Avril Joy’s short fiction has appeared in literary magazines and anthologies, including Victoria Hislop’s, The Story: Love, Loss & the Lives of Women: 100 Great Short Stories. Her work has been shortlisted in competitions including, the Bridport, the Manchester Prize for Fiction and The Raymond Carver Short Story Prize in the USA. In 2012 she won the inaugural Costa Short Story Award. Her short story collection Millie and Bird and Tales of Paradise is published by Iron Press. She is a short story tutor for Manchester based Comma Press. Her latest novel, Sometimes a River Song, is published by the women only Linen Press. It was longlisted for the Guardian’s, Not the Booker Prize and is a finalist in The People’s Book Prize 2017.