J L Hall is an awarded Scottish novelist currently working on her second novel. She is proud to be an own voices writer; she lives with PTSD.

In 2016, her debut novel, The Paper Crane, was joint runner-up in the Flash 500 Novel Opening Chapter and Synopsis Competition, shortlisted for the Impress New Writers Prize, and longlisted for the Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize. She was a recipient of the Arts Council England Free Reads scheme, in partnership with The Literary Consultancy and Spread The Word.


Also in 2016, J L Hall’s essay on dark writing and ethics was published by Booksbywomen.org. In 2017, her short-story, The Martişoare, was included in the Twenty Four Stories anthology to support residents of Grenfell Tower. Her vignette on surviving and living after trauma, Lucky, will be published in the forthcoming anthology on recovery, A Wild and Precious Life.

In 2018, J L Hall was the winner of the I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition, and shortlisted for the Emerging Writer Award (The Bridge Awards) at Moniack Mhor.

In 2019, her short-story Save Me From the Dogs will be published in Tempest, an anthology of dystopian stories with some of the profits to support Amnesty International. Her prize-winning travel piece (above), My Name is Mai, will be published in A Narrative Map travel anthology.

When she is not writing, J L Hall works as a lecturer and nonprofit mentor in the creative industries. She lives with her partner where she attempts balcony gardening, enjoys photography, and travels to near and far flung shores whenever she can. She is currently seeking representation.