Festival Team

The festival team – working hard to make the UK’s 2020 flash fiction festival a success. Everything’s covered to make the weekend run smoothly.

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Festival Director (Programme Design and Liaison): 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, Storgy,Inktears, 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 fiction ‘Are We Nearly There Yet?’ was included in the 2019 list of Best Flash Fictions of UK and Ireland and she has been nominated for Best Small Fictions 2020 and a Pushcart Prize, 2020. She founded Bath Flash Fiction Award in 2015, co-runs The Bath Short Story Award, founded and directs the Flash Fiction Festival, UK, organises reading events and teaches on-going flash fiction sessions in Bath.

Festival Director (Hospitality and Management): Diane Simmons

Diane studied creative writing with The Open University. She is a co-director of National Flash Fiction Day and a director of the UK Flash Fiction Festival. She has been a reader for the international Bath Short Story Award, an editor for FlashFlood and has judged several flash competitions including Flash 500 and NFFD Micro. Widely published and anthologised, she has been placed in numerous short story and flash competitions. Finding A Way, her debut flash collection on the theme of grief, was published by Ad Hoc Fiction in February 2019 and was shortlisted in the Best Short Story Collection category of the 2019 Saboteur Awards. Her novella-in-flash, An Inheritance is forthcoming with V.Press in 2020.

Festival Curator: Meg Pokrass

Meg Pokrass is the author of five flash fiction collections, two novellas-in-flash, and an award-winning book of prose poetry. A recipient of San Francisco’s Blue Light Book Award, her work has been internationally anthologized in two recent Norton Anthologies, Best Small Fictions 2018, 2019, Wigleaf Top 50 (multiple times) and has been published in over 500 literary magazines including Electric Literature, Craft, Tin House, Passages North, Wigleaf and McSweeney’s. Meg serves as Flash Challenge Judge for Mslexia, Co-Editor of Best Microfiction, 2020, Co-Founder Flash Fiction Collective Reading Series (SF), & Founding/Managing Editor of New Flash Fiction Review.

Festival Support and Facilitation: Santino Prinzi

Santino Prinzi is a Co-Director of National Flash Fiction Day in the UK, is one of the founding organisers of the annual Flash Fiction Festival, and is a Consulting Editor for New Flash Fiction Review. He writes flash fiction, prose poetry, and is currently working on a novel. His full-length flash fiction collection This Alone Could Save Us is forthcoming from Ad Hoc Fiction. His flash fiction pamphlet, There’s Something Macrocosmic About All of This (2018), is available from V-Press, and his short flash collection, Dots and other flashes of perception (2016), is available from The Nottingham Review Press. His work has been selected for the Best Small Fictions 2019 anthology, and he has received nominations for the Best of the Net, the Pushcart Prize, the Best British and Irish Flash Fiction, and the Best Microfiction anthology. His stories have been published or are forthcoming in SmokeLong Quarterly, Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, Jellyfish Review, 100-Word Story, Bath Flash Fiction Award anthologies, National Flash Fiction Day anthologies, Reflex Fiction, and others. To find out more, follow him on Twitter (@tinoprinzi) or visit his website: santinoprinzi.com

Press and Outreach: K M Elkes

K.M. Elkeslives and works in the West Country, UK. He is the author of the flash fiction collection All That Is Between Us (Ad Hoc Fiction, 2019). His flash stories have won or been placed in various competitions, including Bath Flash Fiction Award, Reflex Fiction Prize, Fish Publishing Flash Prize and the Bridport Prize. He has been published in nearly 50 flash anthologies and literary magazines, and is a Best Short Fictions nominee. He has judged flash contests in the UK and NZ. As a short story author, he has been successful in many competitions, including the BBC National Short Story Award, Royal Society of Literature Award and Manchester Fiction Prize. His work has been published in many literary journals, as well as featuring on school curricula in the USA and Hong Kong.
K.M. Elkes is a short fiction tutor for Comma Press and has run workshops at previous Flash Fiction festivals, for National Flash Fiction Day and online.
As a writer from a rural working class background, his work often reflects marginalised voices and liminal places.

Festival Support and Facilitation: Michael Loveday

Michael Loveday’s flash fiction novella Three Men on the Edge (V. Press, 2018), was shortlisted for the 2019 Saboteur Award for Best Novella. He has a poetry pamphlet He Said / She Said, published by HappenStance Press in 2011. His writing has appeared in The Spectator; Flash: the International Short-Short Story Magazine; and Funny Bone: Flashing for Comic Relief. He is an editor, mentor, and tutor in Adult and Higher Education, and a Director of the National Association of Writers in Education. He was judge of the inaugural Tongues and Grooves Prose Poem Prize, 2018, and judge of the 2019 and 2020 Novella-in-Flash Awards at Bath Flash Fiction. He teaches an online course in writing a novella-in-flash, more details at: https://novella-in-flash.com/

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– though she has 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.

Technology: Matthew Thorpe-Coles

Matt Thorpe-Coles is a postgraduate student of Creative Writing, specialising in poetry. He has previously been published by National Flash Fiction Day and Flash: The International Short-Short Story Press, and works at the festival as the Tech Assistant

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 submissions editor at SmokeLong Quarterly, a prose editor for Lighthouse Literary Journal, and literary odd-jobs person at Ellipsis Zine and TSS Publishing. She is studying for an MA in Prose at UEA, where she holds the Annabel Abbs scholarship. She really, really likes karaoke.

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