Laurence Sullivan

Fiction Writer

Newcastle
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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 Londonist, The List, NHK World, Literary Orphans and Crack the Spine. He has also had his fiction featured in literary festivals like the Birmingham Literature Festival, Bristol Storyfest and the Wise Words Festival.

Sullivan studied Drama at the University of Kent, Comparative Literature at Utrecht University, Shakespeare and Theatre at the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, and is currently studying a Ph.D at Northumbria University in 18th Century Medical Humanities. He became inspired to start writing during these university studies, after being saturated in all forms of literature from across the globe and enjoying every moment of it.

Sullivan takes inspiration from his favourite writers: Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, Suzanne Collins and Tennessee Williams. Personally though, he enjoys writing drama, fantasy, and horror. When not writing, he can probably be found playing video games whilst feeding his pathological addiction to tea.

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

Magazines/E-zines/Journals:
Londonist, The List, Your Cat, Crack the Spine, Literary Orphans, IdeasMag (Ideastap), Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, Flash Fiction Magazine, Ginosko Literary Journal, Dime Show Review, Drunk Monkeys, The Literary Nest, The Legendary, The Literary Hatchet, Across the Margin, Corvus Review, 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.

Anthologies:
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), Darker Times Collection: Volume One and Volume Two (Darker Times Fiction), 10th Selected Haiku Submissions Collection (Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum), 8th Selected Haiku Submissions Collection (Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum).

Broadcasters:
Haiku Masters (NHK World).

Festivals:
Birmingham Literature 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

“An excellent script. The play is very well written and flows nicely...The characters are clearly mapped out...A funny and interesting story.”
Manchester ADP, Theatre Group on my short play Artist Unknown

“A really intriguing set-up...a fun, breezy tone, built into a clear and defined climax.”
Pint-Sized, Theatre company on my short play Artist Unknown

Publications & Prizes

Journals:
50-Word Stories
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Across the Margin
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Corvus Review
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DECASP
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Dime Show Review
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FlashFlood
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Literary Orphans
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Pilcrow & Dagger
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Postcard Shorts
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The Fiction Pool
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The Legendary
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The Literary Hatchet
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The Menteur
Prizes won: 

Twice Winner of Darker Times Fiction's 'Flash Fiction' competition • Twice Winner of Just100Words' '100 Words' competition • 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 • Shortlisted for Londonist's and the British Academy's 'Fairtyales of the City' competition • 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 'Springtime 2016' competition • Longlisted for Ito En's '27th Oi Ocha New Haiku' contest •

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
British
Prefers to work with: 
Any
Fluent in: 
English
Born in: 
Birmingham
United Kingdom
Raised in: 
Malvern
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Last update: May 07, 2019