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 […]
Alexandria, 400 AD. A clash of faiths has erupted. The old Gods, still popular with the Roman nobility, have lost favour among the unwashed masses. Rejecting their overlords, people turn to the monotheistic teachings of a dead Judean carpenter they […]
Life is, more or less, always a kind of game.
Nine lives and nihilism in this feline existential crisis.
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Needle In The Hay is an ongoing writing contest that gives authors the freedom to pursue their writing path.
Write a journal entry of your day, journal your day backwards. Start with sitting down at your desk and work backwards from there. Some things to consider: What does it feel like to live in reverse How are your perceptions […]
The setting for this story is aboard a colony ship of thousands sent to inhabit a new world. Write about it from the point of view of a cook, food handler, or someone in the ‘hospitality’ industry. Write about the […]
Four stories made it to the short list for the COMFORTABLY ANON Contest, and they ran the gamut from weird comedy and dystopian to realist and gritty sci fi. There can only be one winner, but let’s hear from one […]
A mind is a terrible thing to wipe…
This month saw the release of Grimdark Magazine #1. Here’s my awesome review! SHADOW HUNTER Adrian Tchaikovsky’s opening story takes deep into the Insect Kinden world of Shadows off the Apt. Gaved, a freelance, fire conjuring Wasp teams up with […]
Here it is. A tentacular spectacle of a short list. Fish food for your wordy brain. An ocean of sentences and paragraphs to take you deep into the… Excuse me. The award called for brevity. A minimalist’s dream.
Congratulations to the twelve authors who made the short list for this award. We received over thirty entries, all of which were of a very high standard. If you didn’t make the short list, and would like feedback on your […]
Letter writing is the only device for combining solitude with good company. ~Lord Byron We’re in good company this week. Letters to modern comics, classic authors, distinguished scientists and… someone you might know 🙂 Six hand written (or typed) letters […]
This week’s award asked authors to use Marius De Zayas’ portrait of photographer Alfred Stieglitz as the inspiration for a story in the genre of Magical Realism. Seven’s a lucky number, a magical number even. That’s how many stories we […]
try to avoid standing in the light of the fridge, it’s blue, unflattering when I think of food I think of feasting serious feasting long wooden tables laden with dishes dishes piled high with pastries, fruit, […]
We got fish and chips on the beach and Camilla was there because she didn’t want me to be the only one having fish and chips with the boy she cheated on her boyfriend with. Freddy. That was the […]
You consider me a prude. Yes, I do have a fear of contamination. You will insist that it is a fear of contact, intimacy, eruption, and I will insist that it is not. How well paired we are. I rehearse […]
The man unfolded his hands. A mouse sat content in his palm, a grey mouse with small crystalline eyes. The two little sparkles shone with a black brilliance in his palm. ‘I started out with this one.’ He husked […]
Pete walked into the kitchen holding Fluffy like she was a dead cat. ‘What’s wrong with Fluffy?’ I asked. ‘She’s dead.’ ‘She can’t be,’ I said. ‘I saw her five minutes ago pigging down cat food.’ ‘Yeah. And two minutes […]
Disordered and slipshod. Unprofessional and slapdash. Damien’s efforts were rooted in kindness as he pulled and jerked at the still warm skin of the kangaroo. Occasionally he paused to wipe the organic filth from between his fingers through his […]
Ah, welcome, welcome, dear visitors. Welcome to the Hunter’s Lodge. So nice to see fresh faces again around this place. Let me introduce myself, I am Mo, Head of Decorations here. I’ve had this position for over fifty years already. […]
“It ain’t right yet. Seems like there’s something missing. I just ain’t worked out what yet. What do you think?” I shudder. “It’s gruesome enough. Does it have to be quite so…bloody?” A smile crawls slowly up his face, never […]
Step 6: Find a friend to support you as you go through the difficult process of overcoming your phobia. Having gone through WikiHow’s first five steps it is time to move on to working through my de-conditioning regiment list. I […]
Sitting in the back of the archetypical sunny yellow cab, hurtling down the Long Island Expressway, Harold took an inventory of his strongest opening lines. It was either the one about getting stuffed or the one about getting mounted. […]
First up a big congratulations to our winner… By a single point… Alayna Cole! Alayna’s only been entering for a couple of months and after making her first short list last time round it’s great to see her story, Stolen […]
Most people know the White Cliffs from the song but I know them because I grew up next to them. Not admittedly the famous ones at Dover but the Seven Sisters, the cliffs in Sussex that stretch eastwards from Brighton […]
The untrampled leaves made it apparent that only the most light-footed of creatures had ventured near the house in years. The hint of a path still remained, leading to what was left of the front door, but the stepping-stones, stolen, […]
The air is crisp and cold wind whips my face. The cool rock face beneath my feet is slippery and covered with moss, leaving behind squelchy mud and lush green trees with intertwining roots; natural and fierce. We’ve left our […]