Picture © Kath Keep.

Earlyworks Press

Biography Challenge

Picture © Kath Keep.


Stepping Stones in Publishing

Books, Poetry & Articles
Art Exhibition
Earlyworks Press Publications
 About Us
Links & Listings


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Stories of St Leonards


The Hastings Modern Art Beach Book

The Hastings Modern Art Beach Book


Visions of Hastings - stories, memories, pictures and articles by the people of Hastings. £9.99 from Earlyworks Press.

Visions of Hastings Anthology


Picture © Colin Breck


Picture © Colin Breck


Picture © Kath Keep


Picture © Kath Keep.


Links and Listings

Here are some of our friends, and some of our favourite small presses and writer-friendly organizations.  

The Bohemia Village Voice, based in Hastings and St Leonards, is running a

short story competition 

word count 600, entry fee £3, first prize £250. 

Here's the entry form.

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Sentinel Literary Quarterly

is the online Magazine of World Literature published by the Sentinel Poetry Movement and edited by Nnorom Azuonye. We publish fiction, poetry, essays, drama, and interviews. We also run short story and poetry competitions every 3 months.

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Everybody remembers that amazing moment they won a prize,

but writers also come out on top - because entering competitions 

encourages motivation, organisation, and inspiration.

Every issue, around 200 competitions – some with free entry; 

poetry, stories, plus collections, playwriting, non fiction, books etc.

Details of around £250,000 in prize money.





That hyphen is very important!

WORD POWER BOOKS is a leading quality independent bookshop opened formally by Booker Prize-Winner James Kelman on 1 December 1994.

This world-wide online service is an alternative to corporate bookshops that refuse to allow their workers to join trade unions. Unlike Amazon, recipient of £1.6 million taxpayers' money from the Scottish Executive (The Bookseller, 28 May 2004), Word Power receives no state funding.

The site offers access to all books in print in the UK but is committed to promoting literature outwith the mainstream thereby making it more accessible and helping to support small presses and new writers, Platform - a regular column for groups, campaigns or individuals to post articles and foster debate, and Noticeboard, where you can post information and details of events.

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Home of the International Writers’ Block

Segora open poetry and short story competitions, writers’ assignments, ideas for creative writing, editing and appraisal service, Through the Mill publications
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Second Light Network & ARTEMISpoetry


Second Light: a network of women poets, serious about developing their work and promoting poetry written by women, through publications, readings, one-day and residential events and festivals. ARTEMISpoetry is a twice-yearly journal featuring poetry, reviews of books by women poets and articles. Second Light's anthologies (in association with other publishers or by Second Light Publications) have proved very successful.



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Hastings Writers

Legend Writing Award

Cash prizes: 1st £500, 2nd £250, 3rd £100 3 x £50 Runners-up

This competition is for short stories up to 2000 words and particularly aims to encourage new writers living in the UK. Email for entry form.

 Entry Fee: £7 plus flash fiction comp, fee £3. Closes 31st August.



Energy burst by Taff Lovesey

Spider Gem by Taff Lovesey

The Portal Chronicals - www.lovesey.net

Taff Lovesey was born in 1959 in the Welsh valleys but now resides in Lincolnshire. A fan of all things fantasy and inspired by writers such as Stephen Donaldson and Edgar Rice Burroughs, Lovesey launched his Portal Chronicles series in 2006.Having recently turned away from corporate life, Lovesey now makes a living from a combination of IT support for home users, adult tuition in Lincolnshire and, of course, his writing.


The Books



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The New Writer cover pic

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Bi-monthly magazine established 1996. Publishes the best in fact, fiction and poetry; packed full of market information, monthly email news bulletin included in subscription package, administers annual Prose & Poetry Prizes.






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The Penniless Press

The eclectic North West based magazine of poetry, prose, reviews and comment - a quarterly for the poor in pocket and rich in mind.





If you have read about our High Fantasy Challenge, you might like to join in the debate about the future (or lack of it) for High Fantasy.  You could start by sampling "Legend" where you can read Arthurian and romantic fantasy, and articles on alternative history, myth and magic.  Legend, and other publications from Trevor Denyer are on sale at www.midnightstreet.co.uk.

While you're there, take a look at the latest issue of Midnight Street and Roadworks magazines



If you like poetry, you'll enjoy a tour of www.iotapoetry.co.uk  You will find a very attractive poetry magazine, with readers' reviews and news about competitions and festivals, and a useful links page.  This is also the home of Ragged Raven Press





Pennine Platform publishes new poetry and reviews twice a year. The magazine is independent, though currently supported by the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society. It is one of the longest surviving little magazines in the UK, having started in 1973. 


Words Magazine

Words Magazine

Editor Shaun Peare writes:  "Writers website containing a host of resources, short story competitions (all entries considered for both magazine or website publication) produces a quarterly magazine (free gift for all subscribers) and has a free advertising opportunity.  Well worth a visit!!"


Graphic design and photographic art.  

Original designs for book covers and promotional material

for writers and artists.


Circaidy Gregory



Circaidy Gregory Press

Independent Books for Independent Readers


The Circaidy Gregory Review by Booksy 

A site is for readers who aspire beyond this month's 100 fastsellers. If you want to try something new and/or different, if you are fed up with seeing the same books in every bookstore in the land, have a look around and see what other readers have found. You can read about small press publications, lesser known publishing houses and specialist bookshops. You can recommend your favourites, and discuss and review the books on display on site.


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Editor James Smith writes: The Story campaign aims to increase the profile, prestige and presence of the short story in our culture via the National Short Story Prize, the largest award for a single short story in the world, and the Story website. Updated on an almost daily basis with information about new books, competitions, events and magazines, the website also has a bibliography of more than 570 titles to date; articles about story projects; opinion pieces about the state of the market for short stories; and a growing database of freely downloadble stories.




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Mervyn Love writes:  WritersReign is an oasis of calm for the aspiring writer who wants high quality articles on all aspects of the writing craft, competitions for short stories, non-fiction and poetry, links to other sites for writers, plus links to a wide variety of resources, software and teaching products. Phew! Does WritersReign really offer all this? Yes, we do. Really, really. Why not make a quick cup of tea and get over there NOW! 


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A quarterly magazine that publishes longer short stories and long poetry

Check out the new website here...



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SOUTH is published twice yearly, and features 60 or so poems written in
English, and previously unpublished. Selection is anonymous, and is made by
a selection panel, which changes for each issue. SOUTH features a profile of
a poet associated with SOUTH, accompanied by a selection of their poems.
SOUTH encourages the poets it publishes to meet each other by inviting them
to take part in public readings that launch each issue.