Alumni News: March 2016

Some of the books published by Neon alumni...

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.

Sam Preminger (issue thirty-eight) was Poet Of The Month at online publication Yes, Poetry, and had also joined the MFA program at Pacific University in Oregon.

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.

Tracey S Rosenberg (issue thirty-seven, The Naming Of Cancer) has had her short story “May The Bell Be Rung For Harriet” selected for Best British Short Stories 2015.

Simon Collings (issue thirty-six) has had work published in Stride, New Walk, Brittle Star and Ink, Sweat & Tears.

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”.

Anton Rose (issue forty-one) had his short story published by Liars’ League and performed at one of their events in London.

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.

Alina Rios (issue thirty-eight) has started Bracken – her own, beautiful-looking literary magazine, the first issue of which is currently in production.

Laura McKee (issue forty) was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize, and was one of the winners of the Guernsey International Poetry Competition, which involved her poem appearing on a bus in Guernsey.

Leo Hunt (issue thirty-six) has published a young adult novel titled Thirteen Days Of Midnight which is now widely available all over the world.

Debra McQueen (issue thirty-nine) has published her poetry collection Bad Girlfriend with Singing Bone Press.

Nancy Hightower (issue thirty-four) has published a poetry  collection titled The Acolyte with Port Yonder Press. Shortly after publication this collection was nominated for an Elgin Award.

Alec Hutchinson (issue forty-one) has published a short story collection titled Asynchornous Ferox, featuring the story of the same name that appeared in Neon.

Tamsin Hopkins (issue forty-one) has published her short story collection Shore To Shore with Cinnamon Press.

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.

Tracey Iceton (issue thirty-nine) has published her debut novel Green Dawn At St Enda’s with Cinnamon Press.

Ian Mullins (issues thirty-three, thirty-eight, forty-one) has published his first collection of poetry Laughter In The Shape Of A Guitar with undergroundbooks.

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!