FLASH MOB 2013

The International Flash Fiction Day Competition

Europe

MEET THE MOBSTERS

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Stella Pierides 12Born in Athens, Greece, Stella Pierides (right) now divides her time between Neusäß, Germany and London, England. In her heart, she lives somewhere on the Aegean coast. She writes poetry and prose because she has to. Poetry book: “In the Garden of Absence,” Neusaess, Germany: Fruit Dove Press, 2012 She blogs at http://stellapierides.com/blog and tweets at http://Twitter.com/stellapierides.

A love for tra36451_409872108949_709633949_4344518_7901592_nvel and writing can only mean one thing – travel writing. Helen Moat (left) was runner up in the British Guild of travel of travel writers in 2011 and was highly commended in the BBC Wildlife Travel Writer of the Year 2013. She has won a number of other travel writing competitions and her work has been published in the Guardian and the Telegraph. Now she’s delving in the alien world of fiction. Of course, it takes her all round the world.

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Rouchswalwe_und_KrugAs a girl, before learning how to brew beer, Rouchswalwe (right) would fly about the neighbourhood, returning home disheveled, dirty, but happy (thus her nickname – ‘Smoky Swallow’ in Middle High German). Things haven’t changed much. Her stories have appeared in BluePrintReview 28, MiCrow 8, and StepAway Magazine 6 (nominated for a Pushcart Prize). She welcomes you to visit the Fünffingerplätze’ at http://5fingerplatz.blogspot.com.

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Ed_Broom_portraitEd Broom (left) lives in Ipswich, Suffolk, and was the inaugural winner of the Ip-art Short Story prize. When not working in IT, he writes reviews of ping-pong matches and local cafes.

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523Emmaleene Leahy (right) has an M.A. in Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama and has criticism published in New Voices in Irish Literary Criticism. She has poetry published in journals at U.C.D. (All Boys Can Dance) and T.C.D. (The Attic) and fiction in FlashFlood the National Flash-Fiction Day journal, Volume two and Volume three and Cake.shortandsweet issue 5. She was long-listed for Fish Publishing Flash Fiction Prize 2013.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANora Nadjarian WINNER! 3rd PLACE! (left) is a poet and short story writer from Cyprus. In addition to three poetry collections, a book of short stories, Ledra Street (2006) and a  chapbook of fairy tale inspired microfiction Girl, Wolf, Bones (2011), she has had work   published online and in journals worldwide.

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Iz picIsabel Rogers TOP 15 FINALIST (right) lives in the UK and basks in its summers. She has just finished the first draft of her second novel (the first found an agent but no publisher). Her poetry has been published and performed in various places, including Poetry Wales, Mslexia, Live Canon and Cencrastus. She once wrote for the Telegraph and had a column in the Scottish WI magazine.

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tracey upchurchTracey Upchurch HIGHLY COMMENDED, TOP 15 FINALIST (left) lives and writes in a small house overlooking the sea. Website: www.traceyupchurch.com.

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susmita01biophotoSusmita Bhattacharya (right) was born in Mumbai, India. She sailed around the world in an oil tanker for three years with her husband, recording her voyages through painting and writing journals and letters. She received an M.A. with distinction in Creative Writing from Cardiff University in 2006 and has had several short stories and poems published in Wasafiri, Roundyhouse, Litro, Planet- the Welsh Internationalist, Blue Tattoo, The View from Here, Commuterlit.com, the BBC website and a couple of anthologies among others. She lives in Plymouth with her husband, two daughters and the neighbour’s cat. She facilitates creative writing in the community and blogs at http://susmita-bhattacharya.blogspot.co.uk.  Her debut novel, Crossing Borders, will be published by Parthian Books in 2014. She tweets at @Susmitatweets.

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AlisonCartwheelAlison Wells (left) lives in Bray, near Dublin. Her short fiction has been published in mags, anthologies and zines including The Sunday Tribune, Crannóg, Metazen and UK National Flash Fiction day’s Jawbreakers and is forthcoming in flash fiction anthology New Planet Cabaret.  Bridport, Fish, and Hennessy New Irish Writing shortlisted Alison blogs for Writing.ie and on www.alisonwells.wordpress.com and as A.B. Wells has published a comedy sci-fi Housewife with a Half-life and some short fiction ebooks.

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P1010061Van Demal (right) lives and writes in London. Before stories he wrote poems, an influence that often surfaces in his descriptive prose. Van found Are you Sitting Comfortably? – White Rabbit’s story-telling events, in 2011. Primarily interested in the way people react in different situations, he relishes the challenges involved in finding an unexpected slant on the evening’s theme. Since 2011 Van has heard a number of his stories read at these events. Although currently working on a novel, Van is still drawn to the quick pleasure that short stories provide.

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Pic 1Sarah Ní Shúilleabháin TOP 15 FINALIST (left); Blog= www.thedivineordinary.com; Job = Scientist; Time = Motherhood; Love = 1 man & two little girls; Heart = Writing.

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20120201nichonchuirNuala Ní Chonchúir (right) was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1970; she lives in East Galway. Her fourth short story collection Mother America was published by New Island in 2012; The Irish Times said of it: ‘Ní Chonchúir’s precisely made but deliciously sensual stories mark her as a carrier of Edna O’Brien’s flame.’ Her début novel You (New Island, 2010) was called ‘a gem’ by The Irish Examiner and ‘a heart-warmer’ by The Irish Times. Her third full poetry collection The Juno Charm was published by Salmon Poetry in 2011. Nuala’s second novel will be published in 2014. Nuala’s contribution to Flash Mob 2013 is of course a non-competing entry since she is one of the judges.

guinness jamesWriter, James Claffey (right) hails from County Westmeath, Ireland, and lives on an avocado ranch in Carpinteria, CA. His work has appeared in the New Orleans Review, Word Riot, Metazen, Necessary Fiction, FWriction and many other places. His short fiction collection, “Blood a Cold Blue,” will be published this fall by Press 53.

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Picture 2marc nash (left) has 6 books published on Kindle, 3 of them being collections of flash fiction stories. Many tell stories in utterly different ways to the normal beginning, middle and end template.

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Skiing 2007 v2Peter Domican (right) started writing in 2010.  His short fictions feature in ‘Pay Attention: A River Of Stones’, ’100 RPM – One Hundred Stories Inspired By Music’, the second ‘Friday Flash’ anthology, ‘A Blackbird Sings’ and Sixwords Online Magazine. He procrastinates on Twitter as @petedomican.

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photoTracy Kuhn (left) is a freelance linguist and editor who lives in York, England, with her husband and two daughters. She has had several short stories published in a variety of magazines, and has a flash fiction story in an anthology: ‘100 RPM – One Hundred Stories Inspired By Music’.She has always written, in a variety of genres, and is currently working on a YA novel.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKaren Storey (right) originally trained as a lawyer, but now runs her own business decluttering and organising people’s homes all over London.  Her love of eliminating the unnecessary extends to her writing of flash fiction in which she enjoys the challenge of making every word count.

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P1000105Stella Turner (left) really enjoys writing Flash-fiction. This year she has one to be published in the NFFD 2013 anthology and the another short listed in the 1000words NFFD competition. Previously she’s had stories in Take a Leap & Connections anthologies. Long listed in 2012 and 2013 Fish flash fiction Prize. She works in the NHS and when she retires she might try to write a novel by persuading herself its lots of flash fiction joined together.

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doro_graffitiDorothee Lang (right) is into roads, stories, places, crossings, and all the things they lead and connect to. She lives in Germany, edits BluePrintReview and blogs at life as a journey.

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image001Helen Treharne (left) reluctantly almost 40 and an aspiring writer. Currently working my way through my first novel (writing not reading) and working for a government agency to pay the bills. I’ve enclosed a photo of me hiding behind a giant foot, just because.

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???????????????????????????????J Adamthwaite (left) lives in East London where she works as a teaching assistant. She has had short fiction published by Cinnamon Press, Stand Magazine, and in the National Flash Fiction Day anthology, ‘Jawbreakers’. She is currently working on a novel. You can find her online at www.jadamthwaite.co.uk or using the Twitter handle @jadamthwaite.

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Me B&WJade Kennedy (right) is a writer of poetry, prose and micro fiction and lives in East Yorkshire, UK. She has had her poetry in Poet and Geek, Rain Dogs, Eclectic Eel issues 1,2&3, Ether Books, Brevity Poetry Review, and included in the poetry anthology, ‘The Universe Inside’ She writes a blog – ‘Poetry Musings’ at www.jadekennedypoet.blogspot.co.uk.

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Marcus Speh by Taffimai 2 coverMarcus Speh (left) is a German writer who lives in Berlin. His collection of short fiction “Thank You For Your Sperm” is published by MadHat Press, Asheville, NC. His contribution to the Flash Mob is a non-competing entry since he is also one of the judges.
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Clodagh O’Brien (below, left) is a published poet, flash fiction and short story writer. Her work has appeared in Wordlegs, Poetry Bus, Bare Hands Poetry, ‘Gods and Monsters of Tomorrow’ anthology amongst others.

Earlier this yClodagh in Cambodiaear she was longlisted for the Doire Press 2nd Annual Fiction Chapbook Competition and made the longlist of 2012 Over the Edge New Writer of the Year. In 2002 Clodagh won the Daily Telegraph Young Science Writer of the Year Award. She is currently working on her first short story collection and the rickety bones of a young adult novel.

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Bernard O’Rourke (right) is a writer, blogger and freelance journalist from Dundalk, Ireland, who currently lives in Dublin. His short stories have been published in 30 Under 30, Flashflood, The Linnet’s Wings, Outburst, and Wordlegs. You can find him on twitter (@guyserious), where his witty tweets go mostly unappreciated.

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Best-selling author Tina Pisco (left) has written for every medium except radio. Her novels, poetry and non-fiction are available from http://www.tinapisco.com.

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Alan McCormick (right) is Writer in residence at Kingston University. His stories, and his flash writing with illustrator Jonny Voss, have appeared widely in print and online at 3:AM, Dead Drunk Dublin, Nthposition, and on their blogs,Scumsters and Dogsbodies and Scumsters.

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Elizabeth Kate Switaj’s short stories have appeared in The Kenyon Review Online, Sundog Lit, and Deimos eZine. She (pictured with James Joyce below, right) recently completed a doctoral dissertation on James Joyce as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language. Previously, she taught English in Japan and China. Currently, she is the Assistant Managing Editor of Irish Pages: A Journal of Contemporary Writing.
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34411_452260436836_4405131_nBarbara Bos (left) lives in a tiny village in rural Galicia, Spain. She hunts stories.
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Sebastian Soare (below, left) is a Romanian writer living in UK. His first passion is classical music, but when he doesn’t listen to Bach (or sometimes even while listening to him), he feels the need to write. After fighting many years with this urge, he has finally accepted the inevitable. Apart from classical music and literature, he enjoys growing flowers in a window box, dreaming of a distant garden.
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Simon Lavery TOP 25 (right) a blogger, author and lecturer in English in Cornwall, SW England.

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Rachael Dunlop (below, right) is an award-winning writer of both short stories and flash-fiction, and a serial starter of novels – she has an extensive collection of first chapters. Her stories have been published in various anthologies, including 33 West (Limehouse Books) and The Tipping Point (Rubery Press), and on the Ether Books app. Despite living in a very big house, she has given up on having a room of her own and seeks the Muse from her kitchen table. She blogs when she remembers at http://rachaeldunlop.blogspot.co.uk/ and can be found on twitter @rachaeldunlop.Baby author

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phelimPhelim Kavanagh (left) is currently working on flash fiction. Several examples will be posted on his blog shortly. He has recently been shortlisted for Dave Lordan’s  New Planet Caberet.
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Ewan Lawrie (below, left) moved to the Guadalhorce Valley, Andalucia, in 2004 after 23 years in the Royal Air Force, including 10 years in Cold War Berlin and 12 years flying over the rather warmer conflicts which followed. He has had poetry and short stories published in anthologies and is hopeful concerning the publish of his first novel.133_5919828553_1433_n
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DSCF0542K. S. Moore TOP 15 FINALIST (right) is originally from Swansea in South Wales. For the past four years she has been based in Waterford, Ireland. She studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Cardiff University and is the author of four poetry collections: ‘Verse Related’, ‘Of Mermaids and Moonfish’, ‘Landscapes and Hearts’ and ‘A Flower Girl’s Tears’. From 2005 to 2008, she ran a publishing company called ‘Young Welsh and Poetic’, which specialised in publishing the work of writers aged under 30.
She set up the blog and bookstore: ksmoore.com in 2011 and recently published an Amazon ebook of short stories called: ‘Heart Strings’.  This year, K. S. Moore became the Clonea & Rathgormack Correspondent for The Munster Express and read a selection of her poetry at Waterford Writers’ Weekend.  She has also had articles published at Writing.ie and teaches a creative writing workshop called ‘Story Wise’.
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Claire KingClaire King (left) will only work where she is allowed to tell stories. She lives in France, where the wine is cheaper. Her first novel, The Night Rainbow, is published by Bloomsbury.
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Jennifer Stakes writes futuristic and dystopian fiction. She is mainly fuelled by tea.

Jennifer Stakes (right) writes futuristic and dystopian fiction. She is mainly fuelled by tea.
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Rozz Lewis (below, left) has written for the Irish Times, Sunday Times, INTouch magazine, writing.ie and co-edits/writes for anseo.net. She is the author of several primary school textbooks published by Folens. She is a member of the Carlow Writers Co-Operative Group She was longlisted for the Fish Publishing Flash Fiction Prize 2013 and also shortlisted for the Radio RTE One New Planet Cabaret.
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Simon Lewis (right) is originally from Dublin and has been living in Carlow since 2002. He is a primary school principal and enjoys writing flash fiction and poetry. He has been featured on RTE Radio 1’s Arena and he won KCLR FM’s poetry competition in 2012. He was also long listed in the Fish Flash Fiction and Poetry Prizes (2013).
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Photo(3)Alexandra Pereira (right) is an English teacher who has always enjoyed writing. She grew up in Canada but presently lives and teaches English at the University of the Algarve in southern Portugal.

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  5. Flashes of brilliance! Enjoying this Friday afternoon with flash fiction and mugs of chai!

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  8. Brilliant to be included with this group… amazing pieces! Thanks Flash Mob folk!

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