New Headshot Leonora Desar

Leonora likes to make things up. Her fiction can be found in New South, No Tokens, River Styx, The Cincinnati Review, and Black Warrior Review, among others.

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

Her stories have been chosen for The Best Small Fictions 2019 and 2021, Wigleaf’s Top 50 Very Short Fictions (2019 and 2020), and Best Microfiction 2019, 2020, and 2021.

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 writes a column, DEAR LEO, at New Flash Fiction Review.  Sometimes she gives practical advice, but more often she rambles and inserts weird photos and other graphics. These days, she’s been drawing her own art. 

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, WomansDay.com, 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.