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, TSS and Wilder Stories. His work has also been performed as part of Brighton Fringe, Small Wonder Festival, Felixstowe Book Festival and Literary Leicester, and has been anthologised in Descent, Leicester Writes 2020 and 2021, Parracombe Prize Anthology 2020, Rattle Tales 4, Secret Attic 9, The Brighton Prize Anthology and Winding Roads.

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. Last year he was longlisted for the Exeter Story Prize, the Parracombe Prize,  the Leicester Writes Prize and the Fiction Factory short story competition, shortlisted for the Bournemouth Writing Prize, and placed runner-up in City Academy’s short story competition, Hastings Writers Room short story competition and the eleventh Secret Attic contest. So far this year he has been longlisted for the Retreat West Short Story Prize, the Wenlock Olympian Society short story competition, the Fiction Factory short story competition and the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, as well as being shortlisted for the Oxford Flash Fiction Prize.

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’. Bovine Cemetery is currently on hiatus, though enquiries are still welcome via bovinecemetery@gmail.com.

He graduated with his Creative Writing by Independent Project MA from Lancaster University in November 2020. In January 2021, he was an awarded a Developing Your Creative Practice grant from Arts Council England to go towards developing research and methodology skills for longer fiction, as part of which he launched his interview series Writers on Research (see left). In April 2021, he was awarded a fully-funded M4C studentship to pursue a Creative Writing PhD at the University of Leicester, under the supervision of Dr Jonathan Taylor (Leicester), Dr Bernhard Forchtner (Leicester) and Dr Jonathan Skinner (Warwick). In September 2021 he began work towards a novel investigating the ambivalent relationship between nature and nationhood.

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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