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Elizabeth Hopkinson is from West Yorkshire, home of the Brontës, Anne Lister and the Cottingley Fairies. She has had over 80 short stories, fairy tales and flash fictions published in the likes of Dancing with Mr Darcy, The Forgotten & the Fantastical, Mslexia, Interzone and Strange Horizons. Her stories have been performed in the Solstice Shorts Festival and by Liars’ League. Elizabeth herself has appeared at Ilkley Literature Festival Fringe, and is a regular at Bradford Brick Box Room’s open mic. She was the winner of the James White Award, Fairytalez best gender-swap fairy tale, and the Liars’ League/National Gallery Inspiration contest, as well as being a runner-up in several other contests. She has crowdfunded a collection of Asexual Fairy Tales, which came out from SilverWood Books in 2019. She has spent much of the past decade working on a trilogy about a castrato and a bird-charmer in C18th Italy. Elizabeth is married with one grown-up daughter. She identifies as asexual, and is committed to asexual rights.
Published Jan 6, 2020 · 3,387 words (13 minutes)
Antimony needs a man like the Academy of Lagado needs a paper bicycle. As its new Chancellor, she is determined to bring the Swiftian institution into the modern world. So, why has a Komodo dragon arrived on her doorstep with a sign saying Marry Me around its neck? And how can she get rid of it? A lightheated story inspired by Gulliver's Travels.
Published Oct 9, 2019 · 927 words (4 minutes) · 274 views
Discover the Yorkshire legend of the Bradford Boar, retold by Elizabeth Hopkinson. A fearsome boar guards the well. Can anyone defefat it?
Published Aug 30, 2019 · 519 words (2 minutes) · 269 views
A sneak peek at the first story in my new collection, Asexual Fairy Tales, now available to preorder. The tale of why humans go seeking their other half. Based on Plato.
Published Jul 30, 2019 · 2,950 words (11 minutes) · 1 view
A young boy learns a lesson when he tries to secure his pigeon fame and fortune at the grand opening of Halifax Piece Hall in 1779. Shortlisted in the HWA/Dorothy Dunnet Short Story Competition 2017.
Published Jul 30, 2019 · 917 words (4 minutes) · 159 views
Inspired by a true story. In antebellum Virginia, Henry Brown mailed himself to freedom in a box. But now that he repeats his feat in venues around the world as a conjuring trick, will he ever be free. Second prize winner in the Swanwick Writers' Summer School short story competition, in association with Writing Magazine, 2017.
Fiction Series: Complete 5 Chapters
Updated Jul 23, 2019 · 11,570 words (43 minutes) · 144 views
The arrival of her betrothed husband Sir Rowland fills Eleanor with dread. But he brings with him a handsome young minstrel, in possession of a mysterious book and a harp with strange powers.
Published Jun 25, 2019 · 2,503 words (10 minutes) · 3 likes · 7 views
Milton Bisset has had the same dream every night for twenty years. The trouble is, it isn’t actually Milton’s dream. It is the property of the Ministry of Unusual Technology and they want it back. Winner of the James White Award 2005.