Janice Leagra is an American writer and mixed media artist who holds a BA in English from Rutgers University. Her writing and art have featured in a variety of literary magazines including Spelk, Ellipsis Zine, and Bending Genres. She was shortlisted for the 2017 Bridport Prize for Flash Fiction and was a Best of the Net nominee in 2018 and 2020. She is Visual Editor for SplonkFlash e-zine.
Janice is currently a freelancer who previously worked in the fields of information technology, human resources, health care communications, and education. She most enjoys writing flash fiction, but is also interested in short stories and creative nonfiction. She is a voracious reader of multiple genres, but is especially drawn to dark stories that examine the complexities of human relationships and to wry, witty writing that can make her laugh out loud.
Find her on Twitter: @janiceleagra, IG: @janiceleagra, or on Facebook: @JaniceLeagraWriterArtist.
Jason Jackson’s prize-winning fiction appears regularly in print and online. Recently his work has featured in Fractured Lit, Craft Literary and the charity anthology You Are Not Alone. Jason’s story “Mess of Love” was awarded 3rd place in the 2020 Retreat West Short Story Competition and his flash “In my dream I see my son” is featured in Best Microfictions 2020. Jason is also a photographer, and his prose/photography piece “The Unit” is published by A3 Press. Follow Jason on Twitter @jj_fiction.
Sara Siddiqui Chansarkar is an Indian American. She was born in a middle-class family in India and is indebted to her parents for educating her beyond their means. She is a Pushcart and Best of the Net nominee; her work has been published in Fictive Dream, Spelk Fiction, PidgeonHoles, MoonPark Review, and other journals. Her website is saraspunyfingers.com and she can be reached on Twitter @PunyFingers.
Sudha Balagopal’s fiction straddles continents and cultures. She is the author of a novel, A New Dawn, and two short story collections. Her short fiction has been published in journals around the world and nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best Small Fictions and Best Microfiction, and is listed in the Wigleaf Top 50. When she’s not writing, she teaches yoga. Follow Sudha on Twitter at: @authorsudha. More at www.sudhabalagopal.com.
Jan Kaneen is a working class writer from Bolton in Lancashire, who now lives in the flat manmade washes of the Cambridgeshire Fens, worrying about climate change. Her prose has been published hither and yon and won prizes in loads of places including, most recently, Bath Flash, Flash 500, Segora, Molotov Cocktail and Retreat West. She’s been nominated for Best on the Net, Best Micro and several Pushcarts and was one of the BIFFY 50 in 2020. She holds an MA (with distinction) from the OU and on April 22nd 2021, Retreat West Books will publish her memoir-in-flash, The Naming of Bones. She blogs at jankaneen.com and tweets @jankaneen1.
Ian O’Brien is a writer and teacher from Manchester, UK and writes both poetry and fiction. You can find his words in several magazines including Fictive Dream, Storgy and Prole. Prizes include second place in both the Portico Poetry Prize 2012 and the Paragram Poetry Prize 2013. He was shortlisted for both the Cambridge Prize for Flash Fiction in 2020 and the inaugural Janus Literary competition. He came second in Retreat West’s Novelette-in-Flash Prize 2020 and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Neon Books. Ian is interested in vivid poetry and powerful fiction that are both accessible and well-crafted. Find him on Twitter @OB1Ian.
Sam Payne is a writer living in Plymouth, UK. Her short fiction has appeared in Spelk, Reflex Fiction, Retreat West, Popshot Quarterly and Fictive Dream. In 2020 she won Flash 500, placed third in the Bath Flash Fiction Awards and was named one of the Biffy50. Sam holds a BA (with first class honours) in English Literature and an MA (with distinction) in Creative Writing. You can follow her on Twitter @skpaynewriting.
Myna Chang writes flash and micro. Her work has been featured or is forthcoming in Best Small Fictions, Fractured Lit, X-R-A-Y Lit Mag, and Bending Genres, among others. She has been nominated for Best Microfiction, and she is the winner of the 2020 Lascaux Prize in Creative Nonfiction. She lives in Maryland, USA, with her family. Read more at MynaChang.com or @MynaChang.
Dara Thomas Higgins is a writer and musician from Ireland who’s written loads of stories and played on loads of records and been nominated for awards and been on the telly and all that stuff that’s really kind of meaningless when you get down to it. His greatest achievement is writing a novel that features the word “fuck” 582 times. Follow him on Twitter: @Diplah.