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Rising Writers

Julia Phillips

Julia Phillips lives in Brooklyn. Her fiction appears in literary journals including Glimmer Train and The Antioch Review. Her non-fiction appears in such publications as The Atlantic, Slate, and BuzzFeed News, and was named notable in Best American Travel Writing. She spent a year as a Fulbright fellow in Russia's Kamchatka peninsula where Disappearing Earth is set.

Disappearing Earth

Julia Phillips



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Melanie Cantor

Melanie Cantor was a celebrity agent and publicist for over thirty years. Her clients included Ulrika Jonsson, Melinda Messenger and Melanie Sykes. In 2004, she hosted a makeover show on Channel 4 called Making Space and in 2017 having just turned 60 she was scouted on Kings Cross station, subsequently appearing as a 'real model' in the most recent Dove campaign. She turned her hand to writing in 2008. Death and other Happy Endings is her first published novel.

Randy Ribay

Randy Ribay was born in the Philippines and raised in the Midwest. He is the author of After the Shot Drops and An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes. He earned his BA in English Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his Master’s Degree in Language and Literacy from Harvard Graduate School of Education. He currently teaches English and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.



Trisha Sakhlecha

Trisha wrote her debut novel whilst on Faber Academy’s acclaimed writing course. The idea for Your Truth or Mine?, a psychological thriller about a dysfunctional marriage and a missing woman, grew out of a single image: a happily married woman discovering that her ‘perfect’ husband has been having an affair. Trisha wanted to write about the shock of infidelity in a marriage in which one partner’s version of the truth completely contradicts the others and the subtle, and often crippling, forms of emotional and psychological control that often go unnoticed, all of which is brought into sharp focus as the protagonists find themselves enmeshed in an investigation. Trisha grew up in New Delhi and now lives in London.

Your Truth or Mine?

Trisha Sakhlecha