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

I was shortlisted for the TSS Flash Fiction 400 competition, Spring 2018.

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

– Peter Spafford, Director of Words, ELFM/Chapel FM

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6 months later…

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.