MEET THE TEAM

Zala Jambrovic Hatic

Zala Jambrovic Hatic

Director and Chief Editor

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Zala Jambrovic Hatic is a writer and editor based in San Diego, CA. She holds a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Edinburgh and has work published in Hillfire Anthology, From Arthur’s Seat, and others. A full-time bookworm, she enjoys discovering new fictional worlds and creating her own.

Nathan Breakenridge

Nathan Breakenridge

Head of Poetry

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Nathan Breakenridge is a writer and editor living in Edinburgh, Scotland. He has an MLitt in Creative Writing from the University of Stirling, and his prose and poetry have been published in Gutter, Neon, and New Writing Scotland, among others.

Christa Burgin

Christa Burgin

Head of Prose

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Christa Burgin is a writer and editor based in the New York City area. She holds a master’s in creative writing from the University of Edinburgh and a bachelor’s in English and psychology from St. Lawrence University. Her passions include writing, traveling, taking photos, and spoiling her dog, Buster.

Kaja Persolja

Kaja Persolja

Head of Communications

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Kaja Persolja lives in Ljubljana, Slovenia. She has a bachelor’s degree in English and Comparative Literature, and is currently doing her master’s degree in English Language Teaching at the University of Ljubljana. She is a Shakespeare enthusiast and an avid reader of YA fiction. Her favourite hobbies are hiking, travelling, and crocheting.

S. J. Lyon

S. J. Lyon

Editor & Copyeditor

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S. J. Lyon is a queer London-based writer and charity worker. She is excited to be joining the team as a contributing editor. SJ writes fiction and narrative non-fiction. In 2022 she was selected for the London Writers Award and is working on a memoir, her first book. 

Carly Craig

Carly Craig

Website Manager & Copy-editor

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Carly Craig is a British-American writer and business analyst based in Edinburgh. She is the Executive Editor for Hillfire Press and a graduate of the New England Young Writers’ Conference and the University of Edinburgh, where she was awarded an MA in English Literature with First Class Honours.

Laura Baliman

Laura Baliman

Contributing Editor

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Laura Baliman is an Edinburgh-based writer and editor, and also works in programming and communications for art galleries in the area.

Alex Benarzi

Alex Benarzi

Contributing Editor

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Alex Benarzi is a freelance editor and writer, and an educator currently working in Alberta, Canada. Alex received his editing certification in 2022. Alex is passionate about accessibility in writing, and is fascinated by the little absurdities that colour our world.

Becky Bone

Becky Bone

Contributing Editor, Events Officer & Submissions Reader

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Becky Bone is a writer, performer, and facilitator from London. Her writing began in the form of stand-up comedy, and although humour often finds a way into her work, she now writes poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction. She’s been published in Streetcake, Culture Matters, and Anvil Zine by Metal Culture.

Megan Booth

Megan Booth

Contributing Editor

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Megan Booth studied Music and Creative Writing in Bangor and Kyoto. She was the resident poet for the Ningbo Focus magazine for over three years. She is currently in Edinburgh working as an editor and writer, focusing on poetry, children’s and YA fiction, and fantasy.

Nicole Caratas

Nicole Caratas

Contributing Editor

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Nicole Christine Caratas is a fiction writer and editor from Chicago. She currently lives in Edinburgh where she’s pursuing a PhD in creative writing. She is working on a novel. Find her on Instagram @_nicolesbooknook or on Twitter @nicolecaratas

Natalie Jayne Clark

Natalie Jayne Clark

Contributing Editor

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Natalie Jayne Clark is a neurodivergent writer and spoken word artist based in Perth, Scotland, with an MLitt in Publishing from the University of Stirling. They are the Assistant Producer for StAnza Poetry Festival. Natalie’s poetry has been published in anthologies from Flapjack Press, Speculative Books, and Open Book.

Emerson Rose Craig

Emerson Rose Craig

Contributing Editor

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Emerson Rose Craig is a writer and editor living in the Pacific Northwest, USA, with an MSc in Creative Writing from The University of Edinburgh. When not writing her next fantasy story, she works as a Contributing Editor at The Selkie and on the Editorial Collective for CALYX Press.

Anastasiia Danyliuk

Anastasiia Danyliuk

Contributing Editor & Submissions Reader

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Anastasiia Danyliuk is a Ukrainian artist, writer, and editor based in Vienna, Austria. She is currently getting her MA degree in Anglophone Literatures, and she is especially interested in the topics of cultural memory and folklore. She spends most of her free time reading fairy tales and drinking tea.

Ali Glembocki

Ali Glembocki

Contributing Editor

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Ali Glembocki (aka “ali cat”) is a writer, artist, and former Tumblr book blogger based in New Jersey. Their work can be found in nss Magazine, Musée Magazine, and many other corners of the internet. Their most recent work can be found in SURViving Scandoval, a Vanderpump Rules-themed poetry anthology published by Pink Plastic Press.

Erika Jing

Erika Jing

Contributing Editor

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Erika Jing (she/her) calls Shanghai and New Jersey home. She is a writer and student at Williams College. Her work has appeared in Sine Theta Magazine and Eunoia Review, among others.

Nisha Kumari

Nisha Kumari

Contributing Editor

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Nisha Kumari is a writer based in India and has a master’s in Journalism and Mass Communication. Her passion lies in literature—immersing herself in books and spinning poetry. A seasoned intern, contributing editor at The Selkie, and accomplished book reviewer, she also freelances for magazines. Beyond words, she enjoys the art of global cuisine.

Ciaran McDermott

Ciaran McDermott

Contributing Editor

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Ciaran McDermott grew up in rural Staffordshire but currently lives in Stirling, Scotland. His work has been published widely in journals and anthologies. He was highly commended in the 2023 Gingko prize for ecopoetry, and has been longlisted for the Erbacce Prize and Dai Fry award.

Claudia Menin

Claudia Menin

Contributing Editor

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Claudia Menin is a writer and editor from Italy with a Master’s degree in Linguistics and a Bachelor’s degree in Russian Language and Literature. An amateur astronomer, Claudia is an avid collector of meteorites and mineral specimens. She hopes to discover a comet one day.

Jigeesha Mukhopadhyay

Jigeesha Mukhopadhyay

Contributing Editor

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Jigeesha Mukhopadhyay is a Microbiology student in Canada. She is active in the slam poetry and playback theatre scene and her (often queer-themed) creative pieces are featured on various litmags. Jigeesha is also the co-founder of science magazines/blogs like InquiScitive and loves to integrate scientific jargon in her literary writings.

Samiksha Ransom

Samiksha Ransom

Contributing Editor

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Samiksha Ransom is a writer from Allahabad, India. Her work has appeared in Tint Journal, EKL Review, The Chakkar, JAKE, The Lake, Live Wire, The Friday Poem and more. Samiksha shares writing and publishing tips in her newsletter and edits for three literary magazines.

Alice Rogers

Alice Rogers

Contributing Editor

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Alice Rogers is a writer from West Wales. Their work has appeared in Reflex Press, Barren Magazine, Feed Lit Mag, and Trampset. Find them on Twitter @dimecharm.

Catriona Scott

Catriona Scott

Contributing Editor

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Cat is a nonbinary writer and editor based in a small town in Scotland. They started writing plays in their second year at university, three of which have been performed. They hoard books, run an Instagram account dedicated to them (@thebookwyrmreviews), and regularly contribute to the Yorick Radio Productions podcast.

Miriam Huxley

Miriam Huxley

Contributing Editor

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Miriam Huxley is a writer and editor from British Columbia who recently completed a PhD at the University of Edinburgh. She was the 2018 winner of the Sloan Prize. Her other interests involve collecting plants, researching vegan cake, and drinking lots of oat lattes. You can find her online @miriamhuxley.

Manca Rupnik

Manca Rupnik

Events Officer

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Manca is from Slovenia. She studies English (MA) at the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana and is an avid reader. She’s very protective of the disabled community – because of her sister – so her DMs are always open if anybody needs someone to talk to.

Ziva Dekleva

Ziva Dekleva

Social Media Officer

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Ziva Dekleva has a background in English and Russian studies, as well as International Business. She is Slovenian, though her heart belongs to every country she has visited so far. A low-budget traveler, a film music fan, a book nerd, and a life-long learner who hopes to create positive change.

Petra Zajc

Petra Zajc

Social Media Officer

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Petra Zajc is a student of English at Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana. She has always admired the power of literature to change both individuals and the world. She is a big fan of dark academia literature and all things gothic, but when it comes to her own writing, she only seeks to cheer people up and make them laugh.

Elizabeth Castle

Elizabeth Castle

Submissions Reader

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Elizabeth Castle is an English graduate from Edinburgh Napier University and a submissions reader for The Selkie. She enjoys writing gothic fiction and fantasy, often incorporating Scottish folklore in her work. Elizabeth suffers from a chronic illness (endometriosis) so is passionate about both raising awareness and providing opportunities for underrepresented writers.

Alice Eaves

Alice Eaves

Submissions Reader

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Alice Eaves is an interdisciplinary writer and artist undertaking her MSc in Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh. She is interested combining British history and folklore with visual practices and emerging technologies.

Caitlin Flavell

Caitlin Flavell

Submissions Reader

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Caitlin Flavell is an editor and writer from the Far North of Scotland who loves all things weird and wonderful in fiction. When she’s not writing or editing, she can be found on a surfboard or playing Dungeons and Dragons.

Lily M. Frenette

Lily M. Frenette

Submissions Reader

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Lily M. Frenette grew up in Minnesota, raised by the woods and waters. They write from the intersection of nature, magic, art, and community. Lily has an MSc in Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh. She founded Alba Writing Club and lives with her cat familiar, Outlaw. 

Anita Goveas

Anita Goveas

Submissions Reader

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Anita Goveas is British-Asian, London-based, and fuelled by strong coffee and paneer jalfrezi. Her stories have been widely published, including in The Selkie Transformation issue. She’s on the editorial team at Flashback Fiction, and her debut flash collection, ‘Families and other natural disasters’, is available from Reflex Press.

Jess Kovalets

Jess Kovalets

Submissions Reader

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Jess Kovalets is a postgraduate raised and based in London, UK. Through Jess’s excitement for creative arts, this has led her to organise and run local music and club events in London, as well as illustrating and writing in her own time, and working in theatre.

Wendelin Law

Wendelin Law

Submissions Reader

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Wendelin Law is a writer born and raised in Hong Kong’s concrete jungle. Her works have appeared in Hillfire Anthology, Voice & Verse Poetry Magazine, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal and elsewhere. She was shortlisted for Magma Poetry Pamphlet Competition 2022. She loves em dashes––

Kate Lewington

Kate Lewington

Submissions Reader

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From the South of England, Kate is a writer/poet and blogger. They enjoy reading non-fiction/history & sci-fi/fantasy.

Eva Lewis

Eva Lewis

Submissions Reader

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Eva Lewis is a Submissions Reader for The Selkie; Co-runner and Editor of SINK Magazine, and Editor at Young Identity MCR. They are a member of the Queer Bodies Poetry Collective. Eva is a non-binary, neurodivergent, chronically ill poet and writer interested in hybrid works and queering language.

Shawna Renée Lewis

Shawna Renée Lewis

Submissions Reader

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Shawna Renée Lewis graduated with a MA in English and Creative Writing. Her love of fantasy, science fiction, and paranormal started early and has helped shape her imagination for her short stories and poetry. When not writing she is working on her artwork or socializing feral cats.

Angie Loveday

Angie Loveday

Submissions Reader

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Angie Loveday is a Costa Rican-British writer and filmmaker. She holds a Masters in TV Screenwriting from Madrid Film Institute and studies English Literature at the University of Costa Rica. She currently works as a language teacher, script analyst, and translator. Her first novel, a cozy fantasy, is in process.

Esther Omoye

Esther Omoye

Submissions Reader

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Esther Omoye is a final-year student majoring in English and Literature at the University of Benin, Nigeria. She holds the role of Creative Coordinator at the university’s Creative Writers Workshop. Her works have previously been published in Vanguard, Lickety Split, Green Black Tales, and more.

Imam Sarafadeen

Imam Sarafadeen

Submissions Reader

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Imam Sarafadeen is a Nigerian writer with a passion for poetry and other literary genres. His works have appeared and are forthcoming in Words Rhymes & Rhythm, Sychronized Chaos, Academy of heart and mind, Poetry Planet, Sublunary Review, Hot pot magazine, Disabled Tales, and elsewhere.

Malina Shamsudin

Malina Shamsudin

Submissions Reader

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Malina Shamsudin is a storyteller from Malaysia. She finds the world of fractured fairy tales fascinating, which inspired her first short story published in From Arthur’s Seat. She is currently working on a collection of fairy tale retellings set in a contemporary Dark Forest.

Wren True

Wren True

Submissions Reader

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Wren True is a writer from Des Moines, Iowa. She’s been published in Earthwords, From Arthur’s Seat, and the first volume of Hillfire. She also has an MSc in Creative Writing from The University of Edinburgh, and misses the little cafes and sleepy seminars. She likes long naps and bubble tea.

Wendy Webb

Wendy Webb

Submissions Reader

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Wendy Webb received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts and MA from The New School in New York. She is an Instructor for Holistic Web Design and a Squarespace Web Designer, based in Miami. She writes about culture, health, wellness at Medium.com

Alorah Welti

Alorah Welti

Submissions Reader

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Alorah Welti is a Minnesota-born feminist, synesthete, poet, and prize-winning artist. Her work has appeared in Anti-Heroin Chic, Rejection Letters, Lit. 202, and elsewhere. She lives on stolen Mohican and Wabanaki land in western Massachusetts with her family.

Rebecca Youé

Rebecca Youé

Submissions Reader

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Rebecca Youé is a professional editor and aspiring author from Worcestershire, England. She has a degree in English and American Literature from Keele University and has worked in the publishing industry since graduating in 2012. She is working on her first novel in her spare time.

Former Team Members

Alexandra Ye

Alexis Keir

Amanda Marie-Kale

Ames Gilchrist

Amy Spaughton

Dan Gilbert

Elena Sims

Eloise Wilson

Emily Wigham

Frazer Martin

Hannah Green

Hollie Monaghan

Jack Ferguson

Jane Link

Jeda Pearl Lewis

Jessica Pollard

Kat Herron

Katie Veitch

Kirsty Hammond

Lauren Thurman

Lexie Angelo 

Misbah Ahmed

Paige Wajda

Rachel Gray

Rahila Khan

Rhayna Kramer

Robin Brown

Sarah Hexter

Sha Liz

Skye Wilson

Snigdha Koirala

Stefano Paparo

Tommi Sopenperä

Wester Wagenaar

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