2021 Writing Award Finalists

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Page Turner Awards is delighted to announce our 2021 Writing Award finalists. Please join us in congratulating these rising stars by leaving them a comment at the bottom of their finalist submission (click 'see more') or join in the discussion in our finalists' forum. The finalists' listed below are shown in random order.

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Sean Armstrong for "Benson Family Secrets"

A former elementary school teacher, I received my Bachelor’s degree in "Film & Television Production" from Emerson College. I placed in the screenwriting competitions of several film festivals including New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Colorado, and Slamdance. And I came in second on the Blacklist, an

Sophie Neville for "The Girl Who Escaped From Zanzibar"

An Anthropology graduate, Sophie Neville nearly killed herself working for BBCTV in London before becoming a horse safari guide in southern Africa, which was more dangerous but gave her some good stories. A couple were so extraordinary that she set up Witness Films Ltd in order to develop them as

Torrey Gann for "Of Sugar & Blood"

M. Torrey Gann is the author of twelve books. She is a two-time Thurber House Residency in Children's Literature nominee, plus a two-time winner of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association's (PNWA) literary awards in the mainstream novel and young adult categories. Among other honors, her books

Kay Smith-Blum for "The House on Desco Drive"

Kay Smith-Blum, a recovering retailer, writing in Seattle, was named Woman Business Owner (NWWA) of 2013. Smith-Blum is also a former President of the Seattle School Board and co-authored the “Every Man, Every Woman” series published by Schurman Fine Papers. She has written two novels of historical

E. L. Diamond for "Kings of Bedlam"

E. L. Diamond is a writer and educator currently living in Omaha, Nebraska. Her short fiction and poems have appeared in journals such as The Pinch, Literary Orphans, The American Journal of Poetry, The 2River View, and Storyglossia. She reads and writes about queer life and love and she has a

Abigail Chandler for "Sidekick"

Novelist, playwright, script writer and journalist. My debut play, Look Who's All Grown Up, was staged at The Space from 15-19 June, and received four-star reviews.

Shirley Song for "A Silhouette of Monsters"

I’m an Asian American who loves the fantastic and mysterious. Living in San Jose, California, my day job is making and delivering robots, and my night job is making and delivering worlds.

Michael Salort for "Ex & Why"

Michael Salort is the creator and writer of the television dramedy series Inside Dope, a 2019 finalist in the recognized NYC Screenplay Competition, and recently optioned by Rheingold Films in Los Angeles. He is the creator and writer of the television dramedy series, Smoke & Mirrors, recently

Hayley Constantine for "Glitter and Petals"

Exploring themes of loneliness, survival and friendship, Glitter and Petals is my debut novel about the topical issue of gaslighting and controlling behaviour in what appears to be a perfectly ordinary relationship. I felt inspired to write about this often invisible type of abuse following a change

Clare Thorpe for "The Secrets of Broadstone Hall"

I am a scientist, sailor, mother and aspiring author from the High Peak in Derbyshire. Having wrongly convinced myself that poor spelling excluded me from a future in creative writing, I joined the growing ranks of women studying science and engineering. I currently hold a fellowship position at the

Finnian Burnett for "My One Gay Novel"

Finnian Burnett is a professor, a writer, and a lifelong learner. They’re a doctoral student at Murray State University and Creative Writing Professor with the Southern New Hampshire University MFA program. Finn runs the Golden Crown Literary Society’s Writing Academy and will corner people at

Finnian Burnett for "Revenge Prose"

Finnian Burnett is a professor, a writer, and a lifelong learner. They’re a doctoral student at Murray State University and Creative Writing Professor with the Southern New Hampshire University MFA program. Finn runs the Golden Crown Literary Society’s Writing Academy and will corner people at

Finnian Burnett for "Coyote Loses His Soul"

Finnian Burnett is a professor, a writer, and a lifelong learner. They’re a doctoral student at Murray State University and Creative Writing Professor with the Southern New Hampshire University MFA program. Finn runs the Golden Crown Literary Society’s Writing Academy and will corner people at

Mustafa Marwan for "Guns and Almond Milk"

I am a writer, aid worker, trainer and a pharmacist. My academic background is in Pharmacy, Public Health, Nanotechnology and Leadership. Many events in this novel are based on real encounters. I am a BAME writer, and an international aid worker with more than a decade of experience in more than a

Cathy Davis for "Jump Line"

Through the necessary pursuit of supporting myself and my family, the driving forces have been to do what I can to make the world a better place and survive financially; occasionally these two goals have been compatible. I was lucky enough to be college educated with a degree in history and minor in

Francesca Georghiou for "The Burnt Child "

Francesca’s love of stories started from a young age - from her father's night time tales of hero crocodiles, talking mice and farmyard bulls with a nervous disposition. He swiftly moved to Tolkein and H.G Wells, stretching her imagination beyond that of her classmates who were still reading

Steven Mitchell for "Moss"

Becoming a rock star was always the ambition of Steven. He dreamed of touring the world, being mobbed by fans and living in a vast LA mansion. However, as the years accumulated and his band broke up, he pined for a new creative outlet. He signed up for a Creative Writing course at a local college

Jacqueline Kowalczyk for "The Depths of Deception"

Jacqueline Kowalczyk is a member of Jericho Writers and has successfully competed for a place on their Ultimate Novel Writing Course (starting Oct 2021). She's currently writing two series - commercial thriller/psychological thriller, and supernatural romantic suspense. In April 2021, her first

K.A. Dowd for "Lost Wanderer"

I find wonder in how our world works through studying the past to predict the patterns of our future. This might be due to my first passion and career as a weather forecaster, but it certainly does make life more interesting when I’m not hunched over my computer, madly typing to pin down my strange

Sarah Morin for "The Seven Strings"

The moment Sarah wanted to be a writer was when her family went to see L. M. Montgomery's house, author of Anne of Green Gables. She was seven-years-old and remembered seeing her desk and wondering about what kind of magic happened there. Nowadays, she's just happy to be able to find her own desk

Reid Linney for "Pyrate Rising"

Former Silicon Valley Executive. Private Investor. First-time Novel Writer. Constant Learner. I blame it on my grandson. Oh sure, I’ve always had a passion for writing; for taking a wordless page and creating something interesting. And, since childhood, I’ve frequently dreamt of writing a novel. One

Reid Linney for "Pyrate Assassin"

Former Silicon Valley Executive. Private Investor. First-time Novel Writer. Constant Learner. I blame it on my grandson. Oh sure, I’ve always had a passion for writing; for taking a wordless page and creating something interesting. And, since childhood, I’ve frequently dreamt of writing a novel. One

Morgan Tucker for "The Vision Casting Chronicles"

Morgan is an African American woman of Caribbean descent from Los Angeles, California. She grew up reading young adult fantasy but longed to cheer on a protagonist who looked like herself. Morgan holds a degree in screenwriting from the University of Southern California. She hopes her writing will

Josie Schneider for "The Last Best Life of Chelsea Morning"

Josie Schneider recently retired as the deputy editor for the Ann Arbor Observer, a forty-five year-old monthly newsmagazine. As a freelancer, she has published articles in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Baltimore Sun, Hour Detroit, International Living, and many travel publications. This is Josie's

Rob Silver for "CHOKE"

I live in Surrey with my wife and two young children, and work as a freelance Producer/Director for television. I'm a voracious reader, particularly crime and thriller novels.

Deb Campbell for "The Star"

I’ve changed careers a number of times – from youth work and complementary health to play work and PR. This, and my wonderful grandchildren, have provided much inspiration over the years for stories, and in 2019, I finally took the plunge to focus on doing what I’d always wanted to do - write. I'm

Tony Irvin for "Love in the Space of Time"

I have a veterinary degree and PhD from Cambridge, and spent twenty years in Kenya researching a disease of cattle and wildlife which no one outside Africa has ever heard of. I travelled throughout the region and worked closely with international and local scientists as well as the diplomatic

Nick Taylor Buck for "Into The Green"

Nick’s writing journey was unusual. Invited onto the set of a high profile TV show, he witnessed the power of storytelling and was completely hooked. Nobody was more surprised by this than him, and in the last two years he has written a novel (placed 2nd in a national competition), a short story

Jacob Witten for "Immune"

Jacob Witten is a postdoctoral fellow at MIT working on CRISPR gene therapy with degrees in computational biology and biophysics. While not in the lab, he spends most of his time running, reading, or writing. The latter interest has brought forth his sci-fi thriller Immune, inspired by the science

Julie Sullivan for "Running to Stand Still"

Julie Sullivan is an experienced writer, editor and researcher, with work published in Wired, WebReview.com and Ms.Money.com. Having earned an MFA in Creative Writing and a doctorate in International and Multicultural Education, she currently teaches at the University of San Francisco, and writes

Clare Thorpe for "The Lifeboat Men"

I am a scientist, sailor, mother and aspiring author from the High Peak in Derbyshire. Having wrongly convinced myself that poor spelling excluded me from a future in creative writing, I joined the growing ranks of women studying science and engineering. I currently hold a fellowship position at the

Steven Brody for "WHEN WE SEE LAND"

I am a native of Sheffield, though I grew up largely in the United States. I studied law at Stanford University and now split my time whenever possible between Los Angeles, where I practise criminal defence, and Europe (London and Athens), where most of my family still live. I’m a lover of languages

Selina Beety for "On the Brink "

Selina Beety was born in Sunderland, UK, and spent a short part of her childhood in South Africa. Moving between countries at a formative age, and then growing up in a town stripped of its industries and identity, Selina developed an abiding interest in the social myths that bind and sometimes

Sven Straumann for "Gravitas"

Sven Straumann is a scientist and neurosurgeon-in-training, and a writer at heart. He studied medicine in Switzerland and lives in the Netherlands, where he is writing his doctoral thesis on brain physiology and epilepsy. Sven is trained in professional scientific writing and won the annual Karger

Cassiopeia Fletcher for "Guardian Angel"

I wrote my first book when I was six years old about a fat cat named Stephanie who wandered around the city looking for her family, and I never looked back. As a writer, my goal is to continually move forward, learning from my past self, as well as others, in an effort to become the best I can at my

Dixon Reuel for "The Sea Hearth"

Dixon Reuel is the author of "Rise of One - Blood Brute Series #1" She writes about vampires, zombies, and other SFF elements at dixonreuel.com. She has been runner-up in The Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award, The James White Award, and The Aeon Award. She was awarded a residency at The Tyrone Guthrie

STEVIE TURNER for "His Ladyship"

Stevie Turner is a British author of Romantic Suspense, Humour, Paranormal, and Women’s Fiction (family dramas). She won an inter-schools' essay competition at the age of 11, and this gave her encouragement to write further. She is a cancer survivor, and still lives in the same picturesque village

Judith Pratt for "The Skill"

I’ve been an actor, a director, and a teacher. I studied playwriting with Lois Weaver, Arthur Kopit, Stuart Spence, Laura Maria Censabella, and Liz Duffy Adams. My plays have been produced in New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Kansas City MO, Austin TX, and Cape Town South Africa. In 2019, my play

Debbie Neckel for "Tears of Steel"

Writer, dreamer, animal lover and super gardener extraordinaire. That's the short version. I owned a bookstore for 20 years and sold it in my early 40s. It was time for a huge life change that fit the timing of my midlife crisis. I went to the police academy at age 45 after losing 40 pounds and

Ruth Millington for "Aftershock"

Ruth Millington is an award-winning writer, passionate adventure world traveller, and creator and host of the Extreme Holidays Podcast. Read it here: https://ruthmillingtonsextremeholidayspodcast.buzzsprout.com She has a Masters in Writing from Sheffield Hallam University. She is also a qualified

Stephen Mitchell for "Killing Sasha Felton"

After over thirty years teaching English to secondary school students, I now work in the charity sector and write in my spare time. I've written a series of YA novels, numerous blog posts, am a top 3% of contributor to Writers Stack Exchange and critique other people's work on Scribophile.

GregoryBoydAuthor Boyd for "Jack and the Knight Stones"

I am an IT code tamer (down code, bad code!) and this is my second novel, self-publishing my first one. Interested in writing since a young lad, I used to create short stories for the school paper, with dreams of publishing a book later on. I'm also a voracious piranha when it comes to reading books

Jennifer Newbold for "The Private Misadventures of Nell Nobody"

I love history, but what really interests me about history are the stories of the people who lived it. These people fire my imagination as an interpreter of history. The story of a particular person, in a particular time, is a picture of one moment in the fascinating progression that got us to 'here

Siobhan Bell for "Inventing Carla"

Siobhan Bell is a young Scottish artist, creative mind and author whose work probes the complexities of personal choice, identity, mental health, and family relationships in our modern world. Her family moved multiple times as she grew up which engrained in her a love of travel and exploration. Her

Stan Williamson for "FALLEN CANDY"

I wrote Just Write, the romantic comedy feature film that put Jeremy Piven on the map. Winner Best Picture (Best in Fest) SANTA BARBARA FILM FESTIVAL. Winner WILDsound TV Pilot contest October 2015. Finalist for two scripts, TV Pilot and Comedy, in the 2016 Las Vegas International Screenplay

Sylvia Bluck for "A Feral Woman"

I've been writing fiction for five years and I've just finished my first novel which began as a story told around a campfire, imagining walking into the woods and out into a different time. What might happen? Who would you meet? What would you do? At first, it was an an exciting story to tell the

Claire Stibbe for "No Good Lie"

Claire is an award-winning blogger at Bookpreneur. Originally from Norfolk, UK, she now lives the US. Having lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico for twenty-seven years, she has worked with victims of domestic violence, helping women to survive the aftermath of abuse. Member: Graduate of Albuquerque

PS Livingstone for "Awakening"

Awakening is my debut adult fantasy novel, the first in The Transcendent Saga trilogy. It is a compelling tale of love, sacrifice, emergence and magic, and about living with the choices we make. This book fills a gap in the bookshelves by utilising a contemporary setting, furnished with the

Sian Staley for "The Omega Sequence"

An eclectic mix of bustling Chicago streets and genteel Charleston style, Sian Staley grew up in the Jefferson Park area of the Windy City and currently resides in coastal South Carolina. She received a B.A. in English, and B.S. and M.S. degrees in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, then spent over

Jennifer A Henderson for "Whippoorwon't"

Jennifer A. Henderson was born and raised in the suburbs of Salt Lake City, Utah. From a young age, she developed a love of storytelling through books, movies, and music. As a film student at Brigham Young University, she developed her writing and storytelling skills while also finding her unique

Jane S Anderson Anderson for "The Girl Who Fled the Picture"

I am an Edinburgh based writer. So far unpublished, but with some competition success: The opening of my first historical manuscript, The Girl Who Fled the Picture, was longlisted for the Adventures in Fiction 2018 New Voices competition. My first novel was shortlisted for the Scottish Book Trust

Jane S Anderson Anderson for "Princess Long Legs"

I am an Edinburgh based writer. So far unpublished, but with some competition success: The opening of my first historical manuscript, The Girl Who Fled the Picture, was longlisted for the Adventures in Fiction 2018 New Voices competition. My first novel was shortlisted for the Scottish Book Trust

KIM R GOTTLIEB-WALKER GOTTLIEB-WALKER for "Lenswoman -- a Romance of the 1960s and '70s"

Kim Gottlieb-Walker is an American photographer and writer living and working in Los Angeles, CA. Over the past 50 years, she has built a distinctive portfolio that includes some of the most notable musicians and personalities of the '60s and '70s. A graduate of UCLA with honors in Motion Picture

KIM R GOTTLIEB-WALKER GOTTLIEB-WALKER for "Caterina by Moonlight"

Kim Gottlieb-Walker is an American photographer and writer living and working in Los Angeles, CA. Over the past 50 years, she has built a distinctive portfolio that includes some of the most notable musicians and personalities of the '60s and '70s. A graduate of UCLA with honors in Motion Picture

Tracey DALE for "BEaST"

A former journalist with Australia’s Nine Network news, Tracey worked closely with police and emergency service personnel for almost a decade. She co-hosted the country’s top-rated home renovating show, “Our House,” and wrote and produced magazine-style stories for “The Today Show,” and “Melbourne

George Harrison for "They Never Say When"

George Harrison is a writer based in Wiltshire. After graduating from the London School of Economics, he worked as a feature writer for a national newspaper for three years, before leaving the newsroom behind to focus on longer-form writing and literature. He currently works as a ghostwriter and is

Valerie Anne Burns for "Caution: Mermaid Crossing, Voyages of a Motherless Daughter"

As an emerging author, Valerie Anne Burns has a final draft of a collection of essays titled, "Caution: Mermaid Crossing—Voyages of a Motherless Daughter". The opening starts with one of the experiences she had growing up on a pristine island off Miami. Valerie Anne is excited to have one of the

Alice Deby for "The Finder"

Alice Deby is a debut author who loves modern fairytales, ghost stories and writing all night. A former teacher and magazine editor, she now writes full-time, with an ambition to deliver many books for many readers. This year, she's a prize winner in the Romance Writers of Australia's Ripping Start

Jordan Twiss for "When the Last Light Fails"

Jordan Twiss is the co-manager and editor of the Shellbrook Chronicle and Spiritwood Herald, a community newspaper that serves a dozen rural communities in north central Saskatchewan. Over the past six years, his reporting and weekly column have earned him eleven Saskatchewan Weekly Newspaper

Louise Mangos Mangos for "Six Fatal Flaws"

Louise writes novels, short stories and flash fiction, which have won prizes, placed on shortlists, and have been read out on BBC radio. Her short fiction has appeared in more than twenty print anthologies and magazines. Some of these are also online, links to which can be found on her website. She

Elinor Mountford for "The Boy who Never Slept"

I'm crazy about writing, technology and quantum physics. I spent over a decade running a youth group, writing code in my day job and novels at night. This is what I love, but there's something more important. I want to get a message out to people who've been through the mill, the ones who weren't

Andrew Macdonald for "Maroon"

I am a 29 year old UK national. I was inspired to write my debut novel, Maroon, while I was travelling in Colombia in 2013, and first learned about the history of the maroons, runaway slaves and native Americans who fought against their white oppressors, and in 1804 in Saint-Domingue ultimately

Lydia Holley for "Becoming A Murderer"

Lydia Holley's first job was working at a bank. The bank’s priority was secrecy, and their motto was: “People who have money don’t want anyone to know; people who have no money don’t want anyone to know.” She learned that everyone has secrets, most beyond their checking account status. These secret

DEREK THOMPSON for "Scars & Stripes"

I'm a novelist and short story writer, with occasional jaunts into comedy writing.

Hilary Koss for "Break Your Stars"

I'm an asexual who grew up in Richmond, Virginia craving more stories I could relate to. When I couldn't find them, I started writing with friends around the world while my flair for travel and stories led me to South Carolina and Belfast for university, and global organizations like National

Frances Buckingham Buckingham for "Deep Secrets"

An ex-teacher with a strong interest in the environment, Frances has been creating stories since she was a child, but work and family commitments meant that nothing was ever quite completed. However, five years ago, her desire to write a YA fantasy with an underlying environmental theme led to this

NEEL PATEL for "Tobin and Blake"

N.R. Patel was born in London, where after graduating from the LSE, he worked in a financial career that spanned London, Budapest, Dublin and New York. One of his short stories, A New Lease of Life, was published in 2018 by the Claret Press in their collection: Insights: Fifteen Stories Exploring

Ee Zimmer for "The Furious Adventure of Zoo M. Slicky"

A Lover of story, in both words and pictures, I make books in collaboration with my husband Eric, an illustrator. I grew up in Hyde Park, Chicago and discovered New Mexico at a young age. I kept returning there, attending St. John's College where I studied philosophy, ancient Greek, and French. A

Emma Scott for "Is This You?"

Dr. Emma Scott, writes about women who overcome adversity. Her debut novel, Is This You? is the story about a woman recently dumped by her best friend and boyfriend. In the fight to get them back she becomes the star of a devastating meme which leads her to uncover a world of secrets, betrayal and

MARIE MALO for "Too Tangled to Move"

Hello I have completed my first novel and am currently working on my second. Aside from writing I am a mother of five, a wife and a barista. I reside in the wonderful state Indiana, but grew up in Canada where I obtained an undergrad in psychology and worked with male young offenders. Before

Patrick Joseph King for "On the 24th of April at St. Julien"

Patrick Joseph King (PJK) is a novelist and short story writer living in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He has worked as a street cleaner, bartender, English teacher, and director of employment programs. Five of his short stories have either won or placed in Canadian Short Story contests. He

Charis Himeda for "Pandora's Code"

Charis Himeda, PhD is a Research Associate Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and a co-founder of EpiSwitch, Rx. She has authored twenty-five research publications and reviews and filed two patents for novel therapeutics. She has been interviewed by The Washington Post

John Riley for "Earth's Reply"

John Riley worked in the museum world for thirty years in and near Washington, D.C. He searched for meaning ascribed to or drawn from high art and humble objects. His articles on historical topics ranging from American slavery, the White House, the Virginia planter class, and American presidents

Kelly Adam for "Fight by Night"

I am an unpublished Australian novelist living in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales. I work full time in the family business and am a mum of three. I've studied at The Writers' Studio and The Australian Writers’ Centre and now I'm working with American editor Emily Heckman.

Ian Tucker for "Machiavelli's Apron"

Ian writes whodunit mysteries and occasional dry humour mostly featuring J Hamilton Ross. His short stories have featured in a number of anthologies and competition short lists. He writes mostly for his own entertainment with the objective of being entertaining to others. His influential authors

Stephanie Brousse for "Of witches and monsters."

Overthinker extraordinaire, I spend half of my time living in my head, so it’s only natural I started writing about the conversations and stories being born there. Slightly obsessed with dark fiction and people’s inner demons, I enjoy writing about flawed characters, especially strange women with

Stephanie Zikmann for "I Can Be A Dog Detective!"

Stephanie Zikmann is a multi-award winning holistic dog groomer, trainer and certified canine behaviourist who was recently crowned 'Scotland's Best Pet Influencer 2020' at the Scottish Pet Industry Awards. She is the number one Amazon bestselling author of 'The Magic of Holistic Grooming', and

mlangan Langan for "North Country"

Before becoming the Principal Law Clerk to the Chief United States District Judge for the Northern District of New York, Mike Langan practiced civil and criminal litigation in Washington, DC, and Syracuse, New York. He received his BA in philosophy and English cum laude from Colgate University, and

Virginia Tell for "Terre Ferme"

Virginia Tell grew up in a small town south of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and her stories draw upon the life experiences of her ancient grandfather and father, master storytellers. They passed down the oral history of a people who faced the extraordinary challenges of life in Deep South Louisiana, a

Virginia Tell for "George"

Virginia Tell grew up in a small town south of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and her stories draw upon the life experiences of her ancient grandfather and father, master storytellers. They passed down the oral history of a people who faced the extraordinary challenges of life in Deep South Louisiana, a

Patrick Joseph King for "The Kissing Number"

Patrick Joseph King (PJK) is a novelist and short story writer living in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He has worked as a street cleaner, bartender, English teacher, and director of employment programs. Five of his short stories have either won or placed in Canadian Short Story contests. He

Jennifer Wilson O'Raghallaigh for "Mandatory Reporting"

Jennifer Wilson O’Raghallaigh is originally from the U.S. and holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from Trinity College, Dublin. She has been employed by the Irish health service for over 20 years, working in mental health with people in distress at different points in the lifespan. She is a

Jenise Bates for "The Last"

Jenise Bates enjoys living a quiet life on a small parcel of land on the outskirts of a quaint country town in Gippsland, Victoria, Australia. Her menagerie of dogs, cats, sheep, horses, kids and a patient partner keeps her busy. Currently, she is working on two manuscripts that are worlds apart

Lucien Elliott for "The Last Word"

Lucien Elliott spent the better part of the last decade in and out of courtrooms as a practicing criminal defense attorney. A recent career move to an administrative position has allowed him to become a legal professional by day and writer by night. Lucien has loved reading mysteries and thrillers

Melissa Beaty for "Birth of a Guardian"

Founder of Melissa Beaty's Bible Resource Library, Melissa has dedicated her life to helping others explore the riches of Scripture. Since her conversion from atheism, she has applied her formal training in philosophy and education to help others understand biblical principles from both Christian

Tony Irvin for "Safari of Darkness"

I have a veterinary degree and PhD from Cambridge, and spent twenty years in Kenya researching a disease of cattle and wildlife which no one outside Africa has ever heard of. I travelled throughout the region and worked closely with international and local scientists as well as the diplomatic

CHRIS CRAIG for "ALDO PINECONE AND THE GOLDEN SPUR"

I was born in the far north east of Scotland and raised there and in Newcastle upon Tyne. After half a lifetime in small-scale touring theatre - mainly for children, both acting and directing - I have worked for many years as a porter at St. Thomas’ hospital in central London. I have also written

Patricia Stone Stone for "Imbalance-the Gender Wars"

I don't do photos, so it was only possible to find one with my youngest daughter. Fitting really as she was the one for whom I wrote. I have always liked writing, mostly poetry, short stories and songs as a way of expression. But Imbalance-the gender wars, is my first novel. I am currently writing

Claire Johnson for "For Thee"

Claire M. Johnson’s first novel, Beat Until Stiff, was nominated for an Agatha for Best First Novel and was a Booksense pick, and the second novel in this series, Roux Morgue, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. She has written two modernizations of the Austen classics, named Pen and

Rachel CHAUNDLER for "Rifted"

Born in Scotland, I live in Spain, where three of my children’s picture books, Mariluz Avestruz (2007), Rita (2007) and Macario Dromedario (2008), have been published by OQO Editora. Over the last decade, I have contributed to scores of articles about Spain in The New York Times, covering topics

Katie-Rose Goto-Śvič for "The Kids Aren't Alright"

I am an aspiring fiction writer from Australia living and working in Japan. In Australia I grew up with Croatian immigrant grandparents, a culture which has played a significant role in my life. I also began studying Japanese at school from the age of twelve and was able to experience life in Japan

Jade Jiao for "Solum"

Jade Jiao is a British-born writer living in Tokyo, Japan. With a lifelong love of horror, she writes about the things that scare her, the macabre, and enjoys books that have a dark sense of humour. She has an MA in screenwriting from the University of Salford, and when she isn't writing, she loves

HJ Ramsay for "Frayed"

H.J. Ramsay has loved fantasy ever since she was a child. Growing up, she was influenced by movies like Legend, The Dark Crystal, and Labyrinth as well as books and short stories, such as The Collected Works of Brothers Grimm. She is drawn to fantasy with a darker side to its glittery world and the

Nick Johnson for "Moonlight Sister"

I love to read and write plot-driven, emotionally charged fiction. I write science fiction and fantasy, and I'm particularly interested in using magic to turn inner struggles into outer ones - in other words, to manifest constructs of the mind in the physical world. I'm a psychologist by day, and so

Ann Worthington Worthington for "Half of the Puzzle"

Born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin, Ann Worthington earned both a B.A. in Psychology and a J.D. from The University of Texas at Austin. Now retired from her legal career, she lives in Southern California. Her first novel, Tales of Nash, was published in 2020. When she’s not reading or writing

Susea Spray for "A Big Blue Boat"

Susea Spray and her husband don’t have a brick - and - mortar house. Instead, their homes are two old ocean - going sailing boats. After four years spent preparing their own big blue boat, they departed Adelaide, South Australia in 2013. In her, they have sailed three oceans, seen amazing animals

Hayley Chow for "Codename: CNDRLA"

Hayley Reese Chow is the author of Odriel's Heirs, the 2020 winner of the Florida Author Project. She also has short and flash fiction featured in Lite Lit One, The Drabble, Bewildering Stories, Teleport Magazine, and Rogue Blades Entertainment’s anthology, As You Wish. Until recently though, she’s

Steven Sheiner for "Diamond in the Rough"

Winner of the annual James Patterson MasterClass writing contest, I grew up working in a bookstore where I fell in love with great stories and incredible writing. I began writing professionally in college for a magazine and worked my way up to Senior Editor. That opened up opportunities to do TV and

Jaya Padmanabhan for "Bloom of a Drunken Coconut"

Jaya Padmanabhan is a journalist and columnist, writing the “In Brown Type” Sunday column for the San Francisco Examiner. Her byline can also be found in PBS Next Avenue, Forbes, Medium (Elemental and The Bold Italic), and India Currents. Jaya's collection of short stories, "Transactions of

Colin Kay for "Patriots"

I studied history at Cambridge and grew up in the Isle of Man where my great grandfather was chaplain to the Manx Parliament. During World War 1 he visited the Knockaloe internment camp and was a fried of the camp’s censor. His letters were the inspiration for this book combined with my passion for

Morris Panych for "POSTHUMOUS"

MORRIS PANYCH Morris Panych (born 30 June 1952) is a Canadian playwright, director and actor. He was born in Calgary and grew up in Edmonton, Alberta, now making his home in Toronto. He studied at Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, and the University of British Columbia where he received a

Renata Waldrop for "A Little Monster Goes A Long Way"

Renata Waldrop holds a BA in English with an Emphasis in Writing from the University of Tennessee. Currently, she is a Collection Development Assistant with the Knox County Public Library and a member of the Mystery Writers of America and the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Her

Ash Sahu for "Dark Ithaca"

I have had a varied and eventful life, working stints as a molecular biologist, consulting attorney, and data scientist. My weekend job in high school was assistant soccer referee; I learned how to stay calm and take mental notes while parents and coaches screamed at me about the offside rule! Many

Dan Brockington for "How to Steal a Mountain"

Before I tell you about myself, let me tell you about my story – because they’re connected. I need to tell you a magical story, an adventurous story, a story that I doubt you have heard before, but which resonates across the ages. Indeed its various versions have been so successful for so long, that

David Lea Lea for "Home to Roost"

Having retired from teaching, I have spent much of my spare time writing, hopefully learning from my mistakes and discovering how much I enjoy the writing process, despite its many frustrations. I have been successful in several competitions, mainly in writing Flash Fiction, and my play, "So Quick"

Mark Brewster for "Charlie Dormer and the Sleep Tsunami"

I am a first time author and a full time surgeon. Around ten years ago, I had an idea for an alien world accessed through a child's dreams. Bit by bit the idea grew and I needed to get it out of my head and onto paper. Over the last two years I've had the opportunity and the time to realise this and

EUGENE AUCOIN for "The Appeal of God in the Pursuit of Happiness"

Eugene Aucoin is a published author whose first book won Asia’s Best Book of the Year in Theology in 2020: The Cardinal Sin Award. His book, "Has Science Killed God? – Three Powerful Ideas that Will Reignite your Faith" (Manila: St Pauls’ Books, 2019), was also published in French in Canada in July

StellaJackson Kittow for "HUNGER"

I have interviewed many authors including Bill Bryson, Ian Rankin, Lionel Shriver and Rosamunde Pilcher for the international writing magazine, Writers’ Forum, and have also written for the Daily Mail, Woman’s Weekly, Vision Now, Classic Boat, Sailing Today and many other magazines. I have been a

Elizah Rosewylder for "Finding Mrs. Fineday"

Elizah Rosewylder has worked as a freelance writer, a newspaper columnist and a journalist, and is published in This Side of West, the official undergraduate literary journal for the University of Victoria, and in The Warren, UVic’s Undergraduate Review. While attending the university’s prestigious

Victoria Osborne for "Milady: Cry of a Lily"

Writer, English teacher and performer, I am sitting out the pandemic in Melbourne, Australia. Born in London, UK, I've lived in NZ and HK, Oz and the UK. Recently I spent four years in Europe, mainly based in Spain, traveling around Denmark, France and Belgium. My historical trilogy, set between

Amanda Mack for "What Ever Happened to Troy Demetri?"

Amanda Mack currently resides in Savannah, Georgia where she works in a law office to support her cat, Frankie, and provide her with all of the things she never had growing up. She kept most of her writings to herself until the age of fifteen when she became the youngest staff writer for The Ring

GD Harper for "The Maids of Biddenden"

After a career in marketing, I became a full-time self-published author in 2016, publishing three novels under the pen name GD Harper. I have attended an Arvon residential writing course and also the UK Festival of Writing, as well as Jericho Writers' course on self-editing. I have been both a

Erin Addison for "Interval"

I am an historian and landscape architect, now living in northern New Mexico. I lived and worked in the Middle East for twenty-five years on the conservation and sustainable use of arid landscapes. Though I have published a number of academic articles on the natural and cultural history of Arab

ELIZABETH CHALLINOR for "Hands Stained with Flour"

Elizabeth Challinor has been telling stories ever since she was a child. She then studied them in Spanish and French literature at Oxford University (1984-88) and years later, after living in Angola where she worked for a non-governmental organisation (1988-92) trained as an anthropologist (Sussex

Benjamin John Ryan for "Big Brother Brody"

Benjamin grew up in Sydney, Australia and studied media at Macquarie University. Following university, he wrote and directed short films, one of which received an honourable mention at the International Film Awards Berlin. Benjamin also received an honourable mention in the Young Adult category of

Maile Marriott for "By the Stars of My Blade"

I’ve dabbled in writing of all sorts: news articles for the national edition of the Deseret News, poetry published in small literary journals, contest-winning short stories, and a peer-reviewed science article. I have yet to publish a novel, however. With my B.S. in Physics, my fantasy has a sci-fi

David Callinan for "The Cold Light Of Day"

I am Anglo-Irish and have variously been a musician, singer-songwriter, recording artist and in a band supporting acts such as Elton John, Rod Stewart, Gerry Rafferty and many others. I co-wrote a Celtic rock opera for the Edinburgh Festival. As well as this, I have been a journalist, editor and PR

David Callinan for "Or Else She Dies"

I am Anglo-Irish and have variously been a musician, singer-songwriter, recording artist and in a band supporting acts such as Elton John, Rod Stewart, Gerry Rafferty and many others. I co-wrote a Celtic rock opera for the Edinburgh Festival. As well as this, I have been a journalist, editor and PR

Simon Michael for "The Semi-Detached Women"

I am a former barrister who was published here and in the US 30+ years ago (WH Allen, Grafton and St Martins Press). I turned to full-time writing when I retired in 2016, since when I have had a series of six legal crime thrillers published by Sapere Books, the seventh due out this autumn. They

Peter Howard for "THE MUSEUM OF CONFISCATED PROPERTY"

I grew up in Zimbabwe and Zambia, and went to university in England. During my 20s and 30s, I squatted in London, hitchhiked through Africa and elsewhere, and started and ran a furniture making, interiors and museum showcase business that eventually employed about 100 people. I now spend most of my

David Laws for "CHARLOTTE'S WAR"

Charlotte’s War is my fourth novel. The first two were self-published with Matador and a third, The Fuhrer’s Orphans, won the 2019 Yeovil Literary Prize and was published last October by the e-book start-up Bloodhound Books. This features young children fleeing the Nazi regime. It’s been translated

LM Latham for "Dance Till Dawn"

I'm a journalist and editor whose work has regularly appeared in top international publications, including the New York Times, FT, Sunday Times, The Guardian and Wall Street Journal. I have a degree in international literature and film history. Naturally terrified of risk but always on the hunt for

Emilie Ryan for "Sang de Pigeon"

Emilie Ryan is the pen name for a husband-and-wife writing team. By day, Milena is an award-winning university professor and John is a clinical psychologist. By night, Milena and John share a passion for wine, travel, and a good story. Through their writing, they endeavour to entertain and educate

R.A. (Rob) Johnson for "The Ghost of Mackey House"

R.A. (Rob) Johnson is a newcomer to the traditional publishing world, although he has self-published two novels and a speculative non-fiction helper for other writers. Throughout his forty-year career as a software engineer, he has written and had published trade journal articles, academic and

Rebecca Danzenbaker for "The Color of My Soul"

Rebecca Danzenbaker is a member of SCBWI and IWWG. Her manuscript, The Colors of My Soul has been long-listed for the Chanticleer CYGNUS award. While running her award-winning photography business in Ashburn, VA, she has published articles in Click Magazine and Macaroni Kid. When she's not editing

Jan Edwards Dunn for "Daughter of Deia"

English-expat Jan moved to rural Mallorca in 2004, leaving a presenting career on BBC local radio in Oxfordshire. After she and her husband had restored their finca - a country house with land - she began writing for local magazines. She wrote freelance for every issue of a luxury lifestyle magazine

Bonnie Tunick for "Miss Minnie's Boarding House"

I am a 62-year-old "recovering" lawyer from Chicago, Illinois who is intrigued by death and the afterlife, amused by quirky people, irritated by the “justice system,” and inspired by finding ways in which they all intersect. My writing is inspired by my years of serving people at their lives' end

Susan Pick for "Cracking Wise"

When I was in high school, my expository composition teacher told me I was “an OK writer,” but I shouldn’t “try to make a living at it.” Four years later, after earning a BA in English, I didn’t set out on my corporate communications career to prove Mr. Panella wrong, but I did like writing enough

A.M. Miller for "Finding the Curve"

A.M. Miller writes young adult fiction about first loves, first kisses, and family secrets. She is a member of SCBWI and a former literary intern. Prior to writing novels, she earned a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and spent several years as a

Prerna Ramachandra for "Pride and Privilege"

Prerna Ramachandra has always had a close relationship with storytelling. Growing up in India, the amalgam of cultures she was surrounded by provided her with ample observations to draw from to tell her tales. This only increased when she came to the US for college. Since graduating from Princeton

David Micklem for "The Winter Son"

David Micklem is a writer and theatre producer. He is preoccupied with stories and storytelling; of all lengths and various forms. As a writer, a reader and an audience member, he craves narratives and the way these help us make sense of the world. His first novel, The Winter Son, is currently on

Douglas Westerbeke for "A Short Walk Through a Wide World"

Douglas Westerbeke began writing screenplays, several of which have been finalists in over a dozen competitions, four of those optioned in Hollywood. He currently works at one of the largest libraries in the country and has spent the last eight years on the local panel of the International Dublin

Emily Olivieri Olivieri for "Ashwood And Brimstone"

Emily has always loved stories but she isn't one of those people that has been writing since they were two and have files and files of stories they've written over the years -No, she's one of those people that started writing and then gave up, tried again a few years later and gave up, and then she

LENNOX TRUMAN VAN DER PUT for "The Hermit & The Warrior"

I have wanted to be a writer from an early age. That aim was partly interrupted by a career in the marine insurance and shipping sectors of the City of London. During that time, I wrote articles in the trade press, and over a period of nine years, also compiled and self-published a quarterly

Sam Clarke for "The Templar Sword"

Sam Clarke is addicted to rock music, coffee, and Japanese manga. Her first book, The Twelfth Ring, a BBNYA semi-finalist, was published on Amazon and received encouraging reviews (average 4.7*). She is currently working on her second novel, The Templar Sword, which made it on the top-ten of the Ink

Claire Jenkins for "Tooth and Claw"

I’m an occupational therapist with the NHS and, in a previous life, I did a degree in Digital Forensics. In 2018, I was diagnosed with M.E./C.F.S. This has had a huge impact on my life and, as a result, my writing has become increasingly important to me. I was shortlisted for the 2019-20 Retreat

Lois Kennis for "Rise on Eagle's Wings"

Lois Kennis is a tenacious writer and avid reader with 16 years of experience in writing feature stories about small Iowa businesses and a decade with University of Minnesota Extension Regional Sustainable Partnerships. There, she worked closely with a team of directors to spotlight outreach

ANDREA TORREY BALSARA for "Penelope Florence Has a Brave Day"

Andrea Torrey Balsara is an award-winning children's and young adult author/illustrator and motivational speaker. Her passion is to empower children to think for themselves, to learn about the power and beauty of our diverse human family, and to walk the "Hero's Journey" in real life. Having

SHERRI MATTHEWS for "Stranger in a White Dress - Lost and Found in California"

Sherri once worked in the legal and medical fields. When a major life change meant adapting to the role of full-time caregiver for a family member, she got writing, seriously. Since then, her non-fiction, flash fiction, and poetry are published in magazines and anthologies, as well as her blog. She

Jake Gordon for "THE MOSCOW MULE"

I have no published works, and this is my second foray into novel-writing. I’ve been a freelance English tutor for the last five years. As all my work is online, I’ve used the opportunity to travel extensively, and have lived in six different countries since 2016. I completed a BA in Arabic &

Danielle Zell Tatsakron for "Black Butterfly"

​Danielle graduated from Montana State university in 2012 with a degree in Biology. She experimented with several healthcare related jobs after that, including work in tissue recovery and as a lab technician. Currently she is a middle school science teacher and a volunteer Court Appointed Special

Elizabeth Anderson for "The Remarkable Retirement of Edna Fisher"

By day, a grad student. By night, an Internet surfer. Wait, no. A writer. Yeah, that’s it. A writer. After a long and distinguished career in the grocery industry, E.M. Anderson (she/her) graduated college with a BA in English. Now she’s pursuing two master’s degrees simultaneously, despite all

Robert Phibbs for "The Ghost of Cartifa"

Robert JL Phibbs is a writer and software engineer based in Seattle, WA, USA who hopes to one day switch from writing code fulltime to writing novels fulltime. He publishes periodic short stories and other works of fiction on his website and periodic rants about sports on Twitter.

Kate Samuels for "A Reckoning of Dragons"

When my nose isn't in a book, it's in a cup of coffee. I'm an alumna of the Alpha Young Writers Workshop; the author of an indie fantasy novella and two volumes of short stories; and the winner of fourteen Scholastic Writing Awards, including two national gold medals. I recently graduated from the

Wendie Daniels for "Loyal at Heart"

Wendie Daniels is an Australian romantic suspense author. At heart, Wendie is an editor who has worked on all sorts of professional and business documents, from writing instructions on how to use a computer program through to being responsible for hundreds of pages of website content aimed at

Danielle Cahill for "The Witches of Hackney Wick "

Danielle lives in East London with her husband, baby daughter and two inquisitive cats. She studied English at the University of Cambridge. After spending several years working as a bookseller in Waterstones Chiswick, she is now a writer, lawyer and soprano. Danielle is a graduate of the Curtis

Ben Cornell for "The Celestial Sea"

I am married to Claire and we have two girls, 14 and 11. I have been the full-time parent since they were born. This has given me a wonderful relationship with my girls and plenty of time to write. Writing has always been my driving ambition. I began with plays for my puppet theatre as a child

Arianna Kiriakos for "Poisoned Ink: An Andrea Manos Novel"

Hello! I’m Arianna Kiriakos, and I've been writing as long as I can remember. I completed my first novel at thirteen, and basically haven’t stopped since. I aim one day to be a traditionally published author. My work tends to lean into mysteries with sassy characters and historical or travel

Arianna Kiriakos for "The Vienna Connection: An Andrea Manos Novel"

Hello! I’m Arianna Kiriakos, and I've been writing as long as I can remember. I completed my first novel at thirteen, and basically haven’t stopped since. I aim one day to be a traditionally published author. My work tends to lean into mysteries with sassy characters and historical or travel

Mary Butler for "Death of a Druid"

A precocious reader from a young age, I inherited the books of an older cousin. She started me on Nancy Drew (the originals), but I quickly graduated to Agatha Christie. I've loved mysteries ever since, especially those set in another era and, in recent years, those that incorporate fantasy elements

Ben Orlando for "The Psychopath's Daughter"

My name is Ben Orlando. I have been writing novels and short stories for the last twenty years. I have published stories in the Bellevue Literary Review, The New Guard, The Tusculum Review, Mystery Weekly Magazine, and others. My manuscripts have been longlisted for the Caledonia Novel Prize

Rosie Hayes for "The Gatecrashers"

Rosie Hayes was born and brought up in Sheffield where she fell in love with the late 90s / early 00s clubbing scene. She formally studied psychology at Nottingham Trent University, and informally studied it while working as a club night promoter in Ibiza. Rosie went on to study journalism in

Mary Butler for "Death of a Diviner"

A precocious reader from a young age, I inherited the books of an older cousin. She started me on Nancy Drew (the originals), but I quickly graduated to Agatha Christie. I've loved mysteries ever since, especially those set in another era and, in recent years, those that incorporate fantasy elements

J. C. Michaels for "The Mind of Master Khang"

J. C. Michaels is an award winning, critically acclaim novelist published in more than twelve languages. His educational background includes physics and mathematics as well as degrees in music performance and neuroscience. His professional work includes more than a decade as an adventure travel

Renée Hodges for "Ona Mae’s Deli & Bait Shop"

Renée Hodges lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she has worked as a paralegal for more than twenty years. Five years ago, a friendship she made in the radiation center waiting room during a skirmish with breast cancer inspired her to write a short story and literally dust off a twenty-year

K D Field for "The Grief of Goodbye"

In 2017, I left my job as a retail executive in the US. That summer, together with my daughter, I walked the Camino De Santiago from St Jean Pied de Port in France to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain. Stories on the Camino abound. There must be a story for a person to walk 500 miles for 36

Jeffrey MacSporran for "Praetor's Blood"

In terms of introductions, I am an amateur writer who started writing "seriously" in the winter of 2017. My first and only manuscript, Praetor's Blood, has been a labour of love after frequent re-writes and hiatuses. The story, characters and settings were based on a dream I once had during an

Emma Deards for "Dulce et Decorum Est"

My name is Emma Deards, and I am a graduate of Barnard College with a degree in literature. There, I received two awards for writing (the Oscar Lee Award and the Harumatsuri Award). I also write humor articles for the veterinary magazine In Practice. I went on to complete my veterinary degree at

Jaidyn Groth for "The Cursed Pirate"

Best described as 'a unicorn in pyjamas', I spend most of my days consuming too much coffee, writing contemporary YA, fantasy and murder mysteries and travelling around my home country of Australia. I am lucky enough to be working as a hiking tour guide in the middle of a global pandemic, which is a

Aly Gustafson for "Call of the Gods"

I'm an author who writes stories about humans, pushed to their limits in fantastical worlds. As a reader, I love books that show LGBTQIA+ characters without centering the plot around that single facet of their identity. I also enjoy stories that can show strong characters without reverting to

Anna Paxton for "New Boy Tom Will Kill"

Anna is an English teacher, a horse trainer and a writer. She was born in England in 1992, and her family moved to Poland before they emigrated to Australia in 1996. In 2014, she graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor’s Degree of English Literature and Journalism, and in 2015

Anna Paxton for "Lamb"

Anna is an English teacher, a horse trainer and a writer. She was born in England in 1992, and her family moved to Poland before they emigrated to Australia in 1996. In 2014, she graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor’s Degree of English Literature and Journalism, and in 2015

Andrew Hallman for "Amba"

Born in Australia, raised a Mennonite in the heart of Amish country, educated at Harvard University, Andrew Hallman now lives in Philadelphia where he works in the rare book trade. His fantasy novel MIRRENWOOD is forthcoming in 2022 from Crossroad Press.

Douglass Hoover for "The Accursed Huntsman"

Douglass Hoover is the author of The Homestead and The Accursed Huntsman. He is a Marine Corps Infantry veteran and holds an MFA from Emerson College. His days are spent writing and blacksmithing on his small farm in rural Maine with his wife, Patience, and their three mutts, Bug, Furiosa, and

Flor Salcedo for "Damaged Goods"

I was born and raised in the border town of El Paso, Texas where I saw brown faces daily but never on the pictures of the 'About the author' section of books. Thus, I never even dreamt of becoming a writer even though many teachers suggested it since elementary school. I currently reside in Austin

Jenna Johnson for "Cursed Heir"

Hi, my name is Jenna. I work as a part time editor and keep up my writing in my free time. I enjoy reading and writing fantasy fiction, especially young adult fiction, and have spent the last few years working on my own book series that I hope to get published some day. I earned a bachelor's degree

Susannah Thraves for "Trigger Me"

I'm a 27-year-old television journalist with experience of writing for print and online, but my ambition is to become an author. 'Trigger Me' is my debut novel. The novel looks at the responsibility we carry when we tell one's story, and the protagonist's need for her own story to be heard. I really

Hayley Lynch for "The Void Beyond the Forest"

Hayley Lynch is an Irish-born citizen who is living in Dublin, Ireland. She first got into writing when she attended creative writing classes in her local library. She went on to pursue a joint major (BA) in English and Art History from University College Dublin (UCD). During her time at UCD, she

Christa Schneider for "She's Haze"

I am an unpublished American novelist living in the United Kingdom with my British partner and two children. In 2007, I completed an MFA in Fiction Writing from the City College of New York and immediately progressed to four years of PhD studies in English Literature. I recently wrote my second

Raimey Gallant for "The Bias of Rain"

Hello! I'm a disabled Canadian crime fiction author. I have additional identities but prefer to speak privately about those. When not gardening or brewing mediocre kombucha, I enjoy stirring shit up at writing organizations with the goal of making them and their programming more equitable. I have

Raimey Gallant for "The Alibi Scheme"

Hello! I'm a disabled Canadian crime fiction author. I have additional identities but prefer to speak privately about those. When not gardening or brewing mediocre kombucha, I enjoy stirring shit up at writing organizations with the goal of making them and their programming more equitable. I have

Jasmine Burke for "All That Lies Here Broken"

I'm a girl in her twenties with a passion for writing and a dream of one day being published. I have been writing books since I was 6 years old, but this has been the first large novel that I've actually finished, so that's very exciting! I used to spend my summer holidays sat in my room delving

Kelsea MacKay for "Feral"

Kelsea is Ryerson Media Production (RTA) student with an interest in novel writing and screenwriting. Growing up with adhd and anxiety, she rarely saw herself reflected on the pages in young adult literature, especially dystopian. She is passionate about writing stories that don't shy away from

Masha Shukovich for "THE TASTE OF NAMES"

Masha Shukovich, PhD is a writer, poet, storyteller, folklorist, teacher, and intuitive chef with ancestry and indigenous roots in the Balkans; the Mediterranean; and West, Central, and Northeast Asia (Siberia). She is the mother of Maya and Leela, a demigirl (she/they), a neurodivergent/autistic

Babita Kaniyath for "In the Shadows of the Silver Oaks"

All my life I have loved the magic of words. Therefore, I write. I hold a BA in English Literature and am a graduate of Stanford University's Online Certificate Program in Novel Writing ( a selective-admission, two-year program mentored by Stanford's William Chace lecturers and former Stegner

ROB MCIVOR for "DON'T SEE, DON'T TELL"

Rob McIvor grew up mainly in south Lancashire but now lives in Blackheath, south-east London, with his family and two unruly cats. He has some of his best ideas for stories while riding one of his four bikes, sometimes over ridiculously long distances. Unfortunately, as he has yet to master

Mick Lee for "The Thief Taker"

A former sports journalist, private detective and asker of impertinent questions in locked rooms (sometimes called Market Research). Now focused on writing: mostly about 18th Century criminal gangs and what would happen if a modern handgun could talk Yes, I have a website and a twitter account

Beverley Blackburn for "Dark Fish"

Beverley studied at Curtis Brown Creative in London on the selective Six Month Novel Course in 2019 and Nikita Lalwani, author of You People, mentored her on her first novel, Dark Fish. Her novel comes straight from the heart because it explores loss and infertility in a fictional setting, both of

Stephanie Mittiga for "Awakening"

Stephanie is an Antipodean writer of YA light fantasy. Raised in New Zealand but really an Australian, she has spent the last 7 years in London working on the weirdest accent ever and missing the beach like crazy. An amateur singer and lover of musical theatre, Stephanie loves an audience, any

Matt Guthridge for "The Devil's Mark"

Before devoting his free time to writing, Matt Guthridge was a psychologist dealing with the complexities of human behaviour. He later worked as an international business consultant, and served as the Chief Strategy Officer for a publicly-listed company in Australia. Whilst he’s authored dozens of

Keith Dyke for "Myleene Unsheathed"

I am a part time secondary school teacher living in Northamptonshire. I am married with four children and two grandchildren. I have enjoyed creative writing since childhood, and over the years have made several attempts at creating a finished book. In 2015 I undertook a six-month Guardian/UAE

Emma Williams for "The Death and Life of Agnes Grace"

I'm a multi-award nominated (and winning) actress and singer from Yorkshire, predominantly working in the West End, but I've always harboured dreams of being a writer. After several other novels in draft stages, this is my first to make it through a full set of edits to potentially go out into the

Samantha Quinn for "Underbelly of Innocence"

I am an aspiring writer, living in Brighton, England. Particularly appealing to the BookTok dark academia community, this novel is a mixture of the teenage restlessness found in We Were Liars by E. Lockhart and the wicked characters found in Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld. I currently work as a

Katie Carr for "Ballycarrig"

I've had a number of short stories published in women's magazines including Woman's Weekly and Fiction Feast, and enjoyed some success with online flash fiction and other short story competitions. I'm a longstanding member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and was awarded their Katie Fforde

Maxim Raimann for "A Speck of Land"

I work for a cultural relations organisation and have been lucky enough to spend the last twenty years living and working in different countries around the world. I enjoy people and entertainments that make me laugh and make me think. Cooking, especially baking with my daughter, is probably my

Michael January for "The Boy Kings Tale: as Told by Geoffrey Chaucer"

Michael January is a writer for film and television, as well as a travel writer, photographer, and novelist. He is a California native but has lived on the U.S. East Coast, in London and Munich. His travels have taken him across the earth’s curve. As a screenwriter his films have premiered on HBO

Lexi J. Lee for "Divided We Stand"

Lexi J. Lee is a writer, lawyer, and Creative Writing MFA student living in New York City. Her work has been published in Apricity Magazine, and now, when she isn't binge-watching Netflix, she is working on her debut novel, which may or may not be inspired by her time at Duke University.

Linda Messenger for "The Cabinetmaker of Saint-Antoine"

Reading and writing have always been passionate pursuits for Linda Messenger. She read English Literature with French and Philosophy at Durham University, but on graduation, obtained a place at a London drama school and spent ten years pursuing an acting career. Following a move to Paris with a

Tee O'Neill for "Lipstick on a Pig"

Tee O’Neill has lived a big, bold life, but even so, it pales in comparison to that of her stories, which have been performed everywhere from Ireland to Indonesia. Tee’s insightful biodramas of high-profile figures, and off-beat plays tackling difficult topics, have been lauded and awarded. But her

Evann Normandin for "The End of Land and Sea"

Evann Makati Normandin is a 29-year-old writer residing in Harvard, MA. She completed her BA at Middlebury College in English with a focus on literature of trauma and traumatic memory, and her MSc at the University of Edinburgh in English with a focus on trauma and post-apocalyptic fiction. She

Paman Steer for "The Dismantler of Men's Creations"

Paman is an Oxfordshire-based writer and poet of Kurdish origin. She wrote her first novel and poetry manuscripts aged 24. She worked as an electronics design engineer, before changing career to become a counsellor and Psychotherapist within the NHS and private practice. Returning to writing full