Please vote for my story (if you like it!)

I have a little (138-word) ditty called ‘Just Like Enid Blyton’ (see below) which has been longlisted (sixth week in a row!) on It’s quite near the beginning (fifth story): click until you get to ’77 more’. Clicking on the picture below will also take you there.

If you like it – I hope you do – please click on ‘Vote’. Voting closes midnight 11th/12th December. Thank you!


Another productive week

Hello everyone. In the past I’ve talked very little about what I do but given that I’m now taking my writing more seriously, I thought I’d share my news with you. Yay. 🙂

I’ve started NaNoWriMo (for the umpteenth time) this month with the follow up to The Serial Dater’s Shopping List*, The Serial Dieter’s Shopping List, with Izzy’s sidekick, Donna, at the helm, and set in Hemel Hempstead and Tring (Hertfordshire) rather than Northampton, although Izzy, Hunky Dunky and other characters will make an re-appearance in this one.

By the way, if you’ve read this first novel, I’d be really grateful if you left a review on Amazon, Goodreads and / or wherever you purchased it. Thank you! Reviews can be make or… er, ticking along for authors.

I’m also writing a couple of standalone psychological thrillers, and another women’s novel, so will be cracking on with those, and hopefully the mix will keep my word count respectable. As of day 2, I’m a bit behind but am planning on catching up over the weekend.

If you’d like to be a Beta Reader for any of these, please sign up. Again, you will have my heartfelt gratitude… and a mention in the relevant acknowledgements.

My latest little (150-word) ditty called ‘Feeding Time’ (see below) has been longlisted on and you can vote for it (if you like it) – click until you get to ‘6 more’. If you like it – I hope you do – please click on ‘Vote’. Voting closes midnight 13th/14th November. Thank you!

Speaking of flash fiction, the new rounds of my 100-word comp and BeaconLit’s 500-word competition are open.

I’m on schedule with my client Editing and Critique: one novel sent back yesterday (a day early) and three more booked in, taking me up to 7th December.

On a more personal level, but still writing related, I’ve had two new bookings in: Carlsberg Christmas Fair (mid December) and a talk to Barclaycard Pensioners Club (next July). Woo hoo! Oh, and I’ve got the date for my 15-minute audition with Bedfordshire Women’s Institute for next February. They’ll all be here before we know it.

I’ve updated my Morgen With An ‘E’ page with all these events and more: judging the Flash 500 short story competition (February), a local W.I. panel, and a talk about podcasting at Troubador Self-publishing Conference (both April) BeaconLit Literary Festival (workshops and panels) and a talk to Barclaycard Pensioners Club (both July).

So, all in all, it’s keeping me out of mischief… if only! 🙂

A busy day – five ‘woo hoo’s and it’s only 3pm!

The day started off brilliantly with me finding out I’d been longlisted, with 121 others(!), for my 143-word story ‘Two Peas’, written especially for Ad Hoc Fiction for their theme of ‘door’. To read the story (and if you enjoy it please click on the ‘Vote’ button) please pop along to then keep clicking on the ‘xx more’ until it shows ’53 more’. (NB. there are only a few days to do so; the current theme is ‘Feed’ and then votes for that will open October 30th replacing this one.) Thank you!

Secondly, I’ve been interviewed over at TL Clark’s blog, and starts…

Author name: Hello. I’m Morgen Bailey.
Morgen with an E. Not to be confused with the handful of MorgAn Baileys (mostly American), including a rocket scientist, basketball player, Green politician, and transsexual porn star. I get some interesting Google Alerts!

Are you a traditionally published/indie/hybrid author?
I’m both. I self-published seven books between 2011 and early 2018, and my eighth, The Serial Dater’s Shopping List, was traditionally published, the first of a two-book deal, by Bombshell Books (part of Bloodhound Books) in July 2018. (Hello Betsy, Fred, team, and fellow Bombshells!)  Self-publishing means the author has total control but not the support of a publisher or agent. I’ve been very lucky with Bombshell in that I got to choose the (fabulous) cover, and had a blog tour and review promotions upon release. These days it’s generally up to the author anyway to do most of the marketing and I’m hiring two marketeers to help with this.

Thirdly, I’m the judge for the annual Flash 500 Short Story competition! You have until the end of February to submit your stories but it’s never too early to start planning. Lorraine says, “We are looking for stories ranging between 1,000 and 3,000 words, with strong characters, a well-crafted plot and realistic dialogue (where used). Make us laugh, make us cry, but most of all, make us feel!” That’s exactly how I judge too! Click on the link or photo above to find out more.

Fourthly, I’m going to be one of The National Association of Writers Groups’ (NAWG) regular contributors to their bi-monthly ‘Link’ magazine. You can look forward to writing and editing tips, competition advice and more. Click here for more details.

And fifthly (not finally as the day’s far from over…), an anthology I contributed a (very British, based in Cambridge and inspired by Trinity College’s Great Run) story to is available for pre-order from Amazon. See for details. Clicking on the picture below will also take you there.