Matt Kendrick is a writer, editor and teacher based in the East Midlands, UK. His short fiction has appeared in Bending Genres, Cheap Pop, Craft Literary, FlashBack Fiction, Fictive Dream, Lunate, New Flash Fiction Review, Spelk, Splonk, and elsewhere. He has been placed or listed in various writing competitions including Bath, Flash 500, the Oxford Flash Fiction Prize, Reflex and Leicester Writes. His work has been included on the Biffy 50 list for 2019-20, in Best Microfiction 2021, Best Small Fictions 2022 and the Wigleaf Top 50 list for 2022. He has also been nominated for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize. Currently, he is taking a break from tiny stories in order to focus on a novel - it is not going well!

As a freelance editor, he is part of the Retreat West editorial team and also offers editorial services via this website. He was previously Flash Fiction Editor at Lucent Dreaming.


His teaching mainly focuses on the nitty-gritty of words and sentences, facilitating the occasional "live" workshop via Zoom and running an asynchronous workshop series called "Write Beyond the Lightbulb".


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Latest News

June 2022 - My Cheap Pop story "Everything They Are Running From" has been included in the Wigleaf Top 50 for 2022.

May 2022 - Thrilled to be included in Best Small Fictions 2022 with my story "Black Annis" (originally published in New Flash Fiction Review) alongside some stellar writers.

March 2022 - Delighted to have placed second in the Oxford Flash Fiction Prize with my story 'The Salt Trick'.

March 2022 - Join me for a new ninety-minute workshop hosted by Lucent Dreaming on creating stories that move towards a point of hope.

December 2021 - Excited to be announced as the judge for the Lucent Dreaming Flash Fiction competition 2022.

September 2021 - New story in New Flash Fiction Review inspired by a local Leicestershire legend.

September 2021 - Teaching a new mini-workshop as part of 'The Great Festival Throw Down' in February.

August 2021 - New 'Write Beyond the Lightbulb' course on 'Glorious Writing' starting in November with further iterations through 2022

June 2021 - Giddyingly ecstatic to have placed 2nd in the latest round of Reflex Fiction. You can read the story here.

March 2021 - Excited to be a judge for 'The Great Festival Flash-Off' in July. I'll also be teaching a mini-workshop as part of the event.

January 2021 - Over the moon that my story 'a list of things that are white' has been chosen for inclusion in Best Microfiction 2021.


January 2021 - Thrilled to be included on Reflex Fiction's list of award nominations for Best Small Fictions.


November 2020 - New flash fiction piece in Reflex Fiction: 'People Present on Carnaby Street on a Saturday Afternoon in Early May'.

September 2020 - Honoured to have been included on the Biffy50 list of the best British and Irish flash fiction pieces 2019-2020.

August 2020 - Retreat West have launched a new editorial service and I'm delighted to be working as one of their editorial team.

August 2020 - New flash fiction piece and accompanying craft essay in Craft Literary: 'Surreal Portraits of the Future Us'.