Angela Forrest is an emerging Queer, Scottish writer who lives with her wife and writing partner, Laura, along with an undisclosed number of cats. She was born in Paisley, twenty minutes from the heart of Glasgow or the wilds of the countryside, depending on what takes your fancy. Recently attaining her MA in Creative Writing, Angela has been writing since joining a group in the local library as a child. She went on to work with community groups to explore the therapeutic effects of putting pen to paper, encouraging confidence building and creativity.
Val Ormrod lives near Chepstowand has won awards in a variety of competitions including the Gloucestershire Writers Network, Mid-Somerset Festival, Sentinel Literary Quarterly and the Bridport Prize. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University and her memoir In My Father’s Memory, was shortlisted for the Janklow & Nesbit prize. In 2018 she won the Mere Literary Festival Flash Fiction prize and was runner-up in the Val Wood short story prize. Her stories and poems have featured in various publications including Writing, Stroud Short Stories,Graffiti, Eye Flash Poetry, Hammond House Poetry and in several anthologies of tales from the Forest of Dean.
Julie Evans is a writer from Guildford. Originally from Manchester and Cheshire, she has spent much of her adult life in Surrey, though she also lived for a couple of years in Singapore. She has a husband and three children and a little dog (and perfect writer’s companion) called Mouse. She is currently doing an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Surrey, which has encouraged her to try her hand at novel-writing. With a first degree in History, she has always had a passion for stories with historical settings and her work often centres around the connections between the past and the present. She loves maps, architecture, art, genealogy and almost anything to do with the nineteenth century, and sometimes gets completely entangled with the past lives and places she is researching. She won the Frome Short Story Competition withThe Artist’s Last Model, the Winchester Festival Flash Fiction Competition with Reflections in a Teaspoon and the Farnham Short Story competition with First Light, all in 2018. She has been runner-up, shortlisted and longlisted in a number of other competitions.
Christine Genovese moved to rural Normandy over twenty years ago. How she ended up there is a long story but the change added a rich vein of variety to her teaching career, her writing and life generally.
The culture shock has long ago worn off and she writes about anything that stirs her interest and her curiosity. The result is more or less evenly distributed between fiction and non-fiction.
She’s had several stories placed in competitions and published in anthologies such as WriteFrance, Sunpenny, Writers Abroad and Leaf Books. Her articles have appeared in The Lady, France Magazine, Thresholds, Walkopedia and Countryside Tales.
Sarah Klenbort has recently moved to Brisbane (from Sydney) where she now teaches creative writing at UQ and academic writing at QUT. Her fiction has appeared in Best Australian Stories, Overland, Southerly, Island and various US and UK journals and anthologies.
Michelle Jager is an Adelaide-based fiction writer. She recently won the Elle Australia 2018 short story competition and was short-listed for an Australian Shadows Award in 2014. Her fiction has appeared in various magazines and anthologies. In 2017, she completed a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Adelaide. She currently works as a writing mentor, volunteers at her local library and is finishing her first novel, working title, Moth Dreams. Michelle also enjoys photography and painting and you can find her on Instagram @michellejager80.
Louise Farr lives in Bangor, Northern Ireland, with a Whippet called Ted Hughes and hundreds of books. She works full time as an English teacher in Alternative Education and was previously a journalist, writing a weekly column for The County Down Spectator for nine years. Louise is also a choir member and book panellist for The Open House Festival in Bangor. In 2018, she was the winner of The Benedict Kiely Short Story Competition and The Trisha Ashley award (Exeter Short Story Prize). In 2019, she was a finalist in the Doolin Writers’ Weekend Short Story Competition, and she has recently completed her first YA novel, which was shortlisted last year for The 2018 Exeter Novel Prize.
John Heggelund is an emerging author writing out of Austin, Texas. His short stories are featured or forthcoming in the Watershed Review and Junto Magazine. He is the editor-in-chief of The Mighty Line literary magazine and has edited two academic journals for the non-profit Children@Risk. While attending Texas A&M University, he was awarded the Teri Marshall Excellence in Writing Scholarship for his personal essay "The Importance of Strong Writing." You can follow him on Twitter at @Heggelund_John.
Karen Jones is a prose writer from Glasgow with a preference for flash and short fiction. She has been successful in writing competitions including Mslexia, Flash 500, Words With Jam, New Writer, Writers’ Forum, Writers’ Bureau and Ad Hoc Fiction. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines and ezines, most recently in Nottingham Review, Lost Balloon and New Flash Fiction Review. Her stories appear in anthologies including Bath Short Story Award, To Hull and Back, and Bath Flash Fiction Volumes 2 and 3. Two of her stories have been nominated for Best of the Net 2018 and Best Microfictions 2018 and one for a Best Small Fictions 2018 and a Pushcart Prize 2018.
Brian Wilson was born in Newtownards, Northern Ireland. His earliest memories of writing are from primary school, where he debuted a six-page story about a hunter-gather during History class and ripped off a Goosebumps book for a creative writing assignment. Since then, Brian has received an MA in Creative Writing from Queen's University Belfast and has had work published in various places, including Blackbird – an anthology of new writing from the Seamus Heaney Centre – and The Bangor Literary Journal. At the start of 2018 Brian's short story RECOVERY accompanied the Smoke & Mirrors exhibit in the Torrance Art Museum in California. In October 2018 he won the STORGY Shallow Creek short story competition. Brian does not currently have a website, but you can find out more about his writing by following him on Twitter: @bwilson4815
Jennifer Riddalls - rapid reader, plodding writer. Originally from Scotland she now lurks in Hampshire, England. When not working, seasonally as an exam invigilator, or herding her three small boys, she writes flash fiction and short stories. She’s keen to stop abandoning novels and finish one. In the past year, her words have won competitions (including Writer’s Forum and the Farnham Flash Fiction prize) and been shortlisted by Retreat West and Flash 500.
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.