About

Jess is a Wulfrunian in London. She likes her words and worlds a little weird.

Her writing has evoked comments such as 'fierce and compassionate' from editors and 'I just don't get it' from loved ones. New to creative fiction in Autumn 2019,  Jess's work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize '19, the Sundress Press 'Best of the Net' 2020, and selected for the BIFFY50 19-20. Her short and very short stories often centre a queering of gender and sexuality,  intertextuality, and a nod to speculative fiction/magic realism. Because damn, that's all great fun.

As a reader and reviewer  she shows her love with margin-scrawl, folded corners, cracked spines, and coffee-rings.

Short Fiction Online

With thanks to the editors of these wonderful magazines for their support:


Bound Together
[Forthcoming in The Book Collector] Finalist Banquet for Bibliophiles Competition | Target Practice – JMWW journal | The TurnoverLunate Third Prize third Lunate500 Competition, judged by Alan Michael Parker | The Mad Scientists' Glassblower: A Memoir of ServiceLunate Shortlisted third Lunate500 Competition. | Pieces of UsStorgy Magazine   | Ellie Makes Her Own Kind of Music Ellipsis Zine   | Barefoot Astronaut Tiny Molecules Issue Six | Conch Lunate. Shortlisted August Monthly Micro competition. | Such Things We Salvage Lunate   |  Sixgill Lunate Shortlisted July Monthly Micro competition |  Elan  – Lunate Shortlisted second Lunate500 Competition  judged by Rosie Garland | First of the Mad Notions Lunate Shortlisted second Lunate500 Competition | Space Raiders  – Retreat West First Runner Up, Quarterly Flash Competition and Nominated by RW for Sundress Publication's ‘Best of the Net’  | Legacy  – Cabinet of Heed, Issue 35  |  Warning Lunate    |  Fontana  – Lunate. Highly Commended International Women's Day Micro Comp. | Now Hold On  – Ellipsis Zine. Selected British and Irish Flash Fiction Top 50 Awards (the 'BIFFY50') 2019-20. | Twelve Maidens  – Lunate. Shortlisted  inaugural 'Lunate 500' Competition judged by Helen McClory. | What Happens in the Night  – Reflex Fiction. 'Just missed the longlist ' Winter 2019 | Family Dinner  – Storgy Magazine  | Curse - Lunate. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize

Fiction in Print


The Ninth Run - short story in Storgy Annihilation Radiation anthology (selected from the AR short story competition)

Book reviews & interviews

Few things bring as much joy as an ARC. Currently reviewing new fiction for Lunate, with a preference for independent presses, new voices, and/or literature in translation. If tempted to purchase any of the following, support your local indie.

Terminal Boredom by Isumi Szuki (Verso) Forthcoming | Dryland by Sarah Jaffe (Cipher Press) | The Prophets by Robert Jones Jr (Riverrun) | There's No Such Thing as an Easy Job by Kikuko Tsumura, Translated by Polly Barton (Bloomsbury) | Boy Parts by Eliza Clark (Influx Press)  with Author Interview  | The Night of the Flood by Zoë Somerville (Head of Zeus)  | Love Orange by Natasha Randall (Riverrun) | Piranesi by Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury)



Nice things people say...

With thanks to all in the literary community who have provided a platform, publicity, encouragement, and inspiration.


"I was immediately taken with [Space Raiders] when I read it for the first time, but I wanted to make sure that I wasn’t falling for an unusual structure…. I read it and re-read it and it still pinged something inside me each time. And it is the words as much as the structure…. It’s bitter while also nostalgic and it just spoke to me."

Gaynor Jones, Author and Judge, Retreat West Quarterly 'Abandoned' 2020 on 'Space Raiders' (nominated for Best of the Net 2020)


“… the key signatures of Jess’s writing: precision character creation; impossibly efficient storytelling .....the most elegant prose. …. Every sentence brims with sensory examination. The language is effortlessly advanced. But it is how it pulls the rug to engage with — it seems — another world entirely, that offers the reader the most satisfying jolt. Like the best work of Alan Garner, there is a thick seam of folk magic shining through the apparently humdrum setting. A genuine tour-de-force."

- Lunate on 'First of the Mad Notions' (Lunate500 Shortlist)



Contact

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