Joe Bedford is a writer from Doncaster, UK.
He received his BA Hons in English Literature with Creative Writing & Practice from Lancaster University in 2008, and has since written for various publications.
His short stories have been featured or are forthcoming in Adbusters, Cake, Cranked Anvil, Disclaimer, Ellipsis, Fictive Dream, Flash, Flock, The Ham Free Press, The Jellyfish Review, Litro, The London Journal of Fiction, Lunate, The Mechanics’ Institute Review, New Critique, The Nottingham Review, Retreat West, Spelk, Spontaneity, Storgy, Structo, Tales from the Forest and Wilder Stories. His work has also been performed as part of Brighton Fringe, Small Wonder Festival and Felixstowe Book Festival, and has been anthologised in Leicester Writes 2020, Rattles Tales 4 and The Brighton Prize Anthology.
In 2015, he was Highly Commended for the Manchester Fiction Prize and again in 2018 for the Hastings LitFest short story competition. In 2019, he was longlisted for the Cambridge Short Story Prize, placed runner-up in Retreat West’s themed flash competition, and won Waterstones’ sophomore Write & Raise prize.
So far this year he has been longlisted for the Fish Short Story Prize, the Cambridge Flash Fiction Prize and the Flash 500 summer competition, as well as being shortlisted for the Lunate 500 and placed second in both the Leicester Writes prize and the Cranked Anvil spring competition.
Alongside his own work, Joe hosts Bovine Cemetery, a regular short fiction performance night at Brighton’s Komedia theatre, described by Brighton Source as ‘the most exciting place for live original fiction’.
He is currently seeking representation for his novel A Bad Decade for Good People, as well as for his previous novel Music for Communists, his work on which earned him ‘Most Promising Student’ as part of Curtis Brown’s inaugural Edit and Pitch course.
He is reading his Creative Writing MA at Lancaster University, and has worked for Cake magazine as an Assistant Editor since Autumn 2019.
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