by both known and lesser known photographers and also show high-calibre journalism and other types of writing: poetic, non-fiction, flash fiction.

    The strap line ‘There’s STILL LIFE in the photo story’ plays on the ‘Mere Mortal’ title, means what it says but also is a double entendre in that the still life reflects photography’s borrowed practice from painting – the pictures of objects that can end up being more emblematic of the way we live than straight portraits.

    The first issue will feature an all female line-up including photographers, Jona Frank, Tish Murtha, Niloo Kohan, Estelle Cadwallader and Hazel Hughes, and the writer, Anyonita Green-Boyle.  I’m delighted that Eli has also invited me to write creatively around an image for this issue, something I love doing and am looking forward to very much.

    Please do check out Mere Mortal – back it if you’re able to, or promote it, or simply get excited!

  • Mouse

    … And so delighted that a very different short story, ‘Mouse’, has won the Furious Gazelle’s Halloween Contest!  You can find it online here…

    Happy Halloween!!!

  • The Brighton Prize

    Delighted to have a short story longlisted in this year’s Brighton Prize!

    Update!  Thrilled to learn that it’s made the shortlist!!

    Even better update!!  I’ve just heard that my story (which I can now reveal is called ‘Winter Break’) has made it to the top three – overjoyed!!!

    The winners will be announced at an event on November 17th at The Brunswick in Hove

  • Drift

    Thrilled to learn that my short story, ‘Drift’, has been accepted by Dark Lane Books for publication in their 6th weird fiction anthology – out this winter!