FFP Contributors

Season 6

Ebi Akangbou

Katrina Basnett is a web content creator and founder of Meadowlark Productions. She is a Creative Writing major at the University of British Columbia, and formerly a theatre student at Vancouver Island University. She is also a prose writer and is working on a young adult novel.

Russ Bickerstaff is a professional theatre and comic book critic and aspiring author living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with his wife and two daughters. His short fictions have appeared in over 30 different publications including Hypertext Magazine, Pulp Metal Magazine, Sein und Werden, and Theme of Absence.

Gustavo Bondoni is a novelist and short story writer.  Their debut novel, Siege was published in 2016, and they’ve since published two more science fiction novels, one comic fantasy, three monster novels and a thriller. On the short fiction side, they have over three hundred short stories published in fifteen countries.  They have been translated into eight languages.  Bondoni’s writing has appeared in DreamForge, Pearson’s Texas STAAR English Test cycle, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Perihelion SF and many others. In 2019, they were awarded second place in the Jim Baen Memorial Contest and was also a Writers of the Future Finalist. In 2018, they received a Judges’ Commendation (and second place) in The James White Award. They have also published two reprint collections, Tenth Orbit and Other Faraway Places (2010) and Virtuoso and Other Stories (2011). Their website is at www.gustavobondoni.com.

Liam Burke is an independent author with three short horror collections. Formerly in theatre, he spent many days and nights among the ghosts of dark spaces with macabre histories. He is a father, husband, and a gigantic nerd with love for vampires and wizards, though not necessarily in that order.

Regina Clarke lives in  the ancient landscape of the Hudson River Valley in upstate New York. Part of her heart is still in the unforgettable drives she took through the Mojave desert long ago. Her stories have appeared in Thrice Fiction, Kzine, NewMyths, and Mad Scientist Journal, among others. Her fantasy novel MARI was a finalist in the ListenUp Audiobooks competition. Two stories, a mystery and a fantasy, were featured on The Strange Recital podcast. You can see her books and story page: www.regina-clarke.com.

Chella Courington (twitter) (website) is a writer and teacher whose poetry and fiction appear or are forthcoming in numerous anthologies and journals including SmokeLong Quarterly, The Collagist, and Fiction Southeast. Her flash novella, Adele and Tom: The Portrait of a Marriage (Breaking Rules Publishing) was published in February. Courington lives in California.

Kirshan Coupland is a graduate from the University of East Anglia MA Creative Writing programme. His writing has appeared in Ambit, Aesthetica, Litro and Fractured West. He is unduly preoccupied with theme parks. His website is www.krishancoupland.co.uk.

Dan Crawford used to run a major used book sale in Chicago, but Covid put an end to that.  Now, deprived of a steady supply of reading material, he must write his own.  His novels, published in the 1990s, are now considered lost treasures…or at least lost.

David D’Amico

Mike Dioguardi (blog) (profile) teaches and writes in upstate New York. His work has been published or is forthcoming in Close to the Bone, 365 Tomorrows, Sirens Call eZine, Dark Dossier, Red Cape Publishing’s E is for Exorcism Anthology, and Black Hare Press’ Lockdown Sci-fi Anthology Series. He has also had his work featured in podcast and video by Tall Tale TV.

J.V. Gachs (twitter) is a Spanish writer and Latin teacher. Her short stories have been featured in Spanish anthologies and magazines.

KJ Hannah Greenberg captures the world in words and images. Her most recent poetry collection is Flames and Fire (Seashell Books, 2021), her most recent essay collection is Simple Gratitudes (Propertius Press, 2020), and her most recent short story collection is Demurral: Linens, and Towel and Fears (Bards & Sages Publishing, 2020).

J.R. Handfield (twitter) lives in Central Massachusetts with his wife, his son, and his cat, not necessarily in that order.

Shera Hill lives in central California and has short fiction and poetry published or forthcoming in the First Literary Review – EastThe Potato Soup JournalEveryday Fiction, The Drabble, and elsewhere. An avid reader and writer since childhood, she’s completed several novels she hopes to sell through the traditional publishing route and is currently working on a fantasy trilogy.

A. P. Howell (Website) (twitter) has worked as an archivist, ice cream scooper, webmaster, and data wrangler. She lives with her spouse, their two kids, and a dog who hates groundhogs. Her short fiction has appeared in Daily Science FictionLittle Blue MarbleTranslunar Travelers Lounge, and Community of Magic Pens.

Justin Jahnke (twitter) is a writer and musician. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, daughter and Boston Terrier. He is currently working on his debut novel, North Coast Video. www.northcoastvideobook.com

Karl Johanson edits Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine, which has won 2 Aurora Awards, and edited the 4 time Aurora winning Under the Ozone Hole. Karl’s stories are in Polar Borealis, On Spec, PerihelionSci Phi Journal, Monday MagazineStitches, and Here Be Monsters. He did computer game work for North Star, Disney, and Sanctuary Woods, and works as a movie / TV extra.

Patty Nicole Johnson writes corporate communications in Chicago. Through a lens of contemporary science fiction, she reimagines paths to a more equitable society. Her work has appeared in New American Legends and On the Seawall.

Simon Kewin is the author of over 100 published short and flash stories. His works have appeared in Analog, Nature, Daily Science Fiction, Abyss and Apex and many more. He is also the author of a growing number of novels. He lives deep in the English countryside. Find him at simonkewin.co.uk.

Michelle Ann King is a writer of fantasy, science fiction, crime and horror. Her work has appeared in over a hundred different venues, including Strange Horizons, Interzone, and Black Static. Her short story collections are available in ebook and paperback from Amazon and other online retailers. See www.transientcactus.co.uk for details.

L.L. Madrid (website) (twitter)  lives in the desert with her family and other feral creatures.

Matt McHugh (website) was born in suburban Pennsylvania, attended LaSalle University in Philadelphia, and after a few years as a Manhattanite, currently calls New Jersey home.

L. P. Melling currently writes from the Cambridge, UK. His fiction has appeared in such places as ASM, DreamForge, and the Best of Anthology The Future Looms. When not writing, he works for a legal charity that advises and supports victims of crime.

CG Miller is a God-fearing man who writes out of Grand Prairie, Texas with his wife and daughter by his side. He loves reading short story collections and watching movies that make him think. He dabbles in both art and music. Previously published in Menda City Review, Brilliant Flash Fiction, and Waterwheel Review.

Cayce Osborne (twitter) is a writer and graphic designer from Madison, WI. She currently works in science communication at the University of Wisconsin. Her work has been published in Exposition ReviewTypehouse MagazineDefenestrationFudoki Magazine, and Write Ahead the Future Looms. For more, visit cayceosborne.com.

PJ Powel is a novelist and health care writer who sometimes tweets, especially about old episodes of Murder, She Wrote. Less occasionally, she adds to her blog, Creatorology. Some months, she co-hosts the podcast, “Write Away with Nat and PJ.” She is a staunch defender of the productivity-boosting benefits of short naps, long walks, and dance breaks. Has rhythm. Will sing in public.

Ryan Priest is an A.I. programmer and former screenwriter who lives in Colorado. For more of his work please see www.RyanPriest.net.

Terrie Leigh Relf is a lifetime member of the SFPA and an active member of the HWA. She is the poetry editor for Tales from the Moonlit Path and is on staff at Hiraeth Publishing, where she hosts the somewhat quarterly drabble contest. You can learn more about her by visiting https://tlrelf.wordpress.com/http://terrieleighrelf.com/, and https://tlrelfreikipractitioner.wordpress.com/.

Charissa Roberson is a student of Creative Writing at Roanoke College, with a minor in Screen Studies. Her previous work has been published in The Elevation Review and in Roanoke College’s student literary magazine. When not writing, Charissa loves reading, spending time with friends and family, traveling, and playing her fiddle.

J. Rohr is a Chicago native with a taste for history and wandering the city at odd hours. In order to deal with the more corrosive aspects of everyday life he writes the blog www.honestyisnotcontagious.com and makes music in the band Beerfinger. His Twitter babble can be found @JackBlankHSH.

Jennifer Lee Rossman (she/they) is a queer, autistic, and disabled author from Binghamton, New York. She is also the coeditor of the Space Opera Libretti comedic sci-fi anthology. Follow her on Twitter @JenLRossman

Sherry Shahan (website) writes in a funky beach town in California where she grows carrot tops in ice cube trays for pesto. She holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and taught a creative writing course for UCLA for 10 years.

Samantha Virginia is the author of short stories in varying genres. She can be found wandering the wilds of Minnesota with her husband and two gremlins or by her Twitter handle, @TheSamMachine

Dawn Vogel writes and edits fiction and non-fiction. In her spare time, she also runs a craft business and co-runs a small press. She is a member of SFWA. She lives in Seattle with her husband, author Jeremy Zimmerman, and their herd of cats. Visit her at http://historythatneverwas.com.

Regardless of the weather, and surrounded by gnomes, gargoyles and poisonous plants, KT Wagner (website) (twitter) writes speculative fiction in the garden of her home on the west coast of Canada. She enjoys day-dreaming and is a collector of strange plants, weird trivia and obscure tomes. KT’s short stories are published in magazines and anthologies.

David Wright is a writer and teacher living on Canada’s majestic west coast. He has a lovely wife, two sparkling daughters and more than 50 published short stories. His work has appeared in Neo-opsis, Martian Wave, Over My Dead Body! and many other cool magazines. He is managing editor of the Antimatter Dreams writers’ workshop.

Season 5

Ed Ahern (twitter) (Facebook) resumed writing after forty odd years in foreign intelligence and international sales. He’s had over two hundred fifty stories and poems published so far, and five books. Ed works the other side of writing at Bewildering Stories, where he sits on the review board and manages a posse of four review editors.

Sobia Ali is an emerging writer from India. She has an MA in English Literature. Her work has appeared in Atticus Review, The Indian Quarterly, The Bosphorus Review of Books, Gone Lawn, The Punch Magazine, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, trampset, Kitaab, ActiveMuse, Ombak Magazine, Literary Yard, and is forthcoming in Sahitya Akademi’s Indian Literature, and elsewhere. She is currently working on a novel.

Rachael Arsenault was born and raised on Prince Edward Island, and currently lives in New Brunswick with her husband. She has published short stories in The London Reader’s autumn 2018 “Drama and Dragons” issue, the 2019 “Our Town” anthology from Polar Expressions Publishing, and the 2020 “Beasts of Legend” issue of Aether/Ichor. She is a hippie at heart, a D&D nerd, and a pun enthusiast.

Edward Ashton (twitter) (website) lives in Rochester, NY. He is the author of the novels Three Days in April and The End of Ordinary, as well as of short stories which have appeared in venues ranging from the newsletter of an Italian sausage company to Escape Pod, Analog, and Fireside Fiction.

Katie M. Bennett‘s (website) (twitter) (facebook) work has appeared previously on The NoSleep Podcast and in several horror anthologies, including the all-women horror anthology Daughters of Darkness. She lives in the midwestern U.S. with her husband, son, and Australian cattle dog.

Gustavo Bondoni (website) is an Argentine author who writes primarily in English.  Their debut novel, Siege was published in 2016, while two others, Outside and Incursion, were published in 2017. On the short fiction side, they have over two hundred short stories published in fourteen countries.  They have been translated into seven languages.  Their writing has appeared in Pearson’s Texas STAAR English Test cycle, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Perihelion SF, The Best of Every Day Fiction and many others.

Jay Caselberg is an Australian author based in Germany. His work, poetry, short fiction, novels, has appeared around the world in several different languages.

D. A. D’Amico

Joel Fishbane‘s (website) novel “The Thunder of Giants” is now available from St. Martin’s Press. His short fiction has been published in a variety of magazines, including the Saturday Evening Post, the Massachusetts Review, and Witness.

Tim Fitts‘ work has been published by journals such as Granta, The Gettysburg Review, Boulevard, Shenandoah among many others.  They currently serve on the editorial board of the Painted Bride Quarterly and teach in the Liberal Arts Department of the Curtis Institute of Music.

Lauren Funaro is first and foremost a writer and poet. After graduating Sonoma State University with an English degree in creative writing, she has followed her passions across Sonoma County, publishing with student literary magazines, personal blogs, and opinion editorials. Passionate for her community, Lauren is on the Executive Board for the Santa Rosa Metro Chamber’s Young Professionals Network, where she serves on the Communications Committee, creating content and producing media with a crew. Lauren is also an acting stand-in cohost for the radio segment CannaBiz on the Drive with Steve Jaxon, airing on KSRO.

Anne Goodwin’s (website) (twitter) debut novel, Sugar and Snails was shortlisted for the 2016 Polari First Book Prize. Her second novel, Underneath, was published in 2017. Her short story collection, Becoming Someone, on the theme of identity, was published in November 2018. A former clinical psychologist, Anne is also a book blogger with a particular interest in fictional therapists.

Christina Grant (website) (twitter) has the best of all worlds: during the day, she inspires students to use their powers of creative deception for good; and after school, she finds time to create possible futures, split the odd universe, and kill off childhood enemies.

Lituo Huang (twitter) lives in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in JMWW, Bosie Magazine, and the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable.

Kai Hudson (website) lives in sunny California where she writes, hikes, and spends entirely too much time daydreaming of far-off worlds. Her work has appeared in Clarkesworld, PseudoPod, PodCastle, Anathema: Spec from the Margins, and other fine places.

Mark Johnson is a jack-of-all-trades with a wife, two sons, and two cats.  His book-length publications include “A Twist of Fate” (fantasy novel, Divertir Publishing), “Ecruan Tales” (fantasy short story collection, self published), and a couple of nonfiction books about government and process management.

Hareendran Kallinkeel writes from Kerala, India, after a stint of 15 years in a police organization and 5 years in the Special Forces. He is widely published, and his stories will appear in Pennsylvania Literary Journal [Dec 2019] and Bryant Literary Review [May 2020].

Anastasia Kirchoff’s (twitter) flash fiction has appeared in Psychopomp Magazine, Bending Genres, and The Molotov Cocktail. In 2019, she took 3rd place in two flash fiction competitions: one by Brilliant Flash Fiction, and the other through Women on Writing. When she isn’t reading, Anastasia enjoys tabletop games and crafting plant-based recipes. You can find her stories at akstories.ink or follow her on twitter: akstories_ink.

Chris Kok is a Dutch person living in Amsterdam, The Netherlands with his wife, Heleen, and two cats. He teaches songwriting but prefers to write fiction, himself. He’s always had a passion for the English language, and the books, television, film, and comedy created using it. As such, he finds himself writing almost exclusively in English, rather than his native Dutch.

Gerri Leen (website) lives in Northern Virginia and originally hails from Seattle. In addition to being an avid reader and an at-times sporadic writer, she’s passionate about horse racing (the racing part, not betting), tea, whisky, handbags, and art. She has work appearing in: Nature, Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, Daily Science Fiction, Grievous Angel, Grimdark, and others. She’s edited several anthologies for independent presses and is a member of SFWA and HWA.

Avra Margariti (twitter) is a queer Social Work undergrad from Greece. She enjoys storytelling in all its forms and writes about diverse identities and experiences. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Flash Fiction Online, The Forge Literary, Daily Science Fictionand other venues.

J. Lynne Moore (blog) is a literacy specialist living near Chicago. She has been writing since she could arrange letters into words. J. Lynne writes travel memoirs for her blog, It’s in the Journey. Her stories are featured in The Nemo Journal and Writings to Stem Your Existential Dread. Her writing has also been published online at Every Day Fiction.

Jefferson Navicky is the author of the poetic novella, The Book of Transparencies, and the story collection, The Paper Coast, as well as the chapbooks, Uses of a Library, and Map of the Second Person. His work has been published in Smokelong Quarterly, Electric Literature, Beloit Poetry Journal, Tarpaulin Sky, and Fairy Tale Review. He lives on the coast of Maine.

Christi Nogle’s (website) (twitter) short stories have appeared on podcasts such as PseudoPodEscape Pod, The Wicked Library, and Tales to Terrify. Christi teaches college composition and lives in Boise, Idaho with her partner Jim and their dogs and cats.

David Powell writes full-time in Georgia, though his day jobs have run the gamut from studio musician to farmhand. He seeks out the neglected corners where things whimsical, dreadful, or pitch-black hide. David belongs to Horror Writer’s Association and has published  in Grue, Near to the Knuckle, Yellow Mama,  Black Petals, Calliope, and HWA Poetry Showcase Vol. 6

Chris Riley (website) lives near Sacramento, California, vowing one day to move back to the Pacific Northwest. In the meantime, he teaches special education, writes cool stories, and hides from the blasting heat for six months of the year. He has had over 100 short stories published in various magazines and anthologies, and across various genres. His debut novel, one of literary suspense, titled The Sinking of the Angie Piper, was published in 2017; and his debut short story collection is forthcoming, with Mount Abraxas Press.

Lee Reilly is a free lance writer, with stories in SmokeLong Quarterly, Hippocampus, The London Independent Story Prize, and elsewhere. The author of two nonfiction books, she’s been recognized by Writers at Work, Money for Women, Ragdale Foundation, and other organizations, and also nominated for (and turned down twice) for a Pushcart.

Emma Rhyne is a sophomore at Stephen F. Austin State University majoring in Creative Writing. Before graduating high school, her first short story, “Plucked Apart,” made its appearance in Tyler Junior College’s literary Journal Bell Tower. Since then, she’s received numerous commendations for her submissions to SFA’s literary journals, and hopes to continue her pursuit of meaningful short fiction.

Chris Riley (website) lives near Sacramento, California, vowing one day to move back to the Pacific Northwest. In the meantime, he teaches special education, writes cool stories, and hides from the blasting heat for six months of the year. He has had dozens of short stories published in various magazines and anthologies, and across various genres. His debut novel, one of literary suspense, titled The Sinking of the Angie Piper, has recently been published.

Connor Smith is a Long Beach based writer who enjoys scavenging in the Mojave Desert for fossils when he isn’t writing speculative fiction.

Dr. Sara L. Uckelman (twitter) is an assistant professor of logic at Durham University.  Her short stories are published or forthcoming in Manawaker Studio Flash Fiction Podcast, Pilcrow & Dagger, Story Seed Vault, and The Martian Wave, and anthologies published by BCubed Press, Exterus, Flame Tree Publishing, Hic Dragones, Jayhenge Publications, QueerSciFi, and WolfSinger Publications.  She is also the co-founder of the reviews site SFFReviews.com.

Amanda Vincent

Dawn Vogel (website) writes and edits fiction and non-fiction. In her spare time, she also runs a craft business and helps edit Mad Scientist Journal. She is a member of SFWA. She lives in Seattle with her husband, author Jeremy Zimmerman, and their herd of cats.

Marselienna Von Eschen (instagram) is a college student in St. Paul, Minnesota studying mathematics. She typically writes flash fiction and poetry, and was most recently published in NUNUM. She loves local music, art, and is currently working on a novel.

Season 4

Riham Adly’s fiction has appeared in journals such as Bending Genres, Connotation Press, Spelk, The Cabinet of Heed, Vestal Review, Five:2:One, Brilliant Flash Fiction, Writing in a Woman’s voice, Anti-Heroine Chick, and Danse Macabre among others. She has forthcoming work in @Fewerthan500, Literally Stories, and Potato Soup Journal. She was recently short-listed in the Arab-Lit Translation Prize. Riham lives with her family in Gizah, Egypt.

Ed Ahern (twitter) (Facebook)resumed writing after forty odd years in foreign intelligence and international sales. He’s had over two hundred fifty stories and poems published so far, and five books. Ed works the other side of writing at Bewildering Stories, where he sits on the review board and manages a posse of four review editors.

Essam M. Al-Jassim is a writer and translator. They have a bachelor’s degree in Education from King Faisal University. Their work has been published in Levitate and Fiction International magazines. Other published pieces appeared in certain online literary sites, such as; Red Fez. They live in Hufof, Saudi Arabia.

Laurence Raphael Brothers (publications) (twitter) is a writer and technologist who has published short stories in such magazines as Nature, PodCastle, the New Haven Review, and Galaxy’s Edge.

Gustavo Bondoni is an Argentine author who writes primarily in English.  Their debut novel, Siege was published in 2016, while two others, Outside and Incursion, were published in 2017. On the short fiction side, they have over two hundred short stories published in fourteen countries.  They have been translated into seven languages.  Their writing has appeared in Pearson’s Texas STAAR English Test cycle, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Perihelion SF, The Best of Every Day Fiction and many others.

Grant Canterbury (blog) is a naturalist and writer who grew up reading tales about speculative worlds of science fiction and fantasy. His stories have been published in the science fiction anthologies Vintage Worlds, Merigan Tales, and After Oil 2: The Years of Crisis. He lives near Portland, Oregon.

Shenoa Carroll-Bradd (facebook) (website) lives in southern California.

Bill Cole is a school psychologist, public education advocate and adjunct professor of developmental psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. His work has previously been published in Eclectica, Flash Fiction Magazine, Lowestoft Chronicle, Crack the Spine, and California Quarterly, and has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His fiction has also appeared in Highlights for Children Magazine, for which he received their Pewter Plate Award as Author of the Month.

A long time writer in animation, film, and graphic novels, Buzz Dixon’s most notable credits include writing for the original Transformers and G.I. Joe (a.k.a. Action Force) series, and short fiction in Mike Shayne’s Mystery Magazine, National Lampoon, the Pan Book Of Horror, and Analog

Lisa Finch (website) (amazon) lives and writes in Forest, Ontario. You can find her work in several publications, including: Every Day Fiction, Page and Spine, Digital Fiction Publishing, Alfie Dog Fiction, and many others. She is blessed with a wonderful family (hubby, kids, assorted pets). She loves to people-watch.

Joanna Galbraith was born in Australia but currently lives in San Miniato, Italy, with her one-eyed cat. She has been writing short stories for a number of years and has been published in journals and anthologies from around the world.

Ashleigh Gauch is a Haida author living in Seattle, Washington. She went to college for nutrition but found her passion lay not in science, but in the genesis of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. She has two novels currently out on Amazon, Covenant of the Hollow and Diary of the Hollow.

Liesl Graber is a freelance writer from Harrisonburg, Va. She loves all things that grow, ideas and otherwise.

Joshua Grasso is a professor of English at a small university in Oklahoma, where they teach the works that most inspire their writing–British lit, World lit, and SF/F. They have recently been published in Aphelion Magazine (July 2018) and in the upcoming Exterus anthology, Magissa.

Paul Alex Gray (website) enjoys writing linear and interactive fiction starring sentient black holes, wayward sea monsters, curious AIs and more. His work has been published in Nature Futures, Andromeda Spaceways, PodCastle and others. Paul grew up by the beaches of Australia, then traveled the world and now lives in Canada with his wife and two children.

James A. Hartley

Marah Herreid is a nineteen year old girl from Denver, Colorado. She is currently studying film at the University of Colorado Boulder.

William Dawson Kenney writes and teaches in Lawrence, Kansas, where he is working toward his MFA in creative writing.

Kilmeny MacMichael (website) lives in Canada’s half of the Okanagan Valley, where she writes flash and short fiction under frequently smoky summer skies. She has been published in Anti-Lang and online with The Ilanot Review, Watershed Review, Sleet Magazine, and other publications.

Arthur Shattuck O’Keefe was born in New York and lives in Kanagawa, Japan. His articles have appeared in the Japan Times, Metropolis Magazine, and Pop Matters. His short story “The Entropy Room” appeared in Ragazine in May 2018. He teaches English at Showa Women’s University in Tokyo.

Finn MacGinty O’Neill (instagram) is an Irish transgirl who writes things and directs films sometimes. She hopes this is being read in a sultry, seductive tone.

Having spent his working life writing computer programs and technical documents, Gordon Pinckheard has settled into retirement in Kerry, Ireland, writing short fiction pieces to entertain himself and – hopefully – others. A piece was published in Grindstone Literary services 2017 Anthology. Three others published online, two by The Cabinet of Heed, and one by The Story Pub.

Ryan Priest is a former screenwriter who now lives in Denver and prefers writing prose because there you only have to write about monsters and not work with them.

Donald A. Ranard is a writer living in the Washington, D.C. area. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Atlantic Monthly, 100 Word Story, Flash Fiction Magazine, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, WORDS, and elsewhere. His essay, “The Accidental Hotel,” is anthologized in Best Travel Writing 2005.

A.J. Rocca (website) is a writer and filmmaker from Chicago. He writes short stories and critical essays, and he creates video essays for his YouTube channel, BlueMorningStar. His work has been published at Every Day Fiction, Popmatters, and Oddville Press.

David Rogers‘ (website) poems, stories, and articles have appeared in
various print and electronic publications, including The Comstock
Review, Atlanta Review, Sky and Telescope, and Astronomy magazine. He
is the author of two novels, D.B. Cooper is Dead: A Solomon Starr
Adventure and Thor’s Hammer, and a fantasy novella, Return of the
Exile, each available from Amazon.

Matthew Rotando is a cyclist and paddler. He prefers swimming, mangoes to mangosteen, and jackfruit above all fruits but the avocado. These days he lives in Dakar, Senegal, looking for something crunchy. His first book is The Comeback’s Exoskeleton (Upset Press, Brooklyn) and he has pieces scattered around, including Oddball Magazine (October 2018), Matador (January 2018), and Green Linden (October 2017).

Naomi Brett Rourke is a writer, teacher, and theatre director living in Southern California with kids, grandkids, a whole passel of animals and her wonderful husband.  She has stories published in magazines, journals, and anthologies, most recently in the best-selling anthology Straight Outta Tombstone, edited by David Boop, and in The Saturday Evening Post. She is finishing her first novel.

Eva Schultz lives in Naperville, Illinois, where she is a business writer by day and a fiction writer by night. Her work has appeared in Literative, Daily Science Fiction, and 365 Tomorrows, and she won the YeahWrite Super Challenge #4 for fiction. She lives with a big orange cat named Gus and enjoys drawing and painting.

Zena Shapter (website) writes from a castle in a flying city hidden by a thundercloud. Her short work has appeared in Midnight Echo, Hugo-nominated Sci Phi 
Journal, Antipodean SF and Award-Winning Australian Writing (twice). She’s won over a dozen national writing competitions. Her novels include her solo debut Towards White (IFWG 2017), and the co-authored Into Tordon (MidnightSun 2016).

John Sheirer (website) lives in Northampton, Massachusetts. For the past quarter century, he has taught writing, literature, and communication at Asnuntuck Community College in Enfield, Connecticut, where he also serves as editor and faculty advisor for Freshwater Literary Journal. His books include memoir, fiction, poetry, essays, political satire, and photography.

Jeremy Szal (website) (twitter) was born in 1995 in the outback of Australia and was raised by wild dingoes. His speculative fiction has appeared in Nature, Abyss & Apex, Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Tor.com, The Drabblecast, and has been translated into multiple languages. He is the fiction editor for Hugo-winning podcast StarShipSofa and holds a rather useless BA in Creative Writing and Film Studies. He is represented by literary agent John Jarrold. He carves out a living in Sydney, Australia, where he consumes too much gin, watches too many cult films, and makes too many dark jokes.

Laura Theis (bandcamp) is the winner of the 2017 AM Heath Prize and her short stories, songs, radio plays, and poetry have been broadcast and published in the UK, Germany, and the U.S. Her new work is forthcoming in Strange HorizonsDime Show ReviewThe London Reader and from Three Drops Press.

Sara L. Uckelman is an assistant professor of logic and philosophy of language at Durham University by day and a writer of speculative fiction by night. Their short stories are published or forthcoming in Pilcrow & Dagger and Story Seed Vault, and anthologies published by Exterus, Flame Tree Publishing, Hic Dragones, Jayhenge Publications, and WolfSinger Publications.  They are also the co-founder of the reviews site SFFReviews.com

Holly Lyn Walrath’s (twitter) (website) poetry and short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Fireside Fiction, Luna Station Quarterly, Liminality, and elsewhere. Her chapbook of words and images, Glimmerglass Girl, will be published by Finishing Line Press in 2018. You can find her canoeing the bayou in Seabrook, Texas.

Emily Weber‘s fiction has been published in Bartleby Snopes, The Adroit Journal, Gordon Square Review, Glassworks, and elsewhere. She lives near Philadelphia.

Season 3

Brenda Anderson’s (twitter) fiction has appeared in various places, most recently in Every Day Fiction and Daily Science Fiction. She lives in Adelaide, South Australia.

Seth Augenstein‘s fiction has appeared in Writer’s Digest, Squalorly, the Molotov Cocktail, the Kudzu Review, Ginosko, the Cracked Eye, and will soon appear in Bete Noire Magazine and on the Manor House podcast, among other places.  By day, he’s a reporter for Forensic Magazine, writing about true-life horror.

Patrick S. Baker is a U.S. Army Veteran, currently a Department of Defense employee. He holds degrees in History and Political Science. His nonfiction has appeared in Medieval Warfare Magazine and Strategy & Tactics Magazine. His fiction has appeared in Broadsword and Blasters MagazineMythic Magazine as well as the After Avalon, Uncommon Minds and King of Ages anthologies

Rosanna Bates was born in Worcester, England at the height of baggy jeans and boy band popularity. Her childhood was spent reading and writing stories she was too embarrassed to show anyone. To date, she has had short stories and flash fiction published with 101words.org, The Fiction Pool and Anti-Heroin Chic, and is currently preparing her debut novel for future publication.

Joe Baumann possesses a Ph.D. in English from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he served as the editor-in-chief of Rougarou: an Online Literary Journal and the Southwestern Review.  He is the author of Ivory Children: Flash Fictions, and his work has appeared in Eleven Eleven, Zone 3, ellipsis…, and many others.  Joe teaches composition, literature, and creative writing at St. Charles Community College in St. Charles, Missouri, and has been nominated for three Pushcart Prizes.  He is the founding editor and editor-in-chief of The Gateway Review: A Journal of Magical Realism.

Margery Bayne (website) is a resident of Baltimore, MD, a graduate of Susquehanna University’s Writers Institute, and works every day surrounded by books in a public library.

Susan Bianculli (website) has loved to read all her life. She still loves to read as an adult, and carves out reading time as she can during her busy days. A graduate of Emerson College with a Minor in Writing, she is finally making a foray to the other side of the book cover.

Gustavo Bondoni (website) is an Argentine novelist and short story writer who writes primarily in English.  His debut novel, Siege was published in 2016, while two more Outside and Incursion, were published in 2017. On the short fiction side, He has over two hundred short stories published in fourteen countries.  They have been translated into seven languages.  His writing has appeared in Pearson’s Texas STAAR English Test cycle, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Perihelion SF, The Best of Every Day Fiction and many others.

G. Arthur Brown is the author of five books: Kitten, I Like Turtles, Governor of The Homeless, The Long Night Of The Eternal Korean War, and God’s Mean Older Brother (August 2018). Nothing is else is known about him, despite the efforts of the greatest scholars and biographers to compile his personal history.

Vonnie Winslow Crist‘s (website) speculative writing can be found in Chilling Ghost Short Stories, Weirdbook, Faerie Magazine, Killing It Softly 2, Cast of Wonders, and elsewhere. A cloverhand who has found so many four-leafed clovers she keeps them in jars, Vonnie strives to celebrate the power of myth in her writing.

Dave D’Alessio is an ex-industrial chemist, ex-TV engineer, and ex-award-winning animator currently masquerading as a practicing social scientist. His twenty published stories have appeared in venues such as Daily Science Fiction, Phobos, and Broadswords and Blasters, and numerous anthologies.

Graham J. Darling (website) of Vancouver Canada writes as fiction what the world isn’t ready for as fact; his literary work has appeared in Sword & Mythos and Great Jones Street. Otherwhiles, when not creating molecules such as the universe has never seen, he demonstrates medieval science and technology to school kids and passers-by.

Wendy S. Delmater (amazon) (facebook) (twitter) is the author of Confessions of a Female Safety Engineer, and the Better Dating Through Engineering series. She has been editor of the Hugo-nominated magazine, Abyss & Apex, since 2006. She is also the editor of The Best of Abyss & Apex, Volumes 1 and 2. Wendy’s recent publication credits include short stories and poetry in The Singularity magazine, Gathering Storm, Little Blue Marble, Star *Line, Illumen, and The Silver Blade.

Jaydn DeWald is a writer, teacher, jazz bassist, and the author of two forthcoming chapbooks, The Rosebud Variations: And Other Variations and In Whose Hand the Light Expires, as well as two micro-chaps, To an Imagined Us and 7 Miniatures. Jaydn’s poems, stories, and critical essays have appeared in Best New Poets 2015, Brilliant Corners: A Journal of Jazz & Literature, The Collagist, Fairy Tale Review, south: a scholarly journal, West Branch, and many others. They live with their partner and two kids in Bogart, Georgia, where they’re a PhD candidate at the University of Georgia.

Cara DiGirolamo is currently in recovery from graduate school, where she studied Linguistics, wrote a dissertation incomprehensible to normal humans, and learned to skate.

MFC Feeley (facebook) lives in Tuxedo, NY and attended UC Berkeley and NYU. She has published in The Tishman Review, Mainstreet Rag, Northern New England Review, Ghost Parachute, Parks and Points and others. She was a 2016 fellow at the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing and received a scholarship to the 2015 Wesleyan Writers Conference. She has been nominated for Best Small Fictions 2016 and was a 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Quarterfinalist. She has judged for Mash Stories and Scholastic.

Kelly A. Harmon used to write truthful, honest stories about authors and thespians, senators and statesmen, movie stars and murderers. Now she writes lies, which is infinitely more satisfying, but lacks the convenience of doorstep delivery. She is an award-winning journalist and author, and a member of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. A Baltimore native, she writes the Charm City Darkness series.

John Holley is a Denver writer, a member of The Lighthouse Writer’s Workshop. His fiction has appeared in Fast Forward, The Barcelona Review, Expressions, The Fredericksburg Literary and Art Review and received honorable mention in Glimmer Train’s very short fiction contest. His non-fiction has appeared in The Examined Life, and was a regular feature in both the Casper Star Tribune and the Sol Day News.

Elana Gomel is an Associate Professor at the Department of English and American Studies at Tel-Aviv University. She has taught and researched at Princeton, Stanford, University of Hong Kong, and Venice International University. She is the author of six books and numerous articles on subjects such as narrative theory, posthumanism, science fiction, Dickens, and Victorian culture. As a fiction writer, she has published more than 40 fantasy and science fiction stories in New Horizons, The Fantasist, Timeless Tales, The Singularity, New Realms, Alien Dimensions, and many other magazines; and in several anthologies, including People of the Book, Ink Stains, and Apex Book of World Science Fiction. Her fantasy novel A Tale of Three Cities came out in 2013. Her standalone novella “Dreaming the Dark” was published in 2017, and two more novels are scheduled to be out this year.

Gina L. Grandi is a doctoral candidate and adjunct professor in the Educational Theatre program at NYU. In her former life, she was a public school teacher in San Francisco and a teaching artist and arts administrator in New York. She is currently the co-founder and artistic director of The Bechdel Group, a theatre company dedicated to challenging the portrayal of women on stage.

R.W.W Greene (Website, Twitter) is a New Hampshire writer with an MFA he exorcises in dive bars and gloomy coffee shops. He collects typewriters and keeps bees.

KJ Hannah Greenberg delights in words. Her recent books include: Can I be Rare, Too?Tosh: Select Trash and Bosh of Creative Writing, and Dreams are for Coloring Books: Midlife Marvels.

Evan Guilford-Blake’s (amazon) published prose includes the award-winning short story collection American Blues and the novels Animation and The Bluebird Prince. His prose has also appeared in roughly 80 journals and anthologies and on numerous podcasts. Thirty-three of his plays (for adults and children) are published. He and his wife (and inspiration) Roxanna live in the southeastern US.

Eirik Gumeny is the author of the Exponential Apocalypse series. His short fiction can be found all over the internet and in various anthologies, and he has contributed to Cracked and The New York Times. He is an avid fan of both Shakespeare and fart jokes.

Russell Hemmell is a statistician and social scientist from the U.K, passionate about astrophysics and speculative fiction. Recent Stories in Helios Quarterly Magazine, Not One of Us, SQ Mag, and others. Finalist in The Canopus 100 Year Starship Awards 2016-2017.

Eliza Jaquays (twitter) is a speculative fiction writer living in Lawrence, KS. She exists under the fluffy guidance of her cat overlord. Eliza’s favorite pastime involves whining about being cold while eating ice cream. You can follow her on her quest for warmth on Twitter.

Julie Ann Jochum has been writing fiction for several years. She lives in New York City with her husband.

Michelle Kaseler is a software engineer by trade, but can be whatever she wants to be when she reads and writes. A two-time Boston Marathon qualifier, the only thing that matches her enthusiasm for creating stories is running. And cheesecake.

Michelle Ann King (publications) was born in East London and now lives in Essex. Her favourite author is Stephen King (sadly, no relation), and she also loves zombies, Las Vegas, and good Scotch whisky. Her stories have appeared in a variety of anthologies and magazines, including Strange Horizons, Interzone, and Black Static.

James Krehbiel, a professional musician (violinist), was a member of the Syracuse Symphony, served on the faculty of the School of Music at Syracuse University, received his Bachelors of Music degree and his Performers Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. Nearing retirement, he has discovered writing as another creative outlet and has had work accepted for publication by Through the Gaps, The Writer’s Zine, Down in the Dirt, Fabula Argentea, Scrutiny and The Front Porch Review literary journals. His short story, I Just Wanted To Be Sure Of You, was nominated for the 2017 Write Well award. He is an advocate of the creative arts, enjoys biking, golf and being swept up in a great tale.  He also enjoys spending time bonding with his bloodhound-beagle mix.

Born and stuck in Ohio, Stephanie Lorée (website) writes fantasy fiction and occasionally moonlights as a rock star. Her short stories have appeared in such places as Abyss & Apex and as tie-in fiction for the Pathfinder RPG. With her editor hat on, Stephanie freelances for indie authors and small presses, and she’s a longtime slush minion for Lightspeed and Nightmare magazines. A self-proclaimed super nerd, Stephanie loves gaming, technology, good sushi, and bad kung fu flicks.

Eddie D. Moore (blog) travels extensively for work, and he spends much of that time listening to audio books. The rest of the time is spent dreaming of stories to write and he spends the weekends writing them. His stories have been published by Jouth Webzine, The Flash Fiction Press, Every Day Fiction, Theme of Absence, Devolution Z, and Fantasia Divinity Magazine.

Lee F. Patrick (facebook) lives and writes in Calgary Alberta, writing SF, Fantasy and mixed genres. Alter Egos (novel) and three shorts were published in 2017. Other novels and shorts are looking for publication slots and others are in edit phase. Lee lives with a Linux guru/writer and several distracting kittehs.

Niles Reddick (website) is author of the novel Drifting too far from the Shore, a collection Road Kill Art and Other Oddities, and a novella Lead Me Home. His work has been featured in over a hundred literary magazines all over the world including Drunk Monkeys, Spelk, The Arkansas Review: a Journal of Delta StudiesThe Dead Mule School of Southern LiteratureSlice of LifeFaircloth Review, and many others.

dave ring (website) is a 2013 Lambda Literary Fellow and co-chair of the OutWrite LGBT Book Festival in Washington, DC. He has recently placed stories with the anthology Tabletop Tales and Mythic Magazine. He is also the editor of Broken Metropolis: Queer Tales of a City That Never Was, an anthology forthcoming from Mason Jar Press.

Rie Sheridan Rose (twitter) (website) multitasks. A lot. Her short stories appear in numerous anthologies, including Nightmare Stalkers and Dream Walkers Vols. 1 and 2, and Killing It Softly. She has authored nine novels, six poetry chapbooks, and lyrics for dozens of songs.

Jefferson Navicky is the author of The Book of Transparencies and The Paper Coast. He works as the archivist for the Maine Women Writers Collection, teaches English at Southern Maine Community College, and lives in Freeport, Maine with his wife and puppy.

Stephen Sottong (website) is a 2013 winner of Writers of the Future. His latest publication is in the Fall 2017 edition of Mythic. He lives in far northern California behind the Redwood Curtain.

Formerly an astronomer and more recently a research project manager in an aerospace company, Vaughan Stanger (website) (twitter) now writes SF and fantasy fiction full-time. His stories have appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Abyss & Apex, Postscripts, Nature Futures, and Interzone, amongst others.

Mary Kaye Valdez (also writes as Kaye Celine) has been fond of written words since the second she found out she couldn’t get along with spoken ones. She also loves storytelling, but frankly, she’s just a liar who wants an excuse. Her work has previously been published in Fiction on the Web.

Season 2

Edward Ashton’s (website) short fiction has appeared in venues ranging from Escape Pod and Fireside Magazine to Louisiana Literature. His first novel, Three Days in April, was released by HarperCollins in September, 2015. His second is due out in June of this year.

Antoine Bargel (website) is a 30-something, somewhat nomadic writer and translator of poetry and fiction.

Erik Bosse is a filmmaker and theatre artist in San Antonio, and most of his recent writing has been for stage and screen. Erik worked with Jump-Start Performance Co. in 2014 and 2015 to stage two of his longer works, Tales of Lost Southtown and Serpientes y Escaleras.

Mary J. Breen has written two books about women’s health. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in national newspapers, essay collections, travel magazines, health journals, and literary magazines including Brick, The Christian Science Monitor, Ars Medica, Boston Literary Magazine, and The New Quarterly. She was a regular contributor to The Toast. She lives in Peterborough Ontario Canada where, among other things, she teaches memoir writing.

JD Byrne (website) is the author of (mostly) fantasy and (sometimes) science fiction, including The Water Road trilogy and Moore Hollow. When not writing he practices law and makes strange electronic noises. He lives in West Virginia with his wife and one-eyed dog.

D. A. D’Amico (blog) is a playful soul trapped in the body of a grumpy old man. In early years, this presented a problem, but David has grown into the role quite nicely. He’s had nearly three dozen works published in the last few years in venues such as Daily Science Fiction, Crossed Genres, and Shock Totem… among others.

Born and raised in London, Maria Castro Dominguez (website) is the author of A Face in the Crowd which is her 2016 erbacce-press prize winning collection. Her poems have appeared in Blaze Vox, The Argotist, Bareknuckle Poet, Apogee, StepAway, Of/with, London Grip. She has flash fiction published in Out of the Gutter and Friday Flash Fiction.

J.G. Formato is a writer and teacher from North Florida. Her short fiction can be found in Persistent Visions, Bracken, Luna Station Quarterly, The Colored Lens, and elsewhere.

Lori Hahnel is the author of two novels, Love Minus Zero and After You’ve Gone, and a story collection, Nothing Sacred, which shortlisted for an Alberta Literary Award. Her work has appeared in over forty publications in North America, Australia  and the U.K. Lori’s credits include CBC Radio, The Fiddlehead, Joyland and The Saturday Evening Post.

Michael Haynes (website) lives in Central Ohio. An ardent short story reader and writer, Michael has had stories appear in venues such as Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Nature.

Russell Hemmell (website) is a statistician and social scientist from the U.K, passionate about astrophysics and speculative fiction. Stories in Not One of Us, PerihelionSF, Strangelet, and elsewhere..

Andrew Johnston is a former ESL teacher currently eking out an existence in the emerging Kansas wine business.

Daniel R. Julian was born in Tucson (though he tells people “south of Phoenix”), and he now lives and works in Spain. Some of his stories have appeared in Zetetic, Lunch Ticket, and Spartan Lit. A Spanish-language story was recently included in Intransferibles, a collection of poetry and flash fiction by authors in the Valencian Community. He is the editor-in-chief for Bull & Cross.

Luann Lewis is a legal writer who was a published writer of adult fiction (under an assumed name) in the 1990s before a life event caused an abrupt change of course. She is now pursuing a Creative Writing certificate online at Writer’s Village University and dabbles in Fiction, Flash Fiction, Poetry and Flash Non-Fiction.  Her work has been featured in Flash Fiction and 101 Words online magazines and she also has a piece currently pending publication in Round Up Zine.

Brian K. Lowe (website) spends most of his time stealing stories from other eras so he can come back and sell them in this one. In addition to his short fiction, he is the author of the action-packed Stolen Future trilogy, available on Amazon.

When not scouring the Gobi for death worms or munching on tarantulas in Siem Reap, Karl Lykken writes both fiction and software in Texas. His short fiction has appeared in Mystery Weekly, Theme of Absence, and Deadman’s Tome.

L.L. Madrid (website) lives in Tucson and has an affinity for desert creatures and other feral things. L.L. is the recipient of the 2017 Luminaire Award for best prose. When she’s not writing, she edits a peculiar journal called Speculative 66.

Scott Merrow has been writing short fiction for ten years. He’s had several stories published recently, both online and in print, with a few more forthcoming soon. Publications include Mystery Weekly Magazine, The Literary Hatchet, and Fabula Argentea, among others. He and his wife Paula Merrow also co-write short screenplays.  To date, ten of them have been produced.  Scott and Paula live in Colorado.

Catherine Moore (twitter) is the author of the forthcoming “Ulla! Ulla!” (Main Street Rag Publications). Her work appears in Tahoma Literary Review, Mid-American Review and in various anthologies. She’s been awarded a Walker Percy and a Hambidge fellowship, her honors also include the Southeast Review’s Gearhart Poetry Prize, a Nashville MetroArts grant, inclusion in the juried “Best Small Fictions of 2015” and Pushcart nominations. Catherine holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and she teaches at a community college.

Mike Murphy has had over 150 audio plays produced in the U.S. and overseas. He’s won five Moondance International Film Festival awards in their TV pilot, audio play, short screenplay, and short story categories. His prose work has appeared in several magazines and anthologies. In 2015, his script “The Candy Man” was produced as a short film under the title DARK CHOCOLATE. In 2013, he won the inaugural Marion Thauer Brown Audio Drama Scriptwriting Competition.

Justin W. Price (facebook) is a short story, biographer, journalist and humorist. His poetry collection, Digging to China, was released in 2013 by Sweatshoppe Publications. His work is featured in Best New Writing (2014 edition), the Rusty Nail, eFiction, Burningword, The Whistling Fire, Literary Juice, The Crisis Chronicles, The Hellroaring Review and The Bellwether Review. He is a Gover Prize nominee (2013) and lives in Juneau, Alaska.

Tamoha Sengupta (website | twitter) lives in India. Her fiction has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, Zetetic: A Record of Unusual Inquiry and elsewhere.

Peter J. Stavros (website) earned a BA in English from Duke University, and studied creative writing on a graduate level at Emerson College and Harvard University. His work has appeared in The Boston Globe Magazine, Hippocampus Magazine, Fiction Southeast, Juked, and Literary Orphans, among others, and featured on the podcast Second Hand Stories. Peter lives in Louisville, Kentucky with his wife.

Rachel Rose Teferet (website | twitter) graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in Fine Arts and a penchant for photoshopping the world with her eyes. Her work has been published by Page & Spine, Slink Chunk Press, From Sac, Necon E-Books, and more. Her play has been performed at Synthetic Unlimited in Nevada City, California.

Caroline Tiuseco is a 21-year-old Economics graduate based in Manila who decided to pursue her childhood dream of writing after all.

Katelyn Thomas is a freelance writer and photographer who spends as much time as possible hiking through the woods or enjoying life on her small farm, surrounded by opinionated cats, spoiled dogs and too adventurous chickens.

Author, teacher, historian, veteran. J.M. Williams (blog) is a Fantasy and Sci-Fi author who writes stories centered on interesting characters. He has been writing since childhood, studying the short story form in college. He has been accepted for publication in over a dozen indie and online publications, including Flash Fiction Magazine, Bards and Sages, and New Realm. He was also the winner of the Fiction Vortex StoryVerse Contest for Winter 2017. He currently lives in Korea with his wife and 10 cats—teaching, writing, and blogging.

Season 1

Ed Ahern resumed writing after forty odd years in foreign intelligence and international sales. He has his original wife, but advises that after forty eight years they are both out of warranty. Ed has had over a hundred stories and poems published so far, and two books.

Jacob Buckenmeyer is a writer and educator in Washington state. He holds degrees in journalism and creative writing. His MFA is from Seattle Pacific University. His fiction has been published by The Satirist, Icarus Down Review, Through the Gap, and Vine Leaves Literary Journal.

Bob Carlton (publications) lives and works in Leander, TX.

Michael Chin (website) was born and raised in Utica, New York and is an alum of Oregon State’s MFA Program. He won Bayou Magazine’s Knudsen Prize for fiction and has published in journals including The Normal School and Bellevue Literary Review.

Sara Codair (blog) writes because her brain is overcrowded with stories. If she doesn’t get them out, she fears her head will explode. Thankfully, her cranium is intact, and many of the stories that crawled out of it have found good homes. One of them won 2nd place in the Women on Writing Winter 2016 Flash Fiction Contest.

Austin Conner grew up in the East Bay Area of California. He participates in an online flash fiction on an obscure forum where he has honed own writing abilities. He currently studies Biology at UC Merced while also pursuing a Creative Writing minor.

Chella Courington is a writer and teacher. She’s the author of three flash fiction chapbooks and three poetry chapbooks. Her poetry and stories appear in numerous anthologies and journals including Iris, Nano Fiction, and The Collagist. Her recent novella, The Somewhat Sad Tale of the Pitcher and the Crow, is available at Amazon. Reared in the Appalachian South, she now lives in Santa Barbara, CA.

D. A. D’Amico (blog) is a playful soul trapped in the body of a grumpy old man. In early years, this presented a problem, but David has grown into the role quite nicely. He’s had nearly three dozen works published in the last few years in venues such as Daily Science Fiction, Crossed Genres, and Shock Totem… among others.

Frederick K. Foote, Jr. (publications)  was born in Sacramento, California and educated in Vienna, Virginia, and northern California. He started writing short stories and poetry in 2013. He has published over eighty stories and poems including literary, science fiction, fables and horror genres. A collection of his short stories, For the Sake of Soul, was published in October 2015 by Blue Nile Press.

Chaitali Gawade (blog) is a freelance writer living in Pune. Her writerly musings are fuelled by tea and coffee. Her work has been published  by Twenty20 Journal,  Daily Love, Postcard Shots, Duckbill Anthology and Vagabondage Press, among others.

Adam Gaylord has had stories published in Penumbra eMag, Dark Futures Magazine, Silver Blade Magazine, and Plasma Frequency Magazine, among others. His gladiatorial fantasy novel Sol of the Coliseum was recently released by Mirror World Publishing.

Jesse Glass has lived and worked in Japan for twenty-five years.  He is the author of: The Passion of Phineas Gage & Selected Poems, Lost Poet, and other books, magazines, and websites.

Rebecca Havens is a happy person. She currently works for a nonprofit, and graduated in 2014 from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a degree in Writing. She mostly writes fiction and poetry, but adores everything. She’d love to give you a hug, but would ask you beforehand.

Russell Hemmell (website) is a statistician and social scientist from the U.K, passionate about astrophysics and speculative fiction. Stories in Not One of Us, PerihelionSF, Strangelet, and elsewhere.

C.R. Hodges (blog) writes all manner of speculative fiction, from ghost stories to urban fantasy to science fiction. Sixteen of his short stories have been published in markets such as Cicada and EscapePod, and he is a first place winner of the 2015 Pikes Peak Writers Zebulon Fiction Award. When he is not writing or playing the euphonium, he runs a product design company in Colorado.

Chip Houser‘s stories have appeared in Every Day Fiction, Gemini, Spark, Rosebud, Daily Science Fiction, and elsewhere in print and online. He lives, writes, draws, and architects in Missouri with his family, which includes his spectacularly smart and spicy wife, two snorfulous pitties, and a gloriously cranky Siamese-tabby mix.

Michelle Ann King (blog) writes science fiction, fantasy, and horror from her kitchen table in Essex, England. She’s sold stories to a variety of anthologies and magazines, including Strange Horizons, Interzone, and Black Static, and her first collection Transient Tales is available in ebook and paperback now.

Michael Koenig‘s stories have appeared in recent issues of The MacGuffin, Harpur Palate, Hardboiled, and the Paterson Literary Review. His work has also been anthologized in Awake! A Reader for the Sleepless (Soft Skull Press) and The Shamus Sampler 2, an international detective fiction collection.

Hannah Lackoff’s (website) work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the storySouth Million Writers Award and has been published or is upcoming in Spark, Pinbal, Kaleidotrope, New Myths, 10,000 Tons of Black Ink, and 10,000 Tons of Black InkBest of Volume II, and others.  Her short story collection After the World Ended was published in May 2016 by 18th Wall Productions.  She lives in Boulder, CO.

Brian K. Lowe (website) spends most of his time stealing stories from other eras so he can come back and sell them in this one. In addition to his short fiction, he is the author of the action-packed Stolen Future trilogy, available on Amazon.

B.T. Lowry is a writer and filmmaker inspired by technology and spirituality. He was born in Ottawa and grew up in Calgary, where he fell in love with mountains, plains and badlands. He studied multimedia arts in college. He recently completed his first novel, Fire from the Overworld, an alternate-world fantasy inspired by ancient India and pre-Columbian America. You can find his free stories and videos at storypaths.net.

George Nikolopoulos (blog) is a speculative fiction writer from Greece. His stories have been published (or are pending) in Gruff Variations Anthology, Mad Scientist Journal, SFComet, QuarterReads, Diasporic Literature Spot, Stella’s Literary Bistro, Sci Phi Journal, Bards & Sages Quarterly, Szortal, Clash of the Titles Anthology, and many magazines/anthologies in Greece and Cyprus.

Frank Morelli plucked his roots from the cozy, northern soil and buried them in the sun-baked clays of the South. His work has appeared in Cobalt, Rind, Philadelphia Stories, Jersey Devil Press, Change Seven, and the East Coast Literary Review.

John Rickett dwells in the armpit of America, where he claws at the walls, escaping his suburban nightmare by performing woodworking ninjutsu, moonlighting as a word-sorcerer. He has published several, saucy, short-stories, and his post-apocalyptic fairytale retelling, “Three Brittle Pigs” was selected for The Molotov Cocktail’s 2015 prize-winners anthology.

Aria Riding is a name now used by several writers of different genders, persuasions, mental health states, and ethnic backgrounds as a solidarity project. Through this experiment, she is trying to write a more complete author. Recent publications include Gargoyle Magazine, Atticus Books, The Adirondack Review, etc.

Formerly an astronomer and more recently a research project manager in an aerospace company, Vaughan Stanger (website) now writes SF and fantasy fiction for a living. His stories have appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Abyss & Apex, Postscripts, Nature Futures and Interzone, amongst others.

Sarah K. Stephens (blog) earned her Doctorate in Developmental Psychology in 2007 and teaches a variety of courses in human development as a university lecturer at Penn State University. Although Fall and Spring find her in the classroom, she remains a writer year-round. Her debut novel, A Flash of Red, will be released in Winter 2016 by Pandamoon Publishing.

Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam‘s (website) fiction and poetry has appeared in over fifty magazines and anthologies both literary and speculative including The Toast, Clarkesworld, PRISM International, Lightspeed, and Everyman’s Library’s Monster Verse. She recently released an audio fiction-jazz collaborative album, Strange Monsters, with her partner Peter Brewer, centered around the theme of women’s voices. She’s been reprinted in French and Polish, for numerous podcasts, and on the popular science blog io9. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast Program and created and curates the annual Art & Words Collaborative Show in Fort Worth, Texas.

Fabiyas M V is a writer from Orumanayur  village in Kerala, India. He is the author of Moonlight and Solitude. His fiction and poems have appeared in Westerly, Forward Poetry, Literary The Hatchet, Rathalla Review, Off the Coast,  Structo, and in several anthologies. He won many international accolades including the Poetry Soup International Award, USA, the RSPCA Pet Poetry Prize, UK, and Merseyside at War Poetry Award from Liverpool John Moores University, UK. His poems have been broadcast on the All India Radio.

Deborah Walker may be found in the British Museum trawling the past for future inspiration or on her blog. Her stories have appeared in Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, Nature’s Futures, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, and The Year’s Best SF 18, and have been translated into over a dozen languages.

Michael Wen lives and writes in Houston, Texas.

Sonny Zae lives in a small town on the edge of reality. His only remarkable characteristic is imagination. He ignored his grade school teacher’s repeated admonitions to stop daydreaming and get to work. Sonny’s fantasy short story “Battle for the Dragon’s Egg” is available in Sorcerous Signals. His fantasy novel, Wizard Seeking Trophy Bride, is available on the Kindle. His short story “Beelze-Bubba” is available in the To Hell with Dante anthology.