It all started with Chudleigh Phoenix,
community magazine written by and for the people of Chudleigh in Devon. Since October 2009, the Phoenix has been 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 6-8 pages per issue (or 12-16 every two months - 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.
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've offered them a monthly page in CP; this will be starting in September
2013.From Small Beginnings...
short story competition was launched in August 2010. It is open to all writers, published or unpublished, anywhere in
the world. There are three main prizes (£100, £50 and £25) plus a special prize for the best local entry
(£25). Winners are announced in the April issue of Chudleigh Phoenix. Winners of the 2011, 2012 and 2013 competitions
can be found here
. The 2014 competition
is now open and will run until the end of January 2014. The results will be announced and the winning entries published
on this site on 15th April 2014.. The Next Step...
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're very proud of our new baby and hope it will
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
The latest addition to our portfolio is RAMMblings
, an 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