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Anton Chekhov

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.

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Anna Nazarova-Evans

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

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Amy J Kirkwood

Amy J. Kirkwood writes primarily Middle Grade and Young Adult fiction. She is currently working on a Middle Grade novel, a ghost story about a selective mute in rural Ireland that could best be described as Evil Skellig meets Michael Morpurgo meets Brothers Grimm meets Something Else Entirely. The manuscript for her first YA novel, Blazers, was commended for the 2017 Pageturner Prize and her short stories have appeared most recently in The Mechanics’ Institute Review: Volume 14. She has also been shortlisted for The Short Story’s quarterly Flash Fiction competition and was longlisted for the Bath Short Story Award. Amy graduated with Distinction from her MA in creative writing at Birkbeck in 2016. She is a primary school teacher living in London and can be found on twitter at @amyjkirkwood

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Jude Higgins

Jude Higgins' flash fiction is published in NFFD anthologies, the Fish Prize anthology, Flash Frontier, the New Flash Fiction Review, Great Jones Street, The Nottingham Review and The Blue Fifth Review among other places. Her flash fiction pamphlet, The Chemist's House was published by V. Press, June 2017. She has been successful in many flash fiction contests and was short listed in the Bridport flash fiction prize, 2017. She is founder of the Bath Flash Fiction Award and Director of the Flash Fiction Festival, UK. judehiggins.com Judehwriter.

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Samantha White

Originally from Derbyshire, Samantha White lives in rural Australia where she spends her days looking after children and writing copy for small businesses. She has been writing fiction for as long as she can remember but has only recently started showing it to other people. She is currently writing a Masters thesis on literary representations of trauma and landscape. You can find her online at www.samanthawhitewriter.com

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Sharon Telfer

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.

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Mandy Huggins

Mandy Huggins was brought up in Scarborough, where her parents taught her the importance of kindness, stories, travel and good wine. She moved to London in the 1990s, and now lives in West Yorkshire. Her travel writing and short fiction have been published in anthologies, travel guides and literary journals, as well as newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, The Telegraph, Reader’s Digest, Traveller, and Writers’ Forum. She appeared on BBC radio as part of Your Desert Island Discs, celebrating listeners’ music choices and stories, and her written piece to accompany the programme appears on the BBC website. Mandy’s travel writing has won several awards, including the British Guild of Travel Writers New Travel Writer Award in 2014, and her short stories have been placed and shortlisted in numerous competitions, including Bare Fiction, Fish, InkTears, English Pen, Cinnamon Press, and Bradt Travel Guides. In 2016 she was a runner-up in the Henley Literary Festival Short Story Competition and the Retreat West Flash Fiction Award. Her first collection of flash fiction, Brightly Coloured Horses, will be published by Chapeltown Books in autumn 2017. 

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Margaret Dakin

Margaret Dakin was born and lived most of her life in Brisbane. She came to writing comparatively late after an adventurous life working in various occupations, culminating in twenty years as a studio potter and a copper enameller. After retiring in 2002, she joined a writing group and discovered a love of short stories. Meeting with like-minded friends keeps her pushing her pen every week, with enough success to encourage her to continue. She is the Treasurer of the Society of Women Writers Qld. Inc.  Her stage and radio plays have been produced, one of them for the second time this year, and she is currently working on a musical.

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Stephanie Hutton

Stephanie Hutton is a writer and clinical psychologist in the UK. She has published her flash fiction, short stories and poetry online and in print. In 2016 she won the Writers HQ Competition, Ad Hoc Fiction, and Bibliophone 1000 Words Heard Competition, and was shortlisted for the Black Pear Press Short Story Competition and Brighton Prize. She believes in the therapeutic value of fiction and is currently working on a novel. Find her work at stephaniehutton.com.

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Peter Newall

Peter Newall lives in Sydney, Australia, but has spent many northern winters travelling through Central and Eastern Europe, pursuing the ghosts of the Habsburg Empire, the Soviet Union and his ancestors.  He speaks Russian and German inaccurately. He recently lived for a year in Odessa, Ukraine, where he sang for a popular local blues band. His stories have been published in England, the USA, Hong Kong and Australia, and his story The Luft Mensch was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2016. He began writing three years ago, from a desire to record somehow the transience of human feelings.

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Sophia Barnes

Sophia Barnes hails from the Blue Mountains, Australia and lives in Sydney, where she works as a freelance editor and writer, academic and all-round bookish person. Her short fiction has appeared in Wet Ink Magazine, Seizure Online and the collection Stories of Sydney (Xoum Publishing). She regularly reviews new Australian writing for the Sydney Review of Books and has published critical work in the Journal of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Doris Lessing Studies and the collections Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook After Fifty (Pan Macmillan) and Doris Lessing and the Forming of History (Edinburgh University Press). She is currently teaching literature and creative writing at The University of Sydney and working on a collection of short stories.

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Maureen Cullen

Maureen writes poetry and short fiction. She has poetry published in various magazines and online webzines: Poetry Scotland’s Open Mouse website, The Lake, Weyfarer’s Magazine, Prole, Writers’ Forum, Reach Poetry, Interpreter’s House, and in 2016 was published with three other poets as part of Primers 1, a collaboration between Nine Arches Press and the Poetry School featuring new poets. She won The Labello Prize for short fiction in 2014, and was published in their anthology Gem Street. She has stories in Scribble, Prole, and the Hysteria Anthology 2016. She was longlisted at Exeter Writers’ short fiction competition 2016, shortlisted at Fish short fiction competition 2016, shortlisted at the HISSAC short fiction competition 2016, and shortlisted at Hysteria short fiction competition 2016. Maureen is currently working on a first short story collection.

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Melanie Napthine

Melanie Napthine is a Melbourne-based writer whose awards include first prizes in the Margaret River Short Story competition, the FAW award for an unpublished manuscript, the Boroondara short story competition, the Henry Lawson short story competition, the Ethel Webb Bundell literary awards, The Short Story Competition, The Katherine Susannah Prichard Short Story Competition and the Writers Online Paranormal Short Story competition. She works in educational publishing, and spends the rest of her time parenting, reading, writing, running and travelling.

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Hannah Persaud

Hannah was born in Yorkshire but spent her teenage years growing up in Nepal and India. A degree in English and Publishing led to a career in charity fundraising. A cancer diagnosis, long distance romance and a relocation to Canada all served as distractions from her childhood ambition to be a published writer. Now firmly settled in the Cotswolds with her husband, two children and dogs, Hannah has firmly placed writing amongst her top priorities. Two and a half years ago the only creative writing Hannah had attempted was some rather tormented poetry, but her determination has reaped rewards. In July 2015 Hannah completed the Faber Writing a Novel course, and she is currently writing her second novel whilst the first gets a rest in a drawer.

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John Holland

A librarian by profession, John Holland spent much of the 1980s writing comedy for BBC Radio 4’s Weekending and Radio 2’s The News Huddlines, as well as for TV shows he is happy he can no longer recall. He also wrote for Punch magazine, which folded while he was working for it - a fact that many believe is not a coincidence.

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Natalia Theodoridou

Natalia Theodoridou holds a PhD in Media & Cultural Studies from SOAS, University of London. She is the dramaturge of Adrift Performance Makers (@AdriftPM), and a writer of strange stories. Her work has been published in KROnline, Ninth Letter, Interfictions, Clarkesworld, and Neon, among other venues. It has also been translated into Greek, French, Italian, and Portuguese. Originally from Greece, Natalia has lived in the US, the UK, and Indonesia for several years. She is currently based in Exeter, UK. You can find out more at her website, www.natalia-theodoridou.com, or by following @natalia_theodor on Twitter. 

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Tric Kearney

Tric Kearney is a writer living in Cork, Ireland. She grew up among a large family, where competition to tell the most compelling or entertaining story at the dinner table was fierce. Emerging from the mists of being a stay at home mother to four children, she has finally found her writing voice. Tric was named, Best Writer at the Irish Parenting Blog Awards. Her blog, My Thoughts On A Page was voted Best Personal Blog at the same event. She writes a weekly humorous column in The Irish Examiner newspaper. She particularly enjoys writing short stories and flash fiction. Her story Goodnight Jimmy featured in the Imagine, Write, Inspire Anthology called The little book of love.

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Sharon Boyle

Sharon lives in East Lothian and writes around her part-time job and family life, hoping one day to be released from the former through the power of captivating and money-spinning words alone. She has had short stories and flash pieces published on-line and in magazines, including Writers’ Forum, The Moth and Sentinel Literary, and won first prize in the 2016 HISSAC short story award. She is currently studying an OU creative writing course.

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Mark Dixon

Some days, when Mark Dixon’s small but highly destructive children are safely tucked up in bed, he can summon up enough energy to put his imagination to work. He steals ideas without compunction - mostly from demode French philosophers of the 1980’s - folding their cues into whatever ridiculous weirdness he can hoover up from all his years of living. He cites influences that include Richard Brautigan, Victor Pelevin and Mark Danielewski. This year, Mark Dixon has been published by Sein Und Werden magazine and longlisted for the Storgy short story competition.

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Amanda O'Callaghan

Amanda O’Callaghan’s short stories and flash fiction have been published and won awards in Australia, UK, and Ireland. 
A former advertising executive, she studied English at King’s College London, and holds a PhD in English from the University of Queensland. She has been awarded a Queensland Literary Fellowship to complete her first collection of short stories. She lives in Brisbane.

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