Novelist, Short Story Writer, Essayist, Poet.

‘Words are the clothes thoughts wear’ – Samuel Beckett

Michael Holloway is the author of The Dogs on the Beach & Other Stories, a collection of short stories that begin and end at a beach. Primarily inspired by Raymond Carver and Alice Munro, his stories have been shortlisted and longlisted for several awards. He is also the author of the as yet unpublished novel Magpie, the story about Jonathan Stone who finds a skull on the railway tracks in Liverpool.

He was born in 1985 and attended the University of Central Lancashire where he read English Literature and Creative Writing and graduated in 2008. He then studied a Masters in Writing at Liverpool John Moores University until 2012.

He was shortlisted for the Sunderland Short Story Award 2018 and longlisted in 2019. Again, in 2019, he was published in the short story anthology, Still Worlds Turning with No Alibis Press. He was longlisted for the Cambridge Short Story Prize 2021, and won second place in the University of Liverpool Writing Competition 2022.

He has completed his first novel, Magpie, and is currently looking for an agent and publisher. Magpie was longlisted for WriteNow 2017 with Penguin Random House.


University of Liverpool Short Story Competition – 2022
Remember the Lake – Second Place

Cambridge Short Story Prize 2021
Green Eyes – Longlisted

Sunderland Short Story Award 2019
Green Eyes – Longlisted

Sunderland Short Story Award 2018
A Note Unsaid – Shortlisted

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