A family look back fondly, it perhaps unreliably, on how an odd series of events led to a dramatic shift in the history of England. La Comète By Jon Sellars The Historical Factions Award Part 2 “That’s not how you […]
The Glass Key Part 2 Liam Pender Historical Factions Award Part 2 Synesius meditated quietly on his balcony. His thoughts seemed more profound when imagined under a blanket of stars. But tonight, he could not focus. A gaggle of nearby […]
In the Roman Republic, slaves were everywhere. In homes, in public works, in the streets. They blended in to the background. But slaves saw everything. Heard everything. Sometimes, the truth was more complex than their masters imagined it. And sometimes, […]
Dust on Turku ReLynn Vaughn Hotel Diaspora Award Grandfather rested on the top shelf of mother’s closet, gathering dust. Ashes to ashes. He’d died nearly destitute and barely in touch with anyone. After Grandmother passed young, he’d rolled away […]
All The Dead Lovers Cam Dang Hotel Diaspora Award My uncle often told stories about the oceans and the boats, about men who charged gold for a cup of water and women who smeared their faces with charcoal at […]
Where Home Was Lydia Trethewey For The Hotel Diaspora Award The motorway was an accumulation of weeds, streaking cirrus clouds and vibrations in the vinyl seat. It was a rental car, and Taylor sat in the passenger’s seat, her partner […]
1332 BC Mhairi Campbell Historical Factions Award Part 1 “You have to get out!” I looked up at the woman who had burst into my room. Her dark eyes jumped from left to right, as she took in my silence. […]
In Rome, marriages among the ruling are a matter of politics, not feelings. One young bride was favored by Fortuna in her husband. But what Fortuna gives, Fortuna can also take away. Widow’s Weeds ReLynn Vaughn The Historical Factions Award: […]
News of the State Samantha Lee The Fake News Real Fiction Award News of the State Oscar pushed the revolving door, coffee in his right hand, his face dropping as he entered the building whilst others stared mindlessly into their […]
The Camera Never Lies Jeanette Stampone The Fake News Real Fiction Award I perched on the edge of the hotel bed, gripping the newspaper. The edges of the pages crumpled between my fingers as I absorbed the image plastered across the […]
What does a Country music singer with no personal tragedy to sing about, sing about?
Language assistant has breakdown despite school saying job is “quick and easy” Mhairi Campbell Fake News Real Fiction Award On the 23rd of February, English Language assistant Mhairi Campbell had a breakdown in the town square of small French town. […]
Journalist Diligently Commits Suicide Joey To The Fake News Real Fiction Award Washington D.C. – Journalist Mick Veritas was found dead at 3am this morning in the lobby of Weiss Bank Tower. He had just turned 27 last week. According […]
The Invasion of Canada By Ash Warren For the ‘Fake News, Real Fiction’ Award ‘And that’s live in three – two – one….’ The cameras homed in on Connie Ryan, resplendent tonight in a tailored burgundy suit for tonight’s episode […]
The dramatic conclusion to Morgan Wood’s Misty Mountains quartet.
The exciting conclusion to Sam Aro’s Blood And Shadows serial short fiction.
Part 3 of Jessica Seymour’s Painted Map Quartet. A Glittering Spear Jessica Seymour The Queen’s Cryptographer Award Part 3 “We could… kill her?” “We are not killing an old lady.” Gerwar shrugs. “I’m just saying what we’re both thinking –” “We […]
Part 3 of Sam Aro’s Blood and Shadows quartet.
Part 3 of Morgan Wood’s Misty Mountain quartet.
Part 4 of Jessica Seymour’s Painted Map Quartet. A Riddle Solved Jessica Seymour The Queen’s Cryptographer Award Part 4 Glittering shards of ice thrust down from the roof of the cave as Awi and Gerwar make their way inside. It took some time […]
Part 2 of Jessica Seymour’s Painted Map Quartet. A Flying Cat Jessica Seymour The Queen’s Cryptographer Award Part 2 Awi ducks below the low, swinging branch before calling out: “Careful, I still want my face in one piece!” “Why?” […]
Part 2 of Morgan Wood’s Misty Mountains Quartet.
Finding Time Part 4 Steven Reid Hindsight Isn’t 20/20 The overcast skies reflected the mood of the couple in the small London apartment. Grandma Hannah’s death had been a surprise to no one, as she had been ill for some […]
No one to blame but Marlee Part 4 Sarah Nesbitt Hindsight isn’t 20/20 Award Part 4 Two years earlier “He’s dead, isn’t he?” Marlee said. She’d known as soon as she’d spied Jack’s boss, Tony, through the peep […]
It’s All For You Sophie L Macdonald The Hindsight Isn’t 20/20 Award Part 4 Spring: Jake She found me in a graveyard. She saw me slumped against the tiny white headstone, with a bottle of a beer dangling from my […]
Four Bach Cantatas Cantata 4. I call to thee, Lord Jesus Christ (‘Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ’) By Ash Warren For the Hindsight Isn’t 20/20 Award After reading, the author invites you to listen to Wilhelm Kempff […]
Not Worthy Jewel Eliese The First Rule of Nabokov Award They didn’t die, not really. Just like I promised. She was beautiful like new things always are. Her hair was as dark as the fertile soil she stepped over and […]
Small Potatoes Ellen Macpherson The First Rule of Nabokov Mrs O’Sullivan had never, and would never eat a potato. This was her boast of choice when people discovered that, in spite of her anglicised accent, she too was Irish, […]
Bonded by Murder Tigest G Negussie The First Rule Of Nabokov Award Six years I had given him. Six long years. Early mornings rushing to make him breakfast for his ‘work’. Late nights waiting for him to come home, […]