Here we go! Writing Short Fiction warmly welcomes eight ‘debutantes’ to the site, each with stories which reflect an original voice and talent. The pieces published here are by writers on or near their first publication, and we wish them all well with a fruitful and rewarding future after this launchpad. Where they have websites, clicking on names will link directly to them. The stories can be accessed by clicking on the titles.

Shreyasi Mujamdar

Shreyasi is a writer/editor by profession. Originally from Mumbai, India, she spent a decade in Singapore, and currently lives in Wellington, New Zealand, where she’s enjoying the Pacific cold and pursuing her enduring love of fiction. She especially enjoys reading and writing short, impactful fiction and her work has appeared in Flash Frontiers and Shortbread Stories. She’s also working on a collection of short stories with an ‘out-of-the-ordinary’ zing to them.

Falling Stars

Tom Williams: Poet, short-fiction and songwriter from Chesterfield, Derbyshire. Final year University of Leicester student with two prior publications in issues 57 and 61 of the British Fantasy Society’s ‘Dark Horizons’, and a self-published poetry collection entitled ‘Fractured Light’. Casual guitar-player, avid traveller, and general rock n roller. Probably needs a haircut and a new pair of jeans.

Just born

Currently studying Creative Writing at MMU, Jake is a first year student with the hopes of becoming a published novelist by the end of his course. Jake is also a performance artist; a stilt walking, fire breathing drag queen. He is currently working on a coming of age novel called “Tessellate”.

Nothing But Bone

Olga Wojtas is a journalist in Edinburgh where she attended the school which inspired Muriel Spark’s “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie”. She has won a 2015 New Writing Award from the Scottish Book Trust.

Pandas

Mathew is a 20 year old, first year English and Creative Writing student at the University of Leicester. Born in Boston, Mathew had only ever lived in the most remote corners of the Lincolnshire countryside before moving to Leicester to study Politics. After two miserable years spent in Politics lectures though, he finally acknowledged his mistake and changed course.Previously educated in Grantham at the King’s Grammar School, Mathew has never had any work published before. However, under the tutelage of Champion Fiction contributor Jonathan Taylor, he hopes to continue improving and writing short stories (as well as finishing the novel he’s working on), hopefully publishing more work along the way.

The Glittering Sea

I’ve been a keen reader, writer and artist since childhood. Originally from the suburbs of London but now living in Bristol, UK, I work part time as an administrator and spend my spare time writing. My previous incarnations have included gardener, magazine editor and web designer. My dark fiction stories range from tales set in dystopian realities to ghost and horror. My professional publishing history to date runs to several short stories and a novella, in both e-book and print, accepted by notable independent publishers Dark Alley Press, Grinning Skull Press and Almond Press.

Three Generations

Joe Eurell is currently editing his first novel, a process he fears will never end. In between drafts, he enjoys writing short stories to
cleanse his palate. Joe has previously read his work at events such as Cheltenham Literary Festival and Stroud Short Stories, who will publish a piece of his later in 2015. On the strength of his work, he has also participated in creative writing classes run by Curtis Brown. Joe has recently relocated to his home city of Birmingham, having spent the past few years in Cheltenham, something which amused the locals greatly every time he opened his mouth.

Tuning Into Love

S.BEE is the writing name of Sharon Boothroyd. I’m forty- something, happily married with one cat, and I live in West Yorkshire. Since 2010, I’ve had letters and poems published in a wide range of UK national magazines.