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, FlockThe Ham Free Press, Jellyfish Review, Litro, The London Journal of Fiction, Lunate, The Mechanics’ Institute Review, New Critique, The Nottingham Review, Postall, 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. In 2020, he was longlisted for the Fish Short Story Prize, the Cambridge Flash Fiction Prize, the HG Wells Short Story competition, the Retreat West Short Story 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 graduated with his Creative Writing by Independent Project MA from Lancaster University in November 2020. He is currently seeking representation for his novel A Bad Decade for Good People, which was longlisted for the Grindstone Novel Prize 2020.


Photography by Deborah Thwaites

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