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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

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

One Man Went to Mow

With shears glinting, he went to mow

He went to mow a meadow

In a field of russet, blonde and red

He went to mow a meadow

Of tresses fine and tangle-weaved

He threshed the walking meadow

Cut and reaped the fallen strands…


Added by Steph Ellis on June 9, 2014 at 19:34 — No Comments

A Good Heart

Jay had grown up used to adoring looks and doting smiles.  Big blue eyes, a halo of blonde curls and the cutest little dimple, they all said he was sure to be a real heartbreaker.  Sometimes you find your career path mapped out for you from a very young age; some things are meant to be and Jay just went with it.

His looks got him everything he ever wanted; nobody denied…


Added by Steph Ellis on March 18, 2014 at 20:08 — 3 Comments



The countdown had begun, glowing red numbers changed every second, heading towards that final moment when it would all be gone.

Last year he had seen the New Year in with a whimper, much to his wife’s disgust.  This time he had…


Added by Steph Ellis on December 31, 2013 at 19:43 — No Comments

The Christmas Tree

My offering for the festive season


The Christmas tree waited patiently at the bottom of the garden.  It was nearly time.  From behind, the others rustled their bare branches in expectation.  They were old and nobody came for them any more.  It did not matter, Christmas was a time for sharing and they would still enjoy the festivities.

A new…


Added by Steph Ellis on December 21, 2013 at 10:00 — No Comments


The empty box just sat there, waiting to be filled.  He had tried giving it his fossil collection, his stamps, even his precious photos but none of them belonged there and he had taken them out again.  Over the years he would catch sight of that box, still sitting there in the corner of the attic amongst the other boxes all filled with who-knew-what junk from years past.  He had never been able to throw it out and for some reason neither had his…


Added by Steph Ellis on November 17, 2013 at 14:25 — 4 Comments

NaNoWrimo - anyone else having a go?

Just done my first 3005 words today, not much of a plan but the story seems to have started telling itself.  Not sure if I can keep up the pace as next week I'm back to school with all that that entails (working late, bringing stuff home and I'm only a humble TA!).  

Added by Steph Ellis on November 1, 2013 at 19:24 — 4 Comments

Halloween Competition Entry: A Halloween Birthday Wish

Emily blew the candles out.  It was time to make a wish.  She closed her eyes and thought hard. 

"You're too old for birthday wishes," said Michael.  "They're for babies.  They never come true."

Emily thought back over her previous fifteen birthdays, all of which had taken place on Halloween.  Her brother was right but this year it would be different. …


Added by Steph Ellis on October 30, 2013 at 20:19 — 3 Comments

Halloween Competition (2nd Entry): Harvest

"Quick, this one!" said Davy.  "Hurry up or he'll see us!"

Harry tugged frantically at the pumpkin they'd chosen, sending his hands deep into the soil to free it from the rambling vines to which it was anchored.  Davy was keeping watch, casting anxious looks back at the porch, knowing that at any minute they might be discovered by Mr Ahriman. 

Beneath them,…


Added by Steph Ellis on October 19, 2013 at 21:40 — 1 Comment

Halloween Competition: The Shadow Hand

Nothing broke the silence.  No rustling sweet wrappers, no irritating ring tones.  The small audience sat entranced, thrilled by the horrors that unfolded safely in front of them, hypnotised by the shadow actors that performed on the sitting room wall.  There were the gallows and the hanging man, the stake and the burning witch.  A silent cast that died a thousand deaths.  Too…


Added by Steph Ellis on October 8, 2013 at 21:02 — 1 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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