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, The Cincinnati Review, Columbia Journal, Black Warrior Review, Mid-American Review, Wigleaf, No Tokens, Hobart, and Quarter After Eight, 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 were selected for Best Microfiction 2019 and 2020.

Her Passages North story, “Twelve,” was chosen for Wigleaf’s Top 50.

She won third place in River Styx‘s 2018 microfiction contest, and was a runner-up/finalist in Quarter After Eight‘s Robert J. DeMott Short Prose contest, judged by Stuart Dybek, and in Crazyhorse’s Crazyshorts! competition.

She won third place in TSS Publishing’s Flash 400 contest, and was a three-time finalist and semi-finalist in Glimmer Train‘s Very Short Fiction Award and American Short Fiction‘s American Short(er) Fiction Contest. She has also been recognized as a finalist by Passages North, Black Warrior Review, Mid-American ReviewGigantic Sequins, and SmokeLong Quarterly, and was shortlisted for the Bath Flash Fiction Award. 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.