July 2021: Sporting newly restored beard and first haircut since lockdown

I am a Dubliner in London. I came to London in my mid-twenties. Made a living building databases, software and websites, while writing and editing in my spare time. Published poetry and short stories.


Most recently, I compiled and edited New Short Stories 12 (Willesden Herald, 2022), the latest in the annual series that I started in 2006. This edition features contemporary fiction by writers from as far afield as Australia, Estonia and India, as well as Britain and Ireland, with an introduction by Jarred McGinnis. In all, I have now edited or co-edited twelve anthologies of short stories. Eleven of the twelve comprised the New Short Stories series. In this connection, I was lucky enough to correspond with or meet many brilliant writers, known and unknown. I also co-edited two anthologies of poetry. All the books and other editing credits are listed under Publications.

Short Story Competition

I setup the Willesden Herald international short story competition in 2005. My role has been to select longlists and shortlists, with help from friends on a couple of occasions. Guest judges then chose the winning entries. After a gap of two years, coinciding with the Covid pandemic, we returned with a new competition in 2022. See NewShortStories.com for more details.


Stephen Moran was born in Dublin. He made his way to London in his mid-twenties and stayed. There he combined a career in software with writing poetry, fiction and editing. He published a short story collection The London Silence and Other Stories in 2004, and a volume of poetry Day of the Flying Leaves in 2021. He has also edited or co-edited several anthologies of fiction and of poetry. His blog Stephen Moran’s Museum of Illusions, begun in 2003, continues to the present date.

Interviewed by Sally Quilford for Writers’ Forum
Just waving

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