About Damhnait

Damhnait Monaghan is a Canadian who now lives in the UK. She has a Masters in Creative & Critical Writing from Winchester University. Her fiction and creative non-fiction have featured in a variety of anthologies including: Flash Nonfiction Funny (Woodhall Press), Flash I Love You (Paper Swans), EllipsisZine One, Hysteria 4, and National Flash Fiction Day (2016 and 2018). She is published in print and online in Jellyfish Review, Understorey Magazine, Still Point Arts Quarterly, The Fiction Pool, Flash Frontier, Brilliant Flash Fiction and elsewhere. She reads for the literary journal FlashBack Fiction and is an occasional judge for short fiction competitions. She’s on Twitter @Downith (which is also how to pronounce her first name.)

Food, Glorious Food

Publication in the National Flash Fiction Day anthology is an honour I wasn’t fully aware of when I first submitted two years ago, although I was quietly pleased when my flash ‘Onion’, made the cut and appeared in print in A Box of Stars Beneath the Bed (the 2106 anthology).

Flash forward two years and I’m much more aware of both the flash community and the kudos that come with publication in this anthology. So I went all out, submitting three flash for the anthology and two micros for the 100 word flash competition. The theme was food and my money was on a 500 word humorous piece, stuffed with more food references than a cookbook. That flash got nowhere, neither did a shorter funny flash, nor my micros. But I’m thrilled that my flash ‘Habits’ has made the cut. It features some of the characters who appear in ‘The Neverlands’, a mosaic flash that was published in Jellyfish Review last month, and has me thinking these characters have more to say.

The as yet untitled anthology will be published in the next few months, but in the meantime, you can read the winning and highly commended micro stories here. There’s a wonderful assortment and it’s fascinating and inspiring to see what can be done with 100 words. Congratulations to Fiona Jane Mackintosh, Charmaine Wilkerson and Rachael Dunlop, who came first, second and third respectively.

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Paris in the Springtime

Paris in the springtime was the inspiration for a micro flash I wrote recently entitled ‘I Don’t’.

I’m absolutely delighted that it was selected as the English language entry for the European Association of Creative Writing Programs Flash Fiction Contest.

You can read ‘I Don’t’ and the thirteen other entries here. (All of the non-English flash have been translated into English.)  There’s also a public vote ( with the final winner  selected by a panel of judges) but you can’t vote for the flash that represents your country.

 

One Fish, Two Fish, Jellyfish

Jellyfish Review is one of my dream publications so I was thrilled when editor Christopher James accepted a mosaic flash for publication before Christmas. It went up on the site today. It’s called The Neverlands and was created in a Kathy Fish Fast Flash workshop. If you ever get a chance to do a workshop with Kathy, grab it!

You can read The Neverlands here.

 

We Run Through the Dark Together

I’m so pleased to have a flash in ‘We Run Through the Dark Together’, an anthology released today by Inside the Bell Jar.  Editor in Chief Autumn Aurelia said she wanted Inside the Bell Jar to be “a home to those who are willing to openly discuss their darkness in a raw and honest manner.”

My flash ‘Postpartum’ is mostly fiction but there’s a smidge of reality in there. I’m so glad I mostly don’t recognise that tired stressed new mother anymore.

My story is on page 50 of this beautiful anthology:

 

You Say Tomato: Finding My (British) Voice

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Delighted to have my comic audio essay “You Say Tomato” included in 100 voices for 100 years. It’s about coming to grips with the British vernacular, although as you’ll hear, the accent remains out of reach. You can listen to it here 

100 voices for 100 years was set up by Miranda Roszkowski to commemorate the centenary of  female suffrage in the UK. Every day there’s a new piece written by a women on the theme of something they have achieved. There’s a wealth of inspiring voices waiting to be heard.

Flying Flash

One of my flash fiction stories, “Shut Up and Drive”, was selected for inclusion in Canada’s first short story dispensing machine, located at Edmonton International Airport. How cool is that?

 

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You can read more about the project here.

I would love to see a print-out of my story, so the first person who gets to Edmonton and sends me a picture of it will be awarded a prize.