Zoë Marriott wins the Oxford Flash Fiction Prize!

Zoë D. Marriott is a fully-funded OOC DTP student just beginning the second year of her PhD in Creative Writing at the Open University.

Recently, Zoë's short story ACHING BONES was announced as one of the winners of the prestigious Oxford Flash Fiction Prize. The darkly Feminist tale of harm and healing took third place overall, and will now be published in the upcoming Oxford Flash Fiction anthology before Christmas this year. Judges stated:

"The story took me away to another time and place altogether. [...] I love the imagery, and the metaphors—the eel, the birds calling. The harsh winter when she was on her own without her mother, that she barely survived, but then the spring came and renewed her faith in herself..." -- Eliot Li

"An accomplished tale, one painting the dark hinterland of the central character’s experience. Mysterious and memorable." -- Rachel Edwards

Zoë is the author of ten critically acclaimed novels for young adults. Her interdisciplinary research - supervised by Dr Joanne Reardon and Dr Edward Hogan - blends creative writing techniques with an evolving understanding of the discoveries of modern theoretical physics and an exploration of Romantic & Pre-Raphaelite art and literature in order to investigate non-linear representations of time in contemporary timeslip novels. She blogs regularly about the ups-and-downs of her journey to a PhD as a non-traditional student at An Eddying Flight and talked there about how ACHING BONES was rejected many times before it finally found a home."