Selected Writers, 2017-18

Below, you will find a list of the writers whose short stories were selected for publication during the period of general submissions in 2017.

We are pleased to announce that TSS Publishing is once again open to general submissions for our 2018-19 writers. Please click here to find out more sending us your work. 



Sean Lusk divides his time between rural Dorset, London and The Pelion, a beautiful, mountainous area of Greece where centaurs once roamed. Maybe. He is winner of the 2017 Fish short story prize and the 2015 £10,000 Manchester Fiction Prize, and completed his first novel last year. Sean is now working on his second novel, which tells the story of a father who betrays his son, set against the background of turbulent eighteenth century Constantinople. He loves short stories, both the reading and the writing of them, and admires especially Grace Paley, Richard Ford and Nikolai Gogol. You can read more about Sean here:


Hisham Bustani is a Jordanian award-winning author of four collections of short fiction. Hisham’s short fiction has been translated into five languages, with English-language translations appearing in prestigious journals across the US, UK, and Canada, including World Literature Today, Los Angeles Review of Books and The Literary Review. In 2009, he was chosen by the German review Inamo as one of the Arab world’s emerging and influential new writers. In 2013, the UK-based cultural webzine The Culture Trip listed him as one of Jordan’s top six contemporary writers. His book The Perception of Meaning, won the 2014 University of Arkansas Arabic Translation Award, and was published in 2015 by Syracuse University Press. One of Hisham’s stories was recently chosen to be featured in the inaugural edition of The Best Asian Short Stories anthology, forthcoming in 2017.


Rob McClure Smith has published stories in many literary magazines in the UK and in the US including Manchester Review, Warwick Review and Gettysburg Review.







Jennifer Harvey is a Scottish writer now living in Amsterdam. Her work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in various magazines in the UK and the US, such as: Folio, Bare Fiction, Carve Magazine and Ink, Sweat & Tears. Her YA novel was longlisted for the 2016 Bath Children’s Novel Award and she is currently working on her second book. You can find her online at or on Twitter at @JenAnneHarvey.




Mark Mayes has published short stories and poems in magazines and anthologies, including Unthology (5, 9, and accepted for 10), The Lonely Crowd, The Interpreter’s House, Under The Radar, and The Reader. His debut novel, The Gift Maker, was published with Urbane in February 2017. Mark is also a songwriter.





Tom Vowler is an award-winning novelist and short story writer living in south west England. His debut story collection, The Method, won the Scott Prize and the Edge Hill Readers’ Prize, while his novel What Lies Within received critical acclaim. He is editor of the literary journal Short Fiction and an associate lecturer in creative writing at Plymouth University, where he completed his PhD. His second novel, That Dark Remembered Day, was published in 2014. Represented by the Ed Victor Literary Agency, Tom’s second collection of stories, Dazzling the Gods, is forthcoming in 2017. More at


Conor O’Sullivan received his MA in International Relations from NYU. His short fiction has been accepted to the Lakeview Journal and Bookers Corner. He currently works as a sports journalist in London.






Chloe Turner (@turnerpen2paper) is a writer from Gloucestershire, whose stories have been published in various literary journals including The Nottingham Review, Kindred (US), Halo, Hark and The Woven Tale Press (US/UK). Her short story ‘Long-gone Mary’ was released by InShort Publishing (Australia) as an individual pocketbook, and ‘Labour of Love’ was a For Books’ Sake Weekend Read in February 2016. She has been listed in several competitions and was Specially Commended in the Elbow Room Prize 2016. She blogs about books and writing at


Guy Ware is the author of two novels and many stories. His collection, You Have 24 Hours to Love Us (Comma, 2012) included the story ‘Hostage’, subsequently anthologised in the Best British Short Stories 2013 (Salt).  His first novel, The Fat of Fed Beasts (Salt, 2015), was chosen as a ‘Paperback of the year’ by Nick Lezard in the Guardian, and described as “Brilliant … the best debut novel I have read in years.” His second novel, Reconciliation, will be published in September 2017.”



Jack Fisher lives in Manchester with his partner and a cat named Lester. He (Jack, not the cat) writes short stories, and is currently hacking his way through the undergrowth of a half-completed novel. He is a chemical engineer by training but, you know, facts and numbers will only get you so far. You can find more about him at





Danny Denton is from Cork, Ireland. He has published fiction and prose in various publications and anthologies, including Southword, The Stinging Fly and Funhouse (forthcoming). His novel, The Earlie King & The Kid in Yellow, is forthcoming from Granta Books in January 2018.





Vanessa Wildenstein has been shortlisted in the 2015 Bedford International Writing Competition, and was selected as the February finalist for the first round of the Field of Words 2016 Short Story Competition. Her writing has appeared, Athens Insider and Reader’s Digest. She received her bachelor’s degree in Italian studies and art history from Brown University. She is currently based in Athens, Greece, and works as a freelance writer, copy editor, proofreader, and translator.



Demosthenes Davvetas was born in Athens and lives between Athens and Paris. He studied Law in Thessaloniki and went on to get his Masters in Philosophy (Aesthetics) at Paris 8. Professor of Philosophy at IESA-Paris, he was an art critic for the newspaper Libération, from 1982 to 1992, and still writes for a number of newspapers and art magazines. He also acted as a counselor to the ex-Prime Minister of Greece, Antonis Samaras. Over the years, he collaborated with many important artists, including Joseph Beuys, Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly, Tony Cragg, and wrote theoretical texts that were translated into many languages. He has published six poetry collections, four novels, and numerous short stories. He is also a visual and performance artist.


Maria C. McCarthy writes poetry, short stories and memoir. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Kent, and was the winner of the Society of Authors’ Tom-Gallon Trust Award in 2015 for her story, ‘More Katharine than Audrey’. Her poetry collection, strange fruits and a collection of linked short stories, As Long as it Takes, are published by Cultured Llama. She lives in the Medway Towns. Her website is 



Megan Taylor’s first novel, How We Were Lost, was published by Flame Books in 2007 after placing second in the 2006 Yeovil Prize.  She wrote her second novel, The Dawning (Weathervane Press, 2010) while studying for a Creative Writing MA with Manchester Metropolitan University.  Weathervane Press also published her third novel, The Lives of Ghosts, in 2012, and a short story collection, The Woman Under the Ground, in 2014.  She is also proud to have had stories featured in several other anthologies, including ‘These Seven’ (Five Leaves, 2015), which formed part of Nottingham’s successful bid to become a UNESCO City of Literature. When she’s not playing with her own stories, Megan enjoys running a range of Creative Writing workshops.  For more information please visit 


Liam Hogan is a London based writer. Winner of Quantum Shorts 2015 and Sci-Fest LA’s Roswell Award 2016, his dark fantasy collection, “Happy Ending Not Guaranteed”, is out now from Arachne Press. Find more about Liam on his website here or tweet at @LiamJHogan)





Sheelagh Russell-Brown has been a lecturer in English literature and a writing tutor at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Her interests are in nineteenth and twentieth century British and European literature, the portrayal of the Roma in art and literature, and the foregrounding of marginalized female roles in neo-Victorian fiction.  She has had work published by The Fem, Tales from the Forest, and Abridged (to appear June 2017) magazines, has won second prize in the first Irish Imbas Celtic Mythology Short Story Contest, and was shortlisted for the second Irish Imbas Celtic Mythology Short Story Contest and the 2016 Fish Publishing Short Memoir Competition. She is also a regular contributor to Backstory e-magazine and a reviewer for Understorey e-magazine.


Sarah Evans has had over a hundred stories published in anthologies, magazines and online. Prizes have been awarded by, amongst others: Words and Women, Winston Fletcher, Stratford Literary Festival, Glass Woman and Rubery. Other publishing outlets include: the Bridport Prize, Unthank Books, Riptide, Shooter and Best New Writing. She has also had work performed in London, Hong Kong and New York.




Patrick Warner is a young actor who has been writing for a little over a year. He has had success with his short fiction since then, with his most recent work forthcoming in Shoreline of Infinity magazine.







Jamie Thunder lives, reads, and writes somewhere near London, and tries to behave better than his characters. He’s been published by Storgy, Spelk Fiction, The Pygmy Giant, and The Drabble – he also writes at and tweets as @jdthndr.





Matthew G. Rees used to live in Moscow where he taught English at a school near the Kremlin. He is currently undertaking a doctorate in Creative Writing at the University of Swansea. He is interested in the genesis of stories. His short fiction has also been published under the name Giles Rees in online and print anthologies. In his early career he was a newspaper journalist.




Selma Carvalho is a British-Indian writer and author of three books documenting the Goan presence in colonial East Africa. Her short prose has been published in Indian and British literary journals and is forthcoming in a North America journal. She has been short or longlisted in contests by Almond Press UK 2015, Exeter Writers Prize UK 2015 and again in 2017, TSS Quarterly UK 2016, and DNA-Out of print, India 2016. She was featured alongside prominent British-Indian writers in the India issue of Litro UK (Oct 2016). Of Indian origin, she grew up in Dubai, spent several years in Minnesota, USA, before moving to London where she currently lives with her husband and daughter.