Richard Smyth's first novel, Wild Ink, was published in 2014 by Dead Ink Books. His prize-winning short fiction has appeared in The Stinging Fly, The Stockholm Review, Litro, Riptide, Firewords and two anthologies from Arachne Press; as a journalist and critic, he has written for the TLS, New Scientist, New Humanist, BBC Wildlife and many more. He lives in West Yorkshire. In 2021 he was shortlisted for the BBC's National Short Story Award.
He is represented as a novelist by Peter Buckman at the Amersand Agency.
Publications with The Fiction Desk
- 'Chalklands' in New Ghost Stories
- 'Crying Just Like Anybody' in Crying Just Like Anybody
- 'Sky Burial' in Long Grey Beard and Glittering Eye
On our blog
- Fiction Desk authors on the BBC Short Story Award shortlist
- Quays: revisiting Manhattan with Richard Smyth
- Richard Smyth and the First Person
- New books from Fiction Desk authors
- Announcing the winners of the 2013 Ghost Story Competition
- Richard Smyth on ‘Crying Just Like Anybody’
- Creating the cover of Crying Just Like Anybody