New Reading Team

It’s just a couple of weeks until we publish our first edition that has stories from the January 2023 open submission period and we are very excited about that!

Ahead of us opening for submissions again for the month of May and the new WestWord Prize closing in June, we have taken on some readers to help us and are delighted to welcome Eleonora Balsano, Jamie D. Stacey and Sumitra Singam to the team.

Eleonora Balsano’s writing appears or is forthcoming in several journals and anthologies, including Portland Review, JMWW, In defense of Pseudoscience: Reflex Fiction Volume Five, NFFD Anthology 2023. In 2021, she won the Retreat West Monthly Micro competition, was an Honourable Mention for the Reflex Summer and was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. In 2022, she was a finalist for the Blue Frog award and won third place in the Strands International Flash Fiction Competition. In 2023 she was longlisted for the final Reflex Winter competition and a runner-up in the Retreat West Quarterly Themed competition. Eleonora is a reader for Longleaf Review. She lives in Brussels and is working on a dystopian novel. Twitter @norami. More on

Jamie D. Stacey is a full-time father and part-time writer. An avid reader of scratches on walls and scribbles in notebooks, he is drawn to stories that empathise, encourage, and empower. Whether he writes very short stories or novels, whatever the form or shape it’s the heart and hope inside each that matters. Find him on Twitter @JamieDStacey1 or

Sumitra writes in Naarm/Melbourne. She travelled through many spaces to get there and writes to make sense of her experiences. She’ll be the one in the kitchen making chai (where’s your cardamom?). She works in mental health. You can find her and her other publication credits on twitter: @pleomorphic2

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