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The Gift

Posted on March 24, 2014 at 19:16 7 Comments

Her stop was several blocks away, but she stepped off the train anyway, just beating the closing doors. She’d had enough of the voice chattering away. The old woman had droned on and on about how ungrateful people could be when she tried to give them gifts. She looked like her grandma but more wizened and toothless. She smelt like she should have died years ago. It was difficult to smile and talk back to the crone with the respect her mother had taught…


Halloween Competition

Posted on October 30, 2013 at 15:00 1 Comment

My Dead Friend   (249 words)


“You’re dead” I tell my friend “I went to your funeral last week”. 

“Yeah I know”. 


She looks remarkably healthy. No sign of rigor mortis or things decomposing. She sits 

at the kitchen table, tapping her fingers on the Formica top. She always hated the 

fifties look of my kitchen, reminds her of her dead grandmother.


“How is your Gran?” 


She raises her eyebrows. I feel a…


Halloween (Competition)

Posted on October 13, 2013 at 20:00 3 Comments

She felt the cold chill in the room. Her pulse raced. She felt sick. Pulling the bedclothes over her head, she wasn’t going to look; she knew who would be there. It happened every Halloween. She thought this year would be different; she tried so hard to be good, kind and considerate to others to amend for what she had done in the past. She hadn’t meant to do it; she had been so young and carefree.

Now she was an old lady, her eyesight failing, she could hardly see but she knew she had…



Posted on June 26, 2013 at 23:16 2 Comments

'Scraps' the National Flash-Fiction 2013 Anthology arrived in the post today. My story 'Penitence' is in it. I'm still amazed it was included with the other 64 stories. I like my stories , send them off to competitions but truly never think they are winners :) Is this normal to think this way? :) 

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At 20:40 on June 5, 2013, Shakes said…

Hey Stella - loved 'Vanity'

At 20:53 on June 5, 2013, Stella Turner said…

 thanks.... my short tales are doing well at the moment.... I'm still in shock that I'm in the NFFD 2013 anthology.... might have to consider myself a bit of a writer after all :)

At 7:06 on June 12, 2013, Laura Besley said…

Thanks for reading my 99er and leaving a comment! :) 

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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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