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.
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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).
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.