Joanna Campbell


I live in Gloucestershire and write novels, short stories, novellas and flash-fiction. I studied German at Exeter University and—perhaps as a result of living in Germany for a year during the Cold War era—often write about division and isolation.

My historical novella, Sybilla, was published on June 16th 2022 (National Flash Fiction Day).

My contemporary novel, Instructions for the Working Day, will be published on August 31st 2022 (Fairlight Books).

My short stories have been published in all kinds of anthologies and magazines, for example, the Pindrop/Royal Academy collection, A Short Affair, published by Simon & Schuster, and Mslexia. They have won first prize in the Exeter Writers competition, the Bath Short Story Award Local Prize, the London Short Story Prize, the Magic Oxygen Literary Prize, the Retreat West Short Story Prize and the National Flash Fiction Day Novella-in-Flash Award.

My short story collection, When Planets Slip Their Tracks was shortlisted for the Rubery International Book Award and longlisted for the Edge Hill University Prize.

My novella-in-flash, A Safer Way to Fall, was a runner-up in the inaugural Bath Flash Fiction Award and published in How To Make A Window Snake (Ad Hoc Fiction).

My flash-fiction story, Confirmation Class, won second place in the 2017 Bridport Prize, for which my short stories have been shortlisted many times.

I have also judged several short story and flash-fiction competitions.