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Toiling for decades over inkpots in local government – originally in the UK but now in Australia – Vanessa Adams has long dreamed of being a published author. She lives out in the bush amongst vast granite boulders with dogs, ‘roos, wombats and a husband. In her spare time she writes a gardening column for the local newspaper and reviews for the local book club.
Erin Armstrong lives in Seattle, Washington. received her MFA from The University of Arizona in 2011. Her work has appeared in The Blue Guitar, FoundPolariods, Marco Polo Magazine, The Museum of Americana: a literary review, InkinThirds Magazine, Harmony Magazine, Fiction Southeast and Black Heart Magazine. She also writes a weekly poetry series for Channillo.
Born and raised in India, Nidhi Arora currently resides in Singapore with her family. A business consultant by training and a writer by passion, she writes short fiction, poetry, essays and reviews. Her work has been published in an anthology of fiction in Singapore, Open Road Review, Mothers Always Write and Thrice Fiction.
David S. Atkinson is the author of Apocalypse All the Time, Not Quite so Stories, The Garden of Good and Evil Pancakes, and Bones Buried in the Dirt. He is a Staff Reader for Digging Through The Fat and his writing appears in Literary Orphans, The Airgonaut, Connotation Press, and others – and at his own website.
Emma Baird was born in Kirkcudbright but now lives in Glasgow. After years of working first in journalism, then working in public relations for a charity, she has now branched out as a freelance copywriter and blogger, more of which can be found at her website. Her novel Katie And The Deelans was published in 2015.
Frankie Banks is a freelance writer and novelist. Her passion is writing, her lover is fiction and she finds nourishment in helping others. Read more of her words here http://frankiebanks.com/
Vincent Barry has authored numerous philosophy textbooks. His fiction has appeared in various journals in the US and abroad, most recently in Fewer than 500, Bull, and The Saint Ann’s Review. Previously, he also had plays produced at The American Place Theatre and had a residency at the Edward Albee Foundation. He currently lives in California with his wife and daughter.
James Blevins studies English and Creative Writing at the College of Central Florida. He has worked for the college’s literary magazine, the campus newspaper, a local newspaper’s sports page; and a sports web page on the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team. His short story, “For All the Bending,” appears in the 2016 Scythe Prize collection. You can read more of his work on his personal blog.
William C. Blome writes short fiction and poetry. A master’s graduate of the Johns Hopkins University, he writes seminars and lives wedged between Baltimore and Washington, DC. His work has previously been published in The Alembic, Amarillo Bay, PRISM International, Fiction Southeast, Roanoke Review, Salted Feathers and The California Quarterly.
Charles Boorman is a writer, editor and translator who lives and works in Germany. Apart from writing short stories, his hobbies include photography and fishing.
Indian writer Soma Bose started writing with Indian Express, Pune (1997-2000), then moved on to specialise in poetry and short stories. In addition, her book Between The Lips And A Cup of Tea is available on Amazon.
Pennsylvania scientist Sankar Chatterjee has travelled widely, researching other cultures, customs and forgotten history. Recent essays have appeared in The Missing Slate, Scarlet Leaf Review and Quail Bell Magazine, and many other publications.
Kira Compton, who lives in Boston, is currently completing her undergraduate degree. Select writing publications include Friday Flash Fiction, Pif Magazine, and Stork Magazine. When not writing or acting, she can be found prowling the streets for a half-decent slice of pizza. Kindly direct any leads on that front to kiracompton.tumblr.com
Susan Condon, a native of Dublin, is currently working on her second novel while her first searches for a home. Her short stories have won numerous awards including first prize in the Jonathan Swift Creative Writing Award. Publications include My Weekly, Ireland’s Own, Flash Flood Journal, Spelk and Flash Fiction Magazine. Follow Susan’s writing on @SusanCondon or her own website.
Russell Conover, living in Cullowhee, North Carolina, works at a community college. He is a Learning Consultant, helping walk-in computer lab students and completing department tasks, and a Student Tutor of Spanish, English, and Reading.
Carrie Cooperider’s writing has been widely published in American magazines. She attended Queens College, NY (where she gained an MFA in visual art); the Whitney Independent Studio Program in NY; and is currently an MFA candidate in the low-residency writing program at Bennington College, Vermont. She lives in New York City.
Paritosh Chandra Dugar is a native of Udaipur, India. He has taught English language and literature to college students for thirty eight years. After his retirement, presently he is Managing Editor of four international journals published by Pacific University, Udaipur.
A graduate of the University of Edinburgh, Brittany Davidson now lives and works near Bath. Alongside her work and research, she is an artist and writer. She had a collection of poems published in a small American anthology: "Where Dreams and Visions Live", and is working on novellas and further art portfolios.
Chicago resident Mike Davidson's work is a hummus enthusiast and booze aficionado whose writing has appeared in several journals. He is a past recipient of a Series Star Citation from the Emerging Artists Project for his performance of his works at Cafe Voltaire in Chicago and an Illinois Arts Council Award in Poetry.
Glen Deakin lives near Glasgow, where he works as an analyst and plays at being a writer. He is currently editing his first novel - a science fiction adventure for younger readers - when not being distracted by flash fiction.
An avid reader with a passion for writing, Rejoice Denhere writes fictional short stories and flash fiction, more of which can be read at her "Telling Tales" website. She is a regular contributor to various writing forums. Her other interests include are art, music, travel and languages. She is also a business professional with experience in both the private and public sector.
Monica Gilbert Dennis journeyed on the path to becoming a writer, when she discovered editing and the joy of enhancing others’ works. She’s wife, mom, managing editor, and jigsaw puzzle business owner all in one. Flash fiction fits her life. After her first piece was published, she was hooked. She lives in Stratford, CT with a husband, 2 kids and a guinea pig, to her chagrin.
Cathie Devitt is a writer from Glasgow. Her successful play "Mammy" toured the Glasgow International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe, and Henley festival. She has won awards at Scottish Association of Writers and Stirling Stanza and been published in magazines and anthologies. Don't Drink & Fly! is the first in a trilogy of novellas.Find out more about Cathie on her website.
Born in London, María Castro Domínguez is a Freelance writer and translator with a degree in English Philology. She has a book of poetry titled "Four Hands” (A Cuatro Manos) with Jacobo Valcárcel, and contributed to several newspapers and magazines, including Blaze Vox, Retort, The Argotist, Message in a Bottle, and Bareknuckle Poet.
Sanjoy Dutt, an engineer and sales professional in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, is passionate about traveling to historical places and the Himalayas. For the last ten years he has been writing travelogues and short stories for various magazines, as well as at his own website Blogentra.
Bill Engleson has two books under his belt, one, a social work noir novel, Like a Child to Home, the other a work of literary (and humorous) non-fiction, Confessions of an Inadvertently Gentrifying Soul. He writes oodles of poetry and flash fiction for myriad sites, and lives in Denman Island in British Columbia, Canada. Find out more about him on his website/blog.
Joy Essien lives in Reading, England, working in the health sector. As a teenager, she wrote television scripts and short stories, then worked for many years in Nigeria as a news reporter, features writer, and fashion columnist. Joy hopes to publish some short stories for children soon. In her spare time, she reads, bakes, does voluntary work and surfs the web.
Roshanna Sidney Evans has had a varied career as a lifestyle coach, screenwriter and movie director. She has also published some young adult fiction. She recently moved to the Malaga area of Spain where she develops innovative sportwear.
Tikvah Feinstein lives in Pennsylvania, where she writes and paints in a home still occupied with the spirit of its deceased builder. A former journalist, author of three books, she adores gardening, poetry, short and flash fiction.
From New York City (doo wah diddy) and currently a resident of St. Louis, Missourah, Amy Friedman enjoys music, reading, needlecrafting and wordsmithing. An ex-journalist, her current day job is business writer, but sometimes the muse starts a-howling, and flash fiction is a cool outlet
Welsh author Guy Fletcher has always enjoyed writing and finds both nature and people fascinating subjects. He has had many poems and short stories published, one of which is his 2016 poetry collection Walking with the Ghosts of Dinosaurs. His work has won various prizes and competitions, including Best Poem in Writers' Forum magazine.
Originally from Wales, Ian Fletcher studied English at Oxford. He now lives with his family and cat in Taiwan, working as a high school teacher. He has stories published in Schlock! Webzine, Short-story.me, Anotherealm, Under the Bed, A Story In 100 Words and various anthologies. He is an Affiliate Member of the Horror Writers Association.
Originally from Miami Beach, Israeli author Marlene Goldberg studied English at Bar-Ilan University before moving into education. A trained bel canto mezzo-soprano, she studies drama and is an amateur actor. In between, she writes poetry (especially haikus) and fiction – often reflecting the political climate in which she lives.
Roy Gomez has been kicking words around for a while now. He’s presently writing the third draft of his first novel, Sonny’s Gift. He lives with his wife, Cleo, and their Yorkie, Meeps, on a wooded hillside overlooking Medina Lake — which is in sunny Texas.
Sheryl Payne Greynolds lives in rural Bland County Virginia with her husband Dennis. She is a registered nurse by profession and is also an ordained minister
Lisa Heidle writes flash, short and long form fiction, articles and book reviews. Her work has appeared in Sabal Literary Journal, The Chattahoochee Review, First Line and other literary journals. Her first collection of short stories will be released through Two Keys Press. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
Born in 1948, Diana Keschner Henning lives in the cosmopolitan suburb of Sea Point in Cape Town, South Africa. She works as an education administrator for an NGO and she also edits for foreign language students. Married with one grown son, she loves walking, arm-knitting, baking, and animals, and recently completed a creative writing course.
Jane Hertenstein lives in Chicago. Her work has been included in Hunger Mountain, Word Riot, Flashquake, Rosebud, and Glimmer Train. Her books are eclectic: Beyond Paradise (YA), Orphan Girl (non-fiction), Home Is Where We Live (children’s picture book), and a recent ebook Freeze Frame: How to Write Flash. She blogs at Memoirous.
Raised in Chicago but now residing in Nashville, Doug Hoekstra’s short stories, essays and poems have appeared in numerous literary journals. He has two book-length collections, The Tenth Inning (2015) and Bothering the Coffee Drinkers (2007 Independent Publisher Award finalist). Doug has also released nine albums (see his website), touring extensively in the US and Europe.
Hasen Hull lives in London. His short story 'Adult Adolescence' is featured in the print anthology Freak - Pure Slush Vol. 13, and 'Transcendence' in the online anthology Flash Fiction Magazine - Issue 1. He enjoys photography and long journeys.
Stephanie Hutton is a writer and Clinical Psychologist in the UK who believes in the therapeutic value of short fiction. She has upcoming publications in 2016 in Ink in Thirds, Sick Lit Magazine and Bacopa Literary Review. She can be found at stephaniehutton.com.
Pascal Inard is a writer and IT project manager from Melbourne, Australia. His short stories have appeared in many different publications; he is also the author of the novel "The Memory Snatcher", a sci-fi mystery about a police inspector and a quantum physicist who join forces to stop a memory thief from paralysing the world.
Khulya Jafarova is a journalist, writer and the official translator of the 3 bestsellers (Eat, Pray, Love, Catching Fire and Mockingjay) in Azerbaijan and is. She lives in Baku with her husband, and believes that everyone has their way of searching for themselves and writing is hers.
Jan Jorgensen lives in Montreal where she mainly writes poetry and hosts literary events in between doing her day job as a pastor.
Harri Junttila is a Finnish technology and innovation journalist currently living in Nairobi, Kenya. Before journalism he worked as a chef, and wrote fiction in his free time, as a hobby. Recently he started - by an African accident - as a freelance agriculture journalist for Daily Nation, East Africas biggest daily. And remarkably in English, not his native Finnish, which makes him ridiculously proud.
Raised in Pakistan, Laila Kasuri now works in Seoul. She writes about life, politics, travel, and everything in between. Her writing has featured on Points in Case and Mosaic Magazine, while her work on water and development has appeared in many journals. She is currently working on Pakistani hard science fiction, and on flash fiction pieces showcasing a range of voices as a woman of color.
Mickey Kulp is a writer and father of two mostly grown children who have survived his shenanigans through smarts they inherited from their mother. His nonfiction articles, fictional stories, and poems have appeared in consumer magazines, newspapers, and literary journals. You can find out more about Mickey at his own website.
Gordon Lawrie lives in Edinburgh and worked as a teacher for 36 years before writing the novels Four Old Geezers And A Valkyrie and The Discreet Charm of Mary Maxwell-Hume as well as some other short stories, more details of which can be found on his own website. He also runs a very small publishing operation, Comely Bank Publishing.
Bruce Levine is a native Manhattanite who lives with his wife, actress Lydia Franklin, and their dog Daisy. He’s spent his life as a writer and a music and theatre professional. His shows have been produced in New York and around the country and his works have been published widely. Find out more about Bruce at his own website.
Tamara Linden is an exam prep tutor and budding college counseling planner by trade but a writer and musician by passion. More of her work can be found on her own website, tamaralinden.com, in Timeless Tales Magazine and Seven Deadly Sins: A YA Anthology (Envy), available at Amazon.com.
Over the past two decades since completing her English degree, Cate Lloyd has worked on each side of the bookselling-publishing fence, and freelanced as a copyeditor and proofreader. Despite the joy of talking constantly about other people’s writing, she decided enough is enough: time to start putting her own words where her mouth is.
Laura Lovic-Lindsay left Penn State in 1993 with a literature degree but no idea what to do with it. She began wrangling words ten years later, urged on by her younger brother. Laura lives and writes in a drafty old farmhouse near a river that tells lies.
Yasmina Din Madden lives in Iowa and her short fiction and nonfiction feature in The Masters Review: New Voices, The Idaho Review,The Jellyfish Review, Word Riot, Fiction Southeast, Hobart, Carve, and other journals. Her story "At the Dog Park" was recently shortlisted for The Masters Review Anthology: 10 Best Stories by Emerging Authors.
When Martin McConnell isn't writing speculative fiction, he's motivating other authors, stargazing, reading, or playing Kerbal Space Program. He avidly encourages everyone he meets, from his twitter feed @spottedgeckgo or his blog, to drive their own plot.
V. Karen McMahon was born and raised in southwestern Virginia, recruited by the U.S. Government then transplanted to Washington, DC. but living as far out in Virginia as possible. After years of writing and editing for others, she decided to try to write for herself. See her other works at her own website.
The son of Irish immigrant parents – his father was a member of the IRA – Donal Mahoney grew up, was educated and worked in Chicago most of his life. He lives now in St. Louis, Missouri. Some of his work can be found here.
Born in Israel but now living in New York, Israela Margalit is an award-winning, critically acclaimed playwright, and TV writer, as well as an internationally renowned concert pianist, and recording artist, and now recently-published short fiction writer. Check her out on Facebook.
Michael Marrotti is an author from Pittsburgh using words instead of violence to mitigate the suffering of life in a callous world of redundancy. His primary goal is to help other people. He considers poetry to be a form of philanthropy. When not writing, he volunteers weekly at the Light Of Life homeless. Check out his blog for his latest poetry and short stories.
Lynn Mundell co-edits 100wordstory, a California-based literary journal dedicated to flash fiction stories, essays, and author interviews. Her work has been published in The Sun, Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, Blink Ink, FlashFlood, Number Eleven, and other classy places. Catch up and keep in touch with Lynn on Twitter, @lynnfmundell.
Tammy Mezera works in security and has previous experience of work in private investigation and emergency management. She writes poetry, short stories and articles and is currently working on her first novel. She has two children and lives in a suburb of Chicago.
Edinburgh-based Ian Murphy has wanted to be a novelist since boyhood, and continues to pursue that dream. His debut novel The Life Lived was published in 2015. Currently, he is working a second novel set in rural Scotland as well as some short fiction – when his two young children allow it.
Len Nourse was raised in South Africa, but has spent recent years mostly in the US and Australia. Today, when he's not researching the role of nutrition in the stress of ill health, he writes children's books based on nightly bedtime stories told to kids for over forty years. So far he has completed eleven books, notably the JP And Animal Detectives series.
Laura Ogryzko lives in Glasgow with her husband and big bear of a dog. Recently graduated with an MA in English, she now hopes to continue with a PhD in Literature. She loves writing short stories and flash fiction in her spare time and really wants to draft her first novel by the time she's 30.
Joe Pfister’s fiction has appeared in PANK, New World Writing, Juked, and decomP, among others. He is a graduate of the MFA Writing program at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Brooklyn with his wife and their dog, Roary. Visit him online at josephspfister.com or @joe_pfister.
Kasra Omid-Zohoor is a writer living in San Francisco, California. In his younger years, he studied modern American literature at Stanford University. His work has been published in places such as Straylight, Romance Magazine, and The Molotov Cocktail.
Jo Oldani Osborne is a freelance writer and editor working out of The Central Valley of California. She has written for various national and international magazines and newspapers but enjoys the challenge of editing novels, etc. as a first step in getting ready for publishing. She has an Ozzie and two dogs as well as two children.
A writer for 20 years, Jenna Pope has produced two books of her own, Apologetics Without Apology and One Woman’s Anthology of Short Stories, Essays and Flash Fiction, as well as contributing to numerous other publications, details of which can be found on her own blog. She and her husband live in Southern California.
Diana Radovan currently lives in Germany and writes in English, German, and Romanian. A former scientist and medical writer, she also founded the Creative Writing group in Munich. Her poetry, fiction, and non-fiction – more of which can be found at her website – have received awards since 2004. Diana has recently co-authored Munich Stories 2016.
Chris Redfern lives in Tewkesbury, United Kingdom and has been published in various comics, books, magazines and websites. His first novella, 'COLT-45', is now available from Amazon. For more about Chris, visit his website.
Saundra Rees is a copyeditor and proofreader with 14 years' experience at a small publishing company in Missouri, but who now does freelance proofreading as well as part time secretarial work at a church and is otherwise retired.
With a degree in biological science, Jane Reid stumbled into newspaper reporting and then spent many years as an editor. She now does occasional free-lance writing, editing and PR. Her addiction to FFF is her first foray into fiction writing since she was 10 years old.
Pat St. Pierre is a freelance writer for adults of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Her work has appeared most recently appeared in 50 Word Stories as well as Friday Flash Fiction. Her 3rd poetry book Full Circle has been published by Kelsay Books. Also a freelance photographer, her photos have featured both online and in print. You can find more about Pat at her blog.
Fatima Saeed is a Pharmacist from Nigeria. She writes short stories and flash fictions some of which could be found on her Wattpad page (@fatimat91). She writes weekly for microcosms fic.
Glasgow author Stephen Shirres is a charity fundraiser by day, writer by night. He has been published in a whole number of magazines including Far Off Places and Spontaneity and won 99 Words Horror Flash 500 competition in 2014. Check out Stephen's work at his website The Red Fleece.
Preeti Singh is a French language interpreter and a media professional based in Mumbai, India who is engaged in writing short films and playing characters for tv series. You can found out more about her at her own website.
Eric J. Smith has published a collection of flash fiction entitled Coffee, Steak, and Eggs: 101 Stories from the Wrong Side of Nowhere. In 2015 he released a wry memoir — Not a Bad Ride: Stories from a Boomer's Life on the Edge. Born in New Orleans, he now resides on Maryland's western shore.
Sanchyeta Srivastava, a native Indian, likes to quote herself as “a writer by chance”. She considers ‘the Internet’ as her writing guide. She loves to write flash fiction of various lengths and themes. She sometimes spends some moments with her blog DanCing with mY CreaTive FlaKes.
Jerry Stamatelos, a native Montrealer, left Canada just as his creative nonfiction was about to be featured in the anthology Elan: A Regina Weese Collection and in the upstart Pyramid Arts & Literature Magazine. He’s now based in Athens, Greece, where he writes, produces and edits varied content materials.
Tom McCubbin, who writes fiction under the name of Tommy Tarkin, has been writing for 28 years, but only now taking it seriously. Although he currently lives in Weston, Connecticut, he's a veteran of Wall Street, Boston, Kansas City, Munich, London, and Copenhagen. During this time, he's met many characters, and has drawn on these for his forthcoming novel How White Men Steal.
Don Tassone’s stories and essays have appeared in a range of literary magazines. A sample is posted at dontassone.com. His debut short story collection, Get Back, was published in March 2017. His debut novel, Drive, was published in September 2017. He lives in Loveland, Ohio and teaches at Xavier University in Cincinnati.
Kathleen Trocmet, a native Texan, has sketched, painted, and written stories and poetry during her formative years. Recently retired after 30+ years in the oil and gas industry, she finally can dedicate herself to a career as an artist, writer, and poet.
Jane Tulloch has recently retired from the NHS and has discovered the joys of writing fiction instead of the strictly factual reports that she's had to write over the years. She lives with her husband and substantial cat in Edinburgh.
Bobby Warner is a retired Air Force veteran who worked in Saudi Arabia then returned to the University of SC to get his degree in English before turning to writing. He lives in a small town in SC with his wife Betty, a cat named Lucy, and a writer’s workroom filled with file cabinets, typewriters, computers and books.
Courtney Watson is a writer and Associate Professor of English at Jefferson College of Health Sciences in Roanoke, Virginia. Her writing has appeared in Long Story, Short, Virginia Quarterly Review, Boston Literary Magazine, and more
Robert Weisser has been writing, editing, and producing print and digital publications in a variety of genres since the days of Smith-Corona. He lives in Baldwin, NY, on the South Shore of Long Island, and is working on a novel that centers on a husband's and father's perspective on modern suburbia.
Patrick Winters is a recent graduate of Illinois College in Jacksonville, IL, where he earned a B.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing. He has been published in the Sanitarium Magazine, The Sirens Call, and other titles. A full list of his previous publications may be found at his author's site.
Kevin Wynhoop lives in Traverse City, Michigan. He divides his time between writing and a variety of art forms, including photography, painting and ceramics.
Ernest Gordon Taulbee lives in Louisville, KY. His work has appeared in literary journals such as Nixes Mate Review & Sediments Literary-Arts Journal. His novel A Sibling in Always is available on Amazon.
A Queens boy at heart, Giovanni Alfonso Valentin is a travelling writer who's settled in a small Connecticut town by the water. For now.
Patrick Winters is a recent graduate of Illinois College in Jacksonville, IL, earning a B.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing. He has been published in, amongst others, Sanitarium Magazine, The Sirens Call. A full list of his publications may be found at his author's site
As Knowledge Manager for King's College London, Fliss Zakaszewska combines her ability to beat software into submission to enable her to manage documentation for the university with her love of fiction writing. Her first novel is ready for publishing but the title may change, so Watch This Space.