Holly Atkinson

Holly Atkinson

I studied for a Masters Degree in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University College in 2001, and following that I was offered a six month mentoring scholarship sponsored by the Arvon and Jerwood foundations. I have been published in Staple magazine and in Leaf Book’s nano-fiction competition book Ada. I was longlisted for the Bristol Short Story Prize in 2011, and in 2013 I was longlisted for the Bath Short Story Award and was published in their e-book Good Reads: The Bath short Story Award 2013.  In 2015 I won first prize in the Selfpublishing.ie Winter Warmers short story competition. I'm falling back in love with the short story form and am working on a collection.


Holly Atkinson in 60 seconds

When did you start writing?

2000 Bristol, UK

What do you love about Short Stories?

A great short story can take you on a journey with a few skilful words.

Do you write in other forms?

I wrote a novel, long ago, and would love to again.

What distracts you from writing?

Outside of writing, what are your other passions?

Travel, Rock Climbing

What is your favourite book?

Alias Grace by Margaret Attwood

Who are your favourite writers?

Jeanette Winterson, Margaret Attwood and Edward Carey

Where is your dream location?

New Zealand

What one item would you put into Room 101?


Do you have any advice for new writers?

Don't compare your first draft with somebody else's finished piece - it's probably their 15th draft, at least.

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