About Hannah

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Hannah Retallick is a twenty-eight-year-old from Anglesey, North Wales. She was home educated, along with her two brothers. Hannah enjoyed writing creatively when she was younger, self-publishing a book at eleven years old; it was about her grandad’s cat and included paintings and sketches by wildlife illustrator, Philip Snow. She chose to voice animal characters, inspired by A.A Milne and Beatrix Potter, because she didn’t feel she knew enough about human nature to do people justice!


Following A Levels, Hannah studied with the Open University, graduating with a First-class honours degree, BA in Humanities with Creative Writing and Music. She has gained a Distinction in her Creative Writing MA with the OU, specialising in short fiction; she spent the second year in Cornwall, which became the setting for her dissertation stories. She is now working on a short story collection and a flash fiction collection. Her favourite modern writers include Jon McGregor, Kazuo Ishiguro, Sally Rooney, Gail Honeyman, and Stephen May.


In 2019, Hannah started to send her work to competitions and publications, and has been published in paperbacks, in e-books, and online. 



  • BA (Hons) in Humanities with Creative Writing and Music – The Open University

  • MA in Creative Writing (Distinction) specialising in short stories – The Open University

  • Essential Grammar with the Publishing Training Centre

Competition Prizes:

  • Anglesey Writing Festival Short Story Competition 2022 - First Place

  • Cranked Anvil Press Short Story Competition January 2022 - Second Place

  • Crossing the Tees Book Festival Short Story Competition 2020 - Highly Commended

  • Anansi Archive Flash Fiction Award Autumn 2021 - Highly Commended (eBook/paperback)


Competition Short-listings:

  • The Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival Writing Awards 2019 (Free anthology eBook)

  • Cambridge Short Story Prize 2018 (Paperback

  • Henshaw Short Story Competition June 2019

  • Bedford International Writing Competition 2019 (eBook/paperback

  • Fish Publishing Short Story Prize 2021

  • ChipLitFest Short Story Competition 2022

  • Fish Publishing Flash Fiction Prize 2022

  • Henshaw Short Story Competition March 2022

Competition Long-listings:

  • Fish Publishing Short Story Prize 2021

  • Mslexia Flash Fiction Competition 2021

  • Retreat West Flash Fiction Prize 2021

  • Retreat West Short Story Prize 2021

  • Bedford International Writing Competition 2021

  • Reflex Flash Fiction Contest Spring 2022

  • Exeter Writers Short Story Competition 2022

  • Brick Lane Short Story Prize long-longlist 2022

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