Sophie van Llewyn is a Romanian-born author of short stories, flash fiction and, most recently, a novella Bottled Goods, published 11 July, 2018 and longlisted for both The Republic of Consciousness Prize 2019 and The People’s Book Prize 2018.
Sophie grew up in Tulcea, south-east Romania, close to the Danube delta. As a child, she used to spend her summer holidays at her grandparents’ home at the seaside in Constanta. Sophie started writing when she was in fifth grade, and even won a third place at a country-level short story competition. Sophie was also editor-in-chief at her school’s newspaper.
Now living in Germany, Sophie picked up her writing again while on maternity leave from her day job. It is then that she discovered flash fiction through Ad Hoc Fiction Press. Trying her hand at short fiction, reading it intensely, doing workshops with other gifted writers helped her improve her writing and editing techniques. She discovered the concept of novella-in-flash by reading Rose Metal Press’ collection My Very End of the Universe, and was eager to try it for herself. Soon, Sophie was publishing short stories in various publications, such as The Guardian, New Delta Review, Ambit, Litro, and many others. She has also won and been longlisted for a number of competitions. Last year, Sophie was nominated for The Pushcart Prize.
In her free time Sophie used to do horseback riding and she sometimes still plays the piano. But her one-and-a-half-year-old toddler is her main ‘hobby’ now.
Interested to find out more? Listen to Sophie’s interview on BBC’s The Arts Hour.
It looks excitingly modern. Its keys are white, except for the first one in the second row, which is red. I turn the round black handle and the cold plastic sends shivers down my spine and at the same time ignites a warm feeling in the depths of my stomach. Yes. This is how I …
6:30 a.m. Alina wakes up, brushes her teeth, applies unobtrusive makeup for school (a dust of powder and lipstick in a soft brown tone). On her way to the kitchen, where she will make the coffee, she wakes Liviu up with a soft caress on his arm. Nothing has changed. 7:25 a.m. Alina, …