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Tom Vowler

Tom Vowler - Editor

Plymouth, United Kingdom

I am and 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 editor of the literary journal Short Fiction, which publishes some of the finest short stories from around the world. 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.

Services
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 (5 months)

I have recently joined Arvon as a tutor.

Associate Lecturer

Plymouth University
September, 2011 – Present (about 6 years)

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

Editor

Short Fiction Literary Journal
May, 2009 – Present (over 8 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 (11 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

various/Plymouth University students

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

Tom has 2 reviews

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Tanja Bisgaard

Honest feedback in a positive tone of voice!

, June 2017


Tracey Ellis

I'm really happy with the edits Tom suggested for my manuscript. He was also able to squeeze the job in at short notice.

, May 2017

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