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Tanya Pengelly is a literary fiction writer based in Warwickshire, England. She specialises in writing literary speculative fiction with an emphasis on landscape and psychological realism.​ Her stories have appeared in The Book of Coventry anthology from Comma Press, Visual Verse, and Here Comes Everyone, and she was a finalist in the Driftwood Press Short Story Contest in 2024. She is currently working on her first novel. 

Tanya holds a PhD in creative writing and the narratology of friendship. She has led writing workshops for all levels for over 10 years, from complete beginners to advanced writers, and taught short story writing at the University of Birmingham. She currently leads Milverton Writers, a small international group of dedicated fiction writers and poets, and she was chair of the board for Beyond the Border International Storytelling Festival until 2023.

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Current Projects

'Mr London', a literary speculative fiction novel, in which a man searches desperately through war-torn worlds to save a friend. 

Short Fiction

'Carriages at Three', The Book of Coventry, Comma Press, (upcoming)

'The Light, The Light', Visual Verse

'The Halfway Bar', Visual Verse

'Little Alsop', Visual Verse

'Safe Hands', Visual Verse

'Per Aspera Ad Astra', Visual Verse

'Lesson 101', Here Comes Everyone

'Goddom', Visual Verse

'Yellow Mountains in China', The University of Birmingham Short Story Anthology


'The Reactor', Visual Verse

'That Leg Follows Me Around the World', Visual Verse

'The Neimansland', Visual Verse

Film & Radio

'The Adventures of Alex Puddle, Aged 8', short film script, runner up in New Zealand's 48-Hour Film Competition

'Daddy's Underground', short radio play, BBC Radio 4

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Driftwood Press Short Story Contest 2024

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