***NORTHERN WRITER OF THE YEAR 2018***
“Jones’ style is hypnotic and arrestingly beautiful” – Storgy magazine
I am a freelance writer based in the North West. In 2018 I won the Mairtín Crawford Short Story Award at Belfast Book Festival and was named ‘Northern Writer of The Year’ at the Northern Soul Awards. My short fiction has been nominated for many accolades including the Pushcart Prize, Best Small Fictions and Best of The Net . I have two stories featured in the Best British and Irish Flash Fiction and my award-winning story, The Thing Between Your Legs, was longlisted for the Wigleaf Top 50. My flash fiction collection, Business As Usual, received a special mention in the 2019 Saboteur Awards for Best Short Story Collection. In 2019 I won first prize in the 12th Bath Flash Fiction Award and third prize in the Anton Chekhov Award for Short Fiction.
“Gaynor Jones writes with bravery, capturing life as it really is, never once shirking the truth” – Adam Lock
I am a regular performer at spoken word nights in Manchester and a champion of the short fiction scene in the North West. I performed at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe with For Books Sake, reading from my current work in progress.
In April 2019 I attended the Liminal Residency’s Alton Towers Resort alternative writing residency, in the company of Claire Fuller, SJ Bradley, Alison Powell & Julia Deakin.
In July 2019 I joined Retreat West, helping to promote the books they publish as well as providing editorial and web support.
I have been a reader for lit mag Ellipsis Zine and a first reader for the TSS and Brighton Prize short story competitions. I am currently a judge for the London Independent Short Story Prize (LISP). I run the Story For Daniel competition to raise awareness of blood stem cell donation and childhood cancer support.
“Gaynor’s writing is richly lyrical and evocative, drawing you to familiar events and places but with a dash of the unsettling” – Rebecca Williams
I love writing. performing, talking and teaching. If you would like to book me for an event or workshop or commission a piece of work please get in touch to discuss fees and availability.
“Gaynor Jones is one of the most exciting voices today. Her unique speculative vision, articulated with equal parts humour and pathos, transforms images of everyday life into a modern mythology” – Mary Lynn Reed & Lesley C. Weston, MoonPark Review
Originally posted 2018-06-04 15:55:29.