It all started with Chudleigh Phoenix,
a monthly community magazine written
by and for the people of Chudleigh in Devon. From October 2009, the Phoenix was edited and published by Kate McCormick
and Sharon Cook. Originally a bimonthly, by March 2012 we had grown from 4 pages to 10 - and every issue was bursting
at the seams with news and views from Chudleigh. From April 2012, the Phoenix became monthly - and now we have 8 or more
pages per issue and we're still growing!
Our main distribution channel is electronic (either via email or on the site
); a small number of hard-copies are produced each time, courtesy of Chudleigh Town Council - these are snapped up very
quickly. The January 2013 issue was produced as a paper version and delivered free of charge to every house in Chudleigh.
There are currently no plans to repeat this exercise.
2013, Sharon Cook stepped down from the role of co-editor, but still writes for CP on occasion.
In July 2013, we offered the children of Chudleigh Primary School the opportunity to produce a special edition of CP, in
conjunction with our third annual Chudfest celebrations. The Chudleigh Junior Press Team threw themselves enthusiastically
into the project and the outcome can be read here
. We were so impressed with their efforts that we offered them a monthly page in CP; The Children's Voice can be found
on page 3 of every issue from September 2013 onwards.
Our annual short story competition was launched in August 2010. It is open to all
writers, published or unpublished, anywhere in the world. There were three main prizes (£100, £50 and
£25) plus a special prize for the best local entry (£25). For the 2014 competition, we increased the first prize
to £200. Winners are announced in the April issue of Chudleigh Phoenix. Winners of the 2011-2014 competitions
can be found here
. The 2015 competition
has just opened and runs until 31st January 2015; this year, we have discontinued the local prize, but we have increased
the first prize to £250. The results will be announced and the winning entries published on this site on 15th April
2015. The Next Step...
In July 2011, we set up Chudleigh
Phoenix Publications. Our first anthology of short stories Life is Not a Trifling Affair
was launched at the Chudleigh Literary Festival on 13th July. We were very proud of our new baby and hoped it would
be the first of many. Details and purchase information can be found on this site. In January 2012, we took a step further
and published Trifles
as an ebook. It is available on Amazon for Kindle and on Smashwords for other reading devices.
anthology Life is Not a Bed of Roses
was launched at the pre-Christmas book fair in Chudleigh Town Hall on Friday 23rd November 2012.
between writing and publishing fiction, we published a how-to book on running a successful summer party. Sunshine and Sausages
grew out of more than twenty years experience and provides some great tips to make sure you enjoy your party
as much as your guests do.
Our fourth book was a collection of short stories, flash fiction and memoirs
by Elizabeth Ducie entitled Parcels in the Rain and Other Writing
Then we branched out onto publishing on behalf of other authors: RAMMblings
anthology of musings by members of Chudleigh Writers' Circle, resulting from a day out at the Royal Albert Memorial
Museum (RAMM) in Exeter. Copies of this book can be bought via the CWC website
Our latest publishing project is a series of ebooks by
Elizabeth Ducie on The Business of Writing,
aimed at writers who are in the process of turning their hobby into a full-time occupation. Part One: Business
was released on 1st April 2014 and Part Two: Finance Matters
came out on 1st July 2014.