‘F.C. Malby’s writing is intense, beautifully realised and ice-sharp.’ Jonathan Taylor, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing, University of Leicester, and editor of Overheard, Salt Publishing

‘F.C. Malby is one of those writers who makes you sit up and pay attention. She’s a natural storyteller, a gifted wordsmith, and fearless in taking her imagination to the dark side when the story requires it.’ Dan Coxon, fiction editor, Litro Magazine

‘Deeply moving and attuned to the subtleties of human relationships, FC Malby’s stories make us realise we’re only one step away from a completely different world.’ Ashley Stokes, editorial director and short fiction editor, Unthank Books

‘The stories will resonate with you long after finishing.’ Avril Joy, Costa Short Story Award Winner


Praise for Blood Red ‘It takes a great talent to drag me in so quickly.’

Praise for The Bench ‘This is minimalist writing at its best.’

Praise for Bird ‘It’s a treasure, pure poetry.’


Read an interview about my work at Paragraph Planet, where we discuss short story and novel writing, online presence and which writers have influenced my work. More interviews here.


This is the Year I Learn to Float, forthcoming in the Flash Flood Journal for National Flash Fiction Day’s 10th Anniversary, 26 June 2021

You Fold Yourself into Tiny Spaces, Reflex Press, June 2021

Small Sounds Ricochet Through the Darkness (In memory of Sarah Everard), Idle Ink, June 2021

Sacred Halos, Medium, May 2021

You Can Still Smell the Ashes, Orange Blush Zine, April 2021

Cheap Cider, Unpublishable, March 20201 (also on the podcast)


You Fold Yourself into Tiny Spaces, Longlisted, Reflex Press Quarterly international flash competition, Spring 2021, forthcoming in the Reflex Press Anthology, Summer 2022. ‘We received 720 entries from 39 different countries. We’ve compiled a longlist of fifty stories. Congratulations to everyone who made the longlist!’ Reflex Press

You Bruise Easily, nominated Non Poetry Publication of the Year in the Spillwords Press 2021 Awards and Publication of the Month in July 2020. ‘This is well done. Not just the choice of words, but the pacing and the structure. Really gets you and lets you into her world.’ Reader review.

Men Fondle Juliet’s Breast Highly Commended in the Lunate Fiction Flash Prize, judged by EllipsisZine Editor, Steve Campbell. ‘We were absolutely staggered by the quality of the writing by the four runners-up. Each one a micro marvel. Competition was fierce.’ Lunate Fiction


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