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I write flash fiction and longer short stories. My work has been broadcast on East Leeds FM and published in Salomé, Firewords, The Cabinet of Heed, Ellipsis, Spelk, Dear Damsels, jmww and other places.

I’ve been long-listed for the Reflex Flash Fiction competition and the Bath Flash Fiction award, shortlisted for the TSS Flash Fiction 400 comp and I won the Northern Short Story Festival Flash Fiction Slam 2019!

My story ‘Receipts’ was one of fifty selected for the inaugural list of Best of British and Irish Flash Fiction 2018-19 (BIFFY50).

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“I have always been impressed by Monica’s perceptive and sensitively-drawn short fiction. I have no doubts about the quality of her writing or her commitment.”

– Peter Spafford, Dir. of Words, ELFM

Things have been happening

In March two of my stories, ‘Marvel, Interrupted’ and ‘One of the Girls’, read by actor Pam Hilton, were broadcast on ELFM as part of their voice- themed Writing On Air Festival. You can listen to them both here.

In May I read ‘One of the Girls’ at the Northern Short Story Festival Flash Fiction Slam, judged by Tania Hershman and Benjamin Judge – AND WON! It’s here if you’d like to read it.

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In June my flash ‘Transitions’ was long-listed for the 12th Bath Flash Fiction Award and will appear in the next Bath Flash Fiction anthology, due out early December 2019.

In July another flash,‘All Kinds’ (long-listed in the Reflex Winter 2018 competition, judged by David Swann) was published in the second Reflex Press flash anthology ‘The Real Jazz Baby’. You can buy a copy here.

And in September my story ‘Receipts’ (published in Spelk Fiction in August 2018) was chosen by editors Barbara Byar, Elisabeth Ingram Wallace, Neil Campbell and Rebecca Williams as one of the fifty Best British and Irish Flash Fictions (BIFFY50) of 2018-2019!

Onward …

Some news

Where does the time go? A short story course, a new job, just life etc.

So what’s been going on *writing wise* I hear you cry, like we’re in some sort of weird digital music hall. WELL, since you asked..

I’ve just published my latest stories in Ellipsis and jmww. The first, ‘A Little Tear’ (Ellipsis, 22 Feb) was originally published in the sadly-no-longer-with-us all female lit mag, Salomé as part of their ‘Strength’ issue and available in print only, so it was great to be able to share it online. The second, ‘Behind The Scenes’ (jmww, 27 Feb) marked my inaugural outing in a US journal so I’m pretty proud of that, and of the story.

I’ve also spent the last six months on the fantastic Comma Press Short Story Course with SJ Bradley at the Carriageworks Theatre in Leeds. I was lucky enough to be invited to write a guest blog about it and you can read the instalments here:

Leeds Short Story Course Guest Blog – Workshops 1, 2, 3, 5, 6

Aaand I’ve waxed lyrical for Writers’ HQ about why Leeds is such a brilliant place to be for writers – read it here, if you like that sort of thing:

5 Reasons Why Leeds Is The Place To Be For Writers

Ooh ooh AND I’ve longlisted for the Reflex Fiction winter competition 2018 and at time of writing I am still in the running! One way or another my story will appear online by the end of March and also in their print anthology – so, win-win, I’d say.