Phil Olsen — Writer of s(h)orts

Phil Olsen is a writer from Liverpool who enjoys finding absurdism in the everyday. He has a master’s in Creative Writing from the University of Manchester’s Centre for New Writing.

Phil is the Fiction Editor at Sabotage Reviews. Since taking up the role in March 2019, he has edited and published reviews of short story collections, anthologies and novellas for the site. He is also a contributing editor at Vestal Review.

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 shortlisted for the STORGY Flash Fiction Competition 2019 and for the Bath Flash Fiction Award in 2017.

He was a finalist in the NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge in both 2018 and 2019.

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Phil performing his Re/Place(s) commission at the Victoria Baths Weekend of Words in Manchester on 8 June 2019. Photograph courtesy Gwen Riley Jones. Phil's story 'Minor Modifications' was later published online by The Liminal Residency.

“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.”

Helen Lynch, Book Week Scotland 2014 competition judge, author and lecturer at University of Aberdeen.