Silja Swaby, half Jamaican, half Finnish, is a marine biologist and author. Funded by Arts Council England, she has won competitions, and been placed in prizes and awards. She is working on a series of futuristic thrillers, featuring a female biologist whose quiet academic life takes a drastic turn. Silja has taken creative writing courses at Cambridge University and more recently Yale University, USA.

Silja tutors writers, gives workshops, and provides a critique service. She is happily unmarried and lives in deepest Somerset, UK.

Silja Swaby is pronounced Sil-yah Sway-bee.

May 28, 2009


Entering competitions are good for three reasons. 1. You will be forced to edit your work rigourously, check spellings and punctuation. 2. The deadline is immutable, and you have to stop. 3. Getting placed, even a commended or highly commended is good for the writing CV.

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