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HELEN RYE

WRITER

ABOUT

I live in Norwich, UK. I write, edit and teach flash fiction.

I’m studying part-time for an MA in Creative Writing (Prose) at UEA, for which I received the 2019/20 Annabel Abbs Scholarship.

I’m a Submissions Editor and Senior Editor for Workshops and Outreach at SmokeLong Quarterly. I’m also a prose editor for Lighthouse Literary Journal, Editorial Advisor at TSS Publishing and a member of the Ellipsis Zine editorial board. I have judged and read for a number of flash fiction contests.

AWARDS/NOMINATIONS

Best Small Fictions Winner, 2020 (The Diamond Factory, first published in matchbook)

Nominated for the Pushcart Prize 2020 and Best Small Fictions 2020 (by matchbook litmag, for The Diamond Factory)

The Annabel Abbs Scholarship 2019/20 to study MA Prose Fiction at UEA

Nominated for the Pushcart Prize 2019 (by Ellipsis Zine, for Reunion)

The Bristol Short Story Prize – 3rd Place (joint), 2018 (for Transposition)

Nominated for Best Small Fictions 2018 (by National Flash Fiction Day Anthology, for Sleep Is A Beautiful Colour)

Mslexia Flash Fiction Contest – Longlist, 2018

Reflex Fiction Contest – First Prize, 2017

Nominated for Best Small Fictions 2017 (by Bath Flash Fiction Award, for One In Twenty-Three)

The Bath Flash Fiction Award – First Prize, 2016

The Bridport Prize for Flash Fiction – Shortlist, 2015

STORIES IN OR FORTHCOMING IN: 

To Carry Her Home (Bath Flash Anthology Vol 1); Flash Frontier; National Flash Fiction Day Anthology 2017: Sleep Is A Beautiful Colour (title story); Flash Flood Journal (2017, 2018 & 2019); Hanoi Moi newspaper; Flash Festival Anthology One; Connotation Press; A Wild & Precious Life anthology; (b)OINK zine; Short Edition (story dispensing machines); Open Pen London; Ellipsis Zine anthology, Two; Bay Len anthology; NFFD Anthology 2018: Ripening; New Flash Fiction Review; Bristol Prize Anthology 2018; Atticus Review; Ink, Sweat & Tears; NFFD Anthology 2019: And We Pass Through; matchbook litmag, Flash Fiction Festival Three; NFFD Anthology 2020: Root, Branch, Tree; Best Small Fictions 2020. 

Scroll down for links to published work.

 

More in the pipeline. They need to get out more; I’m working on that. Tiny stories need a lot of time and love. You can find links to those available to read online in the Published Work section.

There’re fragments of a novel in a steel box in a dark part of the house where nobody goes, and I’m working on some children’s picture book texts.

Mentored by Tania Hershman through the Womentoring Project.

I owe loads to Ian Nettleton’s writing group and some wonderful writer buddies, one or two in particular. You know who you are.

PUBLISHED WORK

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MATT'S SONG 

A WILD AND PRECIOUS LIFE ANTHOLOGY (FORTHCOMING)

2021

BATH TIME 

ROOT, BRANCH, TREE: NATIONAL FLASH FICTION DAY ANTHOLOGY 2020

2020

THE DIAMOND FACTORY 

MATCHBOOK LITMAG

BEST SMALL FICTIONS 2020 WINNER

2019/2020

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WHAT THE UNICORNS SAW 

ATTICUS REVIEW

2019

CHARLOTTE ALL THE TIME

FLASH FICTION FESTIVAL ANTHOLOGY THREE

2019

FLAT PACK

INK, SWEAT AND TEARS

2019

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CANIS MAJOR

CONNOTATION PRESS AND FLASH FLOOD JOURNAL

2017/2019

YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE AN ALL-KNOWING GOD OF THE ROMAN PANTHEON TO WORK HERE (AND IT DOESN'T REALLY HELP)

AND WE PASS THROUGH: NATIONAL FLASH FICTION DAY ANTHOLOGY 2019

2019

TRANSPOSITION

THE BRISTOL SHORT

STORY PRIZE 2018

JOINT THIRD PLACE

2018

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THE GIRL WHO

EATS LIGHTBULBS

NEW FLASH FICTION REVIEW

2018

AERIAL

FLASH FLOOD JOURNAL AND

FLASH FICTION FESTIVAL ANTHOLOGY ONE

2017/2018

ME ‘N’ CLAUDZ OF A SATURDAY NIGHT DOWN THE CHIPPY AND THE OASIS BAR

RIPENING: NATIONAL FLASH FICTION DAY ANTHOLOGY 2018 

2018

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REUNION

ELLIPSIS ZINE TWO

NOMINATED FOR THE PUSHCART PRIZE

2018

HOLY NIGHT

OPEN PEN

2017

HOW TO TELL A KESTREL FROM A HAWK

SHORT EDITIONS AIRPORT STORY DISPENSING MACHINES

2017

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NO LIGHTNING

SHORT EDITIONS AIRPORT STORY DISPENSING MACHINES

2017

BBC4 9PM  – THE ROLE OF

DNA IN AGEING

CONNOTATION PRESS

2017

WHITEOUT

(B)OINK ZINE

2017

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FLY AWAY HOME

REFLEX FICTION CONTEST

JUDGE: VANESSA GEBBIE

FIRST PRIZE

2017

EVERYTHING WOULD BE FINE IF THE FAMILY WOULD CALM DOWN

FLASH FLOOD JOURNAL

2017

SLEEP IS A BEAUTIFUL COLOUR

SLEEP IS A BEAUTIFUL COLOUR:

NATIONAL FLASH FICTION DAY ANTHOLOGY 2017 

NOMINATED FOR BEST SMALL FICTIONS 2018

2017

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ON THE UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD

FLASH FRONTIER

2017

ONE IN TWENTY-THREE

BATH FLASH FICTION AWARD

FIRST PRIZE

HANOI MOI NEWSPAPER

(IN TRANSLATION BY NGUYEN PHAN QUE MAI)

BAY LEN ANTHOLOGY

(IN TRANSLATION BY NGUYEN PHAN QUE MAI)

FORTHCOMING FROM CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS

NOMINATED FOR BEST SMALL FICTIONS 2017

2016, 2017, 2018, 2021

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"My sense is that if you go far enough in any stylistic direction, you can make a beautiful and complex representation of reality, although that representation may not be linear. God knows we’ve got enough linearity in our representations of our world. We’ve tremendously overvalued analytical knowledge, rationality, etc. To me, the process of writing is just reading what I’ve written and—like running your hand over one of those mod glass stovetops to find where the heat is—looking for where the energy is in the prose, then going in the direction of that."

George Saunders

CONTACT

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©2020 Helen Rye