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

The Green Dress Whose Girl Is Sleeping (Freight, 2015)
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”)

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Last update: Jan 16, 2020