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Karen Stevens

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing | 01243 816297


Karen has a special interest in the contemporary novel, children’s fiction and short fiction.  Her short stories include ‘Fighting for It’ (Water Baby: Panurge New Fiction 1995), ‘His Weight’ (The Big Issue, 1995), ‘The Visit’ (Spoonface, and Other Stories, Fish Publishing 2004), ‘Perfect Symmetry’ (Pulp Net 13 2004- British Arts Council funded web magazine for established and new writers), ‘It is such a new thing’ (The Art of Love 2005 - on-line gallery exhibition of visual artists, writers, poets and musicians.) ‘The Visit’ (Riptide: Short stories with an undercurrent, Vol 5, Dirt Pie Press, 2010), ‘Where You’re Heading’  (Overheard: Stories to Read Aloud, Salt publishing,2012).

Karen also specialises in teaching writing for children and young adults and reviews children’s books for She reviewed ‘New World Orders in Contemporary Children’s Literature in Gramarye: The Journal of the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy (Spring 2012). 

Karen gave a keynote lecture at Chichester Festival Theatre on Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories and read with Roddy Doyle at The Lonely Page Conference, Queen’s University Belfast 2008. Her edited collection Writing a First Novel: reflections on the journey was published with Palgrave MacMillan in 2013.


Winner of the Lancaster Short Story Competition, Winner of the Fish Publishing Very Short Story Competition, twice shortlisted for the Adventures in Fiction scheme, shortlisted for The Daily Mail Novel Writing Competition 2009, judged by Fay Weldon and Shena McKay.   

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