Russell Jones

Poet, Fiction Writer

Author's Bio

Russell is an Edinburgh-based (Scotland) writer and Editor. He has published 6 collections of poetry and edited 3 anthologies. He has a PhD in Creative Writing from The University of Edinburgh and was the UK's first pet poet laureate.

Literary agent: 
Juliet Mushens

Publications & Prizes

Book:
The Green Dress Whose Girl Is Sleeping (Freight, 2015)
Chapbooks:
Spaces of Their Own (Stewed Rhubarb Press, 2013)
,
The Last Refuge (Forest Publications, 2009)
Prizes won: 

Elgin Award 2019 – shortlisted (tbd) – “Dark Matters”

 

Rhysling Award 2019 – nominated – “That’s one small step for (a) man…”

 

British Fantasy Society award: Best Magazine / Periodical (2018) – Shoreline of Infinity

 

Carers UK Creative Writing Competition 2018 – highly commended – “You Gotta Go There to Come Back”

 

UK’s Pet Poet Laureate (2018-2019)

 

Coast to Coast to Coast poetry pamphlet competition 2018 – runner up – “Dark Horse” pamphlet

 

Milestone Poetry Competition 2017 – shortlisted – “Skives”

 

Signo Novella Prize 2017 – shortlisted – “Dating Superman”

 

Half the World Global Literati Award 2016 – shortlisted – “The Talkers”

 

Best Scottish Poems of 2015 – “The First Kiss”

 

Shore Poets Quiet Slam 2016 - winner

 

Charles Causley Poetry Prize 2016 – 2nd place – “Waggledancers”

 

Mountaineering Council of Scotland Poetry Competition – 2nd place – “Out, Out”

 

The Elgin Award 2015 – short listed collection, “Spaces of Their Own”

 

9th Annual Data Dump Award – “After the Moons” - winner

 

Best Scottish Poems of 2013 - “The Ant Swap”

 

The Elgin Award 2014 – short listed collection, “Spaces of Their Own”

 

Rhysling Award (poems published 2013) – long listed (“After the Moons”)

 

Cinnamon Press Poetry Competition 2013 – Long listed collection

 

Dunbar Wee Festival of Words Writing Competition 2013 (“In on the Tide” and “Harbour” competitions) – Joint winner

 

Craigmillar Writing Contest 2012 – winner (“Ghazal Jigsaw”)

 

Cambridge Public Library’s “Poem a Day” contest 2012 – joint winner (“The Elephant Wash”)

 

Venture Award for Poetry 2011 – Short listed collection (Our Terraced Hum)

 

Plough Prize 2011 – short listed, short poems

 

Plough Prize 2011 – long listed, short poems

 

Wigtown Poetry Competition 2011 – commended (“Barracuda”)

 

Genomics Forum International Poetry Competitions 2011 (Improving the Human) – 3rd (“Chromosome Medley”)

 

The Writer’s Bureau Poetry Competition 2010 – 3rd (“Crossing Over”)

 

Bridport Prize 2009 – Short list (“Ghazal Jigsaw”)

 

Aesthetica International Annual Creative Works Competition 2009 – highly commended

 

Carillons Open Poetry Competition (2008) – 4th (“Farewell Song”)

 

Plough Poetry Prize 2008 – commended (“Ness”)

 

Bridport Prize 2008 – shortlisted (“Old Man of the Sea”)

 

Salopian Poetry Society Competition 2008 – runner up (“Last Memory”)

 

Scintilla Poetry Competition 2008 – 3rd place

 

Eric Gregory Award (2007) – shortlisted collection (Barracuda)

 

Bridport Prize (2007) – shortlisted (“Barracuda”)

 

Grierson Verse Prize (2007) – winner (“Craftwork”)

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
British
Prefers to work with: 
Any
Fluent in: 
English
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Last update: Jan 16, 2020