Ruby Speechley is a novelist and short story writer. She completed the Faber Academy novel writing course in summer 2016, under Richard Skinner. Her latest novel is currently on submission:
A young surrogate must find the twins she gave up, after the new mother is found dead.
Charlotte is a young mother, desperate to become a surrogate for a childless couple. She meets middle-aged Malcolm and Brenda online, who are offering to pay more than the usual expenses. Charlotte becomes pregnant with their twins, but soon after she hands the babies over, the new parents disappear. They can’t be traced. When a body is found, Charlotte recognises the woman as Brenda, but she has a different name, a different husband and grown-up children of her own…
Recent writing successes:
May 2017: Ruby won a place to meet an agent at the International Literature Festival, Dublin.
June 2017: The first chapter of Ruby’s new novel was long listed in the Retreat West First Chapter competition.
August 2017: Ruby won Amanda Reynolds’ Close To Me/Wildfire Pitch competition (with the longer pitch above).
September 2017: Ruby won Best Opening Chapter at the Festival of Writing in York and was runner-up in the Perfect Pitch competition (with the longer pitch above).
Ruby’s second novel, The Weight of Stones was long listed for the Exeter Novel Prize 2017 and short listed for the Retreat West First Chapter competition 2017.
She won the Retreat West First Chapter competition in 2015, with her first novel, The Black Garden, selected by Jo Unwin.
In 2014 she won a Retreat West short story competition. Better Left Unsaid is published in their anthology, ‘Inside These Tangles, Beauty Lies’.
Many of her short stories and flash fictions have been long listed for Fish Publishing prizes over recent years. Last year, James Dean Daydream was shortlisted and in 2013, Mistaken was shortlisted.
In 2012, Final Delivery was shortlisted in the EarlyWorks Press prize and is published in their anthology, ‘From Barcelona to Bihar.’
In 2009, Ruby graduated with an MA in Writing from Sheffield Hallam University and went on to be mentored by Jill Dawson on the Gold Dust scheme.