Here’s the official third-person bit:

Aliya Whiteley writes across many different genres and lengths. Her 2014 SF-horror novella The Beauty was shortlisted for the James Tiptree and Shirley Jackson awards. The following historical-SF novella, The Arrival of Missives, was a finalist for the Campbell Memorial Award, and her noir novel The Loosening Skin was shortlisted for the Arthur C Clarke Award. Published in 2020, her novels Greensmith and Skyward Inn have been works of speculative fiction. Her short story collection From the Neck Up was published in 2021.

She has written over one hundred published short stories that have appeared in Interzone, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Black Static, Strange Horizons, The Dark, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and The Guardian, as well as in anthologies such as Unsung Stories’ 2084 and Lonely Planet’s Better than Fiction.

She writes a regular non-fiction column for Interzone.


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.


(My Shirley Jackson award pebble! I haven’t stoned anyone with it yet.)


2021. Shortlisted for Best Novel in the British Science Fiction Awards (Skyward Inn)

2019. Shortlisted for the British Fantasy Award (The Loosening Skin)

2019. Finalist for the John W Campbell Memorial Award (The Loosening Skin)

2019. Shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award (The Loosening Skin)

2019. Winner for Best Fantasy Novel in the Subjective Chaos Awards (The Loosening Skin)

2019. Shortlisted for the Starburst Brave New Words Award (The Loosening Skin)

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. Finalist 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 in the British Fantasy Awards (The Arrival of Missives)

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)

2012. Runner-up in the British Fantasy Society Short Story Competition (Green River)

2007. Winner of the People’s Choice Award for best story in Drabblecast (Jelly Park)

2006. First runner-up in McSweeney’s 13 Writing Prompts Competition (Untitled)

2004. Runner-up in the Guardian’s Short Short Story Competition (Sieve)

(It’s aliiiiiiive…)

2016-07-16 12.22.02Praise 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.”

Nina Allan

“Whiteley’s sharp eye for human nature pinpoints both wryness and despair but always avoids cruelty, raising difficult questions and never settling for easy answers.”

Publishers Weekly

“A murky delirium of sinuous language and unnerving storytelling that will delight both experienced genre fanatics and literary fiction lovers alike.”

Kirkus Reviews

“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.”

Mark Morris

“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.”


 “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.”

Peter Tennant

“Aliya Whiteley astounds not just by the quality of her output but by the sheer range. From folk horror-tinged time travel to the body horror romcom… she effortlessly works across unusual combinations of disparate genres to create something new, unusual and striking.”

The Fantasy Hive



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