Janet H Swinney

What people have said about her work:



The qualities in her writing that stand out are her ear for dialogue; her eye for the Thurberesque; her sympathy for the common woman and man, and her lack of sentimentality.

Alison Burns, literary consultant and former director of the postgraduate Certificate course in Novel Writing, City University, London.


Thank you for making me discover a GREAT writer!!! Your concise, rich language is one of the most original I’ve ever encountered. How you manage to tell whole lives in a few pages is simply admirable. I take my hat off.

Alberto Portugheis, concert pianist and international peace campaigner.


I laughed so much, I spat my tea out.

Cynthia Klein, artist and educational consultant.


It was a genuine delight to read your masterfully written manuscript. There are dozens of delights in your writing, from single words, to fabulous sentences, to spot-on images. In other words Bravissimo.

Paul Soderberg, Editor, ‘The Feathered Flounder’, Arizona.


Dark, bleak and funny.

David Ewens, author, the Frank Sterling Quartet.

  • 2015
    'Moving In' highly commended in Olga Sinclair competition.
  • 2014
    ‘The Queen of Campbeltown’ finalist in the Earlyworks Press short story competition.
  • 2014
    London Short Story Competition 2014
    ‘The Work of Lesser-known Artists’ is joint runner-up in the London Short Story Competition 2014
  • 2013
    The Map of Bihar', 'Editor's Choice', 'Best New Writing 2013, Hopewell
  • 2009-10-11-12
    Finalist, Earlyworks Press competitions, 2009-10-11-12
  • 2011
    Short-listed, Fish International short story competition 2011
  • 2008
    Runner-up, 'Guardian' international development journalism competition 2008

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