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Lucy Goldring is a Northerner hiding in Bristol. She did a philosophy and sociology degree in the nineties and forgot to go home. Her fifteen year career in the third sector included a long stint promoting sustainability.

Lucy started writing ‘seriously’ in 2016 when she discovered she could type one-handed whilst her daughter napped on her. A year later the brilliant Mimi Thebo ran a writing course at her son’s school, which was packed with useful stuff and just the boost she needed. Mimi was kind enough to critique Lucy’s first attempts at writing.

Lucy has been shortlisted by Flash 500, Retreat West and three times by the National Flash Fiction Day (NFFD) for her micros. She once had a comedy sketch recorded for BBC’s Newsjack but it didn’t make the final edit. Were it not for winning Lunate Fiction’s monthly flash comp in 2020 with ‘The Eight Year Hope of Us (as seen on TV)’, she would have an acute case of bridesmaid complex.

Lucy has been published by 100 Word Story, The Cabinet of Heed, Comma Press, The Daily Drunk, Detritus Online, The Drabble, Ellipsis Zine, Friday Flash Fiction, Funny Pearls, Idle Ink, Lunate Fiction, (mac)ro(mic), the National Flash Fiction Day (anthology and FlashFlood event), Northern Gravy, Paragraph Planet, Punk Noir, Storgy, Reflex Fiction, Tiny Molecules and Truffle Magazine.

The editors of the 2019 National Flash Fiction Day anthology selected Lucy’s story ‘Listening from the Outside’ and later nominated it for Best Small Fictions 2020. In the same year 100 Word Story nominated her micro ‘Sisters in a Hotel Twin Room, 1988’ (previously shortlisted by NFFD).

Reflex Fiction have twice longlisted Lucy in their rolling quarterly competition. As well as being published online the longlisted stories – ‘Collapsing Isosceles’ (September 2018) and ‘Why I Still Don’t Care for Jazz’ (March 2021) – appear in Reflex’s award-winning anthologies.

Lucy writes a lot about climate angst whilst trying not to get overwhelmed by her own. Some of her climate-themed stories (including the Loomer Collection) may one day get wrangled into a collection.

When not writing or reading Lucy consumes an unhealthy volume of North American sitcom.

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