The Judges

Sarah-Clare Conlon

Sarah-Clare Conlon is an editor and writer. She proofreads for a number of authors, is digital marketing assistant for Manchester Literature Festival and National Flash-Fiction Day, and writes smutty short-short stories and the award-winning arts blog Words & Fixtures. She also performs as one half of Les Malheureux with “grandmaster of flash fiction” David Gaffney. You can stalk her on Twitter via @wordsnfixtures.

Dave Hartley

The youngest member of the Flashtag gang, David scurries around the ankels of his elders slapping at their shinbones and shouting ‘The jellyman will get you!’ and ‘Where’s ma sweets?’. In between games of Catch the Rabbit and Skittlewink, he finds the time to write dark and devious little amusements, many of which have found their way into various pamphlets and interwebsites. In 2013 he published ‘Threshold’ with Gumbo Press, his debut collection of tickly and surprising flash fictions, which you can buy, right now, on the Kindle for less than half a ha’penny two bit bob. Before bedtime at the orphanage, he sometimes updates his blog You can also find him pickpocketing the people of twitter using his @lonlonranch moniker.

Tom Mason

Tom Mason is the chap behind 330 Words, the award-winning short fiction site famed for its brevity, talented submissions and blurry mobile photographs. When he’s not misusing the English language in his own stories, he’s usually dicking around on Twitter; this resulted in the creation of the soc-med-rom-com November in Manchester during 2009. Away from fiction, Tom has a beard, likes semi-colons and is very sensitive about his receding hairline.  You can torment him about it on Twitter @totmac.

Fat Roland

Fat Roland is a Mancunian journalist-turned-blogger with a passion for electronic music, which he blurts out in the form of his award-winning blog Fat Roland On Electronica. He’s a bookshop manager by day, but also DJs bleepy music in bars, produces and presents community radio, consults on blogging matters, writes and presents pub quizzes, performs comedy talks and even helps lead a Christian community based at Nexus Art Cafe. He writes fiction about tooth fairies and if you put your head in his mouth, you can hear the sea.
Benjamin Judge
As a toddler Benjamin Judge got lost on a family picnic: he was raised by two grumpy owls for the first ten years of his life. He is largely unaffected by this lost decade, though he does know slightly more about British birdlife than the average Manchester-based writer and he can usually be found toward the edges of social gatherings, softly, mournfully, coughing up tiny bones. Things that happen in his stories don’t often happen in other places. His blog is Who the Fudge is Benjamin Judge? He says words at @benjaminjudge.