Sara Hills is the author of The Evolution of Birds (Ad Hoc Fiction, 2021), winner of the 2022 Saboteur Award for Best Short Story Collection. She has won the QuietManDave Prize for nonfiction, the Retreat West quarterly prize, and was twice commended in the Bath Flash Fiction Award. Sara’s work has been selected for the Wigleaf Top 50, The Best Small Fictions, and the BIFFY 50, as well as nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best Small Fictions, Best Microfictions, and Best of the Net. Her stories have been widely published in anthologies and magazines, including SmokeLong Quarterly, Cheap Pop, X-R-A-Y Literary, Cease Cows, Reckon Review, Fractured Lit, New Flash Fiction Review, Splonk, and Flash Frog. Sara is a reader for Fractured Lit and NFFD’s Flash Flood Journal and The Write-in. Originally from the Sonoran Desert, Sara lives with her family in Warwickshire, UK and tweets from @sarahillswrites.

What people are saying about The Evolution of Birds:

Golden, Blazing Words: A Review of The Evolution of Birds: Sara Hills’ debut flash collection The Evolution of Birds brings her unique brand of surreality to birds, humans and the evolution of both with a skillful blurring of humanity and reality. From dark moments to humor, the collection brings Hills’ unique voice in layers, unflinching, but also balanced with endearing moments and wry humor... (continue reading at Fractured Lit)

– Amy Barnes

Book review – The Evolution of Birds by Sara Hills: As fans of Sara Hills’ flash fiction have learnt to expect, the author’s debut collection The Evolution of Birds is crammed with crisp, heart-glancing prose that will leave you at times reeling, and often desperate to give the narrator a hug… (continue reading at Skylight Rain)

– Judy Darley

This is flash fiction that packs an emotional punch. Sara Hills is a master at distilling a moment and eking out every facet of it. These are stories that you can feel in your gut. They are full of characters that walk straight off the page. The writing is immersive. Each piece demands to be read and re-read in order to discover the layers hiding underneath. Everything flash fiction should be and more. A wonderful collection.

– Matt Kendrick (on Goodreads)

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