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John D. Rutter

  • The NorthBound Book Prize, 2020
John D. Rutter

John D. Rutter is a short story writer who also teaches, edits and writes about short stories. He completed an MA in Creative Writing at Lancaster University and a PhD on the short story at Edge Hill University where he has taught part time for several years. He has delivered conference papers on short fiction and published an article in the Journal of the Short Story in English.

His stories have been published as chapbooks by Nightjar Press and In Short Publishing, in anthologies by Unthank Books, Quinn Publications and Edge Hill University, in the Lancashire Evening Post, and online by Holland Park Press, 1,000 Word Story, The Short Story and Synaesthesia Magazine. Approval is his first full-length collection which will be published by Saraband Books with the support of the Northbound Book Award 2020.

In his former life he had various business jobs including as a marketing director and management consultant. Ten years ago he quit a vague management post at a large support services company because he realised it was silly, and started writing. John lives in Lancashire with his wife, Lin.


“The Northbound Book Award will change my life. Having started writing relatively late in life, I can finally say I am an author and commit my time to writing. I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with Saraband.”

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