HISSAC Highlands and Islands Short Story Association and Writing Competition

Success Stories

Short story writing is only the start for many people - a jumping-off point into the world or professional writing.

Quite a number of our previous entrants, members, and those who have taken part in our mentorship scheme have gone on to have their works published, and here are a few of them...

Our Ten Year Celebration Anthology

A wonderful collection of stories from previous winners and runners up

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Blue Postcards by Douglas Bruton,a several times previous HISSAC Winner and partaker in our Mentorship Scheme

Once there was a street in Paris and it was called the Street of Tailors. Now it's the 1950s and Henri is the last tailor on the street...
"The novel, and the magic blue Tekhelet thread that stitches it together, will stay with readers forever, leaving them in a more beautiful and coincidental world."
Julia Nemirovskaya, poet, playwright and writer

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Cuddie’s Strip by Rob McInroy, who took part in our Mentorship Scheme.

Cuddies Strip is based on a true crime. It faithfully follows the investigation and subsequent trial but it also examines the mores of the times and the insensitive treatment of women in a male-dominated society. It is a novel about love and friendship and the need to break free from the ghosts of the past.

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Smog by Isabelle LLasera, who came joint 2nd in 2007.

Serious, humorous, tragic and inspiring, the stories in Smog explore the nuances of identity and nationality, assert that the personal and political are always interdependent and rest on our fundamental humanity.

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The Wacky Man by Lynn Farrell, who took part in our Mentorship Scheme.

Winner of the Luke Bitmead Award in 2015 The Wacky Man is intense and disturbing. Amanda secludes herself in her bedroom, no longer willing to face the outside world. Gradually, she pieces together the story of her life: her brothers have had to abandon her, her mother scarcely talks to her, and the Wacky Man could return any day to burn the house down. Just like he promised.

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Mrs Winchester by Douglas Bruton

Sarah Winchester is gripped with guilt. Left a fortune by her husband’s invention of the Winchester rifle, she is haunted by those it has slain, and by her own complicity in their deaths. In an effort to ease her conscience, she begins the construction of the Winchester House, a maze of rooms meant to house the dead Sarah cannot seem to escape.The novel masterfully handles themes of grief, responsibility, atonement and ultimately forgiveness through a multitude of vibrant voices.

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Travelling in the Dark by Emma Timpany, who took part in our Mentorship Scheme

Set in the wild, beautiful and unreliable landscape of southern New Zealand, Emma Timpany’s novella is an evocative story of a woman coming to terms with her past

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2019, and Emma has just won an Award for her book: The Woodhouse and DLF Writing Prize, attended by the hugely acclaimed Scottish author Denise Mina, and the Duchess of Cornwall
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The Threat Level Remains Severe by Rowena Macdonald

A smart summer read, and a satirical look behind the doors of Westminster

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The Huntingfield Paintress by Pamela Holmes

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Tandem by Alex Morgan, who took part in our Mentorship Scheme

Tandem won the Hookline Award in 2014 and was shortlisted for the Guardian Debut Novel 2014 Award

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Talk of the Toun by Helen MacKinven

Talk of the Toun will be published by Thunderpoint in October 2015; a coming of age novel set in Falkirk in the 1980s

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Returning: The Journey of Alexander Sinclair by Sharon Gunason Pottinger

Returning is the story of a journalist returning to Scotland from Afghanistan

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Harriet Kline, who won the HISSAC Short Story Award in 2012 with her story Ghost, went on to win The London Magazine Short Story Competition in 2013 and was appointed a judge in the same competition in 2014.
You can buy the 2013 compilation of winning London Magazine Stories Here
And here's Harriet's website: www.harrietkline.com

Joyce was in her mid-eighties when she joined our mentorship scheme; since then she has had two books published

Gold Mohur by Joyce Mackenzie

A Bride for Sunil by joyce Mackenzie

The Spike Snaguinetti mysteries www.thomasmogford.com

Neil Sentance, who came 2nd in 2008 with his story The Colour of Days now has a book published on the riverlands of his native Lincolnshire, exploring the history of his family and the landscape that shaped them.

Water and Sky

Click here for more on Lane Ashfeldt, who took part in our Mentorship Scheme