New Headshot Leonora Desar

Leonora likes to make things up. Her fiction can be found or will be found soon in River Styx, Passages North, Entropy, The Cincinnati Review, Columbia Journal, Black Warrior Review, No Tokens, and New South among others.

She was recently a finalist/runner-up in Columbia Journal’s 2019 winter fiction contest, judged by Ottessa Moshfegh.

Her story “My Father’s Girlfriend” (matchbook) was chosen for The Best Small Fictions 2019. Her stories have been selected for Best Microfiction 2019 and 2020, and Wigleaf’s Top 50 Very Short Fictions (2019 and 2020).

She placed third in SmokeLong Quarterly’s 2020 award for flash fiction, and River Styx‘s 2018 microfiction contest. She was a runner-up/finalist in Quarter After Eight‘s Robert J. DeMott Short Prose contest, judged by Stuart Dybek, and in Crazyhorse’s 2018 Crazyshorts! competition.

She has also been recognized as a finalist by Glimmer Train, Passages North, Black Warrior Review, Mid-American ReviewGigantic Sequins, and others. She was recently nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net.

She writes a column, DEAR LEO, at New Flash Fiction Review.

She is also a journalist with a passion for the arts and for profiling ordinary people with extraordinary stories to tell . Her journalism has appeared in Psychology Today,, Parenting magazine, Business InsiderMSN Living, Yahoo! Shine, and elsewhere. Her profile of a paranormal investigator published in Narratively, “The Secret Life of a Ghost Hunter” was optioned into a television project.

She studied English at NYU and holds a Master of Science from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where she received the Richard T. Baker Award for magazine writing. She is currently an MFA candidate at NYU, in fiction.

You can contact Leonora here.