Biography

Alex Reece Abbott

An award-winning, emerging writer, working across genres, forms and hemispheres, my writing spans contemporary and historical stories, including noirish crime in novels
and short fiction.

My short fiction is widely anthologised and published. Currently revising my contemporary women’s novel, Welcome Back, Stranger, which has shortlisted for several prizes, I’m the 2017 Writer in Residence for the sixth annual
Hysteria International Writing Competition
.

I’ve lived in both hemispheres and worked around the world in all kinds of weird and wonderful jobs – mostly to do with stories in one way or another. A finalist in the Bath Novella-in-Flash competition, last year, my historical literary crime novel, The Helpmeet, was a winner in the Greenbean Irish Novel Fair. My crime novel The Lazy Wolf longlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger Award, and my contemporary crime story, Last of the Lucky Country, shortlisted for the Northern Crime Competition. My crime stories have been winners the CWA Debut Dagger – Opening Lines and Liars’ League and been Highly Commended in JBWB Short Story Competition.

My short fiction has won the Northern Crime Competition  and the Arvon Prize, and often shortlists, including for the Sunday Business Post/Penguin Short Story Prize , the Bridport Prize, Fish, Mslexia, the Society of Authors’ Margot Manchester Award, the Elbow Room Prize, the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition, Cúirt New Writing Prize; Wells Festival of Literature Short Story Competition; Ilkley Literature Festival Short Story Competition and the Fish Flash Fiction Prize.

My stories have placed runner-up in New Writer Prose Awards, the Words on the Waves Awards, BLOC New Writing Showcase, the Global Short Story Competition and the Maria Edgeworth Prize.

A range of my stories appear and are upcoming in London Journal of Fiction, the Katherine Mansfield Society: Creative Work, Northern Crime One, Literally StoriesHeadland Journal, Takahe Magazine, the Maine Review, Hypertext, Pure Slush, Spelk Magazine, Flash Frontier, The Nottingham Review , Words on the Waves, Hysteria, Noble Gas Quarterly and Stand Up Tragedy, Halo Literary Magazine, Fortune: The HG Wells Anthology, FlashFlood, To Carry Her Home: The Bath Flash Fiction Anthologythe Furious Hope Anthology and Landmarks: The 2015 National Flash-Fiction Day Anthology, among others.

After starting out in writing as a qualified journalist and accredited public relations consultant,
I later went on to complete an MA (Distinction) in Creative Writing. During an award-winning career, I’ve written, edited, produced and directed a wide range of publications and broadcast quality productions.

I also have an MSc (Distinction) in Organisational Change & Consultancy from
Sheffield Business School. My special interests are relational ethics and narrative techniques in
coaching-mentoring practice and research. I have a specialist Arvon/NAWE qualification in coach-mentoring writers.