Short Stories

A brilliant book to take on the train or for when you’re waiting to do something else – so good to have a set of short stories by different and talented writers that you can dip in and out of…click here for more information

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Get ‘Short Stories from Black Pear’ via PayPal. Thirty-four different short stories in one book.

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Wonderful News! Seaglass And Other Stories is here!

The anthology of the first Black Pear Press Short Story Competition is available direct from Black Pear Press and also from Amazon as an eBook or a paperback, click here.

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Taking its title from the winning story ‘Seaglass’ by
Rebecca Burns, and consisting of twenty varied and marvellous short stories, this book is the perfect gift throughout the year. Get your copy direct from Black Pear Press via PayPal:

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Here’s some information about our winning writers:

Rebecca Burns is a writer of short stories. Her debut collection, ‘Catching the Barramundi’ was published by Odyssey Books in 2012 and longlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Award in 2013. Rebecca was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2011; winner of Fowey Festival of Words and Music Short Story Prize in 2013. Profiled as a writer on the Grassroutes Project, an Arts Council-funded project overseen by the University of Leicester, which showcases the best transcultural writers in the county. Read more of her work at

Runner-up Pam Plumb’s story ‘Sleeping Dragons’ captivated the judges with its characterisation and setting.

Pam is a writer of flash fiction and short stories, based in the North East of England. One of her stories, Seven Breaths, was included in the 2014 National Flash Fiction Day Anthology ‘Eating My Words’. Other writing can be found online in the third ipamphlet from PaperSwans, as well as on Paragraph Planet, among others.

The ten short-listed writers:
Liar! Liar! Pants on Fire! JOANNE DERRICK
No Cause For Concern ALISON WASSELL
Sleeping Dragons PAM PLUMB
The Faraday Cage GRAEME HALL
The Jogger in the Park KEVIN BROOKE
and the ten selected entries:
As A Moat Defensive To A House BRIAN COMBER
I Have Put Away Childish Things BRIAN COMBER
Starry, Starry Night MEGANNE HEARNE
The Art Expert’s Child JENIFER GRANGER
The Expediter JAMES STARK
The Price Of Love JOSEPH GOVAN
Unfinished Business COURTNEY JENNINGS

Fifty Flashes Of Fiction

Fifty Flashes Of Fiction is here! FFoF Front Cover 2014The new anthology of Worcestershire LitFest & Fringe’s Flash Fiction competition is now available. This much awaited book was well-received at the launch in Worcester 30th November 2014. The audience were treated to readings from the first and second prizewinners and many other flash fashionistas. Get your copies via PayPal: UK customers: btn_buynowCC_LG NonUK customers: btn_buynowCC_LG

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Worcestershire Poet Laureate 2013, Tim Cranmore, launched his book of poetry ‘Barred’ at the Old Rec in June this year. Black Pear Press are pleased to confirm that the book is available via PayPal or from Amazon as a paperback or an eBook, see below.

Tim Cranmore was born in Worcestershire, England, and originally trained as a biochemist.
After a period in clinical research, he started making recorders at the Guildhall School of Music. He now travels the world with the recorders he makes and sells. Tim also runs courses on recorder making, he says that he and his colleagues ‘now feel that it is time for us to share what we know, and pass on the fruits of, in my case, 30 years of experience to anyone who wants it.’

Tim says he likes the idea of the 18th century musician producing a slightly worn instrument from the depths of his frock coat, and playing with his friends in the local coffee house. He is well known for his ability to make a recorder from a carrot and has entertained many with his demonstrations of doing just that!

Well known on the spoken word circuit, Tim became Worcestershire Poet Laureate in 2013. This, his first collection of poems, celebrates his time as Poet Laureate and includes poems about his carrot, plus favourites such as the beautifully melodic The Mermaid And The Mason and Tim’s humour in On My Bidet – For Catherine.

Tim holds a performer’s diploma in recorder, and has supplied many instruments to professional and amateur players all over the world during thirty years as a maker. His instruments have been used by leading players and are featured on a number of acclaimed CDs.

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The First Ever Black Pear Press Short Story Competition!

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Short Story Competition 2014

  • The first Black Pear Press (BPP) Short Story Competition is now open
  • Closing Date Friday 26 September 2014
  • Send us your short story maximum 1500 words
  • Entry fee: £5 per story
  • For rules see below
  • Judges: Authors Rod Griffiths, Tony Judge and novelist and award winning short story writer Alison May

The first ever Black Pear Press Short Story Competition!

We’re looking for short stories of 1500 words or fewer to be submitted to us before 26 September 2014.

Competition Rules

  1. Closing date is 26 September 2014.
  2. The maximum word limit is 1500, not including the title (no minimum).
  3. Authors may submit as many stories as they wish.
  4. Submitted pieces must not have been published elsewhere, must be the entrant’s own original work and available, if selected, to be published in the anthology.
  5. Translations of anyone else’s work are not eligible. Copyright remains with the writer.
  6. Entries may be published on the BPP website and may be included in an anthology.
  7. Entries must be in English.
  8. Submit entries by email to
  9. The subject line of the e-mail must read: BPP Short Story.
  10. Entries should be attached as a Word or an RTF document. Give your name and contact details in the body of the email, as well as the title and word count of your submission(s) and a circa 50 word profile of the writer in the third person. If you are paying by PayPal, your receipt no/transaction code should be included. Do not put your name or email address on the entry itself. Entries should be single spaced, in a clear font, 12pt.
  11. The winners and runners-up will be announced on the BPP website and on the BPP Facebook page.
  12. There is no theme. All styles and genres are welcome.
  13. No correspondence will be entered into regarding the outcome of this competition.

Entry into the competition is taken to be acceptance of these rules.

All entries will be judged anonymously.

Judges: Rod Griffiths, Tony Judge and novelist and award winning short story writer Alison May

Results announced 14 November 2014.

First prize: £75
Second prize: copies of two BPP publications

Please note that entries sent without the entry fee will not be considered and stories should be submitted only once.

All entries will be acknowledged within 48 hours of receipt of your payment. If you have not heard from us within a week please contact us. It is your responsibility to confirm your entry has been received.

No alterations can be made after receipt, nor fees refunded. The judges’ decisions are final and no correspondence can be entered into. No entrant may win more than one prize.

Due to the anticipated number of submissions, we cannot accept any that do not follow submissions guidelines and rules.

Good luck!

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Seeds of Destruction

The seeds of destruction have their roots in Simon’s bitter and lonely childhood. On the death of his grandfather he becomes wealthy enough to abandon his teaching job and, with ruthless determination, plans to remove anyone who stands between him and the attainment of his dream. Gradually losing all touch with reality, his behaviour becomes increasingly bizarre, with terrifying, destructive consequences.

The story unfolds through the eyes of Hester, a celebrity chef whose orderly life is thrown into chaos by her stepson, Simon. She views him with maternal affection, unaware that he harbours a dangerous obsession.

Frances Bennett launched her first novel, Seeds of Destruction, in 2014 and launches her second, Something Wicked, in 2019.

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Coming Soon! Jimmy Cricket

The newest title from Black Pear Press, Jimmy Cricket, will be published soon, so watch out for the launch date.

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Jimmy Cricket by Kevin Brooke is about that exciting and yet terrifying time in life, the early-to-mid-teens. Seen through the eyes of the main character, Jimmy Latham, this story shows how teenagers can, with the right support, survive just about anything.  Set soon after Jimmy’s fifteenth birthday and a year after the death of his parents in a car accident, his life is in disarray. He joins a bereavement club with a difference, where they play cricket as a form of emotional release, and he’s given the chance to focus on something positive.

Feedback from readers of the story so far includes:

‘A gripping read, I was drawn into the character as if I knew him. Very descriptive, thrilling and in some parts humorous. I would recommend this to my friends. Can’t wait for the next book (no pressure Kevin).’ Tom Bailey, aged 14

‘From start to finish it was exciting – I was desperate to read on. The main character was fun and mysterious.’ Genevieve Brown – aged 12

Although aimed at teenagers, Black Pear Press are convinced ‘Jimmy Cricket’ will be successful as a crossover book, a spokesperson said, ‘It’s a rare opportunity to support a local author who knows his target audience so well. When we read ‘Jimmy Cricket’ we couldn’t put it down, it has great ‘PTQ’ (page turning qualities).

Watch this space!

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Portraits of Prose

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Portraits of Prose Andrew Owens

Portraits of Prose is a collection of compelling short stories, each with the power to draw you in and leave a lasting impression. Each tale is concise, unique and well sustained and there is sincerity and feeling in every word. Whether it be the emotionally driven ‘30 Seconds’, the intense and disturbing ‘Sinister Justice’ or the touching and tender ‘Like Mother, Like Daughter’, there is something for everyone in this book. With their lovely easy to read style, these insightful stories engage the reader from the first paragraph to the last.

‘Delightfully impish’ – Glenn James co-founder of 42 Worcester (‘No Strings Attached’)

‘Concise, atmospheric, and with three twists, it engaged and was pretty much a case study in how to get it right’ – Gary Longden behind the arras (‘Bootleg to Paris’)

“Memorable, witty and highly amusing” – Fergus McGonigal (‘Between Friends’)

‘A creepy story with a very surprising twist in the tail’ – Jill King Worcester Writers’ Circle (‘While We Were Out’)

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