Ruby Cowling writes literary fiction.  This site hosts links to some of her recent stories available online, and news including forthcoming work and events.

She lives in London.



Some story links

The Colonialist” – Galley Beggar Press [currently unavailable]

Superfar” – The Lonely Crowd, issue 3, winter. [There’s a short piece on writing Superfar here]

The Ground Is Considerably Distorted” – Lighthouse, issue 10

Flamingo Land” – winner of the London Short Story Prize 2014, also in Flamingo Land & Other Stories (Flight Press)

The Two-Body Problem” – I Am Because You Are,  a Freight Books anthology of pieces inspired by Einstein’s theory of General Relativity

Biophile” – winner of The White Review Short Story Prize 2014

Softy” – winner of the 2013 Prolitzer Prize

Mating Week” – winner of the 2017 Grist Anthology prize

Little Things” – Unthology 4 (link goes to book)

Everything I Had” – The View From Here

Abhra, The Cloud” – winner of the Words With Jam 2012 Short Story Competition

Is In The Air” – The Literary Consultancy author showcase

The Fire Was Thought To Have Been Caused By An Electrical Fault” – The Writing Disorder

The Mother” – Bound Off (audio)

Happily Ever After” – Apeiron Review

21 Ways To Begin An Explanation” – Punchnel’s


Recent Press Releases

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2015 – Finalists (“Edith Aleksander, b.1929”)

London Short Story Prize 2014 (“Flamingo Land”)

White Review Short Story Prize 2014 (“Biophile”)


Recommended collections

I’ve heard publishers argue that readers don’t buy short story collections, and I’ve heard readers say that though they love short stories, they don’t know what to buy. Shelving them separately in bookshops might help, don’t you think? But anyway, in the name of stimulating the market, here are a few short story collections (by contemporary writers) that I’d highly recommend. Highly. In no particular order…

In Persuasion Nation – George Saunders (and okay, all of George Saunders’ collections)

Willful Creatures – Aimee Bender

Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned – Wells Tower

Don’t Kiss Me – Lindsay Hunter

This Isn’t The Sort of Thing That Happens to Someone Like You – Jon McGregor

The Fun Parts – Sam Lipsyte

Things to Make and Break – May-Lan Tan

Memory Wall – Antony Doerr

No-one Belongs Here More Than You – Miranda July

Revenge – Yoko Ogawa

This is How You Lose Her – Junot Diaz

Goodbye Crocodile – Conor Patrick

See You In Paradise – J Robert Lennon

Drinking Coffee Elsewhere – ZZ Packer

Dark Lies The Island – Kevin Barry

Walk The Blue Fields – Claire Keegan

Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman – Haruki Murakami 

Young Skins – Colin Barrett

… and so many more…