I write flash fiction under the pen name Dawn Siofra North (Siofra is pronounced Shee-fruh). You can find out more on my writing site dawnsiofranorth.wordpress.com
What is flash fiction? There are various ‘definitions’, but I usually describe them as tiny stories. The appeal I find in both reading and writing flash is the combination of the poetic (which has a similar effect on the brain as some forms of meditation), the sensory (essential for embodiment), and the compressed (the art of ‘just enough’ and the mindfulness skill of letting go).
My collection of stories The Girl Who Survived won third place in the Retreat West 2021 Novelette-in-Flash Prize and is published in the anthology Monsieur by Retreat West (a novella-in-flash is a collection of stories that is linked by a narrative or thematic thread, it’s my favourite form to read aswell as to write!).
The stories in The Girl Who Survived grew out of my fascination with the protective strategies we adopt to feel safe in the world, and what happens when we are challenged to let go of them. It won third prize in the 2021 Retreat West Novelette-in-Flash prize, with competition judge Mary-Jane Holmes saying “Dawn wasn’t afraid to experiment…The use of lists, journal extracts and poems all work to give this narrative real grip”. Writer Judy Darley calls it ‘an exquisite mesh of a fable’ – you can read the full review on her site SkyLightRain
The story of how my mindfulness practice turned into writing fiction is on the main Creative Writing page.