Haleh Agar is a novelist, short story writer and essayist. Her debut novel Out of Touch is published by W&N, Hachette, with the paperback launching April 1st , 2021. Her short story ‘Not Contagious’ was Highly Commended by the 2020 Costa Short Story Award. She won the Brighton Prize for a piece of flash fiction, and her narrative essay ‘On Writing Ethnic Stories’ won The London Magazine’s inaugural essay competition. Haleh has run writing workshops and spoken at literary events such as The National Flash Fiction Festival and most recently, the Stay At Home Literary Festival. She is part of this year’s judging panel for The London Magazine’s short story prize. Haleh's heritage is Iranian and she lives permanently in London.