WestWord is a literary journal from Retreat West.

Launching in 2022 with a special edition of stories that were written as part of our Online Flash Festivals, we publish three editions a year and each edition will include short stories, flash fictions and micro fictions.

All the info on when and how to submit is on our Submissions page.

Amanda Saint


Amanda is the author of two novels, As If I Were A River (2016) and Remember Tomorrow (2019). Her short stories, flash and micro fictions have been widely published in journals and anthologies, and placed and listed in many international prizes, including the Mslexia Flash Fiction Prize and the Fish Flash Fiction Prize. Amanda founded and runs Retreat West, providing an online writing community, competitions and courses; and the award-winning Retreat West Books indie press (Most Innovative Publisher 2020 Saboteur Awards), which publishes short fictions, novels and memoirs.


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 eleonorabalsano.net

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 www.jamiedstacey.co.uk.

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