Tom Vowler

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Plymouth, United Kingdom

I am an editor, a prize-winning author and creative writing lecturer with more than ten years' experience.

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I am and editor, a prize-winning author and creative writing lecturer. My fiction has appeared widely, in dozens of literary journals and magazines, and my debut collection of short stories, The Method, won the Scott Prize in 2010. My two novels, What Lies Within and That Dark Remembered Day, received critical acclaim. A former journalist, I am now a commissioning editor with Unthank Books. This involves working with authors to ensure their fiction achieves its most accomplished form, my input varying from structural and tonal to aesthetic and grammatical. I have an MA and PhD in Creative Writing from Plymouth University, and am represented by a major literary agency. I was shortlisted for the prestigious Commonwealth Prize in 2017 and my latest book, a collection of stories called Dazzling the Gods, has just been published. I am happy to appraise your entire manuscript, or work on an extract. Equally, I can critique your short stories, or non-fiction. Feel free to get in touch to discuss your work, or to request a sample of my editorial work with authors. Meanwhile, I look forward to working with you.

Languages
English (AUS)
English (CAN)
English (NZ)
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Crime & Mystery
Historical Fiction
Literature
Short Story
Thriller
Non-Fiction
True Crime

Certifications

  • PhD Creative Writing
  • MA Creative Writing

Awards

  • Scott Prize 2010
  • Edge Hill Readers' Prize 2011
  • Bristol Prize (3rd) 2014
  • Storgy Prize (runner-up) 2015
  • HappenStance Prize 2008
  • Not The Booker Prize (longlist) 2014

Work experience

Tutor

Self-employed
July, 2017 – Present (about 1 year)

I have recently joined Arvon as a tutor.

Associate Lecturer

Plymouth University
September, 2011 – Present (almost 7 years)

I teach creative writing to both undergraduates and post-graduates.

Editor

Short Fiction Literary Journal
May, 2009 – Present (over 9 years)

I began on the journal as a reader, and then as assistant fiction editor, but have been editor for two years now. We are an annual publication specialising in the short story. I collaborate with authors to ensure their fiction reaches its potential, which can involve large structural changes to line edits.

Portfolio (13 selected works)

Short Circuit: A Guide to the Art of the Short Story (Salt Guides for Readers and Writers)

A guide to writing a short story. It features a collection of 24 essays from the short story writers, many of them prize winners in the toughest short story competitions in the English language. It includes writing exercises, and lists of published stories.

A guide to writing a short story. It features a collection of 24 essays from the short story writers, many of them prize winners in the toughest short story competitions in the English language. It includes writing exercises, and lists of published stories.

Short Fiction

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Plymouth University publication published annually in September, showcasing new work by a selection of students.

Plymouth University publication published annually in September, showcasing new work by a selection of students.

Short Ficton 1: The Literary Journal with a Visual Edge

Julian Gough, Philip O Ceallaigh, Kevin Barry

Riptide: v. 3: Short Stories with an Undercurrent

Jane Feaver, Luke Kennard, Tom Vowler

Story

Tom Vowler, Jo Field, Hannah Eiseman-Renyard, Joel Willans, Rachel Crowther

Method: And Other Stories (Salt Modern Fiction)

Tom Vowler

Winner of the 2010 Scott Prize for Short Fiction and the 2011 Edge Hill Readers' Prize. The characters in this award-winning debut collection are very good at losing things: children, lovers, hope, the plot. They discover the past is not a place easily escaped from, as it pursues them with startling, sometimes horrifying, consequences. It's impossible not to connect with these lives and the th... read more

Winner of the 2010 Scott Prize for Short Fiction and the 2011 Edge Hill Readers' Prize. The characters in this award-winning debut collection are very good at losing things: children, lovers, hope, the plot. They discover the past is not a place easily escaped from, as it pursues them with startling, sometimes horrifying, consequences. It's impossible not to connect with these lives and the th... read more

That Dark Remembered Day

Tom Vowler

That Dark Remembered Day

That Dark Remembered Day

What Lies Within

Tom Vowler

Lizard & Other Stories

Marcelle Mateki Akita

Follow the stories of five young characters who try to make sense of loss, sex and sexuality in ‘Lizard & Other Stories’. Marcelle Mateki Akita explores how topics such as broken family and romantic relationships, sexual violence and masturbation impact a young girl and woman’s development. The collection's short stories and flash fiction focus on girls and women of Ghanaian and mixed heritage... read more

Follow the stories of five young characters who try to make sense of loss, sex and sexuality in ‘Lizard & Other Stories’. Marcelle Mateki Akita explores how topics such as broken family and romantic relationships, sexual violence and masturbation impact a young girl and woman’s development. The collection's short stories and flash fiction focus on girls and women of Ghanaian and mixed heritage... read more

The Convenient

Albert Marsolais, Bettyanne Twigg

Azrael (Detective Allira Rose Series Book 1)

M.T. Ellis

Emily thought her ordeal was over after she escaped a brutal kidnapping. She’s wrong. He’s coming for her again.Azrael has two victims captive on his remote property. To rescue the women Detective Rose needs to get into the mind of a sexual predator. Can she do it in time?“From the very start, I was hooked! Azrael is a twisted and intense character, however, this book is so well written, you f... read more

Emily thought her ordeal was over after she escaped a brutal kidnapping. She’s wrong. He’s coming for her again.Azrael has two victims captive on his remote property. To rescue the women Detective Rose needs to get into the mind of a sexual predator. Can she do it in time?“From the very start, I was hooked! Azrael is a twisted and intense character, however, this book is so well written, you f... read more

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David Hills

Tom approached the review professionally, he completed on time and his work was thorough. While not hard, his depth of knowledge and experience with English exceeds mine so his feedback was at a good level. All questions put forward in regard to his review were responded to extremely quickly. Would have no hesitation in contracting him again.

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David Hills, June 2018


Chris Melton

Tom was a great reviewer. He gave me an overview on what he thought on my story and was really concise and helpful in his comments. He was always flexible on payments and had great response time. My first time on reedsy was awesome thanks to Tom. He deserves every star I gave him.

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Chris Melton, March 2018


Mark Hudson

I am very grateful to Tom for his thorough and creative help, with excellent structural recommendations. I would highly recommend him.

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Mark Hudson, January 2018


Albert Marsolais

The copy edit was finished ahead of schedule and it was very thorough. This is our first book, so Tom's suggestions were well-needed, as one becomes blind to mistakes and idiosycrasies. He was encouraging without being unrealistic, and left our writing project much better than he found it.

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Albert Marsolais, December 2017


Tanja Bisgaard

Honest feedback in a positive tone of voice!

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Tanja Bisgaard, June 2017

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