Trace /treɪs/

A very small quantity, especially one too small to be accurately measured.

— Oxford Dictionaries, 2016


They call me Muuu-uuu-uum, missus, scientist, and writer. I live and write on a big wet rock overlooking the Atlantic, where I write fiction. I’m interested in child literacy; for 12 years (2007 to 2019) I volunteered in primary school (mostly reading with children aged 5-10y, PTA, and a 2016 library project).


My short fiction has been published in print and online. In January 2019, There Will Be No Lace was accepted for inclusion in Best Microfiction 2019.

Shortlists include the Bare Fiction Prize (2017, flash), Bath Flash Fiction Award (Oct 2016), Bridport Prize (2015, s/story), and HISSAC short story competition (2013). Longlists include the Bristol Short Story Prize (2013) and Flash 500 competition (July 2014).


From 2009 to 2012 I used a pen name, Martha Williams. I won a few prizes, had about 30 flash fictions published, was shortlisted for the 2012 Bridport Prize (s/story), and longlisted for the 2012 Fish flash fiction prize and 2010 Fish short story prize.


There’s a book on the way.

Represented by: Gaia Banks at Sheil Land Associates.

Filter reading

I enjoyed filter reading for the Glass Woman Prize (8th, 9th, and 10th — 2010/11) and Flash-Fiction South West (2012).


This is where I wear pyjamas, rant and spit.