It's time to update the bio, I'm told. So here it is, warts and all. This should probably start with the most recent achievement - but that's not the way I roll.
Sporting 87 of my Ad Hoc stories on my Litographs scarf. December 2017
The full version follows this, but if you'd like the short version:
S.B. Borgersen - short biography.
Once described in the writing world as a ‘third space inhabitant’, S.B. Borgersen, originally from England, writes and makes art on the glorious shores of Nova Scotia, Canada.
Sue’s favoured genres are poetry, short and micro fiction. She is published internationally in anthologies, and arts and literary magazines, in print and online. She’s currently re-working one of her fourteen NaNoWriMo novels into a novella-in-flash.
S.B. Borgersen is a long-standing member of The Nova Scotia Writers’ Federation, a keen member of the ex-pat writers’ group PENS (Pens Around the World), and a member of The Society of Authors. Sue was a judge for the Atlantic Writing Competition (Poetry Category) 2016 and Hysteria (Poetry) 2017.
Her e-novella, Fisherman's Fingers was published on January 1st 2021 followed by her collection of 150 micro fictions, While the Kettle Boils (print and digital), in March. Of Daisies and Dead Violins, collected poems, written over 20 years, became available in print and digital format in December 2021. Eva Matson, an e-novella, was released in May 2022. Her publisher is Unsolicited Press, Oregon.
Here's the fuller story:
Achievements and publications - S.B. Borgersen:
1958 My Life Story: told by Laika, the sputnik dog in The Crusader, the first school magazine from King Richard School Dhekelia.
The missing years, mountains of non-fiction, only slightly creative, technical and training documentation.
2000 The Wings of the Doves in A Drop in the Ocean, a collection of six short stories, published by Brave Waves. A writer-initiated project, a result of the NSCC creative writing programme.
2000 2nd place with The White Wisteria in South Shore Literary Society annual competition. ($50 prize!)
2001 2nd place (poetry) with Life in the Atlantic Writing Competition. (another $50 prize!)
2009 The big breakthrough: Sister of No Mercy,
one of 75 poems from poets around the world in Leonard Cohen You're Our Man
, from the Foundation for Public Poetry, to celebrate Mr Cohen’s 75th birthday. Leonard Cohen You're Our Man
2012 Mail Order Bride
in Foreign Encounters,
a Writers Abroad anthology.Foreign Encounters
2012 Layers, poems and photographs.
Self published using Lulu Layers
2013 Shortlisted by the CBC for The Song that Changed Your Life.
2013 Edited, designed and produced Distant Voices, talking drums
A Six Week, Long Distance Poetry Project for More Writers Abroad. Published using Lulu
. Distant Voices
2013 Peeling, 39 poems and photographs written in 2012 and 2013. Published using Lulu
a creative non-fiction essay, was published in the anthology Foreign and Far Away
. This work subsequently received acknowledgement from the provincial government of Nova Scotia for the manner in which it addressed the tragedy of the Bangladesh factory disaster and compared it with excellent working conditions in the Maritime underwear factory, Stanfields, 100 years earlier. Foreign and Faraway
2013 to present: contributed to ArtAscent,
the international arts and lit journal with flash fictions: Emergence, The Sequence Dance, The Green Dress, Loved to Death,
and Three Anthems for Althea,
along with the poems, The Feel of Dark, Eating an Orange Before Breakfast
, and Point of View,
in addition to visual art. ArtAscent
a collection of short poems on the subject of light was published in Kaleidoscope
2016 Stiff as Boards, a
short story set in the Canadian Maritimes, published by Centum Press
in 100 Voices Volume 1
.100 Voices volume 1
A consistent contributor to Ad Hoc
since January 2016,
with her micro story, Walter’s Quest,
being pronounced a winner in September 2017. http://adhocfiction.com
2017 Wrong Stones in Nonsensically Challenged also published by Chris Fielden
2017 Shapes and Trip of a Lifetime, two short stories, shortlisted by Writing magazine.
2018 My poem 'How You Think You Might Find Happiness' was published by ArtAscent in their April 2018 issue. https://artascent.com
2018 Hit the 100 mark with Ad Hoc. That is 100 micro (150 words) story without a break. Looking for a publisher. 100 stories. 100 pages. What's not to like?
2018 Tuesdays (a short-short story) accepted by Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine for their 11.1 edition.
2018 My short The Blackout takes the 'featured story - Gold' place in June's issue of ArtAscent. The review by Oleksandra Osadcha is overwhelming.
2019 Daniel was accepted in February and published in April by Wells Street Journal https://wellsstreetjournal.com on page 56.
2019 Coming of Age accepted by Setu. Published May 3rd Coming of Age
2019 Daylight Robbery Shortlisted by Strands
2019 Mike and Sophie accepted by 50-words on April 11 2019 https://fiftywordstories.com
2019 - May 3rd Partners published on The Drabble http://www.thedrabble.com2019 - May 26th The Mackenzies published by Fewerthan500 The Mackenzies2019 - June 1 - Tunnel Vision was longlisted by Micro Madness New Zealand
2019 - June 21 - Pink Capri finally found a lovely home with Strands Publishing Pink Capri
2019 - July 9th - Trip of a Lifetime published by Cafelit. Trip of a Lifetime2019 - July 15th - The Escape long-listed by Retreat West
2019 - August 18th - Seeing the Light - Published by Fewer than 500 Seeing the Light2019 - September - da Vinci's Burlington House Cartoon - poem shortlisted by Writing Magazine
2019 - September - Micro Fictions Collection of 150 - manuscript While the Kettle Boils accepted for publication by Unsolicited Press.
2019 - October - Contract signed and Editorial Schedule for While the Kettle Boils agreed. Publication March 2021
2019 - November - A to Z accepted by Wells Street Journal
2019 - November - letter printed in Writing Magazine
2019 - November - Stiff as Boards to get a 2nd publication by Fresh Ink
2019 - December - Essay 'What is Home' accepted for publication in 2020
2019 - December - A story with a beginning a middle and end published by Storgy Link to story on Storgy2020 - January - 4 poems inspired by Nova Scotia season in THE POET THE POET - seasons issue2020 - February - Blue white gold, a short story, is accepted for publication by Strukturris. https://strukturriss.net/current-issue/
2020 - February - Indigo Sweetwater and Joe's Trip to the Library (flash fictions) published by Setu in March/April.
2020 - April - poem The cookbook given to you by your mother - published by Flora Fiction Flora Fiction page 57
2020 - April - The long-distance helpful phone call from your mother - accepted in 42 word stories
2020 - April - my poem - Were you once an art teacher - really published by Blue NibWere you once an art teacher, really
2020 - June - Made the top 22 in New Zealand's Flash Frontier Lockdown issue - publishing in video form on Youtube between 1st and 22nd (shortest day in New Zealand. Reading Two-faced Moira - micro fiction
2020 - June - Unsolicited Press accepted Of Daisies and Dead Violins - collected poems - for publication in late 2021.
2020 - June - Vapour Trail published by pendemic
2020 - June. Long-Distance Care published by LD BabyBabble Lockdownbabybabble
2020 - July - e-novella Fishermen's Fingers accepted for publication by Unsolicited Press. To be published January 1st 2021
2020 - July - Blink Ink accepted Himalayan Yak Chews for publication August 2020 edition
2020 - September - Shortlisted by Retreat West for Hidden Messages
2020 - October - Shortlisted by Strands for The Ballad of Jock McCoy - to be published shortly
2020 - October - Shortlisted by Retreat West
2020 - October - Honourable Mentions in Literary Taxidermy for Convent Girls in the Morrison Challenge and Strong and Black in the Huxley challenge.
2020 - October - Empty Tables - photographic art accepted by Patchwork Lit mag for publication in winter 2020. issue.
2020 - November/December - 2 books announced for pre-order. See above post.
2020 - December. Longlisted in Strands.
2021 has been a roller-coaster. Working with my publisher, Unsolicited Press, on January 1st my novella, Fishermen's Fingers, launched. On March 9th While the Kettle Boils was released. The editorial schedule for Of Daisies and Dead Violins got into full swing—and was released in December. My novella, Eva Matson, was published in digital format in May 2022. And my short story collection, The Sequence Dance, will go out into the world in April 2023.
In addition, there have been successes with short/microfictions and poetry in Art Ascent (issues 47 and 49). The Miramachi Reader, Paragraph Planet, and National Flash Fiction.
August 1st 2021. Bright. Beautiful. And Bold, shortlisted by Lockdown Baby Babble