The Crime Writers' Association

Josephine Greenland

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Josephine Greenland is a Swedish-English writer from Eskilstuna, Sweden. She has a BA in English from the University of Exeter and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Birmingham. She currently lives in Edinburgh where she’s completed a PGDE in Secondary English. Her short fiction has been published in a number of print and online journals, including the anthology  The Dummie’s Guide to Serial Killing and Other Fantastic Female Fables, in which the titular story won the 2019 Short Story Dagger. In 2020 she was awarded the CWA’s FW Smith Bursary for Children’s and YA Crime.

Josephine’s debut novel Embers, begun during her MA, is a YA detective and mystery story set in northern Sweden, about two siblings who discover severed reindeer heads in a circle in the forest and decide to find the perpetrator. It is inspired by true events and her travels with her brother. The methodical deduction of the crime is contrasted against the bleak Scandinavian landscape and the mysticism of Sami folklore.

Embers will be published by crowdfunded publisher Unbound on 4th march 2021.


Other Awards

2020: FW Smith’s Bursary for Children’s & YA Crime & Mystery Fiction

Winner: 2019 Bumble Flash Fiction Competition – Pulp Literature

Runner-up: 2018 Summer Solstice Competition by Wild Words

Winner: 2017 Fantastic Female Fables Competition by Fantastic Books Publishing

2017: Young Writer’s Bursary by Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival

Books by Josephine Greenland

  • Embers