I am Allison Symes, writer of short stories (including flash fiction), novels and some poetry.  I love writing what I call fairytales with bite.  I also blog for Chandler’s Ford Today.  I am a member of the Association of Christian Writers (and am currently its Membership Secretary). I blog on their More Than Writers once monthly.

I have two flash fiction collections published by Chapeltown Books. From Light to Dark and Back Again was my debut in 2017 and new for 2020 is Tripping The Flash Fantastic. My books are available at Amazon, Waterstones, Barnes and Noble and all good bookshops.

You can find my Amazon Author Central page at http://author.to/AllisonSymesAuthorCent

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I regularly attend Winchester Writers’ Festival and the Swanwick Writers’ Summer School.

I’ve been published by Bridge House Publishing, Cafelit, Iron Press, and Chapeltown Books and previously by Shortbread Short Stories and Alfie Dog Fiction.

I’ve been published online and in print in various collections including many of The Best of Cafelit ones. I’ve also been one of the winners of the Waterloo Arts Festival Writing Competitions for three years in a row. My stories for them appear in Transforming Being, To Be…To Become, and Transforming Communities. A paperback combining these three (currently) ebooks is due to be released later in 2020.

This site will bring together my Facebook author page, my website posts and some of my Chandler’s Ford Today articles.  The focus will be on writing and I will share excerpts with links back to the original posts.

Hope you enjoy!


The latest anthology where I have two stories pubished.


I have two stories in this volume of excellent short fiction.

Transforming Being Medium

Transforming Beings. Image via Bridge House Publishing


Another flash fiction piece of mine is in here. Pixabay image.


This is the first solely ebook compilation I’ve had work in – cover photo from Bridge House Publishing.


I was in this Bridge House anthology. Picture taken by Allison Symes


Another of my stories made it into this collection. Image taken by Allison Symes


It is a great joy to be published by Cafelit online and in print. Picture taken by Allison Symes


My first story appeared here. Photo taken by Allison Symes


Back cover of FLTDBA. Image by Allison Symes


Chapeltown Books have a distinctive central image in a frame such as with mine. Image by Allison Symes