Tessa Swackhammer


is a writer hailing from little Southern Ontario, where she grew up on a beach and learned to hate the smell of fish. She studied creative writing and writer’s craft throughout high school, working on an independent passion project in her late teens that stretched into a four-part series to familiarize herself with pacing and the writing process.


In her early twenties, she began writing seriously commercially and professionally, and her work has been featured or is forthcoming in publications like Sledgehammer Lit, Elpis Pages, Fifth Wheel Press, Jaden Magazine and more. She was also shortlisted for the Plough Arts Prize for Poetry (2021), a finalist in the New Millennium Writing Awards, and longlisted for the Fractured Literary Flash Fiction Prize (2021), and the Friction Lit Fiction Prize (2022).

She is rarely not writing, but if she does take a break, she spends time reading and studying psychology, watching Great British Bake-Off, and adoring her dog. She currently lives near Toronto with her partner and family.