About

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Margrét Helgadóttir

I am a Norwegian-Icelandic writer and editor living in Oslo, Norway. On my spare time I write and edit fiction in English (my native language is Norwegian). I was born in Ethiopia and have also lived in Senegal (Dakar), Denmark (Copenhagen) and in Norway. I’m fan of coffee, kindness, green conscience and great thinking.

My Amazon page is here (UK) and here (US). My Goodreads page is here. I am @MaHelgad on Twitter. And finally, my Facebook page is here.

I am also a charter member of the African Speculative Fiction Society.

Writing

I started to submit fiction in English for publishing late 2012. My first story was one of the winners of a writing competition held by award-winning UK-based publisher Fox Spirit Books. My stories have since then appeared in a number of both magazines and print anthologies such as In flight literary magazine, Gone Lawn, Luna Station Quarterly, Tales of Fox and Fae and Girl at the End of the World. See the full list with links to forthcoming and published short stories here. You can read several of my short stories online. I mostly write stories within the speculative genres; science fiction, horror, post-apocalyptic, and fantasy, but have also written several more literary tales.

My debut book The Stars Seem So Far Away was published by Fox Spirit Books early 2015. It’s a collection with linked tales of five survivors as they cling to what life is left in a future North. The book was shortlisted to British Fantasy Awards 2016 in the category Best Collection.

Editing

I am also editor for anthologies. In 2016 I edited Winter Tales. From 2014 I have been the editor for The Fox Spirit Books of Monsters, a coffee table book series with dark fiction and art about monsters from around the world, written by local authors, seven volumes between 2014 and 2020. I co-edited the first two volumes (Europe and Africa) with Jo Thomas. From volume three (Asia) I have been editing the monster volumes alone. African Monsters was shortlisted to British Fantasy Awards 2016 in the category Best Anthology, and one of its short stories was shortlisted to Caine Prize for African Writing 2017. Asian Monsters was also shortlisted to British Fantasy Awards in the category Best Anthology, in 2017. I am working on Pacific Monsters at the moment, out in November 2017.

Short biography

Margrét Helgadóttir is a Norwegian-Icelandic writer and editor living in Oslo. Her stories have appeared in a number of both magazines and print anthologies such as Gone Lawn, Luna Station Quarterly, and Girl at the End of the World. Her debut book The Stars Seem So Far Away was published by Fox Spirit Books in 2015 and shortlisted to British Fantasy Awards 2016. Margrét is editor of the anthology Winter Tales (2016) and the book series Fox Spirit Books of Monsters, seven volumes published between 2014-2020, volume two and three shortlisted to British Fantasy Awards as Best Anthology. https://margrethelgadottir.wordpress.com

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Margrét Helgadóttir

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Margrét Helgadóttir

Text and pictures on this site © Margrét Helgadóttir except where otherwise noted. Book covers on this site © the different publishers.

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