Aaron Vlek

Aaron Vlek is a storyteller whose work focuses primarily on the trickster as bringer of delight and proponent of disquieting humours. Many of her short stories delve into the original tales of the jinn and a universal imagining of the Native American Coyote. Some works are historical in setting, while others hail from the contemporary and urban landscape. She indulges more and more in the reimagining of classic themes of Lovecraftian horror and has a keen fondness for the occult detective. Aaron is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College where she spent most of her time writing. Today she lives in Berkeley, California.

Hyena Woman, The Reed’s Lament, He Knocked so Softly

Alex Reece Abbott

Alex is a Penguin Random House WriteNow finalist and winner in the Irish Novel Fair, Northern Crime, Arvon, Crediton and HG Wells prizes, Alex’s short fiction is a finalist in, among others, the Sunday Business Post/Penguin Prize, Maria Edgeworth, Tillie Olsen, Bridport and Lorian Hemingway prizes. She writes across genres and forms. Alex was a runner up in The Casket of Fictional Delights Flash Fiction competition 2017. Alex tweets @AlexReeceAbbott


Alison Wassell

Alison is a short story writer, cat mother, insomniac, worrier. She has been previously published in random places.


Allen Ashley

Allen Ashley is an award-winning editor and prize-winning poet. His most recent book is an updated, revised version of his novel “The Planet Suite” (Eibonvale Press, 2016). He works as a creative writing tutor with six groups running across north London.

Tender Arrows

Allison Symes

Allison blogs for Chandler’s Ford Today and on flash fiction for US-based Mom’s Favorite Reads. She has two flash collections with Chapeltown Books. (From Light to Dark and Back Again/Tripping the Flash Fantastic). Away from writing, Allison exercises her border collie and swims. Not simultaneously - Lady would cause chaos!

Allison Tweets @AllisonSymes1

Allison can be found on Facebook allison.symes.50

A Summer Retirement, Maybe

Alyson Faye

Alyson lives in West Yorkshire, UK with her husband, teen son and rescue animals. Her fiction and poetry has been published in a range of anthologies, (Diabolica Britannica/Daughters of Darkness) on the Horror Tree, several Siren's Call editions, in Page and Spine, by Demain Press (The Lost Girl/Night of the Rider), in Trickster’s Treats 4, on Sylvia e zine and The World of Myth. Last year she had stories out with Kandisha Press, Space and Time's July magazine and Brigid’s Gate Press’, Were-Tales anthology. Her work has been read on BBC Radio, local radio, on several podcasts (Ladies of Horror and The Night's End) and placed in several competitions. She works as an editor for a UK indie press and tutors. She swims, sings and is often to be found roaming the moor with her Lab cross, Roxy.

Alyson Tweets @AlysonFaye2

She co-runs the indie horror press, Black Angel, with Stephanie Ellis Black Angel Press

Alyson has an Amazon Page

Interlude, A Toxic Tapestry, Pins and Needles, Walls of Jericho, Hands and Rings and Other Things, Under the Pier, Marginalia, Relative Connections, Porky Pig!, Timeslip, Carol Practice, Dominoes, The Pool Man, Chestnuts for my Sweet

Amanda Huggins

Amanda is the award-winning author of the novellas Crossing the Lines and All Our Squandered Beauty, as well as four collections of short stories and poetry. She has received numerous prizes for her travel writing, poetry and fiction, and her work has been broadcast on BBC Radio. Amanda Huggins Tweets @troutiemcfish

In the Time it Takes to Make a Risotto

Amy Smith

Amy is an English major currently attending East Carolina University, in her senior year. This is her first attempt at writing flash fiction.

Ending and Beginning

Anna Nazarova-Evans

Anna won the InkTears Flash Fiction prize in 2017  and the TSS competition in 2015.  Her fairy tale took second place in Vernal Equinox Flash Fiction Competition in 2018.  She was also published by the National Flash Fiction anthologies, Spelk Fiction, Café Aphra, Reflex Fiction, Spontaneity, Visual Verse and Firefly magazine. Anna Tweets @AnitchkaNE

What The Stars Mean to You and Me, The Hunger Dance, A Single Shining Dot, The Bubble

Annie Dawid

Annie's novel "Paradise Undone: A Novel of Jonestown” won the Screencraft Cinematic Book Contest and will be published in the UK by Inkspot Publishing in the UK in 2023. http://inkspotpublishing.com/titles/paradise-undone/ Her  fifth book, 'Put Off My Sackcloth', was published in 2021, it was a runner up in the Los Angeles Book Festival 2021 autobiography category. Her short story, 'Kenny, Winking', won the ChipLitFest Short Story Contest (UK) 2022.  Her poetry chapbook 'Anotomie of the World' was published in 2017.

Touching Rim, Heraklion, June’s 21st Birthday, and the Mothers, Something Like Pleasure, Not Exactly in Hiding 1944: Bucharest

Claire Lawrence

Claire has been published in Canada, the United States, United Kingdom and India. She was nominated for the 2016 Pushcart Prize. Her flash fiction work has been performed on BBC radio and she has won a number story prizes. Claire lives in British Columbia, Canada.

Somewhere, Over the Bridge

Clare Elstow

Clare has written extensively for TV, but has now embarked on a novel, and particularly enjoys exploring different genres through short stories and flash fiction. She also writes poetry and is interested in the overlap with prose and breaking down the boundaries between the two. Enhancing words with music is another key interest and Clare has toured with performance poet John Hegley, accompanying him on keyboards

Under the Tree

Damyanti Ghosh

Damyanti is a freelance writer of fiction and non-fiction, she has been published in the UK, USA, India, Singapore and Malaysia.

An Old Man’s Teeth

David J Delaney

David is a nurse originally from Ireland and now lives in Sydney, Australia. He has published short stories across several genres, his inspiration comes from everyday experiences through to the words he reads.

To the Point

David Malone

avid Malone has a postgraduate degree from Liverpool. His previous short stories have appeared in The Momaya Annual Review, Crannog Literary Magazine, Liars' League, and Milk Money Magazine. His short story Hearing Aid was placed third in Bridport 2014.

Burp of God

David McVey

David teaches Communication at New College Lanarkshire. He has published over 100 short stories. He enjoys hillwalking, visiting historic sites, reading, watching telly and supporting his local football team, Kirkintilloch Rob Roy FC.

Digging a Hole for Douglas, The Highland Line

David Turnbull

David is a member of the Clockhouse London group of genre writers. He writes mainly short fiction and has had numerous short stories published in magazines and anthologies.  His stories have previously been featured at Liars League London events and read at other live events such as Solstice Shorts and Virtual Futures. His novella HUSks was released in summer 2022.

David Turnbull Tweets @Turnbull430

The Waltzing of Matilda, Lost Boys

David Webb

David has had various bits and pieces published, most recently by Sein und Werden magazine, Hic Dragones, The Pre-Raphaelite Society Review and Kind of a Hurricane Press.  One of his stories was shortlisted in the Fiction Desk Ghost Story Competition 2016.  He enjoys writing ghost stories, dislikes writing short biographies and is sure things will be very different when he's in charge.

Visiting Time

Dawn Reeves

Dawn writes, tap dances, cycles and makes change happen. She’s motivated by social justice, believes in public service, is fascinated by power and anything weird and wonderful under the surface. Her first novel 'Hard Change' - a political thriller, was published in 2013.

Trust’s Lodger

Dawn Reeves and Joanna Sterling

Dawn writes, tap dances, cycles and makes change happen. She’s motivated by social justice, believes in public service, is fascinated by power and anything weird and wonderful under the surface. Her first novel 'Hard Change' - a political thriller, was published in 2013.

Joanna writes short stories and flash fiction, has had her work published in a number of magazines and anthologies. She lives in London with her ever growing collection of Brooches.

Three Portraits & Three Tales

Deirdre Maher

Deirdre was a finalist in the Chawton House Jane Austen Short Story Award competition, her story appears in their 2015 anthology. She won the ABCtales online prose competition in February 2012 under the pen name Judy Gee. Deirdre lives in London and is happiest when immersed in a writing project.http://deirdre-amonkeyonhisback.blogspot.com

Margery Breaks Free

Donna Brown

Donna lives in Cheshire, England. She writes short stories and flash fiction and is currently working on a novel. Donna’s work has been published in several places. She won the Winchester Writers’ Festival Short Story Prize in 2018 and has a short story forthcoming in the Fish Anthology 2020.

The Eccentric Tourist, The Tightrope Walker, A Second-Hand Coat

Douglas Bruton

Douglas describes his writing as throwing words together, sometimes they make sense and sometimes they even make stories. He has won The Neil Gunn Memorial prize 2015 and the William Soutar Prize in 2014. He has been published by Aesthetica, Fiction Attic Press and Brittle Star Magazine, as well as in Flash Magazine, The Irish Literary Review and Northwords Now. Douglas won The Casket of Fictional Delights 2017 Flash Fiction competition.

The Fourth Wise Man, Tell Me When it Kick In, Mam and She Worries

Dylan Brethour

Dylan is a freelance journalist, editor and fiction writer. She has bylines in the Guardian and the Independent, with essays in Ploughshares and Litro. Her fiction has appeared in places like Spread the Word's London Short Story Prize anthology and Berfrois. Dylan also edits the blog Talking Death, which tells stories from the frontlines of death and dying in the UK. Dylan Tweets @DylanBrethour

Saint Valentine’s Day

Ellen Davies

Ellen lives in the Rhondda, South Wales. She has a BA in English Literature from Cardiff University and is currently studying for an MA in Creative Writing. Primarily a poet, her debut pamphlet Accent was published by Cinnamon Press in May 2015.

Time Lies

F. Charles Murdock

Franklin has appeared in Yellow Mama, Heavy Hands Ink, Three Line Poetry, WEIRDYEAR, Phantom Kangaroo, Thirteen Myna Birds, PrimalZine, and various other publications. Recently, he’s been coauthoring the serial epic BEARD THE IMMORTAL.

Come Along

Fanni Suto

Fanni writes in Hungarian and English; poems, flash fiction, and lyrics. She is getting better at finishing novels. Fanni tries to find the magical in the everyday and likes to spy on the secret life of cities and their inhabitants.

Livingroom in Fading Light, Night Wait, Fires of Autumn, The Girl with Pearls in her Eyes, Rain of Thought, Summer’s End, Darkest before Dawn

Felicity Stephen

Felicity is a mature student who is experimenting with a variety of writing forms, she loves poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, plays, screenplays ... and wants to write them all!

I Remember

Fiona J. Mackintosh

Fiona is a British born writer who has lived in the US for over 25 years. Her stories have been appeared in, among others, The Washington Review, Harpers & Queen UK, Metropolitain and District Lines II and she has been longlisted for Plymouth University’s 2015 Short Fiction Prize.

The More Things Change

Gina Headden

Gina was a runner-up in The Casket of Fictional Delights 2017 Flash Fiction Competition, Gina’s story 'The Ties that Bind' was recorded as a podcast and published on a number of audio platforms. Her writing has also appeared in fiction and non-fiction magazines, most recently in Longleaf Review and National Flash Fiction Day’s Flash Flood. Gina lives in Scotland and tweets @gmdfreelance.

The Ties that Bind, 1-2-5

Helen Barnes

Helen is a writer, researcher and counsellor living and working in London. Her thing is bangles rather than brooches.

Every Day

Irene Lofthouse

Irene started storytelling age six- so her school report says. She finds inspiration in everything: clouds to cornflake packets, dog walks to bus talks. A lover of spooky supernatural tales, she's also fascinated about how memories can play tricks on us. Usually found planting, dead-heading, dog walking, facilitating workshops between writing.

Irene Tweets @irene_lofthouse

Making Moves

Isobel Horsburgh

Isobel lives on South Tyneside. She does casual work in libraries and has had stories on SpaceSquid, Devilfish Review, The Drabble, and Blink-Ink.

What the Cat Dragged In, Housework

James Stark

James lives and writes in the Pacific Northwest. Since retirement from teaching, he is able to spend more time with his characters as they work their way through their conflicts.

Losses, The Roaring Sixties, Escape

Janine Bullman

Janine is the writer and editor of Punk Fiction, a book of short stories inspired by punk. She has written for various music magazines including Mojo, Loud & Quiet and Record Collector and has published numerous short stories with a variety of literary magazines.

The Neon Exit

Jason Jackson

Jason's writing has been widely-published.  In 2018 he has won the Writers Bureau competition, came second in the Exeter Short Story competition, was runner-up in the Frome Short Story competition and short-listed at the Leicester Writes competition. In 2017 he was nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

Jason Tweets @jj_fiction

Bombs, Lilies

Jay Merill

Jay is the author of two short story collections published by Salt. Her story ‘As Birds Fly’ won the Salt Short Story prize and is included in the ‘Salt Anthology of New Writing, 2013’. She is Writer in Residence at Women in Publishing.

Trev at Ivinghoe, Green Room Yellow Room

Jenna Clake

Jenna is studying for her PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Birmingham. Primarily a poet, her work has been published by Ink, Sweat & Tears, BareFiction, The Cadaverine, Two Words For and Miso Magazine.


Jenny Adamthwaite

Jenny lives in East London. She has had short fiction published by Cinnamon Press, Stand Magazine, and in the National Flash Fiction Day anthology, ‘Scraps’. She is currently working on a novel.

The Sentence

Joanna Sterling

Joanna writes short stories and flash fiction, has had her work published in a number of magazines and anthologies. She lives in London with her ever growing collection of Brooches.

Susan Tate’s Countdown to Christmas, Gran Knows Best, White Sandals, Susan Tate’s Year – December, Susan Tate’s Year – November, Susan Tate’s Year – October, Susan Tate’s Year – September, Susan Tate’s Year – August, Susan Tate’s Year – July, Susan Tate’s Year – June, Susan Tate’s Year – May, Susan Tate’s Year – April, Susan Tate’s Year – March, Susan Tate’s Year – February, Susan Tate’s Year – January, Dolls’ Houses and Memories, Preparing for Christmas, Near the Edge, The Pink and Green Picnic Hamper, Lunchtime at St Vedast’s, New Message, Paper Cuts, Lady Elfleda, Home Time, Left Behind, Dolores, Ladies’ Day, The Key, Christmas Letters, Miss Ellie-Louise at the Diner, Time Line, Toothpaste Tubes, Gardeners’ Delight, The Daily Commute, The Female of the Species – Part 3, The Last Straw, The Female of the Species – Part 2, The Female of the Species – Part 1, Lipstick in his Handbag, Big Fish Little Fish, The Blue Box, He took his Zimmer frame for a walk, Friday, THE Carol Service, Collateral Damage, Face2Face, The White Bathroom, Blue for a Boy Pink for a Girl, Ministering, A Twitcher’s Lament, Museum Piece, Colours That Suit, Charles Marmaduke, My Father’s Head, The Thief

John Petherbridge

John was born in Birmingham. He studied film making at the London School of Film Technique. On leaving he turned his hand to writing for the stage and the radio where his work has been produced. He also wrote and published short stories. John taught creative writing at universities, schools, prisons, day centres. He taught a novel and short story course at the City Lit in London and a more general course at CRISIS’s day centre in Spitalfields, London. John died in 2014.


Josie Turner

Josie lives in Hertfordshire and works in London. She has had fiction and poetry published in The North, Magma, The Frogmore Papers and Mslexia. In 2013 she was placed third in Mslexia's annual short story competition and first in the Welsh Poetry competition.

A Disappearance, Clinging On

Kate Lewington

Katie is currently studying at college. She spends the rest of her time searching for a job although she is often distracted by the blank page and all of the ideas in her head clamouring to get out. She lives in Hertfordshire. This is her first published piece.

Smoke Screen

Katy Wimhurst

Katy studied social anthropology, then did a PhD on Mexican Surrealism. She’s worked in publishing and had fiction published in ezines and magazines, including Bust Down the Doors and Eat All the Chickens, Theguardian.com, Café Irreal, GlassFire, Serendipity and DogVersusSandwich. She won the Tate Modern short story competition.


Kirsty Ferry

Kirsty lives in the North East of England with her family and her dog. She has had short stories and articles published in various collections and magazines, and writes novels for award-winning publishers Choc Lit.

Kirsty Tweets @kirsty_ferry

Lucy Reborn

Krishan Coupland

Krishan 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.

Blue Whale Hits Town

Lauren Bell

Lauren lives in Birmingham, loves rainbows and is often drunk on inspiration. Her work has been published by Word Bohemia, Synaesthesia Magazine, Bare Fiction, Inkapture, Visual Verse, Short Story Sunday and Storgy Magazine where she is a contributing writer.

Life Line, Minnie, Current Girl

Leonie Milliner

Leonie lives in Islington, London and writes short stories and flash fiction. She is half way through writing her first novel, 'Turncoats Daughter,' an historical tale set in Italy in 1755 and London in 1764. This is Leonie's first collection of short stories exploring the female and death.

The Registrar’s Daughter (3/3), Manufactory of Smells (2/3), Statue (1/3)

Liam Hogan

Liam was abandoned in a library at the tender age of 3, only to emerge blinking into the sunlight many years later, with a head full of words and an aversion to loud noises. He lives in London and dreams in Dewey Decimals.

Fishing for Keys

Louise Mangos

Louise is a compulsive writer and drinker of prosecco. Louise was a runner up in The Casket of Fictional Delights 2017 Flash Fiction Competition.  She lives on a Swiss Alp with her Kiwi husband and two sons.

Heavyweight Dreams, En Garde

Louise Peskett

Louise works in a museum and does women's history guided walks. Her stories have been published in anthologies by Tonto, Black Lace, Sentinel and Unbound and historical articles published in French Literary Review, Herstoria and Jane Austen's Regency World. She has had a play performed at Crawley's Hawth Theatre.

In the Caldera

Louise Zedda-Sampson

Louise is a Melbourne-based writer, researcher and award-nominated editor. She writes nonfiction, and short fiction. Her writing has appeared in peer-reviewed journals, online and in magazines and anthologies. Louise’s debut nonfiction Bowl the Maidens Over: Our First Women Cricketers was released in 2021.

Louise Tweets @I_say_meow


Lucy Durneen

Lucy is a writer, photographer and lecturer, currently based at Plymouth University.  Her stories and poetry have appeared in The Manchester Review, Short Fiction and Poetry Ireland Review.  She has just published her first solo collection of short stories ‘Wild Gestures’ published by MidnightSun available to buy from her website.

Wild Gestures

Lydia Unsworth

Lydia has published two collections of poetry: Certain Manoeuvres (KFS Press, 2018) and Nostalgia for Bodies (2018 Erbacce Poetry Prize), and two pamphlets. Her latest pamphlet YIELD (KFS Press) and debut novel Distant Hills (Atlatl Press) are will be published in 2020. Recent work can be found in SPAM, Bath Magg and Blackbox Manifold.

Lydia Tweets @lydiowanie

The Smallest Boxes

Maeve Zahra

Maeve lives in London and as well as writing flash fiction writes poetry and is working on a novel taking her varied and interesting life as inspiration.


Margaret Evans

Margaret is an ex-Research Chemist turned Science Teacher, who has morphed into writer and artist. She loves baking, despite, or maybe because of the challenge of food allergies. She also loves playing hockey, tennis, the piano, her family and friends – but not necessarily in that order.

Three Hundred Words

Mari Phillips

Mari writes mostly flash fiction with occasional forays into poetry. Other pieces of flash have been published in Café Lit,101 Words and Paragraph Planet. She lives in Leeds and loves to sing and travel - sometimes at the same time.

Summer Frock, Blossom

Maria Kenny

Maria won the 2020 Bray Literary Festival and the 2019 Maria Edgeworth Short Story Competition. Her short stories and flash fiction have appeared in the journals Crannóg and Boyne Berries, also online internationally. She was longlisted for the WoW award 2016 and was shortlisted for the Kanturk Flash Fiction Competition2019. She also got a notable mention in Cúirt 2020 and was a semi-finalist in the LISP flash fiction competition 2020. She is also a featured writer for the online journal The Casket of Fictional Delights. Maria Tweets @@mpkenny1000

The Client List, Bitterness, Unbreakable Bonds, Alone, naturally

Marion Moffatt

Marion is currently working on a novel set in Feltham Young Offenders Institution. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Surrey.


Mark Farley

Mark was raised in Africa, a childhood spent running wild and barefoot in sunny scrubland, during which he survived two dog maulings, a swarm of killer bees and being run over by a horse. He lives in Swindon UK and is currently helping a tree dragon write her autobiography.

Mark Tweets @mumbletoes

Knight of the Rocks, Sync, Floating

Martin F Fuller

Martin lives in West Yorkshire. In previous exitances he’s been: - beer salesman, pall bearer, car delivery driver, and a police officer for over 34 years. He started to writing in 2013, preferring dark fiction and comedy. Previously published in Horror Tree, Sirens Call and anthologies.

Summers End

Michelle Mullen

Michelle has a degree in Creative Writing/Journalism. She has written for The Guardian and the Kingston Writing School’s ‘Ripple’. She has submitted her first novel and is working on her second.


Mick Fitzgerald

Mick was born, raised and lived in Dublin. He was active in many areas. His short stories and poetry were published in magazines and various collections. His story ‘The Fiddle Lesson’ was nominated for the prestigious Hennessey Award. He also released four solo CDs of his own songs. Mick died in 2016.

Old Money, The Twentieth

Moira Knowles

Moira's first career was as a film editor, creating factual and fiction stories. She is now working on a novel.

The Pear

Morgan Downie

Morgan is a short story and poetry writer, an island man, he finds mainland roads no less circular. He is a friend of the neighbourhood cats and likes to smile at strangers.


Morgan Parks

Morgan has a PhD in geophysics, lives in darkest Surrey with a senile cat, an optimistic labrador and a variety of human family members. Between taming the garden, feeding the animals and drinking coffee, she reads a lot and writes a little.

Morgan Tweets @MorganJParks

Lucky Elf, A Bigger Tree Each Year, Water Sweet as Death

Neema Shah

Neema is currently writing her first novel. She won The Literary Consultancy Pen Factor Live 2017 and was runner up in the Best Opening Chapter competition at the York Festival of Writing 2017. She lives in London and works in marketing.

Kala Pani

Nicola Prentis

Nicola now claims Madrid as her home and her first novel was published in 2014. She also writes study materials for the EFL market.

Reclaiming Istanbul

Parineeta Singh

Parineeta is a writer and a poet who was encouraged to put words on paper by her mother. She has previously been published in the Vintage Script Magazine and the International Journal of Arts and Sciences. She enjoys travelling and blackcurrant ice cream.

My Aunt Edna

Pauline T Yates

Pauline writes speculative fiction, is easily led astray by comedy and seeks stories from the soul. Her fiction can be found with publications including Metaphorosis, Abyss and Apex, Beta Noire,  Story City Creatives and Every Day Fiction. She lives in Australia.

Pauline Tweets @midnightmuser1

When The Tide Turns by Pauline Yates was first published on Elena Hartwell’s Blog

When The Tide Turns is also available as podcast via LA Rivers

When The Tide Turns

Pauline Yates

Pauline fills every spare second in her day (and night) working on her stories. Her growing list of publications include short stories with Metaphorosis, Aurealis, Abyss & Apex plus others. She loves the challenge of a writing prompt and is a regular writing contest competitor. She lives in Australia

Pauline Tweets @midnightmuser1

The Dig Tree, Cooked, Steps, Missing Anna, The Sweetest Thing, Toil and Trouble

Rachel Stevenson

Rachel grew up in Doncaster and now lives in London. She has contributed to Pygmy Giant, Streetcake magazine, A Cuppa And An Armchair book, The Guardian travel section, the Utopia Arts Festival, Are You Sitting Comfortably podcast, the Tate Modern website and the forthcoming book, Night Bus To Camden.

Summer in the City

Rebecca Balfourth

Rebecca is a Mental Health Support Worker living, writing and enjoying life in London. She hopes to begin a PhD in Creative Writing. When not working or writing she loves to run, a lot.

Easy Habits

Rebecca Peyton

Rebecca is an actor and writer. She has performed her first play, Sometimes I Laugh Like My Sister, over 100 times touring the UK, Switzerland and South Africa. She is currently working on her new solo show, Do You Live Alone? She is published by Oberon Books. Rebecca Tweets @rebeccapeyton

Three for Two, The Unbiddable Hand, The Glimpse

Richard Lakin

Richard likes writing short stories and it stops him staring at other passengers on the train.

Last Breakfast

Richard Meldrum

Richard has been published by Culture Cult Press, Trembling with Fear, Black Hare Press, Smoking Pen Press, Breaking Rules Press, and James Ward Kirk. He’s had stories in The Sirens Call eZine, the Horror Zine and Drabblez Magazine. His novellas “The Plague” and “Placid Point” were published by Demain Press in 2019 and 2021. Richard Meldrum Tweets @RichardJMeldru1

Hot Feet

Roberta Garrett

Roberta is a senior lecturer at the University of East London. She has written several short stories and is currently working on a novel based on the life of author Helen Bailey. Roberta lives in South London with her two daughters.

So Lucky

Rosie Canning

Rosie co-founded the Greenacre Writers. She has written several short stories and flash fiction pieces which have been long/short-listed in competitions: Spilling Ink; The New Writer; Flash 500; The Yellow Room and The Word Hut and published in York Tales, Mslexia, and non-fiction in a local community magazine. Rosie is studying for a PhD at Southampton University.

A Womb of One’s Own

Rosie Garland

Rosie is a novelist, poet and sings with post-punk band The March Violets. With a passion for language nurtured by public libraries, her work has appeared in Under the Radar, The North, New Welsh Review, Rialto & elsewhere. Her latest novel 'The Night Brother' was reviewed in The Times as “playful and exuberant... with shades of Angela Carter.”

A Shift in Time Zones, The Kingdom of the Cats, The Third Favourite Wife of The Emperor, Speaking in Tongues

Rosie Thapa

Rosie lived for many years in Kathmandu, where she worked as an editorial & publishing consultant and wrote a collection of short stories. She now lives in the UK and is currently at work on a novel as part of her PhD at Lancaster University.

Dust, Up on the Roof

Ross Burton

Ross lives in Stirling, Scotland with his wife, three children (two boomerangs) and a cat. He loves to discover and write stories about people mostly. He writes for pleasure but would love to be discovered and feted as a new Alexander McCall Smith.

Helicopter, A Christmas Tale

Ruth Holgate

Ruth is a former children’s rights advocate who lives in Wales. Ruth is working on her first novel about the ‘surplus women’ of the 1930s which is loosely based on the lives of her great aunts. She has recently contributed to the anthology ‘Behind Many Doors’ Accent Press.

The Garden

Sandra Purdy

Sandra is short, dark, bespectacled and is relatively new to the addictive world of flash fiction. Prior to her success at The Casket of Fictional Delights she was Highly Commended in the Borderlines Book Festival 2015 for her first ever flash fiction attempt. She is, in her words ‘well chuffed!’

Born Blonde, The Sweet Smell of Success, Blooming Hell, Serendipity

Sandra Unerman

Sandra writes fantasy novels and short stories. Her historical fantasies, Spellhaven and Ghosts and Exiles, are published by MirrorWorld. She is a member of the London Clockhouse Writers' Group. She lives in London and is currently studying for an MA in Folklore Studies at the University of Hertfordshire.

Fabulous Monsters, The Ladder

Shauna Mackay

Shauna lives in Northumberland and her fiction is published at animalliterarymagazine.com, Tallow Eider Quarterly and The Cossack Review. She is the short story category winner of the Hysteria competition 2015.

Her, Next Door

Sherri Turner

Sherri has had numerous short stories published in magazines and has won prizes for both poetry and short stories in competitions including the Bristol Prize, the Wells Literary Festival and the Bridport Prize. Her work has also appeared in several short story anthologies.

Sherri tweets @STurner4077


Sherry Morris

Sherry is originally from Missouri, but now lives on a farm in the Scottish Highlands where she writes prize-winning, pets cows, watches clouds and dabbles in photography. Her first published story was about her Peace Corps experience in Ukraine. She reads for the wonderfully wacky Taco Bell Quarterly. Sherry Morris Tweets @Uksherka

When L.O.V.E. is > Rob Lowe + Jello

Shirley Golden

Shirley’s short stories and flash fictions have been published in various magazines and anthologies (online and print), including Fantastic Books Publishing, Parthian Books, Reflex Press, Exeter Writers, Rattle Tales, Visual Verse, FireWords, Retreat West Books, and Writers’ Forum. She is currently working on a novel set in the 1920s. She was a runner up in The Casket of Ficitonal Delights Flash Fiction Competition 2017.

Checkout Girl, Fragile

Stephanie Brann

Stephanie is a Londoner. She was almost born on the roof garden of a West End Department Store, luckily her mother got to St Mary Abbots Hospital just in time. Now she lives in Hackney and is working on her first novel.

Camels and Canapes

Stephanie Ellis

Stephanie is a published writer, with a growing back catalogue of longer fiction, Stephanie lives in Wrexham, north Wales with her family, where she now writes full-time. Despite appearances, she is an avid fan of heavy metal, including industrial and death metal, but does play it safe and avoids the mosh pit!

Stephanie Tweets @el_Stevie

Positive Thinking, My Invisible Friend, Extra Chocolate

Stephanie Hutton

Stephanie is a clinical psychologist. In 2017 she was nominated for Best of the Net, gained second prize in National Flash Fiction Day micro competition and was shortlisted for the Bristol Prize. She lives in Staffordshire.

The End of Escape

Stephanie Smith

Stephanie’s writing has appeared in The Snow Island Review. She is also an editorial assistant for Explorations in Renaissance Culture.

Sleep Evasion

Sue Johnson

Sue is a poet, short story writer, novelist and playwright. Her work is inspired by the natural world, fairytales and overhead conversations in cafes. She is a Writing Magazine Home Study Tutor and her other interests are reading, walking, yoga and cooking.

The Lost Child

Susan Carey

Susan is a Brit living in Amsterdam. Susan has been a runner-up in the 2018 and 2017 Casket of Fictional Delights Flash Fiction Competitions, ‘The Plughole Picker’ was published online and 'To See a Star' was recorded as a podcast and published on a number of audio platforms.  Her writing has also been published and performed by amongst others; Mslexia, Liars’ League, Reflex Fiction and Writers Abroad. She has a love hate relationship with her adopted hometown and often dreams of living in a thatched cottage, far from the madding crowd. In 2020 Susan published her short story collection, Healer.

Susan Tweets @su_carey

Susan has an Amazon Page 

Maids of Pen Neidr, Only Half in Shade, The Taste of Shoe Polish, To See A Star, A Gentleman’s Wager, Christmas Still in the Basement, The Plughole Picker

Tina Pisco

Tina has been a writer for over 25 years. She has written two novels ‘Only a Paper Moon’ and ‘Catch the Magpie’ and two volumes of poetry and a collection of newspaper columns. She is working on her first short story collection, to be published by Fish in 2016.

Mastic Lady

Val Spargo

Val says she is easily distracted by life, she has awards for Procrastination which metaphorically sit on her bookshelf with her Cup for First in the Axe River Canoe Race (Female, Over Forties Entrant). Val was an intermittent writer in the past. She is now writing short stories, some of which have been performed in public by members of the Bob Hope Theatre.


Vivien Jones

Vivien writes short stories, poetry and theatre pieces, many of which have been published or performed. She is one of three editors of 'Southlight' literary magazine for the south of Scotland and beyond. When not writing she is a performing early musician on viols and recorders and other wind instruments.

Second in Line, Getting Ready

Warwick Newnham

Warwick has been published in ‘Nocturnal Submissions’, ‘Overland’ , ‘The Lifted Brow’, ‘Meanjin’, ‘Full of Crow’, ‘Gapped Tooth Madness’,‘Going Down Swinging’, ‘Elohi Gadugi’ ‘Street Cake’,‘Gone Lawn’ and on ‘Horror Sleaze Trash’ . He lives in Brisbane, Australia with his partner and 2 blue-heelers.

Aunty Mary’s

Zoe Meager

Zoë is from Christchurch, New Zealand. Her short stories have been published at home and abroad. She was nominated for Best Small Fictions in 2017, and published in To Carry Her Home: Bath Flash Fiction Volume One 2017.

The Replacement