Phil Olsen is a writer from Liverpool who specialises in short stories and flash fiction. He has a master’s in Creative Writing from the University of Manchester’s Centre for New Writing.
In March 2019, Phil was appointed as the new Fiction Editor at Sabotage Reviews.
In July 2019, he also joined the editorial team at Vestal Review as a First Reader.
His short story ‘Ketova’ is due to be published by Comma Press in the forthcoming anthology Mirror in the Mirror.
Phil has won three flash fiction competitions: the Northern Short Story Festival slam in 2017, Writing on the Wall’s WoWFest 2016, and Book Week Scotland 2014. He was also shortlisted for a Bath Flash Fiction Award in 2017.
He was a finalist in NYC Midnight’s Short Story Challenge in both 2018 and 2019, having placed in the top three of his group with his round one and round two stories in each year’s competition.
He has blogged about short story courses for Comma Press, and literary events for Manchester Literature Festival.
Phil’s fiction is often infused with dialogue and dark humour and he enjoys finding absurdism in the everyday. He is inspired by masters of the short form including George Saunders, Miranda July, Adam Marek, Jeremy Dyson, Lydia Davis, J.D. Salinger, Raymond Carver and Alice Munro.
Find out more about Phil’s writing experience, including courses, critiquing, editing and literature event reviews.
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“I chose ‘Red Eye Reduction’ to be the overall winner because the story managed to combine so many elements with apparently so little effort. Structuring the narrative around the entirely visualisable but oddly abstract activity which is computer picture editing, the writer was able to handle characterisation while pulling in the other thematic strands with humour and panache.”