Rachel O’Cleary

Rachel O’Cleary is an American writer who is currently living in Ireland with her partner and three children. She writes mostly very short fiction. She loves the experimentation and impact of flash fiction, but still aspires to one day sit down for more than fifteen minutes at a time to write a novel…or a novella…or even just compile her stories, some of which you can find at the links below.

Forthcoming Publications in:

Smokelong Quarterly – September 2022

Lost Balloon – March 2023


Published Work:

A Celestial Map of the Human Heart”
Reflex Fiction
Longlisted
July 2022

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“Hungering”
The Forge Literary Magazine
July 2022

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“What We Did When We Knew it Was the End”
And We Lived Happily Ever After
2022 National Flash Fiction Day Anthology

June 2022

“The Invisible Woman”
Milk Candy Review
May 2022

“Why I Hate, and He Loves, the Original Ghostbusters Movie”
Wrongdoing Mag
May 2022

“Eleanor Undomesticated”
2nd Place
WOW! Women on Writing Fall 2021 Flash Fiction Contest
Feb. 2022

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“The Impenetrable Boundaries of a Temporal Loop”
And If That Mockingbird Don’t Sing: Parenting Stories Gone Speculative
Jan 2022

Call Him Home”
Sledgehammer Lit Mag
Dec. 2021

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“Fight, Flight, and Freeze
First Place
Free Flash Fiction Competition 6
Nov. 2021

“The Four Simple Reasons Why I Used to Wish Bob Ross Was My Dad
Longlisted – Reflex Fiction Autumn 2021
Nov. 2021

“Night is an Unbroken Line”
Highly Commended
Free Flash Fiction Competition Five
Sept. 2021

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“#MedusaToo”
Reflex Fiction
Aug. 2021

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He May Be Human, But I Am Not Divine”
Janus Literary, Issue 4
June 2021

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Because Mom Went to Night School, Once”
Reflex Fiction
Jan. 2021

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“Susan Is There”
2nd Place, Round 6 Microfiction Competition
Mum Life Stories Micro-Fiction, Vol. 1
Nov. 2020

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“How Hungry I Was”
Battery Pack IV
Neon Lit Mag
Nov. 2020

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“If a Tree Falls”
First Place
Strands International Flash Fiction Competition
Oct. 2020

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