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The Short Story is a platform dedicated to bringing quality news and views on short fiction, from in-depth analysis of the classics to lively reviews of contemporary fiction and beyond. Our content is provided by journalists, academics, and writers. If you share a passion for short stories, flash fiction, or microfiction and would like to contribute, please email info[at]theshortstory.co.uk outlining your interest and experience.


Rupert Dastur
Founder
Rupert Dastur is a writer, editor, and tutor. He studied English at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, specialising in Modernism and the Short Story. He has supported several short story projects and anthologies, and his own work is in a range of places online and in print.
Miles Jones
Administrator
Miles Jones lives in north Wales. He likes reading and writing and studied both. He is extremely organised and has a love affairs with post-it notes, highlighters, paperclips, staples, file-dividers, and the occasional spreadsheet – these fiercely battle for his attention. If you need something sorting, he’s the one to ask. He’ll also happily inform you about all things Alice Munro.
Kate Jones
Essayist & Non-Fiction Editor
Kate Jones is a freelance writer based in the North of England and has published features, reviews and essays in various places online including Thresholds, The State of the Arts, The Real Story and Skirt Collective. She has a passion for the short form, and has published many of her own flash fictions in places such as Spelk, Firefly, SickLit and Café Aphra, as well as winning the quarterly Flash500 competition and three times winner of AdHoc Fiction. Her writing has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Paul Hague
Fiction Editor
Paul Hague lives in Cambridge and works in publishing. He studied for an MA in Writing at the University of Warwick and now spends much of his free time writing – except for when distracted by guitars, art and whisky. His reading pile usually contains short story collections, the odd graphic novel, and twentieth century American literature.
Honey Debney-Succoia
Graphic Designer
Honey Debney-Succoia is a visual designer and student of Publishing and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. When she isn't studying for university she helps run an illustration society and enjoys creating short food based videos. Design is something Honey is highly passionate about and incorporates into as many aspects of her life as possible.
Matthew Thorpe-Coles
Media & Marketing
Matthew Thorpe-Coles is prose writer and poet, who currently studies Creative Writing and Publishing at Bath Spa University. His work has been published in Sleep is a Beautiful Colour: 2017 National Flash Fiction Day Anthology and Here and There: The Life of a Global Citizen.
Meg Pokrass
Flash Fiction Judge
Meg Pokrass has authored four collections of flash fiction and an award winning book of prose poetry. Her work has appeared in 220 literary journals and anthologies (W.W. Norton, 2015). Meg won the Blue Light Book Award in 2015.
Sophia Kier-Byfield
Essayist
Sophia Kier-Byfield gained her MA in Modern and Contemporary Literature, Culture and Thought at the University of Sussex in 2015. Her thesis focused on the short form’s visual qualities, an ongoing research interest that continues to inform her thinking and writing about short stories. Sophia is currently teaching English language and literature in Aarhus, Denmark. When not reading, she’s practising hot yoga or swimming in the Kattegat sea.
Prof. Charles E. May
Essayist
Charles E. May is professor emeritus at California State University, Long Beach. He is the author/editor of ten books, including 'Short Story Theories', 'New Short Story Theories, The Short Story: The Reality of Artifice', 'I Am Your Brother: Short Story Studies', and over 200 articles and reviews on the short story. He publishes weekly essays on the blog Reading the Short Story.
Richard Smyth
Essayist
Richard Smyth’s short fiction has been published by The Stinging Fly, Structo, The Fiction Desk, Riptide, Firewords Quarterly, The Stockholm Review, Minor Literatures, Litro, Foxhole and Haverthorn. He writes on books, nature and culture for the TLS, the New Statesman, The Guardian, New Humanist and many others. He’s also the author of a novel, Wild Ink (2014), and four books of popular history.
Fran Mulhern
Fiction Hunter
Fran Mulhern is an Irish writer whose fiction and poetry has appeared in the likes of Litro, The Honest Ulsterman and A New Ulster. His poetry has been nominated for the Forward Prize for Poetry, and his fiction has been longlisted for the Fish Prize. His non-fiction has appeared in the Irish Times, Belfast Telegraph and on the BBC. With a Creative Writing MA from Lancaster University, Fran is currently working on his first novel. He lives just outside of Manchester.
Josephine Greenland
Fiction Hunter
Born in Sweden, Josephine holds a degree in English from the University of Exeter, and is currently studying for an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Birmingham. When she doesn’t read short stories, she writes her own, and has had one story published in the Dream Catcher Magazine. Josephine also enjoys playing violin and go on hiking holidays with her family.
Emma Timpany
Reviewer
Emma Timpany's publications include 'Over the Dam', a pamphlet of five short stories, (Red Squirrel Press, 2015) and 'The Lost of Syros' (published by Cultured Llama Press, 2015 ), a collection of sixteen short stories. A second short story collection, 'Three Roads', is forthcoming from Red Squirrel Press in 2018. Her short stories have won a host of awards and been published in literary journals in England, New Zealand and Australia.
James Holden
Reviewer
James Holden has had his short stories published by Silver Apples Magazine and On The Premises, and performed by Liars League. He lives in a retirement village in north London with his wife and two children, despite only being in his thirties
Neil Campbell
Reviewer
Neil Campbell is from Manchester. He has appeared three times in Best British Short Stories, and has four collections of short fiction published: Broken Doll, Pictures from Hopper, Ekphrasis and Fog Lane. His first novel, Sky Hooks was published in 2016.
Teodora Nikolova
Reviewer
Teodora Nikolova is an award winning poet, essayist, and translator, and final year student of English language and Creative Writing at Lancaster University, where she is also involved as editor of the Creative Writing department’s two literary magazines Flash, and Cake. She also runs the literature blog “o, narcissvs”, and is actively involved in SCAN, Lancaster University’s student paper, and The Griffin, Cartmel college’s magazine. Her work has appeared online, in print, and on the radio. She has worked with Bulgarian national daily 24 chasa, as well as HerCampus, Taylor Magazine and NoiseMedium.
Ashley McGreary
Reviewer
An English and Creative Writing Graduate, currently studying for a Masters in English Literature, and trying to carve a little corner of the writing world for herself.
Laura Windley
Reviewer
Laura Windley is a short story lover and writer from London. She was runner-up in the Bristol Short Story Prize, has been short and longlisted in other competitions such as Fish and the London Short Story Prize, and has been published in print and online. She recently completed an MA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck and is currently putting together a short fiction collection. She tweets, somewhat sporadically, at @laura_windley.
Jacci Gooding
Reviewer
Busy on the burgeoning live lit circuit in Leamington Spa and Warwick, author and ex-editorial assistant Jacci Gooding has can also be found in the summer months reading her short stories at The Hawkesbury Upton Literary Festival and on the fringe at the Evesham Festival of Words. A Writers' New competition winner and participant in Birmingham Rep's Play in a Day, later this year Jacci will be embarking on a creative writing course at Oxford University. Self-published in both digital and paper format, her short stories can be found online as well as on her blog. When not writing fiction, she writes short articles for Mayhem! magazine.
Molly Quell
Reviewer
Molly Quell is a thirty something American, currently living in the Netherlands. She works as a journalist and writer. If she’s not working, you can probably find her drinking a craft beer somewhere. Possibly somewhere far away from home. You can follow her on Twitter at @mollyquell.

Molly Quell
Reviewer
Molly Quell is a thirty something American, currently living in the Netherlands. She works as a journalist and writer. If she’s not working, you can probably find her drinking a craft beer somewhere. Possibly somewhere far away from home. You can follow her on Twitter at @mollyquell.
Jessica Phillips
Reviewer
Jessica Phillips is currently an English Literature with Creative Writing student at Lancaster University. Her short fiction has been published in 'The Unsuspecting Nature of Grief' in Scott Hughes' anthology Holding Fire: Short Stories of Self-Destruction, 'The Eye' on NoiseMedium.com, and 'Loveless' at Fictuary. One of her monologues was displayed as part of the Negligent Eye exhibition at Liverpool's Bluecoat Gallery, and in 2015 her short story 'Safe' was shortlisted for the BBC Young Writers' Award. Jessica is currently the Editor at Cake Magazine, which collects poetry, flash fiction, and review pieces for annual publication.
Marie Gethins
Interviewer
Marie Gethins' first encounter with TSS was via her flash fiction win ‘Blood-ties’. Her work has also featured in Litro, Firewords Quarterly, 2014 and 2015 NFFD Anthologies, Flash, NANO, The Lonely Crowd, Firewords Quarterly and others. She has won or been placed in Tethered by Letters, Flash500, Dromineer, The New Writer, Prick of the Spindle, and 99fiction.net. Marie is a Pushcart and Best of the Short Fictions Nominee. Marie is also a British Screenwriters' Award nominee She lives in Cork, Ireland, and last year received her MSt in Creative Writing at the University of Oxford.
Samantha James
Interviewer
Samantha James is an Australian journalist, creative writer, avid reader and sometimes-artist. She graduated from Curtin University with Honours in Media, Culture and Creative Writing. As a student she volunteered at creative literary journal dotdotdash. After working as a journalist for a few years, she moved to South Korea to teach English, opening up whole worlds of possibilities. In 2016 she is planning to leave behind her life of structure to focus on creative writing, hoping new travel experiences, impulses and cultures will inspire her words on the page.
Katy Wimhurst
Interviewer
Katy Wimhurst studied anthropology before doing a PhD in Mexican Surrealism. She also worked in publishing, but now has a chronic illness. She writes non-fiction and short fiction and has been published in various magazines and anthologies. She has a particular interest in magical realism and surrealism.
Jennifer Emelife
Interviewer
Jennifer Chinenye Emelife was born in Northern Nigeria, Sokoto state. She studied Literature in English in Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto. She lives in Lagos where she writes and teaches Literacy to children. She is rounding up a Post Graduate studies in Education and hopes to pursue an MA in Literature. Lead correspondent at Praxis Magazine for Arts and Literature, she's written reports and interviewed writers, publishers & other literary experts. In 2015, she was shortlisted for the Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop and in 2016, she was selected as one of the participants for Writivism Creative Nonfiction Workshop held in Accra, Ghana.
Charlie Parry
Interviewer
Charlie Parry is a digital editorial assistant at HarperCollins and a freelance interviewer and writer with a degree in English Literature and Journalism.
Foye McCarthy
Interviewer
Foye McCarthy recently won the London Short Story competition 2016. He was an award-winning student journalist at the Warwick Boar and is also a book reviewer for places such as the London Magazine
Nise McCulloch
Interviewer
Nise McCulloch is a Creative Writing student at Birkbeck College, University of London. Previous lives have seen her teaching, directing literary festivals and instigating community art projects - all of which possessed her love of literature at their core. When she isn't in London or the Surrey Hills, Nise can be found searching for inspiration on World War battlefields or perched on the side of a mountain.