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Fusing words and music...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mary Papas Jul 16, 2013. 5 Replies

So I will come straight out and admit that this new discussion serves as a bit of a plug on my part, but hopefully this will trigger some thoughts and maybe some ideas.Last year I joined forces with…Continue

Tags: fiction, science, storytelling, experimental, music

Picture Competition - the results!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Luke Reynolds Jun 13, 2013. 10 Replies

A village watches, the watchmen watch, the witches watch and Father Time himself gets in on…Continue

Picture competition - just for fun!

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Hartley Jun 10, 2013. 14 Replies

Ok then! To celebrate the official birthing of 99fiction into the wide and worrying world…Continue

Tags: 99, words, prompt, picture, competition

Writing Groups

Started this discussion. Last reply by Pauline Rendall Jun 6, 2013. 16 Replies

Does anyone go to writing groups? I'm about to start a new one tomorrow with some close writing friends and I'm getting well excited for it. Its a closed group of 6 and we will be critiquing 5000…Continue

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Update, Catch Up, Ding Dong Merrily!

Posted on November 30, 2013 at 17:46 0 Comments

Well hello 99Fiction!

I've not been here for a long time - too long a time - but I've made a few new resolutions recently and getting back to 99fiction has been among them.

So what's new? Well I've been buried away in my study working on the novel. And, slowly but surely, it has begun to emerge. What was once a hazy fantasy lurking like a shadowbeast in the back of my mind has now strode forward and taken on a much more recognisable form.

Working title is…


Threshold - free for one weekend only

Posted on June 22, 2013 at 14:40 4 Comments

Hi folks,

For the rest of today and the whole of tomorrow my debut collection of flash fictions 'Threshold' is free on anything that reads an ebook - Kindles, iPhones, PCs, tablets, whatever jiggery pokery you might have.

Features the following thirteen stories:

Threshold - about a next door neighbour's garden

Hinterland - about some weird future

Fingerthief - one sentence demonics

The Golden Silence - an eve of war story about spaceship fighter…


The Port of Brid

Posted on May 31, 2013 at 21:20 0 Comments

Well I've gone and entered the Bridport Prize. Its the first time I gathered my britches and my courage and self-belief and entered a major prize. Feels good. Doubt the story will get anywhere, but if at least one big judge reads it and thinks 'hmm, quite liked that,' before tossing it, like a rotten leaf, into the 'meh' pile, then I will be happy. Not that I will ever know of that glimmer of appreciation but - meh.

I was a judge myself recently, on the other side of that submission…


Wolves and Men

Posted on April 20, 2013 at 21:51 4 Comments

So I've had a story publication recently (yey!):


Its called The Men and its a werewolf story, so it is. Quite proud of this one - took a few drafts to get right and it has a killer last line I think.

For more on the inspiration and thoughts behind The Men, I've done a blog post here all about male aggression, feminism, and…


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Who Do You Show Your Stories To?

Started by Daniel Hale in Sample Title. Last reply by Mary Chandler Nov 9, 2015. 3 Replies

I'm still working at the story-a-week thing, and keeping up with it so far. One thing I'm wondering is who I should show them to to get feedback. Some of these I want to put in the novel/collection…Continue

A Formatting Question-- How would you...?

Started by Angie_Fayre in Uncategorized Sep 2, 2015. 0 Replies

Okay, I know that there are about 3 instances where you'd regularly use italics in fiction: showing foreign/made-up goblidigoober words, "indicating mental thoughts" and putting stress on words being…Continue

Publishing Percentages!

Started by Naomi Rawle in Sample Title. Last reply by Gia Lee Jul 19, 2015. 3 Replies

Do you send everything you complete off for publication? What's your written/submitted ratio like? What do you consider a successful percentage? Or do you go for quality over quantity! (I mean…Continue

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New works: published and otherwise.

Started by Zachary T. Owen in Sample Title. Last reply by Naomi Rawle Mar 27, 2015. 4 Replies

What stories/books/poems/novels have you recently completed or had published?I'll go first:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDvvPFBisAA^This…Continue

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Title Advice?

Posted by Daniel Hale on December 14, 2015 at 18:29 0 Comments

I just completed, as near as I can tell, my first book: a collection stories disguised as a novel. I do currently have a working title that I was initially happy with, BUT it may now be too obscure or inapplicable.

The title as it is now is "The Psalterdemalion." This is a combination of two of my favorite words: Psalter, which is a small book of psalms, and Tatterdemalion, which is a man dressed in multicolored rags and tatters. My thinking was that the man character, a story thief,…


A Memory Resides In Soho

Posted by Ronnie Capaldi on November 24, 2015 at 21:06 0 Comments

A Memory Resides In Soho

On the 1st August 2015 a special night had arrived for seventy-five year old Robert Harris and his seventy-two year old wife Barbara.  Robert was nattily dressed in a blue suit and Barbara looked elegant in a long flowing red and black flowery dress. They were in the heart of the…


Final Stretch for my First Project

Posted by Daniel Hale on November 16, 2015 at 2:41 0 Comments

So I've got my stories together for my first collection, and am currently working on the connecting narrative. I haven't even thought yet how I'm gonna get this published. Gotta start thinking what I need to do. 


Posted by Ronnie Capaldi on November 12, 2015 at 17:40 0 Comments


Mark stood on a sea cliff top. A wave below roared in and sprayed out a ferocious impact. Its retreat left a glistening carpet of foamy shale. To his left, a slender figured girl appeared, dressed only in a skimpy black nightie. Her blonde hair fell over her face. Scarlet lips whispered to him,…


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