Sarah Barr

Writer, poet and teacher

Fiction

My short fiction has won and been shortlisted in competitions including Momaya, The Jane Austen Short Story Award, The Yellow Room, Frome Prize.

Short stories have appeared in literary and more commercial magazines, and in anthologies including: ‘The Cinnamon Review of Short Fiction 2018′; Momaya Short Story Review 2015’;  ‘Wooing Mr Wickham’ (Honno Press); ‘The Yellow Room’; ‘Woman’s Weekly’; ‘QWF’; ‘The Lady’; ‘Woman’;

The first novel I completed was longlisted in the Mslexia, Cinnamon and Exeter Novel Prizes. The second novel I’m writing was shortlisted in the Cinnamon and longlisted in the Exeter Novel Prize. Both novels are contemporary and have aspects of the  psychological suspense genre.

I often gain inspiration for stories while I’m travelling on train, bus or plane, while overhearing people talk, viewing a work of art, or reading other writers’ fiction or poetry. I enjoy the whole process of writing, re-writing and crafting fiction whether it’s a flash of a few hundred words, a longer piece of several thousand, or a novel.  I’m interested in seeing how stories may link or characters appear in more than one story.

Fiction writers who currently inspire me include Alice Munro, Elizabeth Strout, Anne Tyler, Deborah Moggach, Toshikazu Kawaguchi, Sayaka Murata, Raymond Carver, William Trevor, Claire Keegan, and Lydia Davis.

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