About

Photo credit: Diana Moschitz 

F.C. Malby graduated with a First Class Joint Honours degree in Geography and Education. She has travelled widely, teaching English in the Czech Republic, the Philippines and London, and has also worked as a portrait and landscape photographer. 

F.C. Malby is a reader for Reflex Press and her debut novel, Take Me to the Castle, won The People’s Book Awards. Her short fiction has been longlisted in The New Writer Magazine Annual Prose and Poetry Prizes, and won the Litro Magazine Environmental Disaster Fiction Competition. She was shortlisted by Ad Hoc Fiction, Lunate Fiction and TSS Publishing. ‘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.

She was nominated by Spillwords Journal for their Publication of the Month in July 2020. This piece has gone on to be nominated for Non Poetry Publication of the Year in the Spillwords Press 2021 Awards. Her writing was longlisted in the Reflex Press Quarterly International Flash Competition, Spring 2021, and is forthcoming in the Reflex Press Anthology, Summer 2022. 

Her debut short story collection, My Brother Was a Kangaroo, includes award-winning stories. She is also a contributor to Unthology 8 (Unthank Books), reviewed as, ‘some of the best writing around,’ and Hearing Voices: The Litro Anthology of New Fiction, along side Pulitzer prize winner, Anthony Doerr. It has been described as containing, ‘some of the most exciting and unique new voices to have appeared in modern fiction over the last few years.’

Her work has been widely published online in places like Litro, Ellipsis Zine, The Drabble, Spelk, Fictive Dream, Virtualzine, Cabinet of Heed, Reflex Press, Lunate and Idle Ink. Her most recent work has been published in the Flash Flood Journal for the 10th Anniversary of National Flash Fiction Day, 2021.

Her first few poems have recently been published, along with a podcast reading. She has given book readings at the Unthank Books launch of Unthology 8 at The Library in Norwich, at a Pens of the Earth event in collaboration with The Great Big Green Week, as well as book groups, including a young carers group in Suffolk, as well as writing workshops in schools. Please get in touch for book readings, group discussions and workshops.

F.C. Malby has completed her second second novel, a crime thriller set in Europe and a second short fiction collection. Having lived in Vienna for eight years, she now lives near the coast in the UK, and finds inspiration for writing from beach walks, art and snippets of conversation.