Jacqueline Grima has been writing for almost all of her life, her writing journey beginning when she received her first rejection from the teenage magazine Jackie when she was just fourteen years old.
Despite her disappointment, she never gave up. After graduating from Portsmouth Polytechnic in 1991 with a degree in Spanish Studies, Jacqueline quickly became a mum to three boys and, after she became a single parent, wrote only when she could. Her efforts paid off when she had two short stories published in Acorn Magazine and her story This Old Man was shortlisted as a runner-up in a Jacqui Bennett Writer’s Bureau Competition in 2011.
As her boys got older, Jacqueline decided it was time to go back to her studies and, after an immense amount of hard work, received First Class Honours in a BA Literature with The Open University. While studying, she also wrote her first unpublished novel Coming Second, which was shortlisted for the Luke Bitmead Bursary in 2014, alongside work by winner and Legend Press writer Tara Guha and Orenda Books’ Louise Beech. Legend Press, who organise the bursary, described Coming Second as, “A delicate and enveloping portrayal of mental illness. The characters are described with such an astounding amount of realism that they leap of the page.”
Jacqueline has also had short stories published in The Literary Commune magazine and on the Literally Stories website, as well as poetry published on The Single Feather. She has recently completed an MA in Creative Writing at Manchester Writing School where she was taught by a team of esteemed and established writers such as Gregory Norminton, Nicholas Royle and Rachel Genn. She has also worked as Student Editor-in-chief of Humanity Hallows, an online and print magazine produced by the Student Press Office of Manchester Metropolitan University and is still a member of the team. She contributes articles, reviews and features to the magazine and regularly interviews members of the literary, academic and entertainment industries.
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