List of significant writing achievements to date.

2016 - Judge Writers' Talkback 'Fire' One Word Challenge.
- Poem 'Sea Dragon' published in the Dawntreader magazine (Issue 33).
- Poem 'The Foreigners' Club, Sorrento, 8th October 2005' wins Writers' Talkback 'Failure' One Word Challenge.
- Judge Writers' Talkback 'Jam' One Word Challenge.
- Poem 'Choice' runner-up in Writers' Talkback 'Choice' One Word Challenge.
- Poem 'Icarus' published in The Dawntreader magazine (Issue 35).
- Poem 'Sufficiency' runner-up in Writers' Talkback 'Enough' One Word Challenge.

2015 - Judge Writers' Talkback 'New' One Word Challenge.

- Poem 'Gateway' wins Writers' Talkback 'Library' One Word Challenge.
- Judge Writers' Talkback 'Zest' One Word Challenge.
- Poem 'Happily ever after?' wins Writers' Talkback 'Fantasy' One Word Challenge.
- Judge Writers' Talkback 'Trouble' One Word Challenge.
- Poem 'Alchemist wins Writers' Talkback 'Alchemy' One Word Challenge. 

2014 - Poem 'Lost' published in The Dawntreader magazine.
- First Amazon review for Finding My Tail - 5 stars.
- Short piece on Finding My Tail published in Members' News section of Writers' News.

- Poem 'The Hiffle Sploffer' runner up in Writers' Talkback 'Illumination' One Word Challenge.
- Poem 'Bonfire' wins Writers' Talkback 'Vanity' One Word Challenge.
- Poem 'A Gardener's Prayer' published in The Dawntreader magazine (Issue 27).
- Judge Writers' Talkback 'Yield' One Word Challenge.
- Poem 'Letter to an Unknown Soldier' published on Letter to an Unknown Soldier website - http://www.1418now.org.uk/letter/samantha-newbury/
- Start contributing regularly to the Visual Verse website - http://visualverse.org/images/
- Poem 'Kites' published in The Dawntreader magazine (Issue 28).
- Poem 'Magic in walnut and satinwood' wins Writers' News Talkback 'Glitter' One Word Challenge.

2013 - Poem 'lump' published in 'Heart Shoots' anthology in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
- Poem 'Storm in May' published in The Dawntreader magazine (Issue 22).
- Poem 'Lost' featured on Stephanie Butland's Bah to Cancer Blog http://bahtocancer.com/
- Poems 'Valentine', Wishful Thinking' and 'Day Trip' published in Talkback Writers 'One Word Anthology' print version.
- My first poetry collection 'Finding My Tail' published by Indigo Dreams Publishing on 8th July 2013 http://www.indigodreamsbookshop.com/#/samantha-newbury/4577371951
- Official launch of 'Finding My Tail' held at Luton Central Library on Saturday 13 July 2013.
- Lovely review of Finding My Tail in October issue of Reach Poetry.
- Spend weekend at Mere Literary Festival and read 'Kites' at Poetry in the Grove event.
- Poem 'Kites' wins runner up prize at Mere Literary Festival Poetry Competition.

2012 - Poem 'Siesta' published in The Dawntreader magazine (Issue 18)
- Poem 'Bat' published in Writing Magazine.
- Signed publishing contract with Indigo Dreams Publishing for first poetry collection (Finding My Tail) - due out 13 July 2013.
- Poem 'Valentine' wins Writers' News Talkback 'Shattered' One Word Challenge.
- Judge Writers' News Talkback 'Torch' One Word Challenge.
- Made redundant due to NHS restructure.
- Poems 'Valentine', Wishful Thinking' and 'Day Trip' published in Talkback Writers 'One Word Anthology' e-book.
- Joined the Poetry Society and Luton Poetry Society.
- Poem 'lump' selected for 'Heart Shoots' anthology in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. http://www.indigodreamsbookshop.com/#/macmillan-cancer/4567736428

2011 - Poem 'Wheeeee!' shortlisted for Plough Prize - children's poem category - www.theploughprize.co.uk
- Poem 'For Two Weeks Only' published in The Dawntreader magazine (Issue 14).
- Poem 'Decorating the Tree' described as 'finely wrought calligramme' in Writing Magazine.
- Poem 'Van Gogh's Bookshop' wins Certificate of Distinction at Mere Literary Festival Poetry Competition.
- Poem 'Conversations with a Lesser Planet - Fugue - Part One' wins runner up prize at Mere Literary Festival Poetry Competition.
- Poem 'Bat' wins second prize in Writing Magazine Animal Poetry Competition.
- Poem 'Gale' published in The Dawntreader magazine (Issue 16).

2010 - Poem 'Gale' reaches second long-list for Plough Prize - children's poem category.
- Complete Writers' News Home Study Course in Poetry.
- Start Writers' News Home Study Poetry Course Extension (put on hold in 2011/12 due to health issues).
- Poems 'Watercolour' and 'La Patisserie Automne' published in The Dawntreader magazine (Issue 12) - www.indigodreams.co.uk
- Poem 'Where's the acid-free tissue paper?' wins second prize in Baskalier Publishing's Extinction competition.
- Poem 'Creole' selected for the 'Bugged ... writings from overhearings' Anthology - www.bugged.org.uk
- Poem 'Bat' shortlisted for Malton Literature Festival Creative Writing Competition (Poetry).
- Poem 'The difference between annealing and tempering' wins second prize at Malton Literature Festival Creative Writing Competition (Poetry).
- Poem 'Finding my Tail' published in The Dawntreader magazine (Issue 13).

2009 - Poem 'Day Trip' wins Writers' News Talkback 'Journey' One Word Challenge.
- Judge Writers' News Talkback 'Serendipity' One Word Challenge.
- Poem 'Embroidered' reaches first long-list for Plough Prize - short poem category.
- Poem 'Tea at Grannie's' wins second prize in Northampton Literature Group Poetry Competition - Free Verse category.
- Set up website - www.smanf.com.
- Poem 'Conversations with a Lesser Planet - Fugue - Part One' short listed in Writing Magazine sonnet competition.
- Spend weekend at Mere Literary Festival and read 'For Two Weeks Only' at Poetry in the Grove event.
- Poem 'For Two Weeks Only' wins Certificate of Distinction at Mere Literary Festival Poetry Competition.

2008 - Poem 'Watercolour' reaches second long-list for Plough Prize - short poem category.
- Poem 'For Sylvia at 17' published in Rowing Home (Cruse Tyneside Bereavement Anthology).
- Poem 'Wishful Thinking' wins Writer' News Talkback 'Superstition' One Word Challenge.
- Judge Writers' News Talkback 'Remember' One Word Challenge.
- Start Writers' News Home Study Course in Poetry.

2007 - Poem 'The Hidden House' short listed in Writing Magazine 'Chaucerian Roundel' Competition.
- Short Story 'Once Upon a Time' short listed in Writing Magazine 'Annual Love Story' competition.
- Poem 'Something to Hang on Your Tree' wins third prize in Writing Magazine 'Christmas Poem' competition.
- Poem 'The Cape - 7th October 2006' short listed in Writing Magazine 'Space Travel' Competition.
- Poem 'Adult Tap (Beginners)' published in Luton PCT Update newsletter.

2006 - Receive first rejection slip, from Faber (thought I'd start at the top and work down!).
- Poem 'Festival' short listed for Writers' News 'Small Miracles' Competition.
- Letter published in Writing Magazine.

2005 - Poem 'Christmas Wishes' wins Writing Magazine Christmas Card Verse Mini-Competition.

2004 - Start work for NHS, time to write on bus and in lunch breaks.
- Poem 'Encounter' published in 'Still Life' - United Press.

2003 - Advert tag line seen on Tube inspires short story which results in boss telling me I'm wasted in Facilities Management.
- Mini-Story ending to Sainsbury's Magazine 'Mortimer Street' series of short stories is one of four published in the Magazine.
- October - hand in notice, having decided I don't want to spend next 25 years dealing with cleaning contractors, blocked loos and complaints about the air conditioning.
- November 2003 - January 2004 - career break, write, draw, sew and paint, fly for first time.

1988 - 2003 - write mainly in response to world or life-changing events.

1981 - 1988 - write fairly consistently until life begins to get in the way.

1980 - Receive round of applause from classmates for story 'Weird Witchcraft'.
- Start first book 'Land of the Unicorn' - long since lost.

1979 - Receive Pink Slip and 3 House Points for poem 'Encounter'.

1972 - 1979 - learn to read and, once started, can't stop; start writing stories and poems.

1966 - 1971 - pre-reading, brought up on Little Grey Rabbit, Beatrix Potter, CAM, fairy tales etc.