Meet the Finalists for the 2021 !Short Story Contest!

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Ale Malick has worked as a lecturer, performer, stand-up comedian, an old fashioned elevator operator, laborer converting a Soviet army barracks into something useful, and a truly terrible door to door salesman.He now writes for magazines and won an international award for his first novel reviews: Pizza with Jimbob & Twoforks

Mike Wilson‘s work has appeared in magazines including Fiction Southeast, Chicago Literati, Deep South Magazine, Saturday Evening Post and Anthology of Appalachian Writers Vol. X. He’s author of Arranging Deck Chairs on the Titanic (Rabbit House Press, 2020), political poetry for a post-truth world. He resides in Central Kentucky and can be found at

Emily Martha Sorensen writes clean fantasy adventures with clever characters, fun plots, and lots of humor. She’s also been known to write about baby dragons, magic schools, and heroines who absolutely must drop-kick fate. You can find out more about her at

Liam Hogan is an award winning short story writer, with stories in Best of British Science Fiction, and Best of British Fantasy (NewCon Press). He’s been published by Analog, Daily Science Fiction, and Flame Tree Press, among others. He helps host Liars’ League London, volunteers at the creative writing charity Ministry of Stories, and lives and avoids work in London. More details at

Eris Young is a queer, transgender writer and editor of speculative fiction. Their work has appeared in venues including Escape Pod, Fusion Fragment and Shoreline of Infinity, as well as anthologies such as Uncanny Bodies from Luna Press Publishing. They were a 2020 recipient of a Scottish Book Trust New Writer Award.

J.B.Polk: Polish by birth, a citizen of the world by choice. First story short-listed for the Hennessy Awards, Ireland in 1996, she became a regular contributor to Women’s Quality Fiction, Books Ireland and IncoGnito. She was also the co-founder of Virginia House Writers, Dublin, and helped establish the OKI Literary Awards.   Her creative writing was interrupted as she moved to Latin America and started contributing to magazines and newspapers and then writing textbooks for Latin American Ministries of Education. Since she went back to writing fiction last year, 33 of her stories, flash fiction and non-fiction have been accepted for anthologies and magazines in Australia, UK, Germany, the USA, and Canada.

Nicholas Poe is a writer, novelist, and podcaster from Nashville, TN. His first book is currently under contract with De Novo Press, to be released soon. Additionally, he has had a short story published with Jersey Pines Ink. When he’s not writing, he co-hosts a music history podcast with his wife and tries to find time to do his actual job, digital marketing for HarperCollins Publishers. You can see more of his work here:

Rachel Friedman has recently embarked on a career as a freelance writer. She has published a number of articles, most notably in the Hack Library School magazine, Kitchen Witch, and the Preservation Foundation. She lives in Southern California with her family.

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