Festival Team 2023

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Creator and Festival Director, Jude Higgins

Jude Higgins

Jude is a writer and writing tutor and has stories published or forthcoming in the New Flash Fiction Review, Flash Frontier, FlashBack Fiction, The Blue Fifth Review, The Nottingham Review,Pidgeon Holes, Moonpark Review,Fictive Dream, the Fish Prize Anthology National Flash Fiction Day anthologies and Flash: The International Short Short Story Magazine among other places. She has won or been placed in many flash fiction contests and was shortlisted in the Bridport Flash Fiction Prize in 2017 and 2018. Her debut flash fiction pamphlet The Chemist’s House was published by V.Press in 2017. Her micro fictions have been included in the 2019 and 2020 lists of Best Flash Fictions of UK and Ireland and she has been nominated for Best Small Fictions 2020, a Pushcart Prize, 2020 and Best of the Net, 2022. Her story ‘Codes To Live By’ was selected for Best Micro Fictions, 2022. She founded Bath Flash Fiction Award in 2015, directs Ad Hoc Fiction, the short short fiction press, co-runs The Bath Short Story Award, founded and directs the Flash Fiction Festival, UK, organises reading events and teaches flash fiction sessions online.

Weekend Co-ordinator: Karen Jones

Karen Jones is a prose writer from Glasgow with a preference for flash and short fiction. She is addicted to writing competitions and is a perennial long/short-lister – Commonwealth Short Story Competition, Bath Flash Fiction, Bath Short Story, To Hull and Back, TSS 400, HISSAC. She recently won the Cambridge Flash Fiction Prize and the Flash 500 contest and has previously reached the prize-winning stage with Mslexia, Flash 500, Words With Jam, Ink Tears and Ad Hoc Fiction. Her work is published in numerous ezines, magazines and anthologies. Her story ‘Small Mercies’ was nominated for Best of the Net, the Pushcart Prize and is included in Best Small Fictions 2019 and the BIFFY50 2019. She is a special features editor for New Flash Fiction Review and her novella-in-flash When It’s Not Called Making Love was published by Ad Hoc Fiction in 2020 and shortlisted in the Saboteur Awards in 2021.

Volunteer Co-ordinator: Alison Woodhouse

Alison Woodhouse

Alison Woodhouse is a writer and teacher. Her flash fiction and short stories have been widely published and anthologised, including In the Kitchen (Dahlia Press), With One Eye on the Cows (Ad Hoc Fiction), Leicester Writes 2018 & 2020 (Dahlia Press), The Real Jazz Baby (Reflex Press), A Girl’s Guide to Fishing (Reflex Press), National Flash Fiction Day Anthologies and Life on the Margins (Scottish Arts Trust Story Awards). She has won a number of story competitions including Flash 500, Hastings, HISSAC (flash & short story), NFFD micro, Biffy50, Farnham, Ad Hoc Fiction and Limnisa and been placed in many others. In 2019 she was awarded an MA with Distinction in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University. Her debut novella-in-flash The House on the Corner was published by Ad Hoc Fiction in October, 2020. Her flash fiction collection, Family Frames was published by V.Press in September, 2021. Twitter: @AJWoodhouse

Entertainments: Helen Rye

Helen Rye lives and writes in Norwich. She has won the Bath Flash Award, the Reflex Fiction Prize and third place in the Bristol Short Story Prize. She is a senior submissions editor at SmokeLong Quarterly, a prose editor for Lighthouse Literary Journal, and a literary odd-jobs person at Ellipsis Zine. She completed MA in Prose with distinction at UEA, She really, really likes karaoke.

Contact and Liaison for Accommodation and Camping: Damhnait Monaghan

Damhnait Monaghan’s flash fiction is widely published and has won or placed in various competitions. Her novella in flash The Neverlands (V Press) won best novella in the 2020 Saboteur Awards. Her debut novel New Girl in Little Cove (Harper Collins) won the 2022 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize in the Romance category. A former editor and founding member of FlashBack Fiction, Damhnait has previously been a judge for the National Flash Fiction Day Anthology micro competition, the inaugural Retreat West novelette in flash competition and F(r)iction’s flash fiction competition.

Contact and Liaison for Festival Food: Gina Headden

Gina’s writing has been published on audio platforms, in fiction and non-fiction magazines, on a hillside, and in anthologies, including those of the Flash Fiction Festival and the Bath Flash Fiction Award. She lives in Scotland and can be found online at www.gmdfreelance.com and @gmdfreelance (Twitter)

Friday Flashy Fringe Fete Co-ordinator: Electra Rhodes

Electra Rhodes

Electra Rhodes is an award winning writer and teacher. One of the 2022/23 ‘Emerging Writers’ with the London Library, she has published more than 200 pieces of short writing, is widely anthologised, and has recently been commissioned for a story in the BBC Radio4 Short Works series. Her craft book on writing, part of the Master Craft Series from AdHoc, will be launched at the festival. She tweets extravagantly on writing, archaeology and her elderly dad @electra_rhodes

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Festival Bookshop Co-ordinators: Tracy Fells and Debbi Voisey

Tracy Fells

Tracy Fells was the 2017 Regional Winner (Europe and Canada) for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Her short and flash fiction has been widely published in print journals and online with over a hundred credits. She has been shortlisted for the Bridport, Fish and Willesden Herald short story prizes, along with successes in many other competitions. In 2016 she was awarded an MA with Distinction in Creative Writing from Chichester University. She is a regular reader for several large short story competitions and leads writing workshops on short fiction. Tracy also writes novels and was a finalist in the 2018 Richard & Judy ‘Search for a Bestseller’ competition. Her novella-in-flash Hairy on the Inside was published by Ad Hoc Fiction and shortlisted for the 2022 international Rubery Book Award and Saboteur Award. In 2023 her debut short story collection The Naming of Moths will be published by Fly On The Wall Press. She tweets as @theliterarypig.

Debbi Voisey

Debbi Vosiey writes flash fiction, short stories and novels. She had two novellas-in-flash published in 2021 (Only About Love with Fairlight Books, and The 10:25 with Flash:The International Short-Short Story Press). Only About Love received a special mention in the 2022 Saboteur Awards and was shortlisted for the Arnold Bennett Prize 2022.  

Debbi is currently seeking an agent and publisher for her novel, The Reset, which is written in short, flash-like chapters. She is also working on her next novel whilst running creative writing workshops, events, and courses on Zoom, and offering mentorships and guidance for people working on writing projects. She runs regular flash feedback sessions and flash writing workshops with Retreat West.

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