Flash-off Judges

Diane Simmons

Diane Simnons is a co-director of Flash Fiction Festivals, UK and a co-director of National Flash /fiction Day. She studied creative writing with The Open University, has been a reader for the international Bath Short Story Award, an editor for FlashFlood and has judged several flash competitions including Flash 500, Micro Madness 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 was published with V.Press in 2020 and shortlisted in the Novella category of the Saboteur Awards in 2020. Her novella-in-flash Top Table was shortlisted in the Retreat West Novelette Award in 2021.

Robert Barrett

Robert Barrett is an editor at Splonk, the Irish flash fiction magazine.He writes flash fiction, short stories, and plays in the wilds of west Wicklow. He has a particular grá for short fiction with powerful narratives and clear, beautiful writing. Flash wise, he enjoys reading the work of writers like Christopher Allen, Dave Eggers and Kathy Fish. He was a runner-up in the Fish Flash Fiction competitions of 2015 and 2016 and also in the Doolin writers’ weekend competition of 2017. His flash fiction has been published in The Incubator, Flash Fiction Festival Anthology One, With One Eye on the Cows, BFFA anthology, volume 5, The Irish Times, and on RTE Radio 1.

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. 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.

Tim Craig

Originally from Manchester, Tim Craig lives in London. A winner of the Bridport Prize for Flash Fiction, his stories have (now) placed three times in the Bath Flash Fiction Award and have appeared in both the Best Microfiction Anthology and the BIFFY50 list. He is a Submissions Editor for Smokelong Quarterly. (Twitter: @timkcraig)

Helen Rye

Helen Rye lives and writes in Norwich. She has won the Bath Flash Award, the Reflex Fiction Prize.third place in the Bristol Short Story Prize and third prize in the inaugural ‘Quiet Man Dave’ flash fiction 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.

K.M. Elkes

K.M. Elkes is based in the West Country, UK. His flash fiction collection All That Is Between Us (Ad Hoc Fiction, 2019) was shortlisted for a 2020 Saboteur Award. He is a previous winner of the Bath Flash Fiction Award, and the Fish Publishing Flash Prize, as well as being published in more than 40 anthologies and online literary magazines. His short stories have won, or been placed, in international writing competitions, such as the Manchester Fiction Prize, Royal Society of Literature Prize and the Bridport Prize. He was longlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award in 2019. His writing has featured on schools and college curricula in the USA, India and Hong Kong and used by bibliotherapy charity The Reader. He has an MA in Creative Writing from Oxford Brookes University.From 2016-18 he was Guest Editor of the A3 Review literary magazine. As a writer from a rural, working class background, his work often reflects marginalised voices and places.

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. Twitter: @AJWoodhouse

Damhnait Monaghan

Damhnait* Monaghan grew up in the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Newfoundland & Labrador. A former teacher and lawyer, she is an award winning flash fiction writer with numerous publication credits. Her novella-in-flash, The Neverlands, was voted Best Novella in the 2020 Saboteur Awards. Damhnait lives in the south of England with her husband, two children and the family dog. New Girl in Little Cove is her debut novel published 2021 inspired by the years she spent teaching in outport Newfoundland. It was short-listed (under a different title) in the 2019 Caledonia Novel Award.
*pronounced Downith

Jeanette Sheppard

Jeanette Sheppard is a writer and artist. She co-runs the National Flash Fiction Day Novella-in-Flash competition. Jeanette is also the NFFD Artist-in-Residence. In her role she creates the cover artwork for the annual anthology. Her collection Seventy Percent Water won the 2020 Ellipsis Zine Flash Fiction Collection Competition for debut authors. Her novella-in-flash is on the Bath Flash Award 2021 long-list and her flash fiction appears in numerous literary magazines and anthologies, including the Bath Flash Fiction Anthology, Reflex Fiction, Mslexia and four National Flash Fiction Day anthologies. One of her flash fictions pops out of a vending machine in Canada. She is currently working on her second novella-in-flash and collection.

Matt Kendrick

Matt Kendrick is a writer and editor based in the East Midlands, UK. His short fiction has appeared in Bending Genres, Cheap Pop, Craft Literary, FlashBack Fiction, Fictive Dream, Lunate, Spelk, Splonk, Storgy, and The Cabinet of Heed. He has been listed in various writing competitions including Bath, Flash 500, Reflex and Leicester Writes, and he won the Retreat West “Abandoned” flash fiction competition in June 2020. His story ‘Life in the Colliery’ was included on the Biffy 50 list for 2019-20 and another story ‘a list of things that are white’ was included in Best Microfiction 2021. He has also been nominated for Best of the Net, Best Small Fictions and the Pushcart Prize.

As a freelance editor, he is part of the Retreat West editorial team. He also runs the Betas & Bludgers writing groups and was previously Flash Fiction editor at Lucent Dreaming. He facilitates writing workshops and is currently working on a workshop series entitled ‘Writing Beyond the Lightbulb’ which focuses on various elements of writing craft.

Ingrid Jendrzejewski

Ingrid Jendrzejewski is a co-director of National Flash Fiction Day. She currently serves as the Editor in Chief of FlashBack Fiction, and a flash editor at JMWW, and has served as both non-fiction editor and editor-in-chief of the Evansville Review. She has published over 100 shortform pieces and has won multiple flash fiction competitions, including the Bath Flash Fiction Award and the A Room of Her Own Foundation’s Orlando Prize for Flash Fiction. Her short collection Things I Dream About When I’m Not Sleeping was a runner up for BFFA’s first Novella-in-Flash competition. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Vestal Review’s VERA Award, and multiple times for Best Small Fictions.

Neil Clark

Neil Clark writes tiny fiction from his tiny flat in Edinburgh, Scotland. His stories have been published widely in print and online in journals such as Okay Donkey, CHEAP POP and XRAY. His work has won first place in The Molotov Cocktail flash fiction competition, and has been nominated for Best Small Fictions, Best of the Net and the BIFFY 50.

In October 2020, Back Patio Press published Neil’s debut collection of cosmic shorts, TIME.WOW.

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