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About me

I write flash fiction and longer short stories. My work has been published in Spelk, Dear Damsels, jmww, Anti-Heroin Chic, X-R-A-Y and elsewhere.

I’ve been longlisted for the Reflex Flash Fiction and Bath Flash Fiction awards, shortlisted for the TSS Flash Fiction 400 competition 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 British and Irish Flash Fiction 2018-19 (BIFFY50).

I recently graduated from the 2021 Northern Short Story Festival Academy.

“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, Director of Words, East Leeds FM

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Win-Win

My flash ‘The Report’, which I entered into the Winter 2019 Reflex Fiction flash fiction competition, didn’t quite make it into their annual print anthology. However; they kindly published it online anyway as one of their favourite just-missed-the-longlist stories. You can read it here.

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 …