I was very pleased to hear that a first draft chapter of my new work, Seagull Pie, written this year at a Freefall Writing retreat in Portugal, won a ‘Highly Commended’ award at the 2015 Winchester Writers’ Festival Writing Competitions.
As part of the award, we receive feedback from the judges:
This was a very good account of a moment of departure told from a child’s point of view. The writing is full of detail and is extremely funny in places. I liked that this isn’t an airbrushed account. At times the experience feels uncomfortable and that is conveyed in the writing. This is a well told story that includes a real sense of tension and jeopardy. There are strong characters and complex family relationships are conveyed. I finished with vivid impressions of mother, Bonma, Michael and the dog. In a strong field this piece deserved its place on the shortlist.
A nice little write up in The Southern Star, a local Cork paper:
Reviews of my short story, “So Long, Marianne” in the Unthology No 3:
Sabotage – October 16, 2012 Review by Charlotte Barnes
Bookmunch – October 11, 2012 Review by Fran Slater
And my flash story, “Minotaur” was short listed for Lightship Publishing’s The Lightship International Flash Fiction Prize and will be published in their anthology in November.
“…The collection keeps its promises: this is a varied, well put-together collection showcasing some interesting writers in an unrestricted and playful place.”
And nice things said about my story, Write or Die.
More: The Short Review
Another review of Unthank Books Unthology no 1 in Ink Sweat & Tears. “This collection is edgy, sharp and original and certainly shows that the short story is alive and well..” more..
My short story, Write or Die, is mentioned:
“…the fiction which, however you want to define it, is full of fresh, strong voices giving testimony to all that is weird and tangential, seething under the calm surface of everyday life. In Sandra Jensen’s Write or Die, we witness the breathless confession of Dale, foul mouthed and virtually illiterate, yet imbued with a sense of righteousness and a poetry of vision reminiscent of a figure from Faulkner.”
The review is by author Sarah Bower.
Here is a copy of Andrew Smith’s review of UNTHOLOGY No.1 from today’s Eastern Daily Press: