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

Founder and Editor-in-Chief

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.

Gaynor Jones


Gaynor is an award winning writer known for her strange and surreal takes on life. In 2018 Gaynor won the Mairtín Crawford Short Story Award at the Belfast Book Festival and was named Northern Writer of the Year at the Northern Soul Awards. In 2019 her flash fiction collection, Business As Usual, received a special mention in the Saboteur Awards for Best Short Story Collection. Her work has been widely published, including in The Forge, Barrelhouse, Ellipsis Zine and the National Flash Fiction Day Anthology. She has won or been placed in several competitions and won first prize in the 12th round of the prestigious Bath Flash Fiction Award. Her novella-in-flash, Among These Animals, was published by Ellipsis Zine in 2021. She lives in Greater Manchester with her husband, dog, small child and a headful of weird ideas.