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Ed Cottrell was the 2018 Winner of the Desperate Literature prize for short fiction. His work has been chosen for Best Small Fictions 2019 (Sonder Press), shortlisted for the London Short Story Prize 2017, and appears in journals including 3:AM, Structo, Brittle Star and Neon Magazine.

He is an alumni of Escalator/Inspires (Writers’ Centre Norwich) and ‘Platform’ (Spread the Word, London), was a writer in residence at Toji Cultural Foundation (South Korea) in 2015, and a visiting writer at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Italy, in 2018.

He currently works as Digital Content Editor at Modern Poetry in Translation.


‘Frailings’ – Winner, Desperate Literature Prize for Short Fiction, 2018. (republished in StructoRead)

The Stone Mill – in 3:AM Magazine (republished in Best Small Fictions 2019)

The Bone Mole – The London Magazine Online

Two Cranes – in Neon Magazine.

Happy Gate – Shortlisted, London Short Story Prize, included in the London Short Story Prize Anthology 2017

Portraits – in Brittle Star. 

For Quite A While I Have Been Digging A Hole With This Dog – in Mechanics Institute Review Online.

Larva – in Neon Magazine.

Awards & residencies

Best Small Fictions, 2019

Winner, Desperate Literature prize for short fiction, 2018

Awardee, PLATFORM Spread the Word’s artist development scheme, 2017

Shortlisted, London Short Story Prize, 2017

Writer in Residence, Toji Cultural Foundation, April-June 2015

Winner, Escalator/Inspires competition, Writers’ Centre Norwich/Ideas Tap, 2014