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Here you will find details of the amazing team of people involved with running this website and the various projects that take place on it.

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Christopher Fielden

Christopher Fielden

Founder & CEO (Cardinal Editorial Overlord)

Yes, he thought up his own job title …

Chris is a multi-award-winning short story author, who has won many competitions, including the Writers’ Forum competition, with his stories ‘Devil’s Crush’ and ‘The Keith of Death’, and the Laurel House competition with his story ‘The Cat, the Bull and the Madman’.

His short stories have been published in magazines, journals, books, anthologies, on websites and by independent publishers, including InkTears – Death of a Superhero (2017) – and Dark Lane Books – Dark Lane Anthology: Volume 4 (2016), Volume 5 (2017) and Volume 6 (2018).

He is the author of How to Write a Short Story, Get Published & Make Money, which has been an Amazon bestseller.

Chris is a publisher. He works with a variety of established authors to run educational and fun flash fiction writing challenges. Via these challenges, he has published hundreds of authors in anthologies and raised thousands of pounds for various charities.

Chris runs, and is the head judge of, the To Hull And Back humorous short story competition, which attracts entries from all over the planet.

Chris is also a successful blogger and has written for many websites, including Moz, Matthew Woodward, The Short Story and many more. His website currently has over 300,000 users, a number which increases substantially every year.

While not from an academic background, Chris draws on his real-life experience to give authors advice and tips to help them see their words in print. Whenever possible, he uses his published stories as case studies, to clearly show how any advice was used in practice to achieve success.

This format has been very successful, and helped a lot of writers become published short story authors, via the website (see Rhiannon Lewis’s case study as an example) via his book (read the reviews on Amazon) and his proofreading services (see the testimonials in the writing services section).

You can learn more than you are likely to want to know about Chris on the About page of this website.

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Allen Ashley

Allen Ashley

Short Story & Poetry Expert, Editor, Critique Provider and Writing Challenge Instigator

Allen has won the British Fantasy Award and has been shortlisted on five other occasions. He is a renowned short fiction author, editor and poet specialising in, but not limited to, the science fiction and fantasy genres.

He is the author or editor of fourteen published books. He is the sole judge for the annual British Fantasy Society Short Story Competition and is a committee member for the British Fantasy Society with the particular focus of encouraging new writers.

Since 2013, he has been a professional critical reader for a reading agency. He works as a creative writing tutor, with six groups currently running across north London, including the advanced science fiction and fantasy group Clockhouse London Writers.

He is the singer and lyricist with the indie-rock band The False Dots and is also an event host, including co-hosting (with Sarah Doyle) the successful Rhyme & Rhythm Jazz-Poetry Club series at the Dugdale Theatre in Enfield from 2013 to 2016.

He runs Allen's Sensory Overload Writing Challenge with Chris on this website.

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Dr Lynda Nash

Dr Lynda Nash

Short Story & Poetry Expert, Editor and Critique Provider

Lynda is a Creative Writing tutor who has been educating, mentoring and encouraging authors of all ages and abilities for over ten years. She understands the highs and lows of being a writer and knows the importance of solid, constructive and affordable feedback. Her teaching experience and love of her craft helps her to connect with students and clients on a more personal level.

Lynda is an Arts Council trained creative practitioner – working with the Lead Creative Schools project – and has taught GCSE English Language and Literature in community colleges. As a freelance editor, she helps clients realise their self-publishing dreams by taking them from written manuscript to formatted publication. Her own fiction and poetry has been published in magazines such as Mslexia, Penumbra and Borderlines and in various anthologies such as Secondary Character, The Dance Is New, Exposure and The Welsh Women’s National Coalition. She regularly writes reviews for Buzz, Cardiff’s entertainment magazine.

Lynda lives in South Wales where she runs the award-winning writing group,Caerphilly Scribes. Her professional qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts, an MPhil and a PhD in Creative and Professional Writing. She is the author of Ashes Of A Valleys Childhood (poetry), Not As Pointless As You (short fiction, paperback and audio book), and Danny Down The Drainpipe and The Detention Gang: Day of The Desperate for younger readers.

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Edward Field

Edward Field

Novel & Short Story Copy Editing Expert

Edward has over 15 years’ experience writing and editing in the corporate world, including novels, books, award ceremony scripts, videos, marketing material, speeches, presentations and brochures.

He has written award ceremony scripts for the likes of Claudia Winkleman, Gyles Brandreth and Mark Dolan, and his corporate clients have included Virgin Media, Petronas, Wrigley, HBOS and The London Institute of Finance and Banking.

His fiction has appeared on shortlists and in anthologies, and one of the novels he edited is currently being pitched by a renowned production company as a primetime TV serial. His non-fiction has graced DVDs, websites, regional publications and magazines, including Breathe, whilst his humorous manual, Permission to Rage: The Book on How to Complain Effectively, is ticking along nicely on Amazon.

On the lighter side, his children’s scripts, published by Via Afrika, are educating thousands of children across South Africa and one of his features generated the biggest ever mailbag for The Stage. He is also the winner of the Golden Trowel and Dennis Cartledge Award, though neither has very much to do with writing.

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Sandra Unerman

Sandra Unerman

Short Story Expert, Editor and Critique Provider

Sandra Unerman’s fantasy novel Spellhaven was shortlisted for an award by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts in 2017. She is also the author of Ghosts and Exiles and a number of short stories published in anthologies and magazines.

She has an MA in Creative Writing from Middlesex University (where she specialised in SF and fantasy). She enjoys reading other kinds of fiction, including mysteries and historical novels.

She is a member of two critiquing groups, in which people provide regular feedback on one another’s work, and has attended the Milford writing workshop. She writes book reviews and articles about the craft of writing for the British Science Fiction Association. She is a member of London Clockhouse Writers, of the Folklore Society and the Historical Novels Society.

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Sarah Doyle

Sarah Doyle

Poetry Expert, Editor and Critique Provider

Sarah Doyle is Poet-in-Residence to the Pre-Raphaelite Society, for whom she writes commissioned new poetry responding to the lives and work of the Pre-Raphaelites, and co-judges an annual poetry competition. 

She is co-author (with Allen Ashley) of a poetry collection, Dreaming Spheres: Poems of the Solar System, published by World Fantasy Award-winning PS Publishing in 2014. 

Sarah holds an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway College, University of London, and has been published widely in magazines, journals and anthologies.  She won the William Blake Poetry Prize in 2015, and has been placed in numerous poetry competitions, including The Frogmore Prize, Winchester, Poetry on the Lake, Mslexia, Live Canon, Café Writers, York Mix, etc.

Sarah has guested at many poetry readings in and around London, also curating events and performing as a jazz-poet in collaboration with musicians. 

As a freelance professional critical reader, Sarah works both for a highly-regarded authors’ advisory service, and directly with private clients. She is a meticulous close-reader and a perceptive critic, providing robust yet sensitive critiques on poetry manuscripts (ranging from free verse to formal poetry to contemporary, experimental work), and offering practical advice on where and how to submit work.

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Writing Challenge Instigators, To Hull And Back judges and more coming in the not too distant future.

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