Sharon loves writing anything but author bios. She lives near York, working as a freelance writer and editor specialising in social issues. She discovered flash fiction through Twitter in 2015. She’s won the Bath Flash Fiction Award, Hysteria Flash Fiction competition and the Thresholds Feature Writing Competition.
Xanthe grew up in and around Sydney and Wollongong in New South Wales, Australia. A love of weird and wonderful fiction was inherited from, and enthusiastically nurtered by both her parents. As a child and into her teens, she wrote science fiction and fantasy short stories as a hobby. After completing University in 2016, Xanthe began to practice writing more seriously, and has since won the 'Australian Horror Writers' June 2017 Flash Fiction competition (For Elizabeth), been published in the 2017 'Mondi Incantati' magazine (Something Pretty Horrible), and received runner up in the 'Australian Writers Centre' September 2018 Flash Fiction competition (Charlie's Flight).
Steven Holding lives with his family in Northamptonshire. His stories have been published in TREMBLING WITH FEAR, FRIDAY FLASH FICTION, THEATRE CLOUD and AD HOC FICTION. He has been short listed in several writing competitions including FLASH 500, THE HENSHAW PRIZE, EXETER FLASH FICTION, WRITESTARS, TSS PUBLISHING and others. His short story UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD was the winning entry in the WRITING MAGAZINE 2016 OPEN SHORT STORY COMPETITION. In 2017 one of his monologues was selected to be performed at Northampton’s Royal Theatre, while his adaptation of ALICE IN WONDERLAND was performed at Northampton’s Derngate Theatre by the Open Stage Performing Arts Company. He is currently working upon several projects, including further short fiction and a novel. You can follow his work at www.stevenholding.co.uk
James McKenzie Watson is 25-years-old and writes short and novel-length fiction, much of which focuses on rural Australian experiences. In 2016 he was a major prizewinner in the Australian national 'Grieve' writing competition, and in 2017 was shortlisted in the Kingdom of Ironfest prize for his novel ‘Denizen.’ He works as an oncology nurse in Sydney.
Tom Moody lives in Northumberland. Formerly a nurse, he has an MA in creative writing from Newcastle University. Published work includes: articles, short stories and a script for local radio. His poetry has appeared in various magazines, on line and he performs poetry at open mic’ venues. When not writing he plays saxophone, walks his dog and cooks curries (but not all at the same time).
Guðmundur Friðjónsson from Iceland (1869 - 1944) was a writer, poet and farmer (and worked on his father’s farm when growing up) who lived at the town of Sandi in Aðaldalur. His work was published in many newspapers and magazines, and his brother was also a writer, as was his son – who wrote his father’s biography. As well as publishing poems, short stories and non-fiction articles, he also published a single novel in 1907 which received mixed reviews – and was considered both clever and immoral in chapters.
Tamara Lazaroff is a Brisbane-based writer of fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry. Her short stories have won the Biennial Literary Award (2015), been longlisted for the Fish Short Story Prize (2018) and Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize (2014), and been published in various literary journals in Australia, New Zealand and the UK, including Meanjin, Headland and The Wrong Quarterly. Late last year, she completed her first interlinked short story collection/manuscript, In My Father's Village & Other Stories. Inspired by her roots tour travels through the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and growing up in Australia, these cross-cultural stories all deal with celebratory liberation – breaking free from memories, places, identities and ways of thinking that limit or confine the spirit. This year, Tamara has been attending Naropa University's Summer Writing Program (USA) and undertaking a month-long residency at Arteles Arts Centre (Finland). She also works as an English Language teacher and is a cat lover and yoga enthusiast.
Taria Karillion grew up in a tiny cottage in the grounds of a castle and is supposedly descended from an infamous pirate (much to the amusement of her fencing coach). But despite her historical background, after an accident with a staircase, a copy of The Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and a nasty attack of gravity, she soon became an incurable fan of writing science-fiction, though she has been known to wander off into the back gardens of other genres without warning.
Louise Rimmer is an emerging writer, living in Merseyside with her partner, her two baby daughters and a phenomenally clumsy cat. She won the Sefton Libraries writing competition in 2016 and was a finalist in the HG Wells short story competition in 2017. She studied philosophy at Durham University and now works as a secondary school teacher. She loves surfing, loud guitars and painting her nails. Louise is an optimist; she enjoys writing about dark subject matter, in the hope that she can find the silver lining on even the most horrifying of rainclouds.
Jan Kaneen was born in Bolton, Lancashire, the first of a family of chrome-platers to go to University. She left UCW Aberystwyth with joint honours in English and history and a two-year-old son. She spent the 90s in London, working on Indy magazines including The Modern Review and Everywoman. Now, two more sons and one husband later, she lives in the middle of nowhere in the Cambridgeshire fens, writing fiction. She began creative writing in 2014 to see if she could, and signed up with the Open University. She’s now in her final year of a Creative Writing MA, still at the Open University where she’s finishing her collection of weird short stories, working title, Unfairy Stories – tales of the not always super natural. She’s won or been listed in oodles of short story and flash fiction competitions, and been published round and about, most recently in Ellipsis ‘One’, Bath Flash Festival and Salome Magazine. She was nominated for a 2018 Pushcart and Best on the Net and blogs at https://jankaneen.com/ and tweets as @Jankaneen1
Marc Joan was brought up in India, and is a molecular biologist by training. He has lived and worked in Anglesey, Bristol, Cambridge, Geneva, London and East Anglia, and spent time in the US, Japan and Australia. He now lives near Guildford, where he subsists on tea and cynicism. Job obligations and family brouhaha limit his writing efforts to the very early morning, during which time wakefulness is maintained with carefully-positioned bulldog clips. Perhaps for this reason, Marc has come to believe that the purpose of fiction is: first, to make readers unwillingly suspend disbelief; then, to subject them to cruel and unusual metaphors; and finally to ensure that they suffer irreversible sequelae, including but not limited to existential angst, waking nightmares, poor moral fibre and weight gain around the hips. That said, sometimes, in some of his stories -- despite his best efforts -- something more worthy raises its innocent little head. Marc has had fiction published by magazines including Structo, Bohemyth, Literary Orphans, Smokelong Quarterly, Danse Macabre, Hypnos, Chroma, Bookends Review and Sein und Werden; and his novelette, The Speckled God, was published by Unsung Stories in Feb 2017. He has been long-listed for the Brighton Short Story prize; he was a published finalist in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2017/2018; and he received a Special Mention in the Galley Beggar Short Story Prize 2017/2018. Other publications are forthcoming in Lighthouse literary journal, and in a Comma Press anthology. Marc can be contacted via www.marc-joan.com.
Hannah was born in Yorkshire but grew up in Nepal and India before returning to England to make the Cotswolds her home where she lives with her husband, children and dogs. She juggles writing with her part-time job as a Fundraising Consultant. She has been writing fiction for three years and short stories are her guilty pleasure in the spaces between editing her first novel. She is currently shortlisted for the Cambridge Short Story Prize and a very short story of hers was recently highly commended in the Flash 500 Flash Fiction competition. This year she has fiction being published by several online journals including Ellipsis Zine, Riggwelter Journal and the Cabinet of Heed. Last year she was runner up in the InkTears Short Story Contest and placed in numerous competitions, and the year before that she won the Fresher Writing Prize. Hannah is represented by Laura Macdougall of United Agents and hopes to introduce her novel to the world very soon. Hannah’s favourite saying is Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity (Seneca). www.hannahpersaud.com / @HPersaud
Anthony Howcroft is author of the short story collection Nobody Will Ever Love You. His work has been broadly published in a variety of periodicals such as Writers Magazine USA, Words with Jam, and The London Magazine. His stories have also appeared in numerous anthologies and been broadcast on BBC Radio. He is a winner of the H E Bates Short Story Prize, and the Big Issue in the North Story Prize.Originally from Oxford, Anthony now lives in California, where he runs a cognitive computing software company that enables machines to collaborate in order to solve complex problems. He drinks far too much diet coke and is presently working on a non-fiction book which he hopes to publish later in 2018.
Michael Batchelor lives and works in Leeds. He’s written only a handful of stories, and The Days to Come is the first to be published.
Shannon is a New Zealand writer who divides her time and living between New Zealand, England and Cyprus. She had a short story The Loneliness of the Long Distance Woman published Headland’s inaugural issue January 2015. In 2016, she was shortlisted in the Retreat West competition. In 2017, she was shortlisted in the Page & Blackmore (NZ) competition, longlisted in the Bath Flash Fiction competition, shortlisted in the Bath Short Story Award and Highly Commended in the Word Factory Flash Fiction. She has one flash fiction on the Reflex Fiction 2017 longlist.
I have always loved writing. Going back to primary school days, through to high school, the highlight of my lessons was the weekly ‘composition,’ set by the English teacher. Sadly, my military career – spanning forty years – put any urges to write creatively onto a long-term back-burner – although in 2000 I achieved an A Grade in A Level English, as a result of a year-long correspondence course, whilst working full time with the Ministry of Defence in Whitehall. Also in 2000, I had an article published, in the ‘in-house’ British Army Review. Now I am semi-retired and seriously attending to my life-long itch to be a writer. It is only in the last year and a half that I have attempted to write my own short stories and flash fiction, whilst studying and completing a commercial writing course. I have also begun the first draft of my first novel, a thriller, drawing from my lengthy experiences on military bases in war-torn Afghanistan.
T.E. Condon spends a lot of time writing stuff and occasionally finishes what she starts. She’s had some work published with Fish publishing, First Writer, Still Standen and has completed an MSt in Creative Writing at Oxford. She’s just finished a children’s novel and is a writing course junkie. She is also an accomplished athlete. One of these bio facts is not true.
Anton Chekhov (1860 – 1904) was a Russian playwright and short story writer, considered to be one of the greatest writers of short fiction. While some of his stories may seem dated to a modern reader, many of his innovations altered literature and proved a modernising force – such as the combination of comedy and tragedy in the same piece, and the emphasis on indirect action, taking place off-stage (or outside of the main narrative). Many writers have been inspired by Chekhov, including Tolstoy who was an early admirer (and peer), James Joyce, George Bernard Shaw and Virginia Woolf. Although Hemmingway was a more grudging supporter, claiming that ‘Chekhov wrote about six good stories. But he was an amateur writer.’ Throughout most of his literary career, Chekhov was actually a practising doctor. His death was fictionalised in the short story Errand by Raymond Carver, and Chekhov’s body was famously transported to Moscow in a refrigerated railway car meant for oysters.
Anna Nazarova-Evans is a Russian Brit. Her writing reflects this doublethink, as she fully accepts both cultures without belonging to either. Her short story Creator’s Mistake won TSS competition in 2016. Her fairy tale Big Blue Eyes was one of ten winners in Word Factory’s Fables for a Modern World competition. You can also find her work in National Flash-Fiction Day anthologies, Spelk Fiction, Café Aphra, Spontaneity, Reflex Fiction and Visual Verse. She is soon to be published by the Casket of Fictional Delights. Follow her on Twitter @AnitchkaNE