Laurence Sullivan

Fiction Writer


Author's Bio

Runner-up in the Wicked Young Writer Awards: Gregory Maguire Award, Laurence Sullivan's creative writing has appeared in such places as: LondonistThe ListNHK World-JapanFirewords Magazine and Popshot Quarterly.

He became inspired to start writing during his studies at the universities of Kent, Utrecht, and Birmingham – after being immersed in all forms of literature from across the globe and enjoying every moment of it. In 2023, he completed his PhD in the Medical Humanities at Northumbria University, exploring literary portrayals of women's domestic medicine during the eighteenth century. When not writing, he can probably be found playing video games whilst quaffing copious quantities of tea.

The following is a list of magazines, websites, anthologies, television programmes, and festivals he has been published by, or featured in...

Londonist, The List, Popshot Quarterly, Firewords Magazine, Fish Publishing, Your Cat, Times Higher Education, Crack the Spine, Literary Orphans, IdeasMag (Ideastap), Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, Flash Fiction Magazine, Ginosko Literary Journal, Dime Show Review, Drunk Monkeys, The Bookends Review, The Literary Hatchet, Across the Margin, The Literary Nest, Corvus Review, The Legendary, Insignia Stories Online, Akita International Haiku Network, Urban Tree Festival, Pilcrow & Dagger, Story Shack, The Fiction Pool, The Menteur, 50Word Stories, DECASP Comedy Gazette, Postcard Shorts, Kishboo, Open Pen, Thick Jam, FlashFlood, Dream of a Shadow, Alfie Dog Fiction, Just100Words.

Wicked Young Writer Awards Anthology 2016 (ArtsLink), That Which We Do Not Understand (Amelia's Magazine/House), Inspired by My Museum (Sampad and the British Council), Inspired by Gandhi (Sampad), 73rd Basho Memorial Haiku Anthology (Basho Memorial Museum), The Bookends Review: Best of 2019 (The Bookends Review), 14th, 13th, 12th11th10th, and 8th Selected Haiku Submissions Collection (Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum), Canopy 2022Flash #MyLandmarks and Shipwrecked (Samson Low), Forgotten Ones and Dark Magic (Eerie River Publishing), Seven Deadly Sins: Gluttony, Lockdown Phantom #3Ancients and Oceans (Black Hare Press),  Beneath (Ghost Orchid Press), Wryms (Shacklebound Press), Mythical Beings of Asia, Mythical Creatures of Asia, and Southeast Asian Fantasy Drabbles (Insignia Stories), Darker Times Collection: Volume One and Volume Two (Darker Times Fiction).

Haiku Masters (NHK World-Japan), MyLandmarks (Placecloud).

Museum Exhibitions:
Social Distancing, Haiku, and You (OCMA)

Birmingham Literature Festival, Being Human Festival, Bristol Storyfest, Wise Words Festival.

Critical Quotes:
"Incisive and penetrating prose which packs an emotional punch, heart-wrenching character-driven action where not one word is wasted: these are the hallmarks of Laurence Sullivan’s writing. In the worlds he has created, there is no space for uncomfortable truths to hide. To read Sullivan’s work is to have your eyes opened."
Chris Laoutaris, Author of Shakespeare and the Countess

"Laurence Sullivan's writing is both powerful and deeply moving."
Ken Pickering, Author of Some Canterbury Tales

“A cold winter morning...the wonderful moment under a warm blanket. What dreams did you see? This work does a wonderful job of portraying these feelings to the audience. The photo shows someone enjoying the warmth of the sun, which in turn represents the warmth of the haiku.”
Kazuko Nishimura, Multi-award Winning Author of Kigo De Yomu Genjimonogatari, on my poem Dreams

"Sullivan writes beautifully. His stories really capture my attention, they have such an honesty about them and capture emotion without any sentimentality."
Beth Cuenco, Creator of the Wise Words Festival

"Sullivan's style is simply beautiful and creates a great sense of atmosphere...He is a mini Solzhenitsyn and that is an accomplishment."
Aftab Hamid, Creator of Just100Words

Publications & Prizes

Seven Deadly Sins: Gluttony (Black Hare Press, 2021)
Ancients: Dark Drabbles #10 (Black Hare Press, 2020)
Lockdown Phantom #3 (Black Hare Press, 2020)
Oceans: Dark Drabbles #9 (Black Hare Press, 2020)
50-Word Stories
Across the Margin
Corvus Review
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Dime Show Review
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Flash Fiction Magazine
Foliate Oak
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Literary Orphans
Pilcrow & Dagger
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Postcard Shorts
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The Bookends Review
The Fiction Pool
The Legendary
The Literary Hatchet
The Menteur
Prizes won: 

Twice Winner of Darker Times Fiction's 'Flash Fiction' competition • Twice Winner of Just100Words' '100 Words' competition • Twice Winner of the Museum of Walking's 'Flash Ficiton' competitions • Runner-up in the 'Wicked Young Writer Awards: Gregory Maguire Award 2016' • Runner-up in Penguin Random House's 'Borders' competition • Runner-up in NHK World's 'Haiku Masters: Final Episode, and January 2018 Episode’ • Runner-up in Kishboo magazine's 'Spring 2015' competition • Honourable Mention in the 73rd Basho Memorial Haiku Competition • Shortlisted for Londonist's and the British Academy's 'Fairtyales of the City' competition • Shortlisted for Fish Publishing's Lockdown Prize • Shortlisted for the 'Reedsy First Chapter Award' • Shortlisted for the 'IdeasTap Inspires: Writers' Centre Norwich Award' • Shortlisted for Electric Reads' 'Young Writers' 2016' competition • Shortlisted for Five Stop Story's 'Summer 2013' competition • Shortlisted for Love On The Road's 'Topophilia 2013' contest • Finalist for the 'Dante Rossetti Young Adult Award 2015' • Longlisted for the UK Novel Writing Competition 2016 • Longlisted for Retreat West's First Chapter Competition 2018 • Longlisted for Flash500's Novel Opening Chapter & Synopsis Competition 2017 • Longlisted for Brilliant Flash Fiction's 'Feed Us' and 'Springtime 2016' competitions • Longlisted for Ito En's '27th Oi Ocha New Haiku' contest •

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Last update: Apr 07, 2023