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The 2018 Flash Fiction Rodeo is supported by the generosity of others. See who supports literary art, making the contests free and open to all writers who want to challenge their skills.

Many authors have served as leaders, judges, and participants of the Rodeo events. Check out their books and blogs. You can support an author in many ways:

  1. Read what they write
  2. Ask your local library to carry their books
  3. Place their books on your Amazon Wish List
  4. Buy for yourself or a friend (books make great gifts)
  5. Offer an honest review at Amazon, GoodReads, or BookBub

On the Keweenaw Peninsula, where Carrot Ranch is headquartered, these generous businesses have supported literary arts in our community: Solar Up, Openings Life Coaching, The Continental, and SmthType Design. Be sure to thank them for their support online or in person.


Anne Goodwin’s debut novel, Sugar and Snails, about a woman who has kept her past identity a secret for thirty years, was shortlisted for the 2016 Polari First Book Prize. Her second novel, Underneath, about a man who keeps a woman captive in his cellar, was published in May 2017. Anne is also a book blogger and author of over 80 published short stories. Her short story anthology, Becoming Someone, is due in November 2018. Catch up on Anne’s website Annethology or on Twitter @Annecdotist.

Angie Oakley.  Originally from London, Angie moved around a great deal and worked as an English teacher in schools as far apart as Nassau in the Bahamas and Daylesford in country Victoria. She now lives in Noosa, which she finds a lovely place in which to do the things she loves: writing, reading, thinking, talking, and walking and skyping her far-flung family. She’s written a couple of novels, lots of articles and is always interested in the work of other writers. As well she has been known to offer her thoughts in a blog.

Helen Stromquist. After finishing her nursing training in Brisbane, Helen worked in London where she met her husband which saw her living in Sweden for many years before eventually returning to Australia. Helen loves the arts and although she does not write herself, often finds herself editing articles for her family – one writer and one artist. She is an avid reader and is the convenor of a book group in Mosman, Sydney.

Irene Waters, a memoirist whose first memoir Nightmare in Paradise is soon to be published. In the long road to publishing,  she completed an MA, researching the sequel memoir. Until recently, when a creative hiatus hit, she has been a regular at Carrot Ranch since its inception and found writing flash a good way of honing writing skills. She enjoyed trying her hand at fiction and learning the creative writing skills that are part of that. She is also a keen amateur photographer and this along with my writing can be found at her website Reflections and Nightmares.

Miriam Hurdle earned a Doctorite of Education from the University of La Vern in California. She was a counselor for two years, then went into education. After teaching in California public school for fifteen years, she was promoted to a school district administrative position which kept her busy for ten years before retirement. The retirement made life easier since she survived a stage IV melanoma cancer.

In her retired life, Miriam enjoys volunteer counseling, singing, watercolor painting, gardening, photographing, and traveling.

Miriam loves writing poetry. Some of her poems have appeared in four anthologies: Letter to Gaia, Whispers & Echoes Issue 2, Whispers & Echoes Issue 3, and Outcast & More Words.

In October, 2018, she published her debut poetry Songs of Heartstrings which includes her favorite photos and paintings to complement the poems.

You can learn more about Miriam at:



Bill Engleson was active in the child welfare arena for more than 25 years, most of them as a front-line, journeyman, government protection social worker and a dedicated union activist. In December 2003 he moved from the Lower Mainland to Denman Island. His key activities since then have been writing in a number of genres, community volunteering in the arts and social services, a lengthy stint as a marriage commissioner, and chopping wood when required. Bill has written Like a Child to Home principally to depict, in fictional form, aspects of the demanding child welfare world he encountered, experiences not often explored in literature. His second book is a rich collection of essays, Confessions of an Inadvertently Gentrifying Soul published by Silver Bow Publishing.

Bill blogs at Follow him on Twitter @billmelaterplea.

Esther Chilton wrote for all sorts of publications, as a freelance writer. She also loves helping others – as much as she loves writing herself. She’s been a tutor for the Writers’ Bureau college for ten years and set up her own editing and advice service several years ago.

Whether it’s an edit you’re after, some advice about a market, writing in general – in fact, anything and everything, you can get in touch, and she’ll try and help you. To find out more, visit her blog: Or contact her:

Chelsea Owens began her writing career at the age of four, composing lengthy essays such as “The Alphabet” and “My Favrit Foods.” Her composition and sarcasm have only grown since, earning her the deference and respect of nearly no one outside her immediate circle of acquaintances.

Her works have appeared in electronic messages to teachers, in the comments of social media posts, and on the backside of napkins slipped into her children’s lunches. She also almost won the chance to be considered in mentioning her story in the list of submissions for a few online contests.

When not cleaning (an infuriatingly large amount of the time), eating, sleeping, parenting, driving, reading her blog feed, budgeting, and cooking; Chelsea breathes in and sometimes out again. She also writes daily on her blog:

Geoff Le Pard (not Geoffrey, except to his mother) was born in 1956 and is a lawyer who saw the light. He started writing (creatively) in 2006 following a summer school course. Being a course junkie, he had spells at Birkbeck College, twice at Arvon and most recently at Sheffield Hallam where he achieved an MA in Creative Writing. And what did he learn? That they are great fun, you meet wonderful people, but the best lessons come from the unexpected places. He has a line of books waiting to be published, but it has taken until now to find the courage to go live. He blogs at on anything and everything. His aim is for each novel to be in a different style and genre. Most people have been nice about his writing (though when his brother’s dog peed on the manuscript, he was editing, he did wonder) but he knows the skill is in seeking and accepting criticism. His career in the law has helped prepare him.

Find Geoff’s books at Amazon US or Amazon UK. Follow his blog at TanGental and on Twitter @geofflepard.

Sherri Matthews is a writer of memoir who discovered, much to her amazement, a passion for writing flash fiction.  While chasing her dream of publishing her memoir, Stranger In A White Dress, Sherri is published in a variety of magazines, anthologies, and websites. She raised her children in California for 17 years before returning to England where she lives today with her husband, Aspie youngest and their pet menagerie fondly called ‘Animal Farm’.  Sherri has an annoying habit (according to her kids, but she does it anyway) of taking photos wherever she goes.  The better ones she shares on her blog, along with stories of her (mis)adventures, travels, walks and garden, and the unexpected in the life of an adult child with Asperger’s Syndrome. Cats help. A lot.

Sherri blogs at A View From My Summerhouse and you can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google.

Hugh W. Roberts, winner of the 2017 Flash Fiction Rodeo #1, lives in the city of Swansea, South Wales, in the United Kingdom. He shares his life with his civil-partner, John, and their Cardigan Welsh Corgis, Toby, and Austin. He has always enjoyed writing even though he suffers from a mild form of dyslexia. However, he’s never allowed being dyslexic stop him from having a positive outlook on life. Shortly after retiring, Hugh thought it about time he let his writing become public. Becoming a blogger seemed to be the perfect way for him to do this. His book ‘Glimpses’ is available to buy on Amazon and has already received excellent reviews. Hugh is now in the process of writing a second volume of short stories which he hopes to publish by the end of 2018.

Hugh writes at Hugh’s Views And News. Follow him on Amazon, Twitter, Flipboard, and Mix.

Susan Sleggs is a retiree who blogs from her home in the Finger Lakes region of New York state. She spends as many hours quilting in her sewing studio as she does writing in front of the computer. Memoir, fiction, and free-form poetry are common writing genres, but flash is her current passion.

M J Mallon is a YA fantasy/paranormal author who blogs at: M J Mallon Author. Her debut YA novel The Curse of Time Book 1 Bloodstone is set in Cambridge. Her interests include writing, book reviewing, photography, poetry, and alternative therapies. Marjorie write Fantasy YA, and middle grade fiction as well as micropoetry – haiku and tanka. She loves to read and have written over 100 reviews.

Her alter ego is MJ – Mary Jane from Spiderman. She loves superheros! M J was born on the 17th of November in Lion City: Singapore, (a passionate Scorpio, with the Chinese Zodiac sign a lucky rabbit,) second child and only daughter to her proud parents Paula and Ronald. She grew up in a mountainous court in the Peak District in Hong Kong with her elder brother Donald. Her parents dragged her away from her exotic childhood and her much-loved dog Topsy to the frozen wastelands of Scotland. In Bonnie Edinburgh she mastered Scottish country dancing, and a whole new Och Aye lingo. As a teenager she travelled to many far-flung destinations to visit her abacus wielding wayfarer dad. It’s rumoured that she now lives in the Venice of Cambridge, with her six foot hunk of a Rock God husband, and her two enchanted daughters. After such an upbringing her author’s mind has taken total leave of its senses! When she’s not writing, she eats exotic delicacies while belly dancing, or surfs to the far reaches of the moon. To chill out, she practices Tai Chi. If the mood takes her she snorkels with mermaids, or signs up for idyllic holidays with the Chinese Unicorn, whose magnificent voice sings like a thousand wind chimes.

Robbie Cheadle has published five books so far in her Sir Chocolate series of picture books. Her books are unique with their wonderful fondant illustrations. She also recently co-wrote While the Bombs Fell with her mother Elsie Hancy Eaton, a memoir of her mother’s wartime experiences. She writes at Robbie’s Inspiration, and you can follow her on Twitter.

Norah Colvin founded readilearn and develops early childhood resources for teaching and learning. She has been involved in many educational roles, both in and out of formal schooling situations, always combining her love of teaching and writing by creating original materials to support children’s learning. She writes, sharing her thoughts about education by challenging what exists while asking what could be. Her original teaching materials invite early childhood educators to support children’s learning. Norah often expands her education knowledge into fictional stories about children and adults in situations that that often leads to learning and a growth mindset.

Norah blogs at Norah Colvin. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

D. Avery, Rough Writer spinner of Ranch Yarns, shares prose and poetry at ShiftnShake. She has published two books of poetry, Chicken Shift and For the Girls. Her third book, After Ever, little stories for grown children, is evidence of her shift to fiction writing. You might find her funny, except when she’s serious, but you can certainly find her at Twitter and Amazon.

Bonnie Sheila is a crafty woman who lives by the sea and who has taken up quilling to keep herself off the streets. Her art can be viewed at Crescents and Coils. She has many talents, but fishing is not one of them.

The Amazing Educator has fiercely and fearlessly championed children for thirty years. Hundreds of people read, write, and even spell well because of her. She is a voracious reader and fearless leader of book groups who has also worked as an editor. When tooling about in her Jeep, Dog is her copilot.

Laura Smyth—the owner of Smythtype Design—is a poet who just happens to be a trained graphic designer specializing in book design and production. She brings her sensibility as a writer to every book she designs, working hard to give each author or publisher she works with the best visual representation of their work to help them reach the widest possible audience.

• Graphic design of books, reports, programs, ancillary materials and promotional materials
• Editorial services ranging from structural editing of manuscripts to detailed copy editing and proofreading
• Ebook formatting as well as conversion
• Social media and web design ranging from creating web ads and banners to complete author web sites
• Reasonable, professional, patient client service—with over 20 years’ experience in design, editorial work and publishing, you don’t have a challenge we haven’t met.

Colleen M. Chesebro is a writer and author of paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood – or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet. 
A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. 
These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Fairy Whisperer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams.
Colleen won the Little and Laugh Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the Carrot Ranch Literary in November 2017 for her piece, called, “The Bus Stop”.
Colleen lives in Colorado with her husband. When she is not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband and friends. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. You can learn more about Colleen at

Miriam Hurdle grew up in Hong Kong where she finished college and worked for several years before coming to the United States. While in Hong Kong, she taught Chinese as a Second Language in Hong Kong Baptist University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She was also the Director of Children’s Department for Asian Outreach where she published four Children’s books.

Miriam came to the United States for her graduate studies and received three master’s degrees in Education, Counseling, and School Administration, and earned the Doctor of Education from La Verne University in California. She was a counselor for two years, then went into education. After teaching in California public school for fifteen years, she was promoted to a school district administrative position which kept her busy for ten years before retirement. The retirement made life easier since she survived a stage IV melanoma cancer.

In her retired life, Miriam enjoys volunteer counseling, reading, writing, blogging, singing, drawing, watercolor painting, gardening, photographing, and traveling. She is married to Lynton Hurdle, has one married daughter, and one granddaughter who turns one-year-old on September 28, 2018

Miriam loves writing poetry. Some of her poems have appeared in four anthologies: Letter to Gaia, Whispers & Echoes Issue 2, Whispers & Echoes Issue 3, and Outcast & More Words.

Her first poetry book will come out by the end of the year 2018.

You can learn more about Miriam at her blog and on Twitter.

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