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Meet authors published by Exisle Publishing and EK Books, read the winning stories from our frequent writing competitions, and keep up to date with the latest news, insights and tips for serious writers who are ready to get published.
May 14, 2021
Story: A Child Awakens

Story by Robert P. Ottone If The Boy could feel, he would feel cold. “It’s booting up,” a voice said in the darkness. The Boy’s eyes fluttered a moment, a brief halo of soft blue light fading to the oily blackness of his pupils, perpetually dilated. “Eyes set in Adore Mode, like the previous B-3s,” […]

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May 10, 2021
Navigating Social Media as a Writer

Social media is a great way to boost your audience, network, and gain more traction for your work. As a writer, this is key to showing publishers that you can market yourself, giving them confidence you are an author whose books will sell.  When it comes to social media, you have all the control. What […]

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May 4, 2021
Story: Mechanical Jesus

Story by Peter Hankins It was the Earl’s leprosy that brought us the mechanical Jesus. Our little church is unremarkable in most ways, but it holds the arm-bone of St Effulgentius, a relic which has performed many miracles, especially the healing of wounds and cankers. The Earl had not meant to visit us in Mertingham […]

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December 14, 2020
Sheltering at Home

This story by Laurie Lewis is a finalist in the 2020 non-fiction writing competition, Alone in the Time of Covid-19 Perhaps – probably – I am fortunate to be, mostly, a loner. I am used to being alone and am more or less comfortable with that. But these few days have been bewildering. Assuming that […]

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December 10, 2020

This story by KE Fleming is a finalist in the 2020 non-fiction writing competition, Alone in the Time of Covid-19 Monday: Doggy-paddle through the usual flood of weekend emails Tuesday: Finalise draft for weekly e-newsletter Wednesday: Send out, remember to thank all the contributors!!! Thursday: Schedule social posts for the weekend Friday: Double check schedule, […]

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December 10, 2020
A Puzzled Year

This story by Diane Sims is a finalist in the 2020 non-fiction writing competition, "Alone in the Time of Covid-19" I am a brand-new puzzle each COVID19 morning. Still the blinds continue to baffle the breeze. Still the smell of fresh coffee remains so familiar, even if the beans are a tad dear. Still the […]

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December 10, 2020
A Curmudgeon and the Bug

The winning story from our 2020 writing competition entitled "Alone in the time of Covid-19," this story by Roy Innes brings you inside the life of an elderly gentleman facing social isolation and doing battle with unfamiliar technology. I shouldn’t bitch. I’m not truly alone in this cursed pandemic thing, but after seven months of […]

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November 27, 2020
An Extraordinary Year for Writers - 2020 in Review...

Exisle Academy was founded during the inferno of 2020. When the publishing world ground to a (mercifully, temporary) halt, our talented and experienced staff from Exisle Publishing and EK Books suddenly found themselves with a rare resource: Time. We decided to use this time to reach out to the many thousands of authors who send […]

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November 11, 2020
The Turning Point - Selected Stories Announced!

Earlier in 2020, Exisle Academy hosted a writing competition with the theme: The Moment My Life Changed. Three finalists and one winner were eventually chosen (congratulations again, Marjorie Counsel), but such was the overall quality of entries received that a decision was made to feature a selection of stories in a resulting anthology, provisionally entitled […]

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October 20, 2020
The Journey Of A Book

A Note From Exisle Publishing CEO, Gareth St John Thomas: You could have thought that after a life time in publishing, and my father was a writer and publisher, and his too, I would know what a book would like and feel like before it came back from the printers. But when the advance of […]

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