Monica Ali

Monica Ali is an award-winning, bestselling writer whose novels include Brick Lane, In the Kitchen and Untold Story. She was chosen as one of Granta’s 2003 Best of Young British Novelists. Her work has been translated into 26 languages, and she has judged a number of literary prizes including as Chair of the Asian Man Booker. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications including the Guardian, the Times, The New Yorker, and the New York Times, for which she is a literary reviewer. Monica has been a guest editor of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, and has presented several editions of the Radio 4 show, A Point of View. She is a Fellow of the RSA and of the Orwell Prize. She has taught creative writing at Columbia University, New York, where she was a visiting Professor, and she is currently Distinguished Writer in Residence at the University of Surrey.

Monica says:

“Let’s start with the title - it has to earn its place. The titles will have a job to do here. Then I will be looking for flash fictions that aren’t all about a punch line, an ending that contains a reveal. I am hoping for micro-stories that are beautiful enigmas, that leave me wrestling with them long after I’ve put them down. I don’t love opacity. I do love layers. I am not averse to a little humour. I’m in awe of anyone who can write decent flash fiction, it’s a tough business, so I am wide open to all the entries and very much looking forward to reading them”.

Purple (Flash Fiction)

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