Fiction & Poetry


Rachel won The London Magazine Short Story Prize 2019/20 and the W&A Short Story Competition 2020. She was shortlisted for The White Review Short Story Prize 2019, and has been longlisted for several awards, including The Royal Society of Literature’s V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize 2019. She is currently working on her debut collection of short stories.

You can read her stories “Homing” and “Potted Plants” online.

“In this time of isolation and uncertainty Rachel Bower’s story ‘Against the Tide’ shows that the consolation of great writing endures” Steven O’Brien, Co-editor of The London Magazine


Rachel’s poems have been widely published in literary magazines, including The Interpreter’s House, The London Magazine, Magma, New Welsh Review and Stand. Her work is widely available online in places like And Other Poems, Frontier, Ink, Sweat and Tears and Wild Court. Rachel has had work commissioned by BBC Radio/ National Poetry Day, the British Library, Poet in the City and Apples & Snakes North. She is the author of a poetry pamphlet, Moon Milk (Valley Press, 2018). A selection of poems from her new collection, Mothers of Gods, was highly commended in the Poetry Book Society/ Mslexia Pamphlet Prize 2019/20.

Rachel has had winning poems in several competitions including the York Literature Festival Poetry Prize and the Mother’s Milk Books Writing Prize. She has had poems shortlisted for the Flambard Poetry Prize (Newcastle University) and The London Magazine Poetry Prize. Rachel is currently editing a poetry anthology with Simon Armitage (Faber & Faber, forthcoming). She is the current Guest Editor of The A3 Review and she edited the Verse Matters anthology with Helen Mort (Valley Press, 2018).

Rachel Bower portrays very early motherhood with startling originality, exploring the natural world in new and sensual ways.” Rebecca Goss, Judge’s Report, Flambard Poetry Prize

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