I was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, and now live in London. Since 2013 my short fiction has won The White Review Short Story Prize, the London Short Story Prize and the Grist POV anthology competition, among others. It has also been shortlisted in contests from Glimmer Train, Short Fiction, Wasafiri and Aesthetica. Publication credits include Lighthouse; The Letters Page; The Lonely Crowd; Unthology; the Galley Beggar Press Singles Club; I Am Because You Are (a Freight Books collection of work inspired by the theory of General Relativity); and Flamingo Land and Other Stories (Flight Press). I am Editor at Short Fiction, and for 2016-17 I was one of Spread The Word’s Associate Writers. My collection This Paradise has been longlisted for the 2020 Orwell Prize for Political Fiction and the 2020 Edge Hill Prize.

I also work as a freelance writer: editing, proofing and providing copy of all kinds including marketing material, research-based reports, and press releases. Most (though not all) of my clients are environmental and non-profit organisations, academic bodies and individual writers.

The cacti pictured on this site live on a roundabout in Barcelona.

Twitter: @rubycowling 



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