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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
Director
Rupert Dastur is a writer and editor. He studied English at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he specialised in Modernism and the Short Story, after which he established TSS with the aim of furthering discussion, interest, and development of the form. He has supported several short story projects and anthologies, and his own work is in / forthcoming in The New Flash Fiction Review, A3 Review, Field of Words, Bath Flash Fiction Anthology 2016, and Bath Short Story Anthology 2016.
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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.
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Tamsin Hopkins
Columnist
Tamsin Hopkins writes short fiction and poetry. SHORE TO SHORE , her first story collection will be out in February 2016 with Cinnamon Press. Find her at Tamsinhopkinswriter.com ,on facebook and on Twitter @TamsinHopkins
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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.
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Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn
Interviewer
Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn has written three novels. The most recent is ‘The Broken Road’. ‘Unravelling’ was published on 2010, and came second in The Rubery Book Award in 2011 and won the Wishing Shelf Independent Book Award. ‘The Piano Player’s Son’ was published by Cinnamon Press in 2013, after winning their novel writing award. Lindsay also writes short stories and flash fiction, which have been published in various anthologies, including Fish, Cinnamon and Rubery. She has an MA in creative writing from Bath Spa University, and combines writing with her work as a creative writing tutor.
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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.
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Paul Hague
Reviewer
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.
Debbi Voisey
Reviewer
Debbi Voisey was published in The Bath Short Story Award Anthology 2015. In the 90s she edited and wrote articles for a popular U2 fanzine and her most exciting achievement from those heady days was a 40 minute telephone interview with her hero Bono! She enjoyed the journalistic side of the magazine but her heart lies in fiction. She, lives in Stoke on Trent with her husband of 26 years, and is currently working hard to get her novel finished while she juggles a job with DHL in Communications. She can be found twittering @DublinWriter and on Facebook at ‘My Way by Moonlight’
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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
Abi Hynes
Reviewer
Abi Hynes is a drama, fiction and poetry writer based in Manchester. She runs theatre and film company Faro Productions and cabaret collective First Draft. Her work has been featured in a range of print and online publications, including Litro, The Molotov Cocktail, The Fable Online, Spelk Fiction and Foxhole Magazine, and she regularly performs at live literature nights around Manchester and beyond.
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Mina Ghosh
Illustrator
Mina Ikemoto is an aspiring writer and illustrator, currently attempting a novel or two and dodging Carpal Tunnel by the skin of her teeth. Whilst studying Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, she wrote for and designed covers for the Weevil magazine, and was the token scientist (club mascot) of her college creative writing circle. When she was nine her stories involved shape-shifting foxes, knights and dragons. Little has changed since as she continues to mash up mythologies in the hope of finding a middle road between cultures.
Sean Preston
Columnist
Sean Preston is the editor of Open Pen Magazine, a free short fiction magazine now in its fifth year, stocked in independent bookshops. Born in east London, Sean lives in east London.
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Maria Powell
Reviewer
Maria Powell took an Open University course in creative writing where her love of poetry and short stories was rekindled. Over the years she has been placed in Flash 500, Fish Publishing and the Bath Short Story Award. In 2013 her story entitled, ‘The Pig’ was published in a short story collection by Hearst Magazines UK. When she's not writing she teaches Italian to 25 mature students, she enjoys cycling to the local Pub, kayaking across Poole Harbour, and eating out with friends in some of Dorset’s finest restaurants.
Mek 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.
Charles E. May
Columnist
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.
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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.
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.
Richard Newton
Essayist
Richard Newton was born in England & raised in Africa. He was a wildlife officer for the Department of National Parks & Wildlife in Malawi before committing to writing in 1989. Since then he has written for innumerable newspapers and magazines in the UK, USA, UAE & South Africa, specialising in travel and the environment. His fiction has been successful in short story competitions on both sides of the Atlantic. He won the Thresholds Short Fiction Feature Writing Competition in 2015 with an essay about the South African short story writer Herman Charles Bosman.
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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.
Delphine Woods
Interviewer
Delphine Woods is a young writer whose debut novel, Footsteps in the Ocean, is being released in the Autumn of 2016. She has a first class degree from The Open University, specialising in Creative Writing. She has had one poem published in The Great British Write Off and has written many short stories and poems for her local writing group. She combines writing with travelling and working as a social media manager.
Kate Jones
Essayist
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.
RM Bond-Webster
Essayist
RM Bond-Webster returned to the UK in 2008 after 30 years living in the United States. He has a day job with a ‘third sector’ organisation in Norfolk and a shadow occupation as a literary journalist. He presented the ‘Norfolk New Writing Forum’ on Future Radio in Norwich for many years and is a regular reviewer of fiction for the Eastern Daily Press. He has a particular interest in short forms – short stories and the novella.