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Ruskin Smith

  • Sid Chaplin Award (Highly Commended), 2022
Ruskin Smith

Ruskin Smith was brought up in Hull but now lives in Lancaster. He started writing consistently after taking Open Access evening classes at the University of Glasgow in 2013. He has had several individual short stories published, most notably by Glasgow-based independent publishers thi wurd, and is working towards a full collection.


‘Writing can be hard – developing the craft is difficult enough, not to mention the lonely business of trying to get work published. Recognition like this tells me I’m doing okay – I should keep going. To hear that these particular judges were impressed by my submission is hugely encouraging. I’m very much looking forward to the opportunities and support offered in the months ahead.’

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