Jim Hinks is an editor at Comma Press, the Manchester-based independent publisher specialising in short fiction. In 2007 he helped to set up Comma’s translation imprint, with the remit of bringing the best foreign short fiction to an English-reading audience. Since then Comma has published 3 anthologies of European short stories, anthologies of short stories form the Middle East, and Turkey, and single author collections by Empar Moliner (Catalan), Maike Wetzel (German), Arnon Grunberg (Dutch), Gyrðir Elíasson (Icelandic) and Hassan Blasim (Arabic), with forthcoming collections from Mirja Unge (Swedish), Nedim Gursel (Turkish), Ágúst Borgþór Sverrisson (Icelandic), Emil Hakl (Czech), Pawel Huelle (Polish).
A graduate of The University of Manchester’s Novel Writing MA, Jim is also a part time lecturer on the Publishing MA at the University of Central Lancashire. He also works as an Assistant Coordinator for Literature Northwest, devising and hosting training seminars for the region’s independent publishers.
Sanneke Van Hassel
Sanneke Van Hassel (1971) studied Theatre Studies and Cultural History at the University of Utrecht. She lives and works in Rotterdam. For ten years she was part of theatre group ‘t Barre Land. In 2005, her first short story collection Ice Rain was praised for its slightly absurdist atmosphere, poetic style and attention to detail. Ice Rain was nominated for the Women and Culture Prize 2005 and the rookie prize Selexyz in 2006. In 2007, her second collection of short stories, White Feather was long-listed for the Golden Owl and nominated for the Halewijn Novel Award. In 2008 she won the BNG New Literature Award. In 2010 her first novel Nest came out. Since then she has been working on another short story collection, Donkeys, which will appear in February 2012.
Besides writing, Sanneke curates short story events. In 2010 she organized the short story festival Hotel van Hassel, a weekend celebrating contemporary short story writers from all over Europe. Since then she has organized, in collaboration with the Foundation of Literary Activities, Amsterdam, a number of short story events, including the work of Lydia Davis and AL Snijders. Sanneke also works with Annelies Verbeke on an anthology of contemporary short stories from around the world, which will be published in 2012.
Alen Kapidzic (1974, Croatia) graduated in Croatian language and literature at the University of Rijeka. He’s published three novels (Picnic, Junk and Night with Rijeka) – two of them written in collaboration with the writers Enver Kivac and Mišo Novković. With two small publishers from Rijeka (ZIGO and Gorin), he founded Edition “Katapult” (Catapult), an NGO aimed at educating young people who want to develop their talents and skills in publishing processes. For his volunteering work as a president and leader of editorial team in NGO “Katapult”, he won the annual award from the City of Rijeka for the best volunteer in year 2007. He’s the winner of the “Zlatko Tomičić” prize for the short story. He published several short stories in regional literature magazines and was a guest at the Kikinda Festival, Serbia, in 2010. His science fiction short stories were published in several Croatian collections of SF&F short stories. He lives in Rijeka and currently works in Department of Culture in the City of Rijeka.
Srdjan Srdic was born in Kikinda, Serbia, in 1977. He has a degree in world literature and literary theory, and is currently a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Philology in Belgrade, with a thesis on poststructuralistic readings of Jonathan Swift’s texts. In 2011, Srdic curated the international short story festival KIKINDA SHORT, and is the co-editor of Severni bunker literary magazine. He won the “Ulaznica” prize in 2007 and the “Laza Lazarevic“ award for the best unpublished Serbian story in 2009. During the same year, his story ‘Rose for Emily’ was shortlisted for the “Lapis Histriae” Prize. In 2010 Srdic won the only Serbian literary scholarship from “Borislav Pekic” Foundation. Srdic’s short stories, essays, reviews and critical texts are published in the huge number of literary magazines in Serbia and Croatia, including Zarez, Quorum, Avangrad, The Split Mind, Blic, Polja, Koraci, Severni bunker, Ulaznica, and Povelja. His first novel The Dead Field was published in 2010 by the Stubovi kulture publishing house, and shortlisted for the most relevant Serbian and regional prizes (NIN Prize, Vital Prize, Mesa Selimovic Prize, Bora Stankovic Prize). Srdic’s second book,the short story collection Espirando is published in 2011. Srdic’s prose is translated into Albanian, Polish, Romanian and Hungarian.