Ignacio B. Peña’s fiction has appeared in several publications in print and online. An American raised in Los Angeles County, Ignacio was inspired by the long tradition of the short story form in American Literature, finding inspiration in the works of writers such as Flannery O’Connor and Raymond Carver.

He studied English at Loyola Marymount University and graduated in 2006. In 2015, Ignacio was accepted into the Creative Writing MSc program at The University of Edinburgh, where he spent the following year studying works of fiction and developing his own writing. He graduated in 2016 with distinction, and his short stories have been recognized on an international stage. Several of his stories have been published and are listed below. He is currently working on his first novel.


Ignacio B. Peña’s short story A Regular was recently published in the fifteenth issue of Gutter Magazine in August 2016. Gutter is Scotland’s leading literary magazine for new Scottish writing, and is published by Freight Books.  Find out more and purchase Gutter 15.

The Edinburgh International Book Festival is one of the largest and most renowned book festivals in the world, and in association with UNESCO City of Literature, new emerging writers are selected every year to read a short story as part of Story Shop, City of Literature’s new writing platform. Ignacio B. Peña read his short story Serves You Right on August at the Book Festival, and is published on UNESCO City of Literature‘s site.

An extract from Ignacio B. Peña’s novel-in-progress Where We All Belong was featured in #NewWriting, a collaboration between University of East Anglia and Writer’s Center Norwich. His extract can be found here.

From Arthur’s Seat is The University of Edinburgh’s yearly anthology that showcases writing from the postgraduate students of the university’s Creative Writing program. Ignacio B. Peña’s story The Ghost was first published in its inaugural edition. Physical copies of the anthology can be purchased through Eggbox Publishing. A digital PDF of the anthology can be viewed here.

The Harpoon Review is a monthly online journal that publishes flash fiction and poetry. Ignacio’s short story Say It was published in their 17th issue.

Ignacio B. Peña’s first short story that saw publication was The Swing. It was published in the inaugural issue of a New Zealand-based literary journal called Headland: Literary Frontiers & Emerging Voices.