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Ed Cottrell was born and brought up in Oxford and now lives in Brighton. His fiction is published in journals including Brittle StarStructo and Neon Magazine. He was the 2018 winner of the Desperate Literature Prize for short fiction, was shortlisted for the London Short Story Prize in 2017, and selected for Spread the Word’s ‘Platform’ artist development scheme the same year.

He is an alumni of Writers’ Centre Norwich’s Escalator programme, was a writer in residence at Toji Cultural Foundation (South Korea) in 2015, and a visiting writer at the Civitell Ranieri Foundation, Italy, in 2018. He currently works as Digital Content Editor at Modern Poetry in Translation.


Read ‘The Stone Mill’ in 3:AM Magazine

Read ‘Two Cranes’ – From Neon Magazine. BUY THIS ISSUE

‘Happy Gate’ – featured in the London Short Story Prize Anthology 2017

Read ‘Portraits’ – From Brittle Star. BUY THIS ISSUE.

Read ‘For Quite A While I Have Been Digging A Hole With This Dog’ – From Mechanics Institute Review Online.

Read ‘Larva (or Catastrophe)’ – From Neon MagazineBUY THIS ISSUE.

Awards & residencies

Winner, Desperate Literature prize for short fiction, 2018

Awardee, PLATFORM Spread the Word’s artist development scheme, 2017

Shortlisted, London Short Story Prize, 2017

Writer in Residence, Toji Cultural Foundation, April-June 2015

Winner, Escalator/Inspires competition, Writers’ Centre Norwich/Ideas Tap, 2014

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