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About Bruce Harris

“First Flame”, by Bruce Harris, published in September 2013 by SPM Publications, consists of twenty five stories which have all won prizes, commendations or listings in competitions.

Bruce’s fiction and poetry awards list includes Writers’ Bureau (twice), Grace Dieu Writers’ Circle (five times), Biscuit Publishing, Yeovil Prize, Milton Keynes Speakeasy (three times), Exeter Writers, Fylde Writers, Brighton Writers (three times), Wells Literary Festival, Wirral Festival of Firsts, New Writer, Segora, Sentinel Quarterly, Swale Life, Southport Writers’ Circle, Lichfield Writers’ Circle, Cheer Reader (three times), TLC Creative, 3into1 Short Story Competition, Meridian, Five Stop Story (three times), JB Writers’ Bureau, Red Line (twice) and Bridport Prize and Bristol Prize longlists. Listings and samples can be found on Bruce’s site.

He has also published a collection of prize-winning poems "Raised Voices".

Bruce is now the editor of Writing Short Fiction, a free site offering advice, interactive questionnaires and resources for existing and aspiring short fiction writers.

Unveil Your Debut FictionIt is about nine years ago now that I started writing short fiction, having finally shaken the dust of a working lifetime in education off my boots and resolved to at last give my supposed creative writing urge a chance to sink or swim. When I looked around for help of various kinds, it occurred to me that many of the people and/or organisations offering it


The Need to ReadArticles written by agents and publishers in magazines and yearbooks constantly hark back to a familiar theme, one which also features quite frequently in the “submission guidelines” of magazines.  It cannot fail to be irritating for a magazine to receive material which is clearly hopelessly inappropriate for their publication, and it can be equally galling for agents and publishers to be sent fiction for


What to Write AboutDeciding to write, in principle, is straightforward enough, but the immediate hurdle to follow is deciding what to write about.

For many people, unfortunately, this is the one they stumble over so badly that they never get back up.  For others, the choice is obvious; with particular interests and experience in one