We’re halfway through 2023, can you believe it? The months have whizzed by in a flurry of books, launches and events, with more yet to come later this year. With so much that has happened, we thought we would revisit some of Ringwood’s 2023 highlights so far, as well as give you your usual treat of Ringwood news.

We were thrilled to announce that the Ringwood short story competition is now accepting entries! There are two new prizes for 2023, as well as the main prize. This competition is perfect for anyone just starting on their writing journey. Entries must be no more than 3000 words and must be submitted electronically. The final deadline is Friday 1st December 2023. Please look at our terms and conditions page for full information on the competition and how to enter.

We also recapped that in January the campaign for instituting a new posthumous bravery award for the emergency services was finally brought to table at London’s Westminster Hall. This campaign was ran by Ringwood author George Barnsley, and the families of Detective Sergeant William Ross Hunt, and Constable George Taylor, two men who lost their lives on duty and never received the recognition for their sacrifice.

In April we launched our podcast, which featured author interviews and discussion all about books and publishing. You can find the link to our podcast here. We also relaunched There’s a Problem with Dad – read more about these events in the July Newsletter.

May saw the First of May launch at the Clutha Vaults in Glasgow and the launch of Bodysnatcher at Hillhead library in Glasgow. You can read about these events in our May Newsletter.

The newsletter also included an interview with Tom Wood, author of Ruxton: The First Modern Murder, who shared his writing process and his experience on the production of the audiobook.

The Ringwood newsletter would not be complete without the latest edition of “Get to Know Our Interns”. This month the spotlight was on Emma Clarke. Emma joined Ringwood in March and is Ringwood’s Marketing and Events Manager, but wears many hats and is also the lead author support worker for all non-crime fiction, is the chair of promotion and marketing events, and is a member of the editorial committee. With all of that, we were grateful that she had time to answer our questions – you can read the full interview in the newsletter.

That’s all for this month! To get the newsletter in your inbox (just the newsletter, no spam, we promise!) you can subscribe here. To read July’s newsletter in full, click here.