Matt Kendrick is a writer and editor based in the East Midlands, UK. His short fiction has appeared in Bending Genres, Cheap Pop, Craft Literary, FlashBack Fiction, Fictive Dream, Lunate, Spelk, Splonk, Storgy, and The Cabinet of Heed. He has been listed in various writing competitions including Bath, Flash 500, Reflex and Leicester Writes, and he won the Retreat West "Abandoned" flash fiction competition in June 2020. His story 'Life in the Colliery' was included on the Biffy 50 list for 2019-20 and another story 'a list of things that are white' was included in Best Microfiction 2021. He has also been nominated for Best of the Net, Best Small Fictions and the Pushcart Prize.

As a freelance editor, he is part of the Retreat West editorial team. He also runs the Betas & Bludgers writing groups and was previously Flash Fiction editor at Lucent Dreaming. He facilitates writing workshops and is currently working on a workshop series entitled 'Writing Beyond the Lightbulb' which focuses on various elements of writing craft.

Editing Services

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Latest News

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

April 2021 - Back on the Reflex Fiction longlist with a story about the pianist, Paul Wittgenstein.

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'.

October 2020 - Ecstatic that my Retreat West competition winner from earlier in the year has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.


October 2020 - Back on the Reflex Fiction longlist with my story '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'.

July 2020 - Delighted that my story 'End of the Line' has been nominated for Best of the Net by Splonk magazine.

June 2020 - My story 'Conchie Faces the Squad' has been longlisted in the Bath flash fiction award. My third Bath longlisting.

June 2020 - The Leicester Writes short story award longlist has been released and my piece 'Bottled Up' is there alongside some other great titles.

June 2020 - Thrilled to have won the Retreat West 'Abandoned' flash fiction competition with my story 'It was the Horse that Killed Her'.

May 2020 - My story 'How to Refill an Invisible Balloon' has come third in the Green Stories flash competition.