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- Winner of National Flash-Fiction Day 2012 Micro-Competition - Highly Commended for her winning story: 'New Shoes'. Read it hereJenny Adamthwaite is an English Language graduate and lives in East London where she works as a teaching assistant. She has had short fiction published by Cinnamon Press, Dead Ink Books and Stand Magazine. She is currently working on a novel.
- Follow on Twitter at @jadamthwaite
- Gail Aldwin has been placed in flash fiction and short story competitions including Unbound Press and the Winchester Writers' Conference. Her work appears on-line with Paragraph Planet, Five Stop Story and CafeLit. Three print anthologies coming to press in 2012 contain examples of her writing. Gail has a regular column in What the Dickens? Magazine that answers writers' questions. She is currently working on a manuscript titled Mistrust. This story considers the friendship and rivalry between three urban mothers during a week's reunion in Dorset.Read her story 'Yearning' here
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- Jenn Ashworth's novel, A Kind of Intimacy was published in the UK, US and elsewhere in 2009 and was included in the Waterstone's New Voices promotion and short-listed for Sam Jordison's Not The Booker Award at The Guardian. In 2010 it got a Betty Trask award from the Society of Authors. Her second novel, Cold Light, was published by Sceptre in the UK and William Morrow in the US in 2011, and she has had many stories and flashes published in many places. Formerly a librarian, she now writes, edits and teaches full time. She is a Lecturer in Creative Writing for the University of Lancaster's Creative Writing Programme.
- A Kind of Intimacy on Amazon
- Cold Light on Amazon
- Winner of National Flash-Fiction Day 2012 Micro-Competition - Highly Commended for his winning story: 'Sad Lover'. Read it hereJason Bagshaw's Sad Lover was a winner in the 2012 National Flash-Fiction Day competition. His writing straddles thew line between genre and literary, and he works in verious mediums such as comics and even music. His is collaborating with an artist and a co-writer on a graphic novel and puts his music degree to good use in the band he plays in. He is currently at work on a novel, but who isn't?
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- Winner of National Flash-Fiction Day 2013 Micro-Competition - SECOND PRIZE for his winning story: 'Spinning'. Read it hereOliver Barton has recently retired from nearly 30 years of writing manuals for computer tape drives, and is now delighted to be able to write things that are inaccurate, untrue, and unlikely. Together with his wife Cath, he has published two volumes of their short stories and photos (Candyfloss and Candyfloss II), which are slim and irresistible and available from Lulu. They live in Abergavenny, the Rome of Wales (seven hills) with Eggy, the cat, and a pond of newts, frogs and at least one caddis fly larva.
- Eggy, the cat
- Winner of National Flash-Fiction Day 2013 Micro-Competition - Highly Commended for his winning story: 'All Light'. Read it hereAlan has two books of stories published: Taking Doreen out of the Sky (Picador, 1999) and You Don't Have to Say (TSP, 2010). He also edited Going the Distance (TSP 2003) a book of stories celebrating 20 years of Tindal Street Fiction Group. He won the Tom-Gallon award for Best Short Story, and was longlisted for the Edge Hill prize 2011. He's had stories in many magazines in UK and USA, and anthologies including Best Short Stories 1991 and Best British Short Stories 2011.
- Laura has been writing on and off since childhood. She studied English Literature at university and after a brief stint in retail management, she decided she wanted to travel more and retrained as an EFL teacher. She has since taught in the UK, Germany and is currently working in Hong Kong. Besides two articles in a teaching journal, she has published a short story, 'Dear Sylvia', in 'As We See It: Hong Kong Stories' and writes the monthly newsletter for the Hong Kong Writers Circle.Read Laura's story 'A Fond Farewell' here.
- Laura's blog: laurabesley.blogspot.co.uk
- Natalie Bowers is a fledgling writer and perpetual student who lives in Hampshire with her husband and two children. A gregarious loner and shameless eavesdropper, she can often be found haunting the dark recesses of coffee shops and cafes, her pencil poised above paper.When she's not being a cliché, Natalie flits between her many hobbies (which include - but are definitely not limited to - reading, walking, working-out, photography, BookCrossing and Geocaching) as well as volunteering at her local library, school and church. She also, to the unending amusement of her family and friends, plays the ukulele.Her short stories have appeared in Debut and Scribble magazines, and her flash-fiction has been published by Ether Books. She is also running a flash-fiction writing project at 1000words.org.uk.Read Natalie's story 'Human Consumption' here.
- Cathy worked as a life model, civil servant and childminder before becoming a professional writer. She has won 22 literary awards, including the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Prize and the Wergle Flomp Humour Poetry Prize, and her work has appeared in over 200 publications on six continents (she finally cracked Antartica in 2015). Cathy's books are Contains Strong Language and Scenes of a Sexual Nature' and Look at All the Women (poetry). How to Win Writing Competitions (nonfiction) and Pride & Regicide - a Mary Bennet Mystery (a novel)Cathy lives in Cheshire, UK.Read Cathy's story 'The Full Moon' here.
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- Contains Strong Language and Scenes of a Sexual Nature on Amazon
- Winner of National Flash-Fiction Day 2013 Micro-Competition - Highly Commended for her winning story: 'India'. Read it hereIn an old Cotswold cottage, while hungry cats pile up around her, Joanna writes stories for women's magazines and darker tales for competitions. She also works on her short story collections and novels.She claims to be a housewife despite the pitiful contents of the fridge and heaps of crumpled clothes.She has been published in The New Writer, Writers' Forum, Woman's Weekly, The Yellow Room and The People's Friend and all sorts of anthologies, including the Bristol Prize 2010.She has been shortlisted several times for both the Fish and Bridport Prizes and was delighted to win the Exeter Writers Short Story Competition in 2011. She was also a runner-up in the Salt Prize for Best Short Story 2012.Read Joanna's story 'A Father's Hand' here.
- Rachel Carter is a scruffy mum, wife and washer-woman living in North Devon. She officially owns a surf shop with her husband, but doesn't surf or work in the shop. Instead she hides away at home with her laptop and the fairies, and spends most days happily mucking about with words, occasionally being forced to complete the bookwork.She has studied 12 Open University modules, including literature and creative writing, and likes to think her writing reflects her diverse interests, including her passion for observing society and questioning why people behave the way they do. She is supposed to be completing an Honours degree but keeps getting distracted and has now taken up photography.Rachel regularly writes short stories and flash fiction in various genres - some of which are published with Ether Books mobile publishing, takes part in the weekly online Friday Flash community, and shares stories and blogs about writing and other nonsense at A Voice Released. She also has a blipfoto daily journal where she writes about her local walks with her camera (amongst other things).Read Rachel's story 'Incompatible' here.
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Nuala Ní Chonchúir
- Nuala Ní Chonchúir was born in Dublin, Ireland, she lives in East Galway. She has published four short story collections, the most recent Mother America appeared from New Island in 2012. A chapbook of short-short stories Of Dublin and Other Fictions appeared from Tower Press in the US in 2013. Nuala’s critically acclaimed second novel The Closet of Savage Mementos was published in 2014, also by New Island; it was shortlisted for the Kerry Irish Novel of the Year Award 2015. Under the name Nuala O’Connor, Penguin USA, Penguin Canada and Sandstone (UK) published Nuala’s third novel, Miss Emily, about the poet Emily Dickinson and her Irish maid, in summer 2015. Miss Emily was shortlisted for the Bord Gáis Energy Eason Book Club Novel of the Year 2015 & is currently longlisted for the MM Bennetts Award.Read Nuala's story 'Vincent In The Yellow House' here.
- Nuala's blog: womenrulewriter.blogspot.com
- Follow Nuala on Twitter @nualanic
- Sarah-Clare Conlon is a Manchester-based editor and writer, and her short stories have been published by The Pygmy Giant, Spilt Milk, Rainy City Stories, 330 Words, Other Magazine, Bad Language and Roy Keane's Lucky Scarf. She is the editor of flash fiction anthologies Quickies: Short Stories For Adults and FlashMob, and she proofreads for a number of authors. She organises literary events and works for Manchester Literature Festival, and she writes about arts and literature on her award-winning blog Words & Fixtures.
- Follow on Twitter at @wordsnfixtures
- Sara Crowley is a writer and bookseller. She was the winner of Waterstones Bookseller Bursary and her novel in progress - Salted - was runner up in the Faber/National Book Tokens "Not Yet Published" Prize. Her short stories have won competitions and been published at a variety of lovely places including The Irish Times, Pulp Net, 3:AM, Litro, Fractured West, Dogmatika, PANK, wigleaf, elimae, Kill Author, Corium, NEON, Metazen, Beat the Dust, Glass Woman Prize, See You Next Tuesday Volume 2, FRiGG, Flashquake, and Decongested Tales. She blogs at A Salted and appreciates you taking the time to read this.Her most recent Flash Fiction publication was in the Irish Times on Saturday 5th November 2011.Read Sarah's story'Blown Away' here.
- Sara's blog: asalted.blogspot.com
Brindley Hallam Dennis
- Brindley Hallam Dennis is the author of A Penny Spitfire (Pewter Rose, 2011), That's What Ya Get! Kowalski's Assertions, (Unbound Press, 2010). Flash fictions have appeared on Tuesday Shorts website,a SlinginK anthology,an Earlyworks Press anthology, and the Spilling Ink Journal. He edits a regular Flash Fiction slot on the Eden Arts Newlsetter, Weekly Word. BHD's short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies, and he is an ofttime contributor to the London Liars League performances. (Under an amused name BHD writes poetry, plays and essays, some of which have appeared in Stand, Acumen, & The New Writer among others).
- Brindley's blog: bhdandme.wordpress.com
- Peter Domican was born in Bolton but lives in Welwyn Garden City. He started writing flash and short story fiction in 2011. He was first published in Pay Attention: A River of Stones a collection of writing observations in 2011 and also featured in the 2012 edition. His flash stories have featured in the second Friday Flash anthology, 100 RPM - One Hundred Stories Inspired By Music, SixWords Online Magazine, Flashflood and Planet Paragraph. He has made the longlist for The New Writer Prose and Poetry competition in both 2011 and 2012.Read Peter's story 'Baker's Shop' here.
- Peter's blog: peterdomican.wordpress.com
- Follow on Twitter at @petedomican
- Helen is a fiction writer and poet from Liverpool. Her fiction has been published by Xcite Press, filmed for Liar's League London and appeared in several print and online literary magazines (Southpaw Journal, Eclectic Flash, Doorknobs and Body Paint). She has also featured in collaborative projects such as For Every Year. In 2009 she won S4C and Declaration Publishing's Summer Short Serial challenge, and she has recently completed a collection of flash fiction stories. She is working on her first novel.Read Helen's story 'The Soldier Walks Like Light' here.
- Read 'Second Hand' at Six Sentences
- Rebecca Emin is a mother of three young children. She writes novels for older children, and short stories and flash fiction for all ages.Rebecca's flash fiction has been published by Ether Books to their app and a number of her flash fiction stories have appeared in charity anthologies. A Knowing Look and Other Stories is a collection of Rebecca's own short stories and flash fiction which has recently been published.Rebecca's debut novel for children, New Beginnings was published by Grimoire Books on 23 January 2012.Rebecca enjoys writing fiction of all lengths, but has a particular love of flash fiction.Read Rebecca's story 'You Light The Skies' here.
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- Annie Evett is a prolific scribbler of characters, weaver of stories, wields a balanced editing razor and a mean 6 HB pencil. She is a self proclaimed champion for the return of the short story in its own right. Annie infuses her eclectic writing and artwork with years of teaching, traversing the corporate landscape and motherhood. The creative energy behind the collaborative writing project CYOA, she has a string of short stories published, is a contributing editor in a variety of anthologies and has a number of brushpainting and sketches published.Read Annie's story 'Lonely In Paradise' here.
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- Tracy Fells lives close to the South Downs in West Sussex. Her short stories are published in magazines including Firewords Quarterly, online at Litro New York and in anthologies such as Fugue and Rattle Tales. Competition success includes short-listings for the Commonwealth Writers Short Story Prize, Fish Short Story and Flash Fiction Prizes. Having recently completed a MA in Creative Writing at Chichester University she is having fun writing a crime novel. She is seeking representation for her first novel and a short story collection.Read Tracy's story 'Always One' here.
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- David Gaffney lives in Manchester and Durham. He is the author of Sawn-Off Tales (2006), Aromabingo (2007), Never Never (2008), 'Buildings Crying Out', a story using lost cat posters (Lancaster litfest 2009), 23 Stops To Hull a set of stories about every junction on the M62 (Humber Mouth festival 2009), Sawn Off Opera a set of operas with composer Ailis Ni Riain (Radio Three, RNCM, Liverpool Philharmonic and Tete a Tete festival London 2010 ) Destroy PowerPoint, stories in PowerPoint format for Edinburgh festival 2009, The Poole Confessions, stories told in a mobile confessional box (Poole Literature festival 2010), Station Stories, in which six writers linked to the audience with wireless headphones performed short stories in Manchester Piccadilly railway station (Manchester Literature Festival 2011), Boy You Turn Me, a sound installation (Birmingham Book Festival 2011) and guerrilla writing project Errata Slips, (Cornerhouse Manchester 2011).He has also written articles for the Guardian, Sunday Times, Financial Times and Prospect magazine. His latest collection of short stories, The Half Life of Songs, is out now.
- Buy 'Sawn Off Tales' here
- Buy 'Aromabingo' here
- Buy 'The Half-Life Of Songs' here
- Buy 'Never Never' here
- Vanessa Gebbie is a prizewinning writer of stories from 10 to 100,000 words, a creative writing teacher, poet and editor. Her debut novel The Coward's Tale (published by Bloomsbury in the UK and the USA) was a Financial Times 2011 Book of the Year. She teaches widely, working with writing groups, universities, school students and at literary festivals. In 2010, she was writer-in-residence at Stockholm University, Sweden.She is also author of two collections of short and flash fiction, Words from a Glass Bubble and Storm Warning (both published by Salt Modern Fiction) and contributing editor of Short Circuit, A Guide to the Art of the Short Story, a collection of essays and writing exercises by prize-winning short fiction writers, which is now in use at many creative writing courses in the UK and abroad.Read Vanessa's story 'By The River' here.
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- David posts flash fiction regularly on his web site, with audio versions available on his YouTube channel.His short fiction has appeared in various magazines and anthologies. Recent appearances include the Times of Trouble anthology from Permuted Press, and New Scientist's ARC magazine. His first collection, Open Water will be published by the EXAGGERATEDpress on November 2013.David's novel, Shopocalypse, a near-future novel of fast cars, consumerism, and nuclear war, will be published in summer 2013 by Clarion Publishing.He is a long-time member of the London-based T Party writers group. He also blogs about gardening and writing with his partner, Gaie Sebold, at WeedingAndWriting.com.Read David's story 'Jimmy Checks Out' here.
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- David's blog: www.weedingandwriting.com
- David Hartley likes to dress stories in various guises, but prefers it when the clothing is super short. He has been published in various places, in print and online and is currently contemplating a novel from a distance. He plans to build a car out of flash fictions and drive to that murky horizon. In the meantime, he will be maintaining his award winning film review blog, Screen150 and working on writing projects with his very talented cohorts for FlashTag Manchester.Read David's story 'The Mist' here.
- David's blog: Screen150.wordpress.com
- Born in London in 1970, Tania moved to Jerusalem in 1994. After 15 years in Israel she moved to Bristol in August 2009.After making a living for 13 years as a science journalist, writing for publications such as WIRED, NewScientist, the MIT Technology Review and Business 2.0, Tania gave it all up to write fiction.Her first short story collection, The White Road and Other Stories, is now available from Salt Modern Fiction and was commended by the judges of the 2009 Orange Award for New Writers. Her second short story collection, My Mother Was An Upright Piano: Fictions, was published in May 2012 by Tangent Books. It contains fifty five very short stories.Her fiction, plays and film scripts, have won or been shortlisted for various prizes,nominated for a Pushcart Prize, been published in print and online, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and performed.Tania is currently writer-in-residence in the Science Faculty at Bristol University, working on a second collection, of short stories inspired by spending time in a biochemistry lab, with funding from Arts Council England.She is the founder and editor of The Short Review dedicated to reviewing short story collections and anthologies and showcasing short story authors.
- Tania's blog: titaniawrites.blogspot.com
- Buy 'My Mother Was An Upright Piano' from Tangent Books
- Buy 'The White Road And Other Stories' from Amazon
- Sarah is an award-winning short story writer, currently working on a crime novel. Winner of the Sense Creative Award 2010 and the Fish Criminally Short Histories Prize 2008. A column about the wartime experiences of her mother, who was a child internee of the Japanese, was published in Foto8 Magazine and subsequently in the Bristol Review of Books. Her story, 'The Mauve Throw', received an Honourable Mention in the Tom-Gallon Trust Award. She is represented by Jane Gregory, of Gregory & Company.Read Sarah's story 'Red Socks' here.
- Sarah's blog: sarah-crawl-space.blogspot.com
- After attempting to write a novel while travelling on the Trans-Siberian Railway, Susi 'SJI' Holliday won the Global Short Stories competition in January 2010 and has since had several short stories published online at 5 Minute Fiction, Five Stop Story and What the Dickens! Magazine. She is a lover of micro fiction and posts weekly entries to online contests such as Boxing with Pencils, Menage Monday and Tuesday Tales on her blog. When not blogging, making notes about stories or attempting to keep hold of her day job as a statistician, Susi continues to work on her latest crime novel and plans to publish an anthology of short fiction later in the year.
- Susi's blog: www.sjiholliday.blog.com
- Follow Susi on Twitter at @SJIHolliday
- Dan Holloway writes poetry, and fiction of all lengths. He runs the eight cuts gallery literary project and New Libertines spoken word show. Dan is a regular contributor to Games Perverts Play, writes a column on social media and spoken word for the magazine Words With Jam, and has had fiction and non-fiction pieces appear in various places like Emprise Review, Xcp Streetnotes, The Indie Handbook, and Pank. In 2010 he was the London winner of the 100th anniversary episode of Literary Death Match and in 2011 his novel The Company of Fellows was voted "favourite Oxford novel" by Blackwell's readers.Dan is always happiest behind a microphone. Before discovering spoken word, this manifested itself in an obsession with appearing on gameshows and crossing the street to look conspicuous whenever there was a local TV camera crew about (even the locality the TV was local to happened to be in Athens), and his Countdown teapot remains his prized possession.Dan's projects for 2012 are the transgressive memoir spoken word show The Things We Talked About While She Was Bleeding Out, a young adult novel What There Is Instead of Rainbows, Three.Six.Five., a spoken word installation based on The Part About The Crimes from 2666, and twentyfoursevendigitalwonderland, a novel with no words.Read Dan's story 'Meat' here.
- Dan's blog: agnieszkasshoes.blogspot.com/
- Follow Dan on Twitter at @agnieszkasshoes
- Dan's YouTube channel lastmanoutofeden
- Susan Howe, a graphic designer by trade, has been writing short fiction for several years. Some of her short stories are available on the Ether App and at Alfie Dog Fiction, and she is one of three authors of Triclops, an anthology of forty stories, published in 2011. She won Flash500 in 2011 with her flash fiction 'Mother's Pride', again in 2012 with 'Held in Trust', and Story of the Month on Circalit with 'The Beast Next Door', which also won an award for most downloaded story at Ether Books 2011-12. It is also currently in production as a short feature film by Bugger of a Kid Films. She is one of the editors of National Flash-Fiction Day's journal, FlashFlood. Susan lives in rural Herefordshire with her husband, son and pets.Read Susan's story 'Mother's Pride' here.
- Susan's blog: howesue.wordpress.com
- Holly Howitt is a writer of microfictions, poetry, novellas and novels, as well as non-fiction and academic pieces. She has won prizes for her work and her own collection of microfictions, Dinner Time and Other Stories, was published by Cinnamon Press in 2008, as was Exposure, a microfiction/prose poetry anthology, which she co-edited. Her novella, The Schoolboy, is also published with Cinnamon Press. Her most recent article on very short fiction is 'Making Micro Meanings' in the journal Short Fiction in Theory and Practice (Intellect).Read Holly's story 'Water' here.
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- Mikey Jackson is a versatile writer of drama and comedy from Worthing, near Brighton, with several TV scripts currently in development with various production companies.Of course, he doesn't just write scripts. His erotic comedy novel Patience Is A Virgin is published by US erotica publisher Forbidden Fiction, as well as short stories available to download from digital publishers Ether Books, Xcite Books and Five Stop Story.He has had material broadcast on BBC Radio sketch shows such as Newsjack, Watson's Wind-Up and News Additional, as well as being a team writer with long-running stage sketch shows such as NewsRevue and The Treason Show.Additional credits include work performed at the Edinburgh Festival, gags for the 118 118 Text Joke service, and script editing work on a US political talk show.Read Mikey's story 'Behind A Floral Curtain' here.
- Ingrid Jendrzejewski studied creative writing at the University of Evansville, then physics at the University of Cambridge. Her short pieces have found homes in places like The Los Angeles Review, The Conium Review, Wyvern Lit, Inktears, Flash Frontier, Vine Leaves, The Liars’ League NYC, concīs and The Mainichi. Recently, she won the A Room of Her Own Foundation’s Orlando Prize for Flash Fiction and the Bath Flash Fiction Award. Ingrid has soft spots for cryptic crosswords, the game of go and the python programming language; she sets fiendish Christmas puzzles every December.Read Ingrid's story 'A One-Word Yet Possibly Longer-Than-Necessary Personal Essay Dedicated to My Soon-to-Be Ex-Boyfriend Who Doesn't Believe Me When I Tell Him I Can Write Something This Short That Sums up Everything There Is to Say about Our Relationship, Our Future Together, and His Allegedly Legendary Sexual Organ' here.
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- Alastair Keen is a former soldier, ex-RSPCA Inspector and was for a while Director of Operations of the Irish SPCA; amongst other things. He is now the part owner of a hardware store (think fork 'andles), Open University Student, chicken whisperer and writer.Apart from the ongoing battle of wits to keep his rare breed bantams from destroying his vegetable patch, he loves writing 'flash' and is a featured writer on flash-fiction-world.com. Alastair also has a monthly flash fiction column in his local paper. He has written a novel, Unnecessary Suffering, which he is pinging around various agents, as we speak, in an attempt to get published. Alastair's short work has been published in various web sites and publications including The Pygmy Giant, The Ottery Gazette and Multi-story.His future projects include adapting 'Siren' (featured below) into a flash film to be directed by his son Michael Stokes. Alastair also aims to adapt his novel into a TV script and start writing his second book. He also has an ambition to breed an attack chicken for military and law enforcement roles; they have the cunning and stealth, if only they would pay attention for more than two seconds...Read Alistair's story 'Siren' here.
- Alistair at Flash-Fiction World
- Calum Kerr is a writer, lecturer, editor of Gumbo Press and the Director of National Flash-Fiction Day. His stories have appeared on Radio 4, in print (including Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, Shoestring, Litro, Bugged, Scattered Reds, Electric Sky) and online (the Recusant, Unlikely Stories, blankpages). He has a number of flash-fiction collections available.His current project to write a flash-fiction every day, flash365, is online at flash365.blogspot.com. Stories from December will appear on Radio 4 on 24th December 2011 at 5.30pm, and the stories from November are moving towards publication.His January project to produce a story for each day in the month led to the pamphlet, 31, which is available from his website.After immersing himself completely in the world of flash-fiction he conceived the idea for National Flash-fiction Day back in October of 2011.Read Calum's story 'The Spark Of Inspiration' here.
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- Winner of National Flash-Fiction Day 2013 Micro-Competition - Highly Commended for her winning story: 'Slather'. Read it hereClare Kirwan lives in Wirral, Merseyside. She used to be a magician's assistant, but rarely jumps out of empty boxes any more. Her flash fiction has been published by 3:AM Magazine, Listerature, Lancaster LitFest, Contrary, Binnacle, From the Depths, Flash Frontier, Short, Fast and Deadly and Paraxis. She won the #Flashtag competition in 2012.Better known as a poet, and co-founder of Poetry24 'where news is the muse', she only recently took up flash fiction because it was a lot easier to finish than her novel in progress: The Undead Residents Association.By day she is a library assistant, like Batgirl.Read Clare's story 'Hungry Dogs, Dirty Puddings' here.
- Clare's blog: brokenbiro.blogspot.co.uk
- Follow Clare on Twitter @clarekirwan
- Emma J.Lannie is a Derby-based writer. Her stories have been published online (Six Sentences, Straight From The Fridge, The Beat, Un-Made-Up, Beat The Dust, The Pygmy Giant, Dogmatika, Rainy City Stories, Laura Hird, 3:AM, Kill Author, For Every Year, Red Lightbulbs, There Was Nowhere To Go But Everywhere, Word Gumbo) and in print (Tripod, Six Sentences Volume 1, Dzanc Best of the Web, Even More Tonto Short Stories, Bugged, Scattered Reds). She organises literature events, runs workshops and publishes chapbooks with the TTO collective. She is currently working on her first novel.
- Emma's blog: garglingwithvimto.blogspot.com/
- The TTO Collective
- Winner of National Flash-Fiction Day 2014 Micro-Competition - FIRST PRIZE for her winning story: 'Never Let Me Go'. Read it here.
- Cathy has predominantly written short stories and micro fiction. In addition to being the winner of last year’s NFFD micro fiction contest, she has had work commended, longlisted and shortlisted in various places – Ink Tears, 1000 words, Flash Frontier, Fish Flash Fiction, Flashbang Gang and others. Her short stories have appeared in several places including the Journal of Compressed Arts, Twisted Tales, The Red Rose Book of Fairytales and two NFFD anthologies. She has performed at spoken word events in the North West where she lives.
- Since 2013 she has been a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association New Writers’ Scheme and was runner-up in the Festival of Romance’s New Talent Award.
- You can read an example of her short fiction HERE at Angry Hourglass
- Winner of National Flash-Fiction Day 2012 Micro-Competition - Highly Commended for her winning story: 'She'll Leave You For A Man'. Read it hereKirsty Logan is a fiction writer, literary magazine editor, book reviewer, and arts intern. Her fiction and poetry have been published in over 80 anthologies and literary magazines, and broadcast on BBC Radio 4. She is currently working on a novel, Rust and Stardust, and a short story collection, The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales. She has a semicolon tattooed on her toe.
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Andie M. Long
- For years I've walked round with stories in my head, sometimes I'd work on them for months at a time, plotting whilst on the bus or trying to sleep, but never put anything to paper.On turning 40, I decided enough with the procrastinating, it was time to get on with it and so I enrolled on the Open University (OU) Creative Writing course.This has opened up my subconscious in amazing ways and as well as being stimulated by the varied coursework, random thoughts and stories appear to me frequently now and I don't go anywhere without a notebook and pen! It was through an OU forum that I stumbled across Flash Fiction.Away from the world of writing, I am a partner to my OH of 22 years, mum to a 9 year old son, and work as a Medical Secretary/Research Administrator.Read Andie's story 'Dark Days' here.
- Andie at Flash-Fiction World
- Winner of National Flash-Fiction Day 2013 Micro-Competition - Third Prize for her winning story: 'X'. Read it hereWinner of National Flash-Fiction Day 2012 Micro-Competition - Third Prize for her winning story: 'Meredith'. Read it hereAmy won a Northern Promise Award from New Writing North in 2011, and her blog, july2061.com, was shortlisted in the Blog North Awards 2012. Her spoken word show, The 8 Fatal Mistakes of Online Dating (& How To Avoid Them), sold out at Durham Book Festival, and she co-edits northern poetry magazine Butcher's Dog. She's been published in Fractured West, NANO Fiction, Versal, Social Alternatives and anthologies from Leaf Books and Cinnamon Press
- Amy's blog: july2061.com
- Amy's Amazon page
- Clive Martyn is a writer of dark speculative fiction. His debut novel about non-sparkly vampires in the Caribbean, Sunset Hotel, will be out shortly and he has recently finished writing his latest book, a gothic paranormal horror, The Hospital. He is currently working on his fourth novel, this one set on nearby Dartmoor.When not writing longer pieces he enjoys writing flash and poetry, a number of which have been published in magazines, anthologies and online.He is married with three children and lives in Devon.Read Clive's story 'Love At First Sight' here.
- Follow Clive on Twitter at @clivem
- Pauline Masurel is a gardener and writer who lives near Bristol. She writes short and very short stories. Her flash fictions have been published by Leaf Books -- including 'Discovering A Comet' which was the title story in their 2008 collection of micro-fiction. Her tiny stories have also featured online at fifty word fiction and in 4'33" audio magazine.She has performed her short-shorts at various venues around the South West of England, reviewed flash fiction collections for The Short Review website and sometimes blogs at the Thresholds International Short Story Forum.Read Pauline's story 'Expecting The Moon To Tango' here.
- Pauline's website: www.unfurling.net
- Fifty Word Fiction
- Anna first wrote stories back in grade school when she ought to have been doing her math worksheets. This juvenilia concerned vikings and unicorns and elves, as she followed the credo 'write what you know'.Two of Anna's original plays, O, for a Muse of Fire and Feet of Clay, have been professionally produced; she also adapted O.Henry's Gift of the Magi and Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen for Theatre Saint Augustine. Anna's short fiction has been published in Scattered, Covered, Smothered, a paperback food-themed anthology. She founded Yearning for Wonderland in March 2011, a blog oasis of art, beauty and literary whimsy. She is a regular contributor at Blogcritics.org.
- Anna's blog: yearningforwonderland.blogspot.com
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- Samantha Memi lives in London. She has published stories in both online and print magazines, including Blue Crow, Every Day Fiction, Danse Macabre, amphibi.us and Linguistic Erosion. She lives in London and is married with a teenage daughter. Currently she is working on a play with Paul Sayer, a long time theatrical collaborator.Read Samantha's story 'Firing Squad' here.
- Samantha's blog: samanthamemi.weebly.com
- Leonie Milliner is a writer based in London. Her two most recent short stories were published earlier this year under the banner, 'Different ways of Killings' on the short story website, The Casket. Leonie is working on a novel, The Turncoat's Daughter, a light-hearted romp through eighteenth century Rome, loosely based on the life of the architect Robert Adam and his patron, the Hon. Charles Hope-Weir. She enjoys the challenge of flash fiction. 'I write to entertain, and it's a delight to capture someone's attention even for a minute or two, with the shortest of short stories.'Read Leonie's story 'Good At This' here.
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- Andrea Mullaney is a writer, journalist and tutor based in Glasgow, Scotland. Her work has been published in Granta, Gutter, Luna Station Quarterly, Ekto, Algebra, A Thousand Cranes anthology, Enchanted Conversation, Pank. Fractured West and elsewhere; she was the 2012 Europe and Canada region winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. 'Lost For Words' is a true story ... mostly.
- Visit her website at www.andreamullaney.com
- Nora Nadjarian is an award-winning poet and short story writer from Cyprus. She has published three collections of poetry: The Voice at the Top of the Stairs (2001), Cleft in Twain (2003) and 25 Ways to Kiss a Man (2004). Cleft in Twain was cited by The Guardian in an article on the literature of the new European Union member states in 2004.Her work has won prizes and commendations in various international competitions: among others, in the Commonwealth Short Story Competition, the Féile Filíochta International Poetry Competition (Ireland) and the Binnacle International Ultra-Short Competition at the University of Maine at Machias, USA.In addition to a book of short stories, Ledra Street (2006), she has had her work published online and in journals internationally. Her work was included in Best European Fiction 2011 (Dalkey Archive Press) and in the poetry anthology Being Human (Bloodaxe Books, 2011).Girl, Wolf, Bones - a new book of fairy tale inspired microfiction - was published in 2011.Read Nora's story 'Hair' here.
- Nora's blog: www.bettyboopinspired.blogspot.com
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- Winner of National Flash-Fiction Day 2012 Micro-Competition - Highly Commended for her winning story: 'New Build'. Read it hereClare O'Brien was born in London, where she worked as a teacher and a journalist, and moved to the Scottish Highlands in 1999 with her husband and two young sons. Some of her poetry, songs, short stories and flash fiction have won prizes or have been published around the world in magazines like Northwords Now, Fictitious Force and The Specusphere. She's working on a collection called Thin Places: Modern Slipstream Fiction From The Highlands and she's half of songwriting team Species 8472 with her husband Alasdair.When she's not writing, she works as a social media manager and virtual assistant as well as helping run her family's croft.Read Clare's story 'In Camera' here.
- Clare's website: clareobrienwright.wordpress.com
- Clare's blog: clarefromscotland.blogspot.com
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- Valerie O'Riordan is an Irish writer based in Manchester and a graduate of the University of Manchester's MA in Creative Writing. Her short fiction has been published widely online (Storyglossia, The Spilling Ink Review, PANK, elimae) and in print (Quickies, Exposure, Bugged, Litro). In 2010 she won the Bristol Short Story Prize with a piece of flash fiction only 350 words long, and she was also short-listed for the 2010 Bridport Prize for Flash Fiction. She was one of 2011's guest editors on the National Short Story Week website. She's currently working on her first novel.Read Valerie's story 'Magic Mirror' here.
- Sal was born in the West Midlands but chooses to live by the sea at Morecambe in Lancashire where she enjoys prom walking, attempting to grow vegetables and eating wonderful local cheese. In the mornings she is a nursery cook, the perfect job for afternoon, evening and weekend reading, thinking and writing.Sal's stories appear in Jawbreakers, the National Flash Fiction Day Anthology, The Greenacre Writers Anthology Volume 1 (2nd in 2011 competition) and 100RPM: One Hundred Stories Inspired by Music. She has a monologue in Mslexia Issue 50 and won the Calderdale Short Story Prize in 2011.Sal's also has stories online at The Pygmy Giant, 330 words, Eclat Fiction Issue 3, Paragraph Planet, National Flash Fiction Day: The Stories and National Flash Fiction Day's FlashFlood, Flashtag Manchester's The Shortlist 2011 (3rd in comp) and Aware: Chorley and District Writer's Circle Anthology 2011 and 2012.At the time of her writing this Sal's tragi-comic magical-realism novel Queen of the World, about a woman who believes she can influence the weather, is being read by an agent. By the time of your reading ... who knows?Read Sal's story 'Flash Of Red' here.
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- When not working for the NHS, Anne is writing or thinking she should be writing. Procrastinator extraordinaire, she can always find mugs to bleach, friends to drink tea with and better authors to read. She has several novels in drawers, waiting to be rescued. A supportive writing group and competition deadlines help her focus. The competition story was originally written as a Christmas challenge for her writing group. They meet with flasks, cakes and enthusiasm in London at the Royal Festival Hall.Anne’s first novel, Yes, will be published by Silvertail Books on September 21st, 2017. Read Anne's story 'The Jumper' here.
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- Nik Perring is a short story writer, author, editor and teacher of writing from the UK.Nik's highly acclaimed debut short story collection Not So Perfect was published by Roast Books in 2010 and has received countless plaudits, including making the long list of the 2011 Edgehill Prize.Nik is the founder of the short story specific editing consultancy, The Story Corrective."Playful, subversive, poetic and smart, Nik Perring's stories are gems. Every one of them." - 3:AM Magazine
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- American writer, Meg Pokrass, is a flash fiction writer, poet and writing tutor. Her books include flash fiction collections, Bird Envy (2014), Damn Sure Right (Press 53 2011) and The Dog Looks Happy Upsidedown(forthcoming from Etruscan Press 2016) and an award-winning book of prose poetry Cellulose Pajamas (Blue Light Book Award Winner 2015). Among her many other publications, she has a flash-fiction novella and essay on the form in My Very End of the Universe, Five mini-novellas in flash and a Study of the Form published by Rose Metal Press. Meg recently moved from the United States to England to live with her husband
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- Dan Powell writes stories of all shapes and sizes. His work has appeared in Spilling Ink Review, Staccato, Neon, Metazen, Litsnack, Fleeting, The View From Here, Referential, Friction, Eclectic Flash, The Pygmy Giant, and Dirty Bristow. His story 'Half-mown Lawn' won the 2010 Yeovil Literary Prize for short fiction and was recently included in The Best British Short Stories 2012. Married with three children, Dan teaches part-time while studying for a distance learning MA in Creative Writing.Read Dan's story 'Impact' here.
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- Santino Prinzi is the Co-Director of National Flash Fiction Day in the UK, the Flash Fiction Editor of Firefly Magazine, a First Reader for Vestal Review, and a reviewer of flash fiction collections for Bath Flash Fiction Award. His debut flash fiction collection, Dots and other flashes of perception, is available from The Nottingham Review Press. His short stories, flash fiction, and prose poetry have been published or is forthcoming in various places, such as Great Jones Street, Litro Online, The Nottingham Review, Ink Sweat and Tears, CHEAP POP and Flash Frontier. To find out more follow him on Twitter (@tinoprinzi) or visit his website: https://tinoprinzi.wordpress.com
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- Jacqueline has been a prolific writer for many years in magazines and newspapers, mainly with non-fiction but recent publications also in fiction. She's a member of Southampton Writing Buddies and has one short drama, one poem and two articles in their new anthology Wordfall, and a story about to be published in Hampshire View. Her first children's book, Millie the Detective and the Diamond Ring is ready, and she has had flash fiction published on paragraphplanet and in What the Dickens magazine.Read Jaqueline's story 'Coffee Time In Paris' here.
- Jacqueline's blog: jacpye.blogspot.com
- Winner of National Flash-Fiction Day 2012 Micro-Competition -FIRST PRIZE for her winning story: 'The Worst Head in the World'. Read it hereAngela Readman writes strange little things.In 2011 she won Inskpill Magazine short story competition, and came second in The Short Story Competition 2011.Her poems have been commended in The Arvon International Competition, won Ragged Raven, and been shortlisted in Mslexia. Her collection, Strip, was published by Salt.She has flash fiction in Metazen, Pank and Pygmy Giant.
- Read 'The Boy Who Pooed The World' on Metazen
- Read 'Sonny' on Pank
- Deborah Rickard trained as a journalist in the 1970s, and took up writing again after raising her children and studying for a degree in Literature. She has since had short stories published in various print magazines and anthologies, had a short monologue performed by the Bristol Show of Strength Theatre Company and achieved some competition success, including being shortlisted for the Fish Flash Fiction Award 2012. Deborah is currently working on a novel and driving her partner mad. For her, flash fiction opens your mind to a moment, and keeps it open.Read Deborah's story 'A Black Night' here.
- Deborah's blog: deborahrickard.wordpress.com
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- Sarah has published three novels (including Something Beginning With) and a collection of her short stories. She fell in love with flash fiction while writing Messages, a collaboration with Lynne Rees and a collection of 300 linked pieces of 300 words. Sarah's first collection of poetry will come out in April 2012, and as Canterbury Laureate she is currently writing a poetry and prose sequence creatively inspired by the gardens of Kent. Sarah is RLF Fellow at the London School of Economics, and chair of the Kent & Sussex Poetry Society.Read Sarah's story 'Don't' here.
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- Diane Simmons started writing in 2007 when she studied Creative Writing with the Open University. She has been widely published both in print and online, with stories in Mslexia, The Yellow Room, FlashFlood, Firefly and four National Flash Fiction Day anthologies amongst others. Her first writing competition success involved at TV appearance on ITV’s This Morning where her story was judged by Jacqueline Wilson and the Editor of She magazine. Encouraged by second place, other completion successes followed and include Ink Tears, Woman and Home, Writers’ Forum, NFFD micro, Worcester LitFest, The Frome Festival, 99 Fiction and NAWG micro. Diane regularly performs her flash and now almost enjoys it.Read Diane's story 'At The Weekend' here.
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- Joanna Sterling writes short stories and flash fiction. She has had a number of stories published in anthologies including Between the Lines at the City Lit. Her short story 'Big Fish Little Fish' was published by English PEN on their website in support of Zhu Yufu who is imprisoned in China. Joanna used to work in human resources and says it was the best training ground for people watching. As part of National Short Story Week Joanna hosts 'Telling Tales and Taking Tea', a series of events giving the local community an opportunity to enjoy short stories read aloud whilst enjoying their morning cuppa.Joanna has a website 'The Casket of Fictional Delights' where she showcases her own and guest writers' short stories and flash fiction. Her stories are regularly produced as audio podcasts on iTunes.Joanna lives in London with her husband and her ever growing collection of brooches.Read Joanna's story 'Charles Marmaduke' here.
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- Alex Thornber writes short stories, some of which have been published in places like Wilderness House Literary Review, Metazen, The Pygmy Giant and Specter Magazine. He also writes book reviews for The Short Review and Specter Magazine. He is currently working on a collection of his stories Love and Lesser-known Hormone Imbalances and a novella Everything and Nothing.
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- Stella was sent to Coventry at birth. She's always lived there loving the Ring Road, the two Cathedrals and its history. She's been published in Take a Leap Anthology, Connections Anthology and Scraps, the NFFD 2013 Anthology.She has had stories published online at 330words, 1000words, Postcard Shorts, Paragraph Planet, 99fiction.net, National Flash Fiction Day: The Journal and National Flash Fiction Day's FlashFlood.She was also long-listed in Fish flash-fiction Competition in 2012 & 2013 and Writing on the Wall.She greatly enjoyed the online Winning Words Flash Fiction Course run by Nik Perring which gave her more confidence in her writing.Read Stella's story 'May Day' here.
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- Emma Jane Unsworth lives in Manchester, England. Her short fiction has been published in various places and she is a columnist for The Big Issue in the North.Her first novel Hungry, the Stars and Everything was published by The Hidden Gem Press in June 2011. It's about drinking, eating, not eating, astronomy and the devil. She is currently working on her second novel.Her story 'I Arrive First' has been included in The Best British Short Stories 2012 (Salt).Her agent is Clare Conville at Conville & Walsh: http://www.convilleandwalsh.com
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- Lisa Vooght was born, and still lives, in Lancaster County, PA. Although starting out as a marine biology major, she pursued a business career, then finally settled down in the field of special education. Writing took a backseat in her life until several years ago, when she began to write and submit short stories for publication. Several pieces have been published in various newspapers and online journals. Her most recent works include 'Visible Signs', included in the paranormal anthology After Dark (published by Ethics Trading) and Pen 10 Compendium (published by Alpha Sutra Press).Read Lisa's story 'Drop Dead Gorgeous' here.
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- Winner of National Flash-Fiction Day 2013 Micro-Competition - Highly Commended for her winning story: 'Dot to Dot Man'. Read it hereAlison Wells is a mother of four, former technical writer and communications and psychology graduate who lives in Bray, Co. Wicklow. Her short fiction has appeared in Crannog, The View From Here and Metazen and in several anthologies and shortlisted for Hennessy New Irish Writing, Bridport and Fish Awards. Alison is part of the online #fridayflash flash fiction community. Her space comedy adventure Housewife with a Half-Life and some mini short story/flash collections are available on Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble etc. She is working on a set of interrelated flashes Unusual Flashes of LightRead Alison's story 'Flash' here.
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- Nici currently lives in Manchester with her boyfriend and her two punk rocker guinea pigs. She is studying for an MA in Creative Writing at Manchester University and spends her time writing and working on writing projects.Nici co-ordinates live literature events and is part of a literature collective, Bad Language who publish a quaterly anthology of new writing.She wishes there were more guinea pigs in her life."I love the challenge of writing flash fiction, it forces you to be extra careful and consise with every word. Flash Fiction is the only form of fiction that can capture one single moment and focus on that." - Nici West.
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- Winner of National Flash-Fiction Day 2012 Micro-Competition - Highly Commended for his winning story: 'Relieving Mafeking'. Read it here.Alun Williams-Lives in Wales. Writer of short stories, flash fiction and the odd poem or two. Member of critters-bar and Scrawl the writers asylum.Publishing credits include Palehouse, Yellow Mama, Blue Tattoo, Black Heart mag, Kerouacs dog and Foliate Oak. Writing inspirations include Bukowski, Chandler and James M Cain.
- Winner of National Flash-Fiction Day 2012 Micro-Competition - Highly Commended for her winning story: 'First Person'. Read it here.Martha Williams lives in Cornwall, UK. She worked for almost two decades as a scientific writer before turning to fiction in 2009. Her short fiction has won prizes and been published online and in print. In 2011, 'Wet Stones' was commended in the 9th Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition.
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- Eunice Yeates is a freelance writer from Ireland. Born in Dublin - now based in Belfast - she has also lived in Belgium, Japan, the US, and South Africa. Eunice has worked in educational publishing for over 12 years, and she writes short fiction whenever the courage prevails. Some of her flash fiction has received nominations and awards from The Dublin Review of Books and Writing Spirit 2011, and has appeared in publications such as Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine and Word Gumbo.Read Eunice's story 'Butler' here.
- Debbie Young is a 54 year old writer living in a small village in rural Gloucestershire with her husband and 10 year old daughter.She is an avid blogger on her personal website, YoungByName, and she also writes short stories. She first discovered flash in 2012, around the time of the first National Flash Fiction Day, and has been evangelising about it ever since, as testified by this page dedicated to flash on her blog. She's now writing flash regularly and hopes to produce a book of it soon. There are some examples of her work on her website.She is very much involved in the world of self-publishing and independent publishing, running a blog called Off The Shelf Book Promotions, offering advice and support to indie writers of all kinds. This blog also includes some reviews of flash fiction. She's also the author of Sell Your Books!, an acclaimed book about book promotion.Like most writers she also has a day job. After a long career in journalism and PR, she now works part-time for children's reading charity Read for Good, helping to raise a new generation of eager readers to the benefit of authors everywhere!Read Debbie's story 'Autumn Leaves' here.
- Debbie's blog: www.youngbyname.me
- Debbie's publishing blog: www.otsbp.com
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