Today I heard my short story Florrie Moore is Innocent has been shortlisted by Writers’ Forum Magazine.
This exciting news has come at the perfect time, as I’ve recently been feeling disheartened my collection of “lockdown shorts” have been struggling to find homes.
Although being shortlisted does not mean the story will be published (only if it wins one of the top three places), this is still a massive confidence boost. It reminds me of a blog post I wrote a couple of years ago about how important it is to celebrate all successes, however large or small.
Florrie Moore is Innocent is set in Victorian Bristol and was partly inspired by the BBC programme A House Through Time. I love reading historical fiction, but this was my attempt at writing historical fiction for an adult audience. I’m therefore thrilled the story has been shortlisted, and in a reputable magazine at that.
Should I use archaic language when writing historical fiction? You can find my earlier blog post on this topic here.
This weekend, I’ll be back to cramming in novel rewrites (more on that soon). But for tonight, atleast, I’m going to be putting my feet up and delighting in my shortlist success.