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20 Years in Poetry

Dawn at Midnight Final Cover reveal launch date 19th Dec.



Added by Steve Downes on December 8, 2014 at 12:14 — No Comments

the grand plan!

2015 writing plan laid out, ambitious yes ...doable ... we shall see

Added by Steve Downes on December 4, 2014 at 14:15 — No Comments


“I asked him, ‘Do flowers yawn when they bloom?’ Right out of the blue! The freaking guy sat there dazed.”

Mark shook his head in disgust. “What’s the point?”

“It needs a point? For laughs, okay? You don’t find it funny?” Then Dave stood and paced the floor like someone with a secret bursting to be told.

“You need to be careful, Dave. And you know…


Added by Salvatore Buttaci on November 30, 2014 at 15:41 — 15 Comments

twitter connect

Twitter Connect, hey folks if you want to connect on Twitter to share links/news here’s my moniker @writer_s_downes will follow you back asap

Added by Steve Downes on November 27, 2014 at 11:38 — No Comments

Excerpt from Temporal Tome

Excerpt from Temporal Tome
Part II of the Botolf Chronicles by Steve Downes

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Added by Steve Downes on November 26, 2014 at 15:07 — No Comments

New Poet

Deep Sky

Landscape of frenetic days,

linked to the demands of now,

and inside it she and me,

one a prowling wolf,

the other an astronomer probing space.


We cling to the present

with our sharp telescope

and our precision claws


until a branch snaps nearby

and she lunges from her lair,

spine flexed, teeth…


Added by Steve Downes on November 18, 2014 at 11:25 — No Comments

Godforsaken (Flash500 - 496 words)

The last light had gone out.  Those who had survived the latest assault huddled together in the old church.  The sanctified stone that had proved no defence at least gave them some shelter on this, the longest of nights.  When the pale winter sun had finally slipped beyond the horizon, they had all made their way there in answer to some invisible summons, drawn by a promise of safety that did not exist.  They were on their own.…


Added by Steph Ellis on November 8, 2014 at 12:19 — No Comments

Free Fantasy Novel

Cosmogonic Marbles is FREE this week #comedy #fantasy novel



 part II of the Botolf Chronicles Temporal Tome is available…


Added by Steve Downes on November 8, 2014 at 9:26 — No Comments

Doppel Day Dolly

The time had come for me to wear something new for my dreamboat, so he gave me a card that makes numbers and told me to go into town. He called me useless and stupid, but I did find my way to the fashion store. I got there all on my own.

The only trouble was, I was already in the fashion store, and I watched myself liking the very same dresses that I liked. I didn't know what to do. The other me saw me and waved. I still didn't know what to do, and then…


Added by Steffanie on November 8, 2014 at 0:30 — 2 Comments

Writer Wednesday on Twitter

Follow these Irish writing folk #WW

@HookPublishing @paganpublishing @SanditonPress @TheIrishReview @WritersUnion_ie…


Added by Steve Downes on November 5, 2014 at 9:42 — No Comments



Added by Terri Ross on November 4, 2014 at 23:37 — 3 Comments

Absorbing Art

An art lover’s wet dream, a gallery that is as artistic as the art it holds. A giant open aired labyrinth of twisted green hedges with wide dead ends filled with pictures, sculptures and paintings. Each meant to tell you something about the human condition. All it tells me is how good humanity is at bullshitting itself.

The only difference between this and a normal gallery is that I can have smoke whenever I want one. Just tell the better half…


Added by Stephen Shirres on November 2, 2014 at 13:38 — 7 Comments

The Light Under The Door

02.45a.m Twenty four year old single Sarah Freeling was woken by a noise from somewhere within her apartment.  She sat up and looked into the darkness of her bedroom. Her eyes fixed on a line of light illuminating from under her door. It was the light from the hallway. A light she would have switched off before going to bed. Adrenalized by fear,…


Added by Ronnie Capaldi on November 1, 2014 at 15:44 — 5 Comments

Safe to Knock (Flash500 - 499 words)

“You don’t want to go in there, mate.”

I raised an eyebrow.

“She’s a monster.”

The postman carried a parcel that needed signing for.  He walked quickly up the garden path, dropped the package and returned to my side.

“You didn’t knock,” I…


Added by Steph Ellis on October 29, 2014 at 11:03 — 1 Comment

The Career Plan (Flash 500 - 498 words)

“Hey, Mikey.  What do you want to be when you grow up?”

“I want to be a ghost, Mummy,” he had said.

“Why?” she had laughed.

“’Cos then I can be invisible and make people jump.  Boo!”

He had told his playfellows at school the same thing and they too…


Added by Steph Ellis on October 27, 2014 at 15:39 — 2 Comments

Claimed (350 words)


~ A story in the Shadow Fabric mythos ~ …


Added by Mark Cassell on October 26, 2014 at 14:30 — 2 Comments

Fiction: You Hope...

You don’t really believe they’re going to let the world come to an end, do you?

Think on it...

By ‘they’ I mean the elite, the rich and the powerful, the intelligentsia; the ten percent of the population who own ninety percent of the world’s wealth, resources and power. Of course they…


Added by Paul Jameson on October 24, 2014 at 14:35 — 8 Comments

Urbania ...free poetry book this weekend

Urbania #poetry book #Urban #Modern #Poetry available #FREE this weekend … enjoy and kindly share



Added by Steve Downes on October 24, 2014 at 13:02 — No Comments


Mark awoke, blinking back a light in his left eye, then his right.

"Good," a man said, cheerily, "Everything's working." Mark didn't know the man's face but felt familiarity in the coat.

"You're a doctor?" he attempted to ask, but produced no sound. "Am I okay?" he tested. Silence. The man nodded.

"I'm a doctor," he said, "Doctor Sergei Mengele—no actual relation. And you're fine. Mostly. Certainly doing better than I'd expected." Mark tried to feel reassured, but…


Added by Angie_Fayre on October 21, 2014 at 22:48 — 4 Comments


It was after midnight when Michael made his way upstairs to prepare for bed. His wife had turned in earlier due to her migraines, so she was already asleep—or so he'd thought. But when he emerged from the bathroom later she was gone.

"Silvie?" he called into the hallway. A dingy light shined up from the stairwell like a yellow beacon. Sounds of smacking, dish clanging and an eerily manly nom, nom, nom echoed up like sound effects out of a cartoon. Michael scowled.



Added by Angie_Fayre on October 21, 2014 at 22:20 — 5 Comments

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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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