I like those moments in stories where you have no idea what’s going to happen next. The moments when genre can’t save you.
I talked further about this idea of being surprised by stories to The Paperchain Podcast.
You can also find me chatting to my favourite editor George Sandison about post-apocalyptic writing here:
I loved talked to Norm Sherman of The Drabblecast about music in stories, double-decker buses and tacos, and why all my stories are strange journeys in this Drabblecast Director’s Cut look back at Jelly Park.
And once upon a time I chatted to Breaking the Glass Slipper about being a Devon lass and how folk tales have influenced me.
(My Shirley Jackson award pebble! I haven’t stoned anyone with it yet.)
2004. Runner-up in the Guardian’s Short Short Story Competition (Sieve)
2006. First runner-up in McSweeney’s 13 Writing Prompts Competition (Untitled)
2007. Winner of the People’s Choice Award for best story in Drabblecast (Jelly Park)
2012. Runner-up in the British Fantasy Society Short Story Competition (Green River)
2015. Honors List for the James Tiptree Jr. Award (The Beauty)
2015. Shortlisted for Best Novella in the Sabotage Awards (The Beauty)
2015. Shortlisted for Best Novella in the Shirley Jackson Awards (The Beauty)
2017. Shortlisted for Best Short Fiction in the BSFA Awards (The Arrival of Missives)
2017. Shortlisted for Best Novella in the Sabotage Awards (The Arrival of Missives)
2017. Shortlisted for the John W Campbell Memorial Award (The Arrival of Missives)
2017. Honorable mention for the James Tiptree Jr Award (The Arrival of Missives)
2017. Shortlisted for the Shadow Clarke Award (The Arrival of Missives)
2017. Shortlisted for Best Novella is the British Fantasy Society Awards (The Arrival of Missives)
2019. Shortlisted for Best Fantasy Novel in the Subjective Chaos Awards (The Loosening Skin)
2019. Shortlisted for the Starburst Brave New Words Award (The Loosening Skin)
2019. Shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award (The Loosening Skin)
Praise for Aliya’s Writing:
“I firmly believe that Aliya Whiteley is one of the most original, innovative and intelligent writers of speculative fiction working in Britain today.”
“I’ll get straight to the point: Aliya Whiteley is a brilliant writer.”
“Whiteley is a prose stylist. Her sentences often have a smoky, psychotropic quality, and they can wrap themselves around the base of your brain.”
“…Whiteley really shines as a writer, often conjuring up settings that neatly reflect the emotional landscape of her main characters…”
“She has the enviable ability to explore big ideas in the most intimate of settings, and to create wholly original realities that leap instantly from the page. For me, she is very much at the forefront of the new wave of UK genre writers.”
“Whiteley is one of our greatest melders of genre and literary fiction… one of the few writers who combine a mastery of story and writing with an understanding of the possibilities of brevity. She may be our generation’s Muriel Spark. There, I said it. That good.”
“…Whiteley is an exciting new talent and it’s a dead cert we’ll be hearing much more from her in the future.”
“The things that are said, the crisp observations and witty rejoinders, are a constant source of delight, but often we laugh as an alternative to crying, humour as the antidote to despair at all the missed opportunities and small tragedies that fill the page.”
‘Whiteley’s word choice and structure is superb. Her word craft is exquisite…’
From Lulu With Love