Sometimes, there are no perfect solutions to a problem. Auribus Teneo Lupum Darajabi Nnamani THE GRAFT CHUNK AWARD I remember how they called us; the Unemployables. Certainly demeaning, but also dead accurate. This new world held nothing in store for […]
The idea that I am not alone is both frustrating and inspirational. Dear Diary Sachin Sharma The Graft Chunk Award Day X, Dear Diary, I do not know what date or year it is. The only thing I remember is […]
Annette Robert Madden The Deus Ex Lover Award Annette was the right name for her. The ‘net’ in it made me think of a nettle. It had me wondering. Was this why I desired her? The sting? That […]
A return to form as Death travels to the cinema and finds themselves forcing the issue. Kill Him Now! Joey To For the Ex Deus Lover Award Some guy in a hooded, black cloak throws his 3D glasses and leftover […]
You’ve heard of shotgun wedding but what about a shotgun divorce. Beyond Reason Evelyn Parr The Deus Ex Lover Award Rachael reflected sadly on her marriage as she drove home. She and Chris had enjoyed wonderful times and bad […]
The pin dropped, then they hammer. She Found Me Seb Turner-Lee The Deus Ex-Lover Award This is a mercy killing, she whispered. It was a difficult thing to respond to considering she had inserted the barrel of a gun into […]
It’s not just doctors who can help you at the hospital. Hospital Blues Georgia Willis The Deus Ex Lover Award Rain dribbled down my face. I was soaked. I checked my phone again. Still no reply. I tried calling […]
Mama Sophie L Macdonald The Gift of Returning Award I can see her sitting under the Christmas tree; she is sobbing. I can peer at her world through this inky blue veil, and sometimes I reach towards her, but there […]
The Party Nicola Messer The Gift of Returning Award “Tonight’s going to be incredible,” laughed Simon as he watched the Christmas tree decorate itself. “Absolutely wicked,” agreed James. He too, was watching the Christmas tree. “I can’t believe […]
Things I’d Like to Tell You Charlie Sykes The Heineken Memorial Award Visiting the bay today was a good choice. I know life has been tough on you recently but you always seem happy here. We amble forward slowly guided […]
Paw Print Shreya Parashar The Heineken Memorial Award I am listening to Shigeru’s In the mood for love when it starts drizzling. The petrichor emanating, blending with the music, tows me towards my childhood. In the abandoned garden. […]
Runaway Kid Sachin Sharma The Heineken Memorial Award Sam entered the joggers’ park and perched on the first bench he found. Dried up tears had left salty trails on his cheeks. It was his birthday. He was turning […]
I See You Sophie L Macdonald The Heineken Memorial Award Pets aren’t allowed in motel rooms, but you were so quiet at my feet, and the lady didn’t look twice anyhow. “This way, Miss Smith,” she said. Obviously not my […]
Laika, the first animal launched into orbit, paving the way for human spaceflight. Laika Elizabeth Poggiagliolmi Heineken Memorial Award Laika came into Casey’s life gently. She was one of thirteen. Casey’s mother had read the announcement in the vet’s […]
Best Friends C.R. Gardner The Heineken Memorial Award He’s dead, Mariana. ‘I didn’t mean to kill him,’ she said, nudging the body with her boot. You used magic! The Patriarch will know. We must leave on any ship […]
Life becomes a video game as two friends try to outdo each other and see who has the best health.
Intelligent machines will be our salvation or extinction. One way or the other, their arrival will change humankind forever.
For the unemployed, the way back is dirty work.
One less than a power of two.
Always remember to kill your darlings Emotional Intelligence Jeanette Stampone Insufficient Credit Award The machines producing machines. They did it. They produced artificial intelligence. Only, to me, to the so-called robot, I didn’t feel artificial at all. When the humans […]
Dance with Death Nathan Godfrey The Spooky Jelly Award Some years had passed since my last Halloween party, but something compelled me to try again. I didn’t want to dress like the rest of the groups of scantily clad […]
An amnesiac homeless girl accepts the invitation to a Halloween party with the hope of tracing her past.
Pjs are the costume of choice in this tale of party romance. Brouhaha Shreya Parashar The Spooky Jelly Award “Isn’t pyjama the best gift to humankind?” You don’t have a choice but to believe. Pep talk, that’s what it […]
Remember what matters. A Moment Maximillian Stella The Audition Retribution Award Every time his fingers are snaking down my shirt while I sewing, I thinking one thought only: Huan…Huan…Huan… I say her name a thousand times a day because she […]
The old west ain’t got shit on Annie.
Best served cold.
The Test Tube Experiment Shreya Parashar The Audition Retribution Award She entered the hallway, skittish like a squirrel. She straightened her skirt crease and gauged the surrounding. There were only a few men around. Thames walked in; the […]
Some lines aren’t meant to be crossed.
The Purdah Shreya Parashar The Mutually Assured Construction Award Raul stands in his balcony and stares at the new house. His mansion, with rusted grille, mossed and cracked walls, peeled-off plaster flashing bare bricks, has stood tall for […]