I am a writer, writing tutor, writing mentor and writing events organiser. In 2012 I completed an MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and in recent years I’ve been successful in many writing competitions and my flash fiction has been published in several literary magazines and anthologies. My debut chapbook of short short fictions was published by V Press in 2017 and is available to buy on this site. I also organise Bath Flash Fiction Award, co-run Bath Short Story Award, teach flash fiction in Bath and direct Flash Fiction Festivals UK, a yearly festival celebrating the short-short form.
Until 2017, when I began concentrating on flash fiction only, I ran writing workshops and organised events with my colleague at Writing Events Bath.
Below, I’ve listed my writing news and successes over recent years on a month by month or yearly basis.
Writing News 2019
Published so far-
Final good news for 2019 is that ‘Wolf Moon’ the historical fiction published by FlashBack Fiction in July, was nominated by them for the anthology Best Small Fictions.
I was very happy to end the year with the publication of ‘Dark Horses’ a historical piece from my in-progress Novella In Flash, in Moon Park View. And thrilled that the editors have nominated this piece for a Pushcart Prize.
My story ‘Don’t Blame it On the Dog’ was published in Storgy Magazine, Advent Calendar on 1st December. And it was also fun to read it at the very enjoyable ‘Flash in Hand’ event in Bristol in November. My story, ‘Superstition’, which was shortlisted in the Storgy 2019 Flash Fiction Competition was published in their 2019 ebook
Story forthcoming in Pidgeonhole Literary magazine
My story Superstition was shortlisted in the Storgy flash competition and published in an ebook.
Flash Frontier Comedy edition. ‘You Know You Are Doing It For Real When You Buy Toilet Cleaner’
‘Every Good Story Deserves A Car Chase’ in ‘And We Pass Through’ the National Flash Fiction Day UK Anthology 2019
‘I Married A Taxidermist’, Flash Flood for National Flash Fiction Day
‘Before the Diggers Come’,published on the Twitter Feed of the Sequoia National Park Conservancy, with drawing by Anne Brantingham
‘Three Strands’ New Flash Fiction Review
‘Wolf Moon,’ FlashBack Fiction
‘Birthday Party’, forthcoming in Flash: The International Short Short Story Magazine
‘Beta Vulgaris’ longlisted for the Summer 2019 Reflex Fiction and published on their story feed September 1st 2019 and will be included in their next anthology.
My story ‘Are We Nearly There‘ published in June, 2018 on the National Flash Fiction Day, UK ‘Flash Flood’ was selected as one of 50 stories on the list of the BIFFY50, the 50 best flash fictions for 2018/2019 from the UK and Ireland.
Ad Hoc Fiction, the short short fiction press I direct, won Best Publisher Award in the Creative Bath Awards, this June, in Bath
The third Flash Fiction Festival I organise took place in June in Bristol and participants and presenters came from all over the world. It was a wonderful weekend, with amazing workshops, readings and talks plus evening karaoke. Next year’s festival is set for 19-21st June, also in Bristol and booking will be open soon.
I read at ‘Talking Tales,’ Flash Fiction Evening in Bristol organised by Christopher Fielden, 20th August.
I am reading at the Flash Fiction Celebration Evening at St James Wine Vaults in Bath on 28th September
I read at The Testaments event at Waterstones Bath, where 12 writers read fiction and poetry on feminist and dystopian themes while waiting for Margaret Atwood’s new book to come out.
Writing News 2018
January A micro, ‘Soft Spot’ published in the New Flash Fiction Review under their category of Seven Banned Words. You had to use words the Trump administration said weren’t to be used in reports. I managed six of these words.
I launched the Flash Fiction Festival One, the anthology from the inaugural flash fiction festival in Bath and Bath Flash Fiction Vol Two , ‘The Lobsters Run Free’ at the Beaufort Bookshop, Larkhall Bath. Loads of people came to read their pieces. It was fun!
I was the guest editor at ‘Smoke Long Quarterly’ and chose a story from the selection submitted for one week. Here’s my interview with them, the interview with the writer I selected , Daniel Myers and his story
An extract from my story Their Memories, published by ‘The New Flash Fiction Review’ was selected to be part of a travelling exhibition in Europe created by artist Mia Funk. Very thrilled about this.
My interview with Zero Flash published
April My historical flash fiction Send Him Victorious was published in Flash Back Fiction and my back story that went with the writing of it, the same week. I also read the story at Talking Tales in Bristol. Here’s the video of me reading it at the event.
Super thrilled that my pamphlet ‘The Chemist’s House’ was long listed in the prestigious Saboteur Awards in the short story collection category. And thank you to everyone who nominated it.
Long listed for Flash 500 again. Fingers crossed for the short list
My article about claiming your creativity as an older woman was published in Project Calm magazine, Issue 8
May My flash fiction The Ways of The Flesh is going to be included in this year’s National Flash Fiction Day anthology out in June.
Highly commended in Bending Genres magazine for my tiny micro ‘Wings of Desire’.
Won Flash 500 quarterly flash fiction contest with ‘Winter Spider’.
Mini Interview with writer Tommy Dean
I introduced ‘Tritely Challenged’, the charity anthology compiled from cliched packed pieces which Christopher Fielden started at the Flash Fiction Festival in 2017, at the book launch of all his current anthologies in London, and I read my own ‘Mills and Boon’ inspired piece. There’s a picture of me reading on my latest post
I read my story ‘The Ways of The Flesh’, published in ‘Ripening’, the National Flash Fiction Day Anthology, 2018, at the NFFD launch in Bristol.
Bath Flash Fiction Award was a finalist in the Creative Bath Awards in the publishing category for the books published by Ad Hoc Fiction. I had a fun time at the announcement party in Bath with Diane Simmons and Alison Woodhouse.
The second Flash Fiction Festival in Bristol, 20-22nd July, went really well. So happy to have organised this with the help of a great festival team . Pictures giving a flavour of everything on the festival website
October 2018. Two of my Flash Fictions were shortlisted in the Bridport Flash Fiction Prize this year.
November 2018 A flash fiction was shortlisted for the Brighton Prize.
December 2018 A flash fiction is currently longlisted in the yearly flash fiction prize at Retreat Southwest. Fingers crossed for the shortlist next month.
January – shortlisted for Retreat West yearly flash fiction prize and will be published in an anthology. £15 for the shortlisting! Prize winners to be notified next month.
Shortlisted for Tears in the Fence literary journal flash fiction contest
Longlisted for Flash 500. Fingers crossed for the short list.
Really exciting! Three flash fictions to be published in Great Jones Street I get paid for these, which is fantastic and I think they get illustrated.
Shortlisted for Flash 500
Shortlisted in Ink Tears Short Story Competition
Three fictions Published in Great Jones Street.
Won the Retreat West yearly flash fiction competition judged by David Gaffney
May Read three flash fictions written during Kathy Fish May fastflash workshop at the evening of flash fiction readings in Bath
‘There’s no such thing as a fish’ is published in National Flash Fiction Day Anthology, 2017
‘Crumbs’ is one of 22 finalists in Micro Madness for National Flash Fiction Day, New Zealand.
‘Ten Ways to Prepare for your Brothers’ Visit to be published on the Flash Flood blog at 1.00 pm on June 24th, National Flash Fiction Day UK
‘The Chemists’ House’, my debut flash fiction pamphlet published on 16th June by V.Press
Reading from my pamphlet at Novel Nights for readers and writers at the short story event led by guest author, Ken Elkes, 19th June.
The inaugural Flash Fiction Festival, UK, directed by me and sponsored by Bath Flash Fiction Award and the Arts Council is taking place on 24/25 June in Bath.
July I have an interview out in Writer’s Forum about the Bath Flash Fiction Award and mentioning the Novella-in-Flash Award and free, weekly Ad Hoc Fiction.
August Won the Word Factory, flash of the month competition with my flash fiction, ‘Other People
September Read at the Launch of ‘What is Left’ Retreat West anthology containing my winning story, ‘At the Hospital’ in Reading.
Short listed in Casket Fiction flash fiction contest
Launch of ‘The Chemist’s House’ at St James’ Wine Vaults, Bath.
October Short listed in the Bridport Flash Fiction prize.
Lecture on the short story to first years on the BA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University.
November Highly commended in the Ink Tears flash fiction prize with my story ‘Swifts’, originally published in ‘The Nottingham Review’.
Reading my micro ‘Other People’ at the Word Factory Citizen Festival.
My article on turning dreams into fiction to be published later this month in Project Calm magazine.
Feb: Shortlisted for Flash500 contest.
April: Longlisted for Fish Flash Fiction competition. Shortlisted for A3 Review Purple Things micro competition. Longlisted for Retreat West monthly flash fiction competition. Longlisted for Flash 500 contest. Winner of weekly Faber Academy Quick Fics contest Friday 22nd April with my flashfiction ‘Are we nearly there?’
May : Won Retreat West monthly Flash Fiction competition for my flash fiction ‘Out of Bounds’. Shortlisted for the A3 review Waterways competition.
June: Flash fiction ‘It Tasted Good’ published in Severine Literary Magazine, Heroes edition. Flash Fiction ‘What the Chinese Say about bats’ published in Halo Literary Magazine. Flash Fiction. ‘What the therapist said’ published in ‘A Box of Stars under the Bed’ National Flash Fiction Day 2016 anthology. Stolen: An inventory published in Flash Frontier Literary Magazine. Birthday Cakes, third prize winner in National Flash Fiction Day, New Zealand Micro-Madness competition and published on the blog. Electric originally published on Visual Verse, published on the rolling blog as part of Flash Fiction Flood for National Flash Fiction Day.
Their Memories, originally published Visual Verse, then highly commended in the Inktears 2015 Flash Fiction contest published in the New Flash Fiction Review. Tell me the full name of the motel keeper in Psycho published in Flash Frontier, Motel themed issue. The Chemist House published in the Blue Fifth Review.
October – I won the Exeter Flash Fiction prize with a piece that was originally shortlisted in the A3 review Waterways themed monthly contest, then altered slightly. The story will be in their anthology. I’m also one of ten finalists for the Hysteria Flash Fiction contest and will be published in their anthology. Another flash fiction, was shortlisted for the A3 review Island themed contest and I’ve been long listed in the Flash500 contest. A good month!
November – I was shortlisted again in the A3 review’s monthly contest – this time, Uniform themed. Two of my stories, Electric and Grand Designs, originally published on Visual Verse, were long listed in the Ink Tears Flash Fiction contest. A piece about flash fiction I wrote was published in the lovely Project Calm magazine along with an article on bookshops around the world.
December – My story ‘Swifts’ was published in great company at The Nottingham Review and I’ve been long listed in the Retreat West flash fiction contest for my story ‘At the Hospital written during a Kathy Fish, Word Tango weekend. To end 2016, I’m absolutely thrilled that my pamphlet, The Chemist’s House is to be published by V Press next year.
In March two of my flash fictions were shortlisted in the Fish Flash Fiction competition. I was part of the National Flash Flood Day on April 17th 2015 when my flash fiction ‘The Lottery’ was published on the rolling blog. Another story was also included on the rolling blog for National Flash Fiction Day. My micro, ‘Maturity’ is one of ten winners in the National Flash Fiction Day micro competition 2015 and is published in Landmarks the 2015 National Flash Anthology
My story’ Conkers’ was long listed in the Exeter Short Story Prize for short stories and my flash fiction Elemental was short listed in the Exeter Flash Fiction prize.
‘Their Memories’ was highly commended in the Inktears Flash Fiction competition and is published on their website.
Runner up in the Faber Academy’s ‘quickfic’ weekly flash contest. Friday 13th November
Several of my pieces have been published on Visual Verse this year. A micro piece ‘When I Met The Devil’ is published in the flash fiction literary journal, Flash Frontier this December plus a feature interview with me.
Last year, 2014, my flash fiction ‘The Lottery’, received an Honourable Mention in the Fish Flash Fiction Competition and is now published in the Fish 2014 Winners’ Anthology
In 2013 I was longlisted in both the Fish short story competition and the Fish flash fiction competition.
My story ‘The Caravan’ is in ‘Reaching Out’ an anthology published by Cinnamon Press, 2013
I’ve co-run Writing Events Bath with my friend Alexandra Wilson since 2009. I’ve moved on because of my addiction to flash fiction and am currently teaching flash fiction sessions for beginners and experienced writers in Bath.
In 2012, I co-founded the Bath Short Story Award which I organise along with my friends and writing group companions, Jane Riekemann and Anna Schlesinger. The 2020 Award will be open in November. £1200 top prize.
Bath Flash Fiction Award
I run The Bath Flash Fiction Award with the support of Ad Hoc Fiction. The thirteenth round of the award is now open. £1000 top prize. Judge Nancy Stohlman. Additionally, there is an award for a novella-in-flash currently judged by Michael Loveday.
Ad Hoc Fiction, runs a free to enter weekly micro competition. The winner receives a free entry to the main contest.Ad Hoc Fiction was longlisted for the second year in a row in the Saboteur Awards as the ‘best wild card.’ Ad Hoc Fiction also publishes the Bath Flash Award anthologies and the novella-in-flash anthologies