First prize winner of the Northern Short Story Festival 2017 Flash Fiction Slam.
Phil performed his short story ‘The Haunted Pan’ at Leeds Big Bookend’s second annual #NoShoSto Festival.
First prize winner of Writing on the Wall’s WoWFest2016 Flash Fiction competition.
WoWFest2016 was sci-fi themed and Phil’s ‘Orrery’ was announced as the winning 500 word short story which answered the brief of ‘The Ninth Planet’.
First prize winner of Book Week Scotland 2014 Flash Fiction competition.
“I chose ‘Red Eye Reduction’ to be the overall winner because the story managed to combine so many elements with apparently so little effort. Structuring the narrative around the entirely visualisable but oddly abstract activity which is computer picture editing, the writer was able to handle characterisation while pulling in the other thematic strands with humour and panache.”
—Helen Lynch, Book Week Scotland 2014 competition judge, author and lecturer at University of Aberdeen
Finalist in NYC Midnight’s Short Story Challenge 2018.
Written to strict genre, subject and character constraints, Phil’s comedy ‘Pull Together to Pull it Off’ was placed in the top 3 of its heat. Progressing to round two, Phil’s drama ‘Frontier Control’ also placed in the top 3 of its heat, securing him a place in the final.
“This story was extremely enjoyable to read. It was witty and genuinely funny; the office environment and conflict didn’t need much explanation, leaving the author room to dedicate most of the story to the hilarious micro-aggressions of the Plan B team. The author has a good handle on comedic pacing and shifting time; transitions occured naturally throughout.”
—NYC Midnight judge (Round 1), Short Story Challenge 2018
“I loved the voices of the characters. The dialogue was so fresh, clever, witty, and kept me engaged all the way through. The humor gave the story such a nice twist and unique tone. The characters felt layered and realistic. The weaving in of the radio was interesting and creative.”
—NYC Midnight judge (Round 2), Short Story Challenge 2018
Shortlisted for the Bath Flash Fiction Award in October 2017.
Competition judge David Swann selected my flash fiction story ‘Single Use’ for the shortlist of twenty.