Lucy Johnson McDowall, Executive Editor. 


An alumnus of the University of St Andrews, Glasgow Caledonian University and Handong International Law School, Lucy is currently reading Humanities with the Open University in Scotland. Formerly a first reader for Spark, A Creative Anthology, Lucy’s literary interests span speculative, historical and literary fiction. Lucy has been writing poetry since the age of seven. Her work has been published under several pseudonyms online and  in print, and she’s an associate member of the Society of Authors. She lives in the West of Scotland.



Leslie E. Owen, Advisory Editor


Leslie E. Owen will be joining us in September 2015 as an Advisory Editor. She’ll be our independent eye, ensuring that work submitted by staff members is of publication standard.  Leslie is an experienced Literary Agent. She began her publishing career in New York as an editorial assistant with Harcourt Brace Jovanovich in 1981, after graduating with degrees in Creative Writing and English Literature from the University of Arizona in 1980. Leslie has held positions as Literary Agent, Director of Foreign Rights, International Publishing Representative, and Acquisitions Editor in New York and Vancouver, British Columbia. Leslie’s extensive and varied career also includes freelance reading for Four Winds Press and working as a Movie Scout for Nevelco. She has written articles and reviewed for Publishers Weekly, The Horn Book, the SCBWI Newsletter, and the Greensboro (NC) News & Record.  Leslie’s recent works have been published in Zoetrope and Jewish Monthly, and her children’s science book, Pacific Tree Frogs, was published in 2003 by Tradewind Books in Vancouver, London, and Sydney. The book earned a top-ten-pick rating in Canada.  In 2004, Pacific Tree Frogs was published in the U.S. by Crocodile Books.


Heather White, Staff Reader

Heather White hails from the lands of the Appalachian Mountains. She spent her childhood moving, giving her a love for books, games, and stories. Her writing passions run towards the paranormal and the romantic with an emphasis on superheroes. You can find her at her at her writer's blog.