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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ingrid Jendrzejewski grew up in southern Indiana and studied creative writing and English literature at the University of Evansville before going on to study physics at the University of Cambridge. Her current research interests focus on representations of science, mathematics and technology in stage plays. She has soft spots for reading, programming, cryptic crossword puzzles and, of course, writing; her work has appeared in Vine Leaves, Eating My Words: The 2014 National Flash Fiction Day Anthology, The Fast-Forward Festival, The Sixth Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum English Haiku Collection and The Mainichi.
Karen Lethlean is a retired English teacher, whose essay ‘When Did We’ was included Caught in the Breeze: 10 Essays, concerning Australian identity published by Blemish Canberra. ‘The Fake One’ appeared in Journey: Experiences with Breast Cancer BusyBird Publishing. She won the Torquay Froth and Bubble literary festival competition in 2010. Karen’s work has been published in some literary magazines and has won writing awards such as runner up Winter Solstice, Wild Words.org with Red, Yellow & Black. In her other life Karen is a triathlete and has done Hawaii Ironman twice!
Sandra Crook, a former Human Resources Manager, was born in the north-west of England, but after several years living and working in South Africa, Germany and Spain, and cruising the waterways of France in a Dutch barge, she has recently settled on the Dorset coast. Her writing career began in the late nineties, when two of her articles were published by the Financial Times Weekend supplement. This pinnacle of journalistic success was, sadly, never again revisited, though further articles for regional and animal magazines were accepted before she began writing short fiction. She has had short stories published in a number of anthologies, and enjoyed writing success in several competitions. Shortly before turning her attention to relocating earlier this year, she won competitions in Flash 500, Writing Magazine and Writers’ Forum, and her story, Finn, was awarded second place in the 2015 Magic Oxygen Literary Prize by a panel of 19 judges from four continents. This year she also won both first and second prize in the Flash 500 Annual Short Story Competition with Triangles and Rosemary’s Baby.
Alice Cairns and Mary Trend are recent graduates who have been writing together since they were seven years old. At Oxford University they collaborated on a series of student plays, from a modern retelling of The Comedy of Errors to a Victorian era ghost story. Since graduating last year, they won Toasted Fiction Theatre's radio play competition and had their entry recorded in front of a studio audience. It will be released as a podcast on iTunes soon! They also write a blog - Milk & Honey - that looks at ways of relishing the reading experience by matching a book to the perfect season, snack and cup of tea! What's more, they were featured in an InkTears blogpost on how to write with a partner.
Emma J Myatt is a full time mother and full time writer who runs a holiday let/writers' retreat business. She also keeps chickens, gets lovingly bossed about by her cats and her favourite hobby is ignoring the housework. She's had a tussle with early stage breast cancer this year but is glad to say she's winning and the whole thing has been one big inspiration to write and live even more. She writes whenever she can, reads as much as possible, loves cooking, walks along the coastal path where she lives for inspiration and swims to keep fit. She's not quite sure how she fits everything in but somehow, she does. She's won a few competitions in the past, including the Just Write/Writing Magazine 2016 competition, Flash500, Hour of Writes weekly competition (a few times) and been runner up/shortlisted/honourably mentioned/highly commended in lots more. She loves writing and is perfectly happy when she's at the keyboard. Read more at emmajmyatt.wordpress.com
Hooked on writing flash fiction after a workshop with Tania Hershman in 2012, Jude's since been successful in several flash fiction competitions including the Fish Flash Fiction Prize, the National Flash Fiction Day Micro Award and the Exeter Flash Fiction prize. She launched the Bath Flash Fiction Award this year and has been co-running The Bath Short Story Award since 2012. Jude is published in the Fish Prize Anthology, 2014, in Cinnamon Press and on Visual Verse. With her colleague at Writing Events Bath, she leads creative writing sessions and puts on author events in cafes and libraries in Bath. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University.
Maureen Gallagher’s poetry, literary criticism and short stories have been published in magazines and journals worldwide. She has won prizes and been shortlisted in many competitions. In October she was longlisted in the Mslexia Novel Competition. She has tutored creative writing courses in the Galway Education Centre and the Western Writers’ Centre. Her first collection of poetry, Calling the Tune, was published by Wordsonthestreet Press in December 2008.
Louise Kennedy grew up in Holywood, Co Down. She has been cooking and running restaurants for twenty five years and started writing in January 2014. Now the toothpaste is out of the tube and it won’t go back in. She lives in Sligo in the West of Ireland and writes in a shed in her garden while her husband, son and daughter are sleeping.
Russell Reader won first prize in the New Writer Magazine’s Prose and Poetry Awards 2013, and has been shortlisted by Fish Publishing, Flash 500, Words with Jam and Creative Writing Matters. He had also been longlisted for BBC Radio Four Opening Lines, and published by Litro and Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine. He lives in Lancaster, England.
Tamzin is an actor by profession, and a writer in her soul. She also recently became a Director, writing and directing her first short film, AMERICAN VIRGIN. She lives in Islington, Sussex and various parts of America, depending on her jobs. She attended Cambridge University where she studied Literature and Education. She owns a Miniature Dachshund called Minerva. She likes dark chocolate and the smell of Frankincense burning in the Souq.
Krishan Coupland is on the Creative Writing PhD programme at the University of East Anglia. His writing has appeared in Ambit, Aesthetica, Litro and Fractured West. He won the Manchester Fiction Prize in 2011, and in his spare time he runs and edits a literary magazine. His website is www.krishancoupland.co.uk.
Julia Anderson is a flash fictioneer who also writes short stories, poetry, essays, and features. She has been published in the Words with Jam anthology and in a range of magazines. She has come first, second or third in a handful of competitions as well as being shortlisted or longlisted in quite a few more.
For 2016, she’s set herself a challenge to write mainly happy or humorous fiction instead of writing about her usual topics containing mostly sad, bad, or mad characters. For this, she feels sure that many competition judges will be grateful and that she’ll feel generally more cheerful herself. Following Ray Bradbury’s advice to all writers, she reads one poem, one essay, and one short story every day. (As well as all the other books she has on the go.)
Scott Whittaker is a scrimshanking philosophunculist, an argle-bargling
blatherskite and a bloviating apple-knocker. He collects obscure words
and makes up stories.
Helen Victoria Anderson is a North East-based writer of poetry and prose. She has an MA (with Distinction) in Creative Writing from Teesside University. Helen’s work has been published in Alliterati, Confingo, Material, Miracle, The Black Light Engine Room and Fat Damsel magazines, as well as in a number of anthologies. She was also awarded First Prize in the Bridgwater Homestart Short Story Competition 2013, judged by Dame Margaret Drabble.
She is about to publish a memoir, Piece by Piece, about the loss of her teenage daughter to cancer. Helen has a website www.helenvictoriaanderson.co.uk
Eileen Herbert-Goodall holds a Doctorate of Creative Arts, which she attained from the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), Queensland, Australia. She teaches high school students through the university's Creative Writing Excellence Program. She also works with adults who wish to improve their reading and writing skills. She is presently working on a collection of short stories.
Angus Stewart is an aspiring writer, amateur photographer, and English graduate. He was born in Dundee, Scotland, studied in Manchester, England, and is the loving mother and father figure to a small border collie named Jan.
Richard Spalding is a precociously talented 8 year old boy. He has not been published before, but give him a break, he's only eight. [Editor: good beard for an 8-year old...]
Alex writes short stories and flash fiction in an attempt to avoid reality. Her body lives in Wales, her mind is always elsewhere. She has a MLitt in Creative Writing and has been published in magazines, journals and anthologies. The universe has long decided that she is a close-but-no-cigar type of person, which means she has perfected the art of getting placed and shortlisted in numerous writing competitions without actually ever winning. It’s quite a skill.