I am a Norwegian-Icelandic author and editor living in Oslo, Norway. On my spare time I write fiction in English (my native language is Norwegian) and I also edit fiction anthologies (also in English). I mostly write stories within the science fiction, fantasy and horror genres but I do also write the more literary tale now and then.
I was born in Ethiopia and have also lived in Senegal (Dakar), Denmark (Copenhagen) and in Norway. I’m fan of coffee, kindness, and green conscience.
I am also a charter member of the African Speculative Fiction Society.
I have written fiction all my life but it was first late 2012 that I started to write only in English and started to submit it for publishing. My first short story was one of the winners of a writing competition held by UK-based publisher Fox Spirit Books. My stories have since then appeared in a number of both magazines and print anthologies such as Gone Lawn Journal, Luna Station Quarterly, Tales of Fox and Fae, Girl at the End of the World, and Sunspot Jungle, to name a few. You can read several of my short stories online. See the full list with links to forthcoming and published short stories here. I have now also put out three of my early published short stories on my blog: «The Lion», «Arnhild» and «Grandma’s Tricks.»
My debut book The Stars Seem So Far Away was published by Fox Spirit Books early 2015. It’s a post apocalyptic collection with linked tales of five survivors as they cling to what life is left in a future North. It was shortlisted to British Fantasy Awards in 2016 as Best Collection.
On my spare time, I am also editor of fiction anthologies:
- Winter Tales (2016), Fox Spirit Books
- The Fox Spirit Books of Monsters (2014-2020), Fox Spirit Books
The Fox Spirit Books of Monsters is a coffee table book series with dark fiction and art about monsters and dark creatures, based on folklore and myths from around the world, written by local authors, published annually between 2014 and 2020. I co-edited the first two volumes with Jo Thomas. From volume three I have been editing the books alone. I am currently working on the seventh and last volume, out December 2020, covering the vast Eurasian region stretching from the Chinese border (but not including China) to the Eastern parts of Europe.
I have had the huge honour to be shortlisted (finalist) to several awards as both editor and author, four times to British Fantasy Awards (2016-2018), and I was also awarded the Starburst Magazine’s Brave New Words Award 2018 for my editor work on Pacific Monsters.
Stories in anthologies I have edited have also been shortlisted to several awards, including Caine Prize for African Writing (2017), Aurealis Awards (2018) and Sir Julius Vogel Awards (2018).
See a full list of shortlistings and awards here.
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 and her debut book The Stars Seem So Far Away, was finalist 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 and 2020. Three volumes were shortlisted to British Fantasy Awards as Best Anthology (2016, 2017 and 2018), and Margret was also awarded with Starburst Magazine’s Brave New Words Award in 2018 for her editor work on Pacific Monsters. https://margrethelgadottir.wordpress.com
Text and pictures on this site © Margrét Helgadóttir except where otherwise noted. Book covers on this site © the different publishers. The head picture is a fragment of street art I found on a wall in Rome, Italy during Christmas 2017.