Margarita Leoz Munilla is a Spanish philologist, literary critic, poet and writer. She was born in Pamplona in 1980. She holds a degree in French Philology from the University of Salamanca (2002) and in Literary Theory and Comparative Literature from the University of Barcelona (2004). In 2008 she published her first book of poetry, El telar de Penélope. She has collaborated in cultural magazines and in local radio and television programs, and her literary work has won many prizes for young writers.  Her first book of stories, Segunda residencia, has been published in 2012.

Miguel Serrano Larraz is a Spanish writer, poet and translator, born in Zaragoza, in 1977. He studied Physical Sciences and Hispanic Philology. He has published three books of poetry and three novels, among them Autopsia (2013), winner of the Estado Crítico de Novela Prize 2015. Larraz has published two books of short stories: Órbita (2009), which placed him in the front line of the writers of his generation, and Réplica (2017). His stories have been included in some of the most important Spanish language short narrative anthologies of the last decade.

Cristian Crusat (1983) was born in Spain, being himself both Spanish and Dutch. Crusat received his M.A. in Literature from the Complutense University of Madrid and his M.A. in Applied Linguistics from the International University Menéndez Pelayo in Santander and the Cervantes Institute. Additionally, he has completed his PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of Amsterdam. Crusat is the author of Estatuas (2006) Tranquilos en tiempo de guerra (2010), Breve teoría del viaje y el desierto (2011), which obtained the Manuel Llano Internacional Prize 2010 and the European Union Prize for Literature 2013, and Solitario empeño (2015). His essay Vidas de vidas (2015) was awarded the Málaga Prize of Essay 2014, whose jury emphasized the quality and the originality of Crusat’s monograph study as he achieved to review, to recover and to revitalize a non-visible tradition in Hispanic Literature. Crusat has seen his essays, translations and articles on literature published in a wide range of Spanish and international journals, such as Hispanic Research Journal, Revista de Occidente, Das MagazinCuadernos Hispanoamericanos, Letra InternacionalPunto de partida, Litoral and RevistAtlántica. Cristian Crusat also edited and translated El deseo de lo único. Teoría de la ficción, the critical essays of the French writer Marcel Schwob (2012). He has recently been included in the anthology Cuento español actual. 1992-2012 (2014). He has taught and conducted research in Spain, France, The Netherlands and Morocco.

* From: Cristian Crusat’s official web site

Matías Candeira is a Spanish writer and screenwriter, born in Madrid in 1984. He completed his master’s degree in Audiovisual Communication from the Complutense University and holds a diploma in film and television script by ECAM. He has published two collections of short stories (2009, 2010), and some of his creative work has been adapted into short films and video games. His texts have been published in various magazines and anthologies. In 2010, he obtained a scholarship to reside in the Antonio Gala Foundation for Young Creators, and that same year he co-starred with Mario Vargas Llosa in the documentary “A Writer’s Duty” (“El oficio del escribidor”). In 2013, he won the Han Nèfkens Foundation scholarship for literary work, one of the most important for young Spanish-speaking authors. He is a regular collaborator of various portals and he currently works as a professor at the Writers’ School in Madrid. He has also received numerous literary prizes for his work, among many others, the INJUVE Prize for Narrative, Ignacio Aldecoa Short Story Award, Young Creators Contest of the Madrid City Council, and the Tomás Fermín de Arteta International Prize for Narrative.

Ángel Zapata is a Spanish writer, teacher, translator, and critic, specializing in short stories, literary theory, and surrealism. He was born in Madrid in 1961. Zapata has defined himself as a surrealist writer, but with a clearly Marxist conscience. He is the author of three collections of short stories and two books of literary theory. Both his literary and critical work has been published in various anthologies. An expert of surrealism, he has translated from the French authors such as Louis Janover and Michel Carrouges, as well as works around surrealism. He is a member of the surreal collective La Llave de los Campos and the Surrealist Group of Madrid. Zapata is a professor of creative writing, storytelling, and psychoanalysis applied to writing, with a trajectory in prestigious centers such as the Writing Workshop in Madrid, the Fuentetaja Creative Writing Workshops, and the Writers’ School in Madrid.

Aixa de la Cruz Ventosa is a Spanish writer and playwright. She was born in Bilbao in 1988. During her school years, she elaborated prose texts ranging from articles and short stories to a full-length novel, which gained her access to the fifth young creator’s promotion program of the Antonio Galaen Foundation in 2006. She published her first two novels in 2007 and 2009; both have been finalists of the Euskadi Prize for Literature. Her play, I Don’t Like Mondays, a finalist of the Margarita Xirgú and Madrid Sur contests, was released in Mexico in 2012, during the International Young Playwrights Week in Monterrey. Aixa has collaborated in several anthologies of short stories, including Best European Fiction 2015. In 2014, she was the winner of Cosecha Eñe, the Eñe Magazine annual prize for short stories. She lives in Spain and currently teaches at the Writers’ School in Madrid.

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Eloy Tizón is a Spanish writer. He was born in Madrid in 1964, and published three novels and three short story collections so far. Tizón is considered, by critics and readers alike, as one of the best narrators in contemporary Spanish fiction. In 2003 he was ranked among the ten best Spanish authors under 40 by the cultural supplement of El Mundo. Tizón was nominated for the Herralde Award for his novel in 1995, and his latest short story collection has won the Tormenta Prize for Book of the Year in 2013 and was nominated for the Spanish Critics’ Award and the Setenil Prize for short stories. His stories have been published in several anthologies such as Best European Fiction 2013. Tizón writes literary reviews in the Spanish literary magazine Revista de Libros and frequently collaborates in El País, El Mundo, Público, Telva, Revista de Occidente, and Turia. He has taught in the Kafka Hotel Centre for Creative Arts, the Fuentetaja Creative Writing Workshops, The Writers’ School, La Casa Encendida in Madrid, and in the Higher School of Arts and Entertainment (TAI). His work has been translated into English, French, German, Finnish, and Arabic.

Sara Mesa is a Spanish writer. She was born in Madrid in 1976 and grew up in Seville. She has published four novels, three short-story collections, and a book of poems. She has obtained various literary prizes and is considered one of the leading voices of the new Spanish literature.

Jon Bilbao is a Spanish writer. He was born in Ribadesella, Asturias in 1972 and studied English Literature. He has published three novels and four short-story collections, and his stories had appeared in numerous anthologies. He has been granted various literary prizes. Bilbao also published biographies for children of great historical figures, such as William Shakespear and Leonardo da Vinci. He lives in Bilbao and works as a translator and a screenwriter.

Jorge Ibargüengoitia (1928-1983) was a Mexican writer and journalist. He is considered one of the most ironic, shrewd voices in Latin American literature of the twentieth century and a mordant critic of the social and political reality of his country. He studied literature and philosophy at the National University of Mexico (UNAM) and was awarded scholarships from the Center for Mexican writers and from the Rockefeller, Fairfield, and Guggenheim foundations. His work includes novels, short stories, plays, chronicles and children’s literature, and he published more than twenty books. In 1983 Ibargüengoitia died in a plane crash.