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Welcome to Chudleigh Phoenix Publications

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.
 
In January 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.

From Small Beginnings...

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 It is open to all writers, published or unpublished, anywhere in the world.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, 2012 and 2013 competitions can be found here. The 2014 competition has just closed; the results will be announced and the winning entries published on this site on 15th April 2014.. 

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.

Our second 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. 

In 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 is 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
 
On April 1st 2014, we launched our sixth book. The Business of Writing will be a series of ebooks by Elizabeth Ducie aimed at writers who are in the process of turning their hobby into a full-time occupation. Part One: Business Start-Up is available now. Further parts will be launched later in the year.