Bio: Stephanie Franziska Scholz was born in 1983 in Japan, grew up in Australia and now lives and works in Berlin. She studied drawing and print making at the University of Fine Arts in Berlin as well as the Accademia di Belle Arti in Bologna and received her diploma in 2012. After completing her studies, she illustrated several books, worked for newspapers and magazines and drew record covers for musicians. She is a founding member of Studio Spektral and has participated in several solo and group exhibitions.
Contribution: Author of "The Portrait" short story
Location: Trinidad, West Indies
Bio: Caroline is a Trinidadian writer and translator whose short stories have appeared in publications from the UK, New York, the Virgin Islands and the Netherlands. She also writes for Caribbean magazines MACO People and MACO Caribbean Living. While her academic background centres on specialised translation, Caroline has attended various fiction-writing courses in London and New York. Her long-term goal is to write novels from the rainforest abode she is presently building with her fiancé.
Name: Frances Murphy
Contribution: Artist for "The Portrait"
Location: Brighton, England
Bio: Frances is a freelance illustrator living in Brighton. She is inspired by people's stories; big and small and the natural world. Letting a story get under your skin, and distilling a message within a picture is what gives this girl thrills. Her main artist challenge is not totally giving way to her love of blue, and letting some other colours onto the page.
Contribution: Author of "In a small pond" short story
Bio: Freya Morris is a writer based in Bristol. She's been listed in a number of competitions, and her stories feature in Fiction Desk, Litro’s Friday Flash, Popshot, and National Flash Fiction Day Anthology 'Scraps'. When she’s not distracted by shorter fiction, she’s working on her YA novel to send to agents.
Bio: Daniel is an illustrator/artist based in London. He mixes traditional and digital techniques; mostly pencil and software. He enjoys making narrative pieces which sometimes take the form of short books or zines as well as editorial and poster illustration.
Bio: Steven is an average college student from Texas who loves writing. He knew that writing is what he wanted to do after reading Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. He is a big fan of Japanese anime and manga. He hopes one day to teach English and literature overseas. Monty Oum, Eoin Colfer, Masashi Kishimoto, Ray Bradbury, and Poe are his biggest inspirations.
Bio: Hello, my name is Linda! I am an illustrator currently living on the prairies of Canada. I studied Illustration at Sheridan institute in Ontario, where I earned a really expensive piece of paper with the words Bachelor printed on. Since graduating, I've been a freelance illustrator working for magazines/newspapers and various clients on their projects as well as a travelling nerd. My dream is to own a lighthouse/cafe with my pet bunny.
Bio: DC-based Texas writer/theatre artist /educator Elizabeth Bruce’s debut novel, And Silent Left the Place, won Washington Writers’ Publishing House’s Award, with distinctions from Texas Institute of Letters & ForeWord Magazine. Co-founder of Sanctuary Theatre and CentroNía’s Community Arts Producer, she’s published in Firewords Quarterly, Gargoyle-64, Inklette, Bare Back Magazine, Lines&Stars, Gravity Dancers, Long Short Story, and Washington Post. Grants include DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, Poets & Writers, Inc., and McCarthey-Dressman Educational Foundation.
Bio: Stop for a moment and turn off the spinning images around. Daniel's illustrations focus on social, political and human issues. Born in Lisbon and currently living in Poland, I'm an editorial illustrator currently collaborating with several newspaper and magazines in the UK, US, France, Spain, Germany, Poland, Portugal and Spain among others.
Contribution: Artist for "Do dinosaurs taste like chicken?"
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Bio: Maeve Norton is an illustrator, designer and hand-letterer based in Brooklyn, NY. She lives amongst her never-ending collection of children's book and her cat Voodoo Mama. After graduating from Pratt Institute, Maeve co-founded the all female artists collective Fem Foundry which focuses on creativity through collaboration and mutual support. When not doodling, Maeve spends her days designing children's books at Scholastic, where she hopes to break down gender roles through positive books for kids.
Contribution: Author of "Soku's New Night" short story
Location: Portsmouth, UK
Bio: Natalia Theodoridou is a media & cultural studies scholar, the dramaturge of Adrift Performance Makers (@AdriftPM), and a writer of strange stories. Her fiction has appeared in KROnline, Clarkesworld, Interfictions, Neon, and elsewhere. Originally from Greece, she now lives in Portsmouth, UK, where she teaches critical theory to drama and musical theatre students.
Bio: Karla Alcazar is a narrative illustrator, currently based in Mexico, where she was born and raised. She grew up among books and pencils and despite of her desire to become an illustrator, she ended up graduating with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Not really convinced with her decision, she moved to Boston where she did an Illustration for the children’s market course and then moved to England to finally obtain a bachelor’s degree in Illustration.
Bio: Gala Ivanovska has been writing for as long as she can remember which led her to her studies of contemporary literature at Sorbonne 3, Paris. There, she discovered her love of the theater and playwriting. Since then she writes short stories and plays that she rarely finishes entirely. She loves to write while traveling, inspired by the discoveries of new cultures and individuals.
Name: Katherine Diemert
Contribution: Artist for "The Great House"
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Bio: Katherine is an illustrator, designer, and maker. She uses a combination of analog and digital tools to create her work, mixing unique imagery with various media to create works that push the envelope. Currently, Katherine works at Sago Sago creating beautiful apps and toys for children, while also working on her very first picture book.
Bio: Z.Z. Boone is the author of Off Somewhere, a 2015 finalist for the INDIFAB Award for Short Stories. His fiction has appeared in New Ohio Review, Berkeley Fiction Review, Smokelong Quarterly, and other terrific places. Z.Z., with wife/novelist Tricia Bauer, lives in Connecticut where he teaches at Western Connecticut State University.
Bio: Krishan Coupland is on the Creative Writing PhD programme at the University of East Anglia. His writing has appeared in Ambit, Aesthetica, Litro and Fractured West. He won the Manchester Fiction Prize in 2011, and in his spare time he runs and edits a literary magazine.
Bio: PW Lewis is currently seeking a publisher for his debut novel (Watch), completed as part of an MA in Creative Writing at MMU. His short fiction has appeared in Under the Fable, Avis (pending), The Rusty Nail and the e-books 100 RPM and Inside a Horse. He lives in Birmingham.
Bio: Gwendoline Blosse was born in Brittany and currently lives in Nantes, France. She graduated in 2008 from Agr L'école de L'image, where she specialised in illustration, comics and graphic design. As a multi-disciplinary artist, many things inspire Gwendoline, including graphic design, drawing, fine art and music. She truly believes that the social and political sectors are the greatest way of becoming a critical, inventive and relevant individual in the world of today.
Contribution: Author of "How Will I Know You" poem
Location: North Wales
Bio: Lynn White lives in north Wales. Her work is influenced by issues of social justice and events, places and people she has known or imagined. She is especially interested in exploring the boundaries of dream, fantasy and reality. Her poem 'A Rose For Gaza' was shortlisted for the Theatre Cloud 'War Poetry for Today' competition 2014 and has since appeared in several journals and anthologies, as have other poems.
Bio: Maria Rikteryte is a UK based creative who draws her inspiration from inner and outer life experiences. Through the use of metaphors and symbols Maria creates work that often dances the line between fiction and reality.
Bio: After years of travelling abroad Andrew is now typically found struggling to arrange words in the precise order that will unlock the universe, while wondering what's in the fridge. He recently completed a full length childrens' story and is now working on a variety of projects and experimenting with flash fiction, while also doing the boring bits and pieces that enable him to restock his fridge.
Bio: Haejin Park is an illustrator from Korea. She studied illustration from Rhode Island School of Design, and now she is freelancing full-time in her small studio in New York. Her work has published and featured in many magazines and sites. When she is not drawing, she is probably cooking and eating eggs.
Contribution: Author of "Something Borrowed" short story
Location: College Station, Texas
Bio: Darienne Dickey received her degree in English Creative Writing from Texas A&M University in May of 2016. Her work appears in The Eckleburg Project, Indolent Books’ HIV Here and Now Project, and The Albion Review. She is an Editor's Assistant at Callaloo, a journal of African Diaspora arts and letters, and also serves as an Assistant Editor for the online literary magazine Bartleby Snopes. She is currently working on her first YA fiction novel.
Bio: Anne Anthony graduated with a Masters in Professional Writing from Carnegie Mellon University. She has worked as a social worker, technical writer, and software project manager. She's been published in Brilliant Flash Fiction, A3 Review, North Carolina Literary Review and Crack the Spine. She is a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network and currently serves as the representative for Orange County.
Bio: Cait loves words, wilderness and the bright life of adventure. After earning her Master's from Smith College in 2012, she worked for three years as a Spanish teacher, yoga instructor and literacy consultant in Western Massachusetts before packing up her bags for a journey to Southeast Asia. She now lives in Bali with her fiance freelancing and developing her inspirational venture, Sunskip.
Contribution: Author of "The Things We Can't Foresee" short story
Bio: Jane Hunter is a lost soul, dancing through the challenges of life, looking for something that seems impossible to define. When she finds that illusive 'something' she'll scream, and shout, from the rooftops of the world. Until then you can usually find her somewhere, occasionally elsewhere, but never nowhere.
Name: Rondie LI
Contribution: Artist for the flash fiction challenge
Location: Toronto, Canada
Bio: Rondie has been on this planet (in Hong Kong, to be exact, and now in Canada) since 1985. After working in law, trading, printing, marketing, advertising, and writing. He is happiest working in illustration. He also plays mahjong (just for fun.)
Bio: Shirley Golden’s short stories have found homes in the pages or websites of many magazines and anthologies. She won the Exeter Short Story Competition in 2013. She’s door person and arbitrator to two wannabe tigers and can sometimes be found on Twitter when she should be writing. Her space fantasy novel, ‘Skyjacked’, is due for release by Urbane Publications in April 2016. She’s thrilled to have a piece accepted by ‘Firewords’, her favourite literary magazine.
Bio: Born in Madrid and living in London, Guillermo has been inking comic books and illustrating books and magazines ever since he completed a degree in History in 2009. Among his clients you can find publishers like Marvel, DC and Valiant Comics as well as Everest, 7th Wave and Graphiclassic; newspapers like EL MUNDO and MARCA and magazines like Mediapunta, Metrópoli or El Papel.
Bio: I’m an illustrator/printmaker living and working in London. My work is mainly made in relief print and takes inspiration from nature, literature and cultural identity. My prints have appeared in a number of publications, with recent features in Structo, Ernest Journal and Delayed Gratification amongst others.
Bio: Christopher P. Jones writes fiction and essays. He holds a MA in Art History. He is interested in people and their imperfect search for meaning. In addition to writing, he enjoys to paint and draw.
Bio: I am an illustrator based in the Bay Area. I am originally from Utah, but California is where I call home. I am a father of 3 and a husband of 1, who loves sports, art and spending time with my family. I also love staying up all night long to illustrate all sorts of fun stuff.
Contribution: Author of "Follow The Emerald Green Door" short story
Location: East Lansing, Michigan, USA
Bio: Jehan is an attorney, writer, and most importantly, daughter to a father who encouraged her writing from an early age. Her short story Nuisance, Serial Murder, and Sweet Lemonade in Summer, has appeared in the Michigan Bar Journal. She enjoys reading, writing, traveling, scrapbooking, kickboxing and Zumba. She lives in Michigan with her father, with whom she has shared many travel adventures. Their favorite and most repeated trip is visiting their extended family in Egypt.
Contribution: Artist for "Follow The Emerald Green Door"
Bio: Andrea Dalla Barba has always loved drawings and mixing colours since he was a child. After his diploma from the Liceo Artistico in Valdagno, he specialised in illustration at the International Comics School in Padua. He works for many different magazines, including the Austrian Datum. He took part in the Treviso Comic Book festival and was shortlisted for several national contests. He has recently won second prize at Eurhope “I porti del mare” in Genoa and first prixe at Talent on the Rocks in Chiampo. He has experimented with virtally every painting technique, and now favours acrylics, sprays and digital drawing.
Bio: Simon Middleton was shortlisted for the 2015 Elbow Room Competition, and his work has previously featured, or is forthcoming, in The Cadaverine Magazine, Ink, Sweat and Tears, The Jawline Review, Firewords, Elbow Room, and the 2007 Bridport Prize Junior Anthology. He currently works as a teacher of English in Dorset, UK, where he lives with his partner and son.
Bio: Nick Taylor is an illustrator and graphic artist based in Nottinghamshire. He combines his love of drawing, collage, mark-making and printing with digital techniques. His background in printmaking constantly informs the image-making process, from the layering of images and textures, to the tactile quality inherent in many printing processes. His inspirations include vintage Penguin books, 70's sci-fi films, discovering unheard vinyl treasures, the mysteries of the cosmos and his small but thoughtfully curated stamp collection.