It’s been over a year since I last caught up with past contributors to the magazine. In that time many of them have been busy publishing books, collections, stories and poems – sometimes in magazines, and sometimes on the walls of buses and trains! Quite a few have even been nominated for, or won, awards. Here’s a quick roundup of what’s been happening in the writing lives of Neon alumni since their words appeared in the pages of the magazine.
Kate Wisel (issue forty) has had poems published in Decomp and Spellabee Space – one of which was then selected as the winner of Boston’s “Poetry On The T” contest, and was displayed on Boston’s subway system.
Jenny Blackford‘s (issue forty) poem “Dancing Time And Space” was highly commended in the Melbourne Poets Union International Poetry Competition 2015. Additionally, she was selected to spend a week at a “Strictly Poetry” residency at Varuna in the Blue Mountains.
Ruth Brandt (issue forty) has published stories in Litro and Brittle Star, and had a story shortlisted in the Mslexia Short Story Competition. She also spent five weeks as a Writer In Residence at the National Trust Polesden Lacy house this autumn.
Amber Hart (issue forty-one) has had stories published in Storgy, Cheat River Review, Gravel, and The Danforth Review and placed second in Lumina Journal‘s annual fiction contest with her story “Animal Husbandry”.
Christopher Owen (issue thirty-seven) has had two of his stage plays performed: Winston Brown was performed by Not Too Tame at The Lowry and We’re Supposed To Be Singing Tonight was performed by Quids In Theatre Company in Aberdeen.
Meg Eden (issue thirty-seven and A Week With Beijing) has placed her debut novel Post High-School Reality Quest with California Coldblood Books – it’s due out in 2017. Additionally her poetry manuscript The Names Of Animals was a finalist in the Hong Kong University Poetry Contest.
This is just a small selection of the many amazing things the talented writers who have appeared in Neon have gone on to achieve. If I’ve missed any big news, then don’t hesitate to get in touch, so that I can include it in the next update. Congratulations to everyone listed above on their achievements – and I look forward to seeing what 2016 will bring!