Haleh Agar is a novelist, short story writer and an award-winning essayist. Her debut novel in contemporary fiction, Out of Touch is published by W&N. Her short story ‘Not Contagious’ was Highly Commended by the 2019 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 London Library. She was part of the judging panel for The London Magazine’s 2021 short story prize, has judged Aesthetica magazine's 2022 short story competition, and is on the 2023 Jhalak Prize judging panel. She is owner of The Gothic Shelf, which celebrates gothic fiction.