About Megan Holland

I write across multiple genres and platforms, specialising in creative non-fiction and memoir.

My short story, The Coalman, raised money for the homeless charity Barnabus; while my novel The Last Picture House was selected for the Penguin Random House initiative Write Now. My short play, Resistance, was performed at Oldham Coliseum Theatre’s First Break Festival. My short story Date Night was a winner of the Creative Future Literary Awards in 2017 and my creative non-fiction piece The Snake Pass came second in the inaugural Hinterland Prize. I’ve written the first ever church-based VR experience for Cartmel Priory.

I frequently write for The LGBTQ Review, where I’m mentored as part of the initiative ‘Raising Our Voices’, I’ve also completed an Arvon Course in Science Fiction and Fantasy writing in 2018 and frequently participate in open mic nights throughout Manchester.

Follow me on Twitter @miggysworld

Credentials 

Prizes

The Hinterland Prize (2019)

Second prize for creative non-fiction piece, ‘The Snake Pass’

Creative Future Literary Awards (2016)

Commended for short story ‘Date Night’

Quiet Man Dave prize (2020)

Longlisted for creative non-fiction piece, ‘Mafia Cake’

Women on Writing

Longlisted for creative non-fiction piece, ‘Hortus Botanicus’

Publications

The Snake Pass (2019)

Creative non-fiction, Hinterland Issue 3

Date Night (2016)

Short story, Important Nothings

The Coalman (2014)

Self published short story, raised over £600 for Manchester homeless charity, Barnabus.

Commissions
The Young Martyr (2017)

VR experience, Cartmel Priory and Holdens Agency

Articles and writing
LGBTQ Arts Review (2018 – present)

Regular reviewer for LGBTQ arts and theatre in the UK

Pen and Think (2017 – present)

Blogging about grief

Other opportunities

Arvon – Science Fiction and Fantasy course (2018)

WriteNow – Penguin Random House (2016)

Selected as one of fifty writers to take part in WriteNow, looking for new writers that represent marginalised voices in books and publishing.

The LGBTQ Arts Review New Writing and Performance Scheme (2016)

Offered mentoring and developmental support as part of the LGBTQ Arts Review New Writing and Performance Scheme.

Oldham Coliseum Theatre – First Break Festival (2016)

Short play, Resistance, selected as one of four to be performed at the Oldham Coliseum Theatre.