Gina Challen is originally from London, and moved to West Sussex in 1979. Whilst working as an Insurance Broker, she began a BA (Hons) in English and Creative Writing at the University of Chichester. In 2012, she left her job to complete a Masters Degree in Creative Writing. This she fondly calls her mid-life crisis. Her short stories have been shortlisted for many awards including The Bristol Short Story Prize, The Bridport Prize, Ink Tears Short Story Award, Storgy Short Story Award, Cinnamon Press Short Story Award and the Willesden Herald Short Story Award. Her work can be found in anthologies published by The Bristol Short Story Prize, Cinnamon Press, Willesden Herald and Rattle Tales, and have been read at the Shoreham Wordfest. Her critical essays are published online at Thresholds Short Story Forum. She can be found at