Shannon Savvas
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Born in New Zealand, left as a teenager to train as a nurse in the UK and ended up living in Saudi Arabia, Greece and Cyprus. I now divide my life and heart between New Zealand, England and Cyprus. I scribbled for years but only really got down to consistent writing in about 2009. The novel I was working on during that time is still brewing. But in 2014 I started writing short stories and flash fiction, receiving my first boost with the publication of a short story in New Zealand’s Headland journal in January 2015. 

Favourite contemporary writers: David Joy, Anne Michaels, Adrian McKinty

You can follow me on Twitter at @ShannonSavvas, on Instagram at @shannonsavvas, or my blog.

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Shannon admires

Kevin Barry: The Ox Mountain Death Song

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2012/10/29/ox-mountain-death-song

The video from The Word Factory of Kevin Barry reading his story:

https://vimeo.com/69466743

Tracey Slaughter: Postcards are a Thing of the Past

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/postcards-are-a-thing-of-the-past-by-tracey-slaughter-the-moth-short-story-prize-runner-up-1.3618103

The Word Factory: Archive of short story readings:

https://vimeo.com/user14539883/videos

Jessamine O’Connor: Poet https://www.jessamineoconnor.com/

Chapbook: Pact

Kathy Fish: https://www.kathy-fish.com/ Writer and teacher of fast and micro-fiction.

Wild Life (Collected works 2003-2018)

 

Testimonials

the winner simply, and by a good length, is a brilliant, dark, end-of-life narrative by Claire, planning the dispatch of her paedophilic husband Jack emotionally resonant, perfectly plotted and shaped.
— The publisher and founder of Liliput Press Antony Farrell, judge of The Cúirt New Writing Prize said of Palliation:

Published fiction, wins, long lists and short.

2019

March - Gulf Coast Magazine Online: Flash Fiction - Oh, The Pretty Boys https://gulfcoastmag.org/online/winter/spring-2019/oh-the-pretty-boys/

March/April - Winner of the Cuirt Literary festival New Writing Prize: Palliation https://www.cuirt.ie/

Cuirt Literary Festival, Galway, Ireland: April 10th Reading at the Town Hall Theatre of winning story Palliation during the Over the Edge Showcase https://twitter.com/OverTheEdgeOpen

Winter - Long listed in Reflex Fiction (Upcoming Anthology) and long listed in InkTears (Short Story), Flash500 (Flash Fiction), Fish Publishing (Short Story).

April - Reflex Fiction Spring Flash Fiction long list.

Short list Flash500 (Short Story) - short story Hippo Man won second prize

Commonwealth Writers Short Story Prize: Long listed

TSS Flash Fiction prize (first quarter): Long listed with two flash fictions and The Kraken won second prize

Flash500 flash fiction competition: two flash fictions long listed.

Into the Void literary Magazine: Issue 12 Published in print and online Athene Cunicularia https://intothevoidmagazine.com/current-issue/

2018

Upcoming anthology 2018 Bath Flash Fiction Award.

July - Dover, flash fiction, published by @fishpublishing in Fish Anthology 2018 (paywall) http://www.fishpublishing.com/fish-books/ 

July - The Desert Road is Prone to Erosion, short story, published by @HeadlandJournal in Headland, Issue 13 (paywall), https://www.amazon.com/Headland-Issue-1-Laura-McNeur-ebook/dp/B00SF35BRQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1438282889&sr=1-1&keywords=headland 

July 6, Anywhere But Here, flash fiction, published by @FictiveDream  https://fictivedream.com/2018/07/06/anywhere-but-here/ 

June 16, Running Out, flash fiction, published by Flash Flood Journal  http://flashfloodjournal.blogspot.com/2018/06/running-out-by-shannon-savas.html

May 30, flash fiction, Rita Used to Know How to Dance, published by @reflexfiction  https://www.reflexfiction.com/rita-used-to-know-how-to-dance-flash-fiction-by-shannon-savvas/ 

May 18, Inheritance of Heart, short story, published by @MoreStorgy  https://storgy.com/2018/05/18/fiction-inheritance-of-heart-by-shannon-savvas/ 

February, Pedometry, flash fiction, published by @InkTears  https://static1.squarespace.com/static/55e389e2e4b0fd055b7905dd/t/5a791bc108522976eabf847a/1517886402562/InkTears103+Flash+Winners+2+-+2017.pdf

February 6, The House of Pink, short story, published by @CabinetOfHeed in The Cabinet of Heed, Issue Four https://cabinetofheed.wordpress.com/2018/02/01/the-house-of-pink-shannon-savvas/ 

 

2017

December 31, Jimmy Choo Shoes, flash fiction, selected First Place, published by @reflexfiction in Barely Casting a Shadow – Reflex Fiction Volume One (paywall) https://www.reflexfiction.com/barely-casting-a-shadow-reflex-fiction-volume-one/ 

September, Agnus Dei, flash fiction, “Highly commended” published by the New Zealand Society of Authors in Horizons 3, Poems and Short Stories (paywall) http://www.topwriters.co.nz/publications.html 

2017, December, Arthur Mee’s Children’s Encyclopaedia, flash fiction, published by Ad Hoc Fiction in the lobsters run free, Bath Flash Fiction Volume Two (paywall) https://bathflashfictionaward.com/2017/12/the-lobsters-run-free-bath-flash-fiction-volume-two/ 

2017, January, Into the Looking Glass, short story, published by Brown Dog Books in Bath Short Story Award Anthology 2017 (paywall) https://www.bathshortstoryaward.org/anthologies-2013-and-2014/ 

 

2015

2015, January, The Loneliness of the Long-distance Woman, short story, published by headland.org.nz/ in Headland, Issue 1 (paywall), https://www.amazon.com/Headland-Issue-1-Laura-McNeur-ebook/dp/B00SF35BRQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1438282889&sr=1-1&keywords=headland 

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