Rupert Dastur is a writer, editor, and founding director of TSS Publishing. He studied English at Emmanuel College, Cambridge and is Associate Editor at The Word Factory, a leading short story organisation based in London. He’s also Events Coordinator for the Society of Young Publishers (London) and Curator for WritingCompetitions.org. His own work has appeared in a number of places online and in print and he is currently working on his first novel.
Helen Rye lives in Norwich, UK. Her stories have won the Bath Flash Fiction Award, the Reflex Fiction prize, been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and nominated for Best Small Fictions 2017 and 2018. She is a submissions editor at SmokeLong Quarterly and a fiction editor for Lighthouse Literary Journal, and is part of the Ellipsis Zine editorial board.
Senior Editor for Short Stories
Katy Darby studied English Literature at Somerville College, Oxford and took her MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, where she received the David Higham Award.
Her fiction has been read on BBC Radio, and she has published stories in magazines including Slice, Mslexia and The London Magazine, as well as winning prizes in several international fiction competitions (Fish, Arvon and Bridport, among others). Her first novel, The Whores' Asylum, was published by Fig Tree (Penguin) in February 2012.
She teaches Short Story Writing and Novel Writing at City University and co-runs the monthly live fiction event Liars' League. She lives in London.
Senior Editor for Flash Fiction
Elisabeth Ingram Wallace lives in Scotland, and her writing is published in SmokeLong Quarterly, Atticus Review, Flash Frontier, and the Bath Flash Fiction Award anthologies. A finalist for The Best Small Fictions 2018, she has a Scottish Book Trust ‘New Writers Award’, a Dewar Arts Award, and won ‘Writing the Future 2017’. She studied English as a mature student at Oxford University, and has a Creative Writing M.Litt. with Distinction from the University of Glasgow. She also won the TSS Flash 400 summer competition with her Flash ‘Space Hopped’ which can be read here. You can find her on Twitter @ingram_wallace or on her website here.
Senior Editor for Creative Non-Fiction
Dr. Yvonne Battle-Felton's is the winner of a Northern Writers Award in fiction (2017). Her first novel, Remembered was published by Hachette in 2019 and has been longlisted for the Women's' Prize for Fiction. She was shortlisted for the Words and Women Competition (2017) and commended for children’s writing in the Faber Andlyn BAME (FAB) Prize (2017). Yvonne holds an MA in Writing from Johns Hopkins University and a Creative Writing PhD from Lancaster University. She's been an Associate Professor at UMUC and is an Associate Lecturer at Lancaster University, a Lecturer at University of Cumbria, is co-founder and co-Director of North West Literary Arts CIC, and co-creator of the North West Literary Salon.
Senior Editor for Creative Non-Fiction
Rachael Smart has a thing about words. Part-poet, part-prosateur, she has an MA in Creative Writing from The University of Nottingham and is thigh-deep in a hybrid collection about discontinued lipsticks. Rachael has a therapeutic perspective of creative non-fiction. She has undertaken life story work in child protection and researched the benefits of storytelling with unaccompanied asylum seeking children. She has also facilitated life writing workshops with vulnerable adults. Rachael writes for The Motherload and helps coordinate their book club. She reviews books for STORGY. She rides a retro bike [with a basket.] You can find her on Twitter: @SmartRachael
Giselle Leeb grew up in South Africa and lives in Nottingham. Her short stories have appeared in The Best British Short Stories 2017 (Salt), Ambit, Mslexia, The Lonely Crowd, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, and other places. She has placed third in the Ambit, Elbow Room and Aurora competitions and been shortlisted for the Bridport and Mslexia prizes. She is an assistant editor at Reckoning Journal. You can find out more on her website here and follow her on Twitter @gisellekleeb
Short Story Writer in Residence
Peter Jordan is a short story writer from Belfast. He's won numerous bursaries and awards, including three Arts Council Grants. In 2018, he was nominated for Best Small Fictions and Best of Net. In 2017, he won the Bare Fiction prize, came second in the Fish and was shortlisted for the Bridport. Over 50 of his stories have appeared in literary magazines and journals, including Flash: The International Short Story Magazine, The Nottingham Review, The Pygmy Giant, Flash500, Thresholds, Litro, The Incubator, The Honest Ulsterman, Dogzplot, Spelk, Fictive Dream, FlashBack Fiction & WordFactory. His short story collection, Calls To Distant Places, will be published in May 2019. You will find him on twitter @pm_jordan.
Sophie Van llewyn
Flash Fiction Writer in Residence
Sophie van Llewyn was born in Romania. She now lives in Germany. Her prose has been published by Ambit, the 2017 & 2018 NFFD Anthologies, New Delta Review, Banshee, New South Journal etc. and has been placed in various competitions – including TSS (you can read her Flash Fiction ‘The Cesarean’ here). Her novella-in-flash, ‘Bottled Goods,’ set against the backdrop of communist Romania was published by Fairlight Books.
Prof. CharlesE. May
Charles E. May is professor emeritus at California State University, Long Beach. He is the author/editor of ten books, including 'Short Story Theories', 'New Short Story Theories, The Short Story: The Reality of Artifice', 'I Am Your Brother: Short Story Studies', and over 200 articles and reviews on the short story. He publishes weekly essays on the blog Reading the Short Story.
David Frankel is a writer and artist. His short stories have been published in anthologies and magazines and shortlisted in a number of competitions. He also writes nonfiction exploring memory and landscape, which has been published in various journals and publications both online and in print.
Head of Reviews
Becky Tipper is passionate about reading and writing short fiction. Her stories have appeared online and in print, in publications including Prole magazine, The Lampeter Review and For Books' Sake. She has won the Bridport Prize and has been runner-up in the Society of Authors' Tom-Gallon short story award. Becky was born in the West Midlands but currently lives in Maine.
Emma Timpany's publications include 'Over the Dam', a pamphlet of five short stories, (Red Squirrel Press, 2015) and 'The Lost of Syros' (published by Cultured Llama Press, 2015 ), a collection of sixteen short stories. A second short story collection, 'Three Roads', is forthcoming from Red Squirrel Press in 2018. Her short stories have won a host of awards and been published in literary journals in England, New Zealand and Australia.
Fran Mulhern is an Irish writer whose fiction and poetry has appeared in the likes of Litro, The Honest Ulsterman and A New Ulster. His poetry has been nominated for the Forward Prize for Poetry, and his fiction has been longlisted for the Fish Prize. His non-fiction has appeared in the Irish Times, Belfast Telegraph and on the BBC. With a Creative Writing MA from Lancaster University, Fran is currently working on his first novel. He lives just outside of Manchester.
James Holden has had his short stories published by Silver Apples Magazine and On The Premises, and performed by Liars League. He lives in a retirement village in north London with his wife and two children, despite only being in his thirties
Teodora Nikolova is an award winning poet, essayist, and translator, and final year student of English language and Creative Writing at Lancaster University, where she is also involved as editor of the Creative Writing department’s two literary magazines Flash, and Cake. She also runs the literature blog “o, narcissvs”, and is actively involved in SCAN, Lancaster University’s student paper, and The Griffin, Cartmel college’s magazine. Her work has appeared online, in print, and on the radio. She has worked with Bulgarian national daily 24 chasa, as well as HerCampus, Taylor Magazine and NoiseMedium.
An English and Creative Writing Graduate, currently studying for a Masters in English Literature, and trying to carve a little corner of the writing world for herself.
Laura Windley is a short story lover and writer from London. She was runner-up in the Bristol Short Story Prize, has been short and longlisted in other competitions such as Fish and the London Short Story Prize, and has been published in print and online. She recently completed an MA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck and is currently putting together a short fiction collection. She tweets, somewhat sporadically, at @laura_windley.
Busy on the burgeoning live lit circuit in Leamington Spa and Warwick, author and ex-editorial assistant Jacci Gooding has can also be found in the summer months reading her short stories at The Hawkesbury Upton Literary Festival and on the fringe at the Evesham Festival of Words. A Writers' New competition winner and participant in Birmingham Rep's Play in a Day, later this year Jacci will be embarking on a creative writing course at Oxford University. Self-published in both digital and paper format, her short stories can be found online as well as on her blog. When not writing fiction, she writes short articles for Mayhem! magazine.
Katy Wimhurst studied anthropology before doing a PhD in Mexican Surrealism. She also worked in publishing, but now has a chronic illness. She writes non-fiction and short fiction and has been published in various magazines and anthologies. She has a particular interest in magical realism and surrealism.
Jennifer Chinenye Emelife was born in Northern Nigeria, Sokoto state. She studied Literature in English in Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto. She lives in Lagos where she writes and teaches Literacy to children. She is rounding up a Post Graduate studies in Education and hopes to pursue an MA in Literature. Lead correspondent at Praxis Magazine for Arts and Literature, she's written reports and interviewed writers, publishers & other literary experts. In 2015, she was shortlisted for the Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop and in 2016, she was selected as one of the participants for Writivism Creative Nonfiction Workshop held in Accra, Ghana.
Born in Sweden, Josephine holds a degree in English from the University of Exeter, and is currently studying for an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Birmingham. When she doesn’t read short stories, she writes her own, and has had one story published in the Dream Catcher Magazine. Josephine also enjoys playing violin and go on hiking holidays with her family.