Poverty Princess applies for a Penguin Mentorship

Tell us about yourself, why you are applying for WriteNow and how you meet our criteria (250 words) *
WriteNow is intended to support writers from backgrounds which are under-represented in the publishing industry, including but not confined to members of BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic), LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer) communities, writers with a disability and writers from socio-economically marginalised backgrounds.


I’m a 23-year-old Creative Writing and Psychology student from Liverpool. I work as a Customer Advisor for Lloyds Bank – it’s soul-destroying but the money is good and I get regular cigarette breaks. I write for my own blog (smashtonfierce.wordpress.com), mostly about my experiences in the working world, my life in Liverpool, the occasional review and once in a while, ‘Love’.  I use the word ‘Love’ very loosely.

In my spare time I hang out with my main gal-pal Jenny, usually at the Wetherspoons in Childwall where the Prosecco is cheap, (only a tenner!), and the Brie Bites are exquisite.

Oh and I’m Gay. Very, very Gay.

Why am I applying for WriteNow? Why the hell not. I plan on writing a semi-autobiographical book that’s kind of like Girl-Boss, but a whole lot more Gay-Boss. Let’s face it, I’m going to need all the help that I can get trying to get it published.

The lead will be a sassy, independent homosexual, who needs no man, going about his life but accidentally running into a few fuck-boys along the way. Probably more than once. As I always say, “You live and you learn. Or you just don’t.”. A coming-of-age story full of shitty-jobs, excellent friends, new experiences and a whole lot of anxiety. Maybe even a glass of Lambrini or two.

Come hell or high water he will be the lead. The story will be told through his eyes. He will not be reduced to a stereotyped, supporting-role.

Thank you.

Tell us why you write (250 words) *

Why do I write? Because I’m good at it. I have a strong voice and I’m not afraid to use it. Well 80% of the time. There have been occasions where I’ve let my own insecurities and men boys silence it. Thanks to living, learning and a whole lot of CBT at TalkLiverpool, my life has been man-child free since June 2015. I’m ready. So ready to share my experiences and have my voice heard. It’s 2016 and Sam Bloody Smith, openly gay, is still too scared to use gender pronouns in his lyrics. Well he’s either scared or a sell-out, but I’m just going to sip my tea and keep my personal opinions to myself.

I’m one-hundred-percent jesting with you. He’s a sell-out. Facing limiting his ‘target-audience’ or whatever BS his agents fed him, he made a judgement call. The wrong one.

I love Ariana Grande but I am not a Dangerous Woman. I love Beyoncé but I am not being cheated on with Becky with the good hair, in most circumstances. I love Rihanna but I am not a Good Girl Gone Bad. I am so grateful to these women for the empowerment they’ve gave me and the relatability that they’ve provided, but when it comes down to it, I am not a woman. I’m a Gay man and there are not enough fellow gay men out there representing me honestly.

I’m not saying that they are obliged to do that, but I guess if they won’t, I’ll have to.


3 thoughts on “Poverty Princess applies for a Penguin Mentorship

  1. I love your blog I really do!

    And you just educated me here – being a straight woman, and absolutely ALL the songs ever being about me (yes that’s right – not just anyone, but ME) it’d never occurred to me how marginalised anyone else is. At least Brie bites will never sell you out, eh? Xx


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