Fiction

Where the Gutter Flowers Wilt, pt.2 by Kyle Summerall

I ask him what he likes to do. He tells me that he likes to kayak with his dad. He tells me he lives with his parents. He says he puts a good portion of his cheque every week towards his student loans and that they will be paid off soon. I tell him that… Continue reading Where the Gutter Flowers Wilt, pt.2 by Kyle Summerall

Fiction

Biggest Fan, pt. 12 by Heather Taylor

“What did you want again?” Ceri half-shouted down the phone. She was queuing in a cramped café in the bustling heart of Paddington Train Station, winding her way around the tables and chairs like a conga line in slow motion until she reached the counter. Cherry, her wife of two-and-a-half years, had grown bored of… Continue reading Biggest Fan, pt. 12 by Heather Taylor

Fiction

Cut by Abi Silverthorne

Cut up, was the body was on the sofa. Where it had been left. Its leg was bent at the knee and turned slightly outwards. An ankle dangled over the edge of the seat, the arch of a bare foot just grazing the fibres of the carpet.  There were tights that started at the hem… Continue reading Cut by Abi Silverthorne

Fiction

Where the Gutter Flowers Wilt, pt. 1 by Kyle Summerall

Summer rain blankets the windshield, turning the parking lot into a canvas of mottled lights. I could never paint something so beautiful in its normality. Even if I had the time and the kind of thick paint that you couldn’t get at Walmart. The kind that came in the tubes with a screw off cap… Continue reading Where the Gutter Flowers Wilt, pt. 1 by Kyle Summerall

Fiction

Biggest Fan, pt. 11 by Heather Taylor

Huddled in the bathroom with the door firmly locked and checked four times, was Aaron. He had to find some form of peace from his newest reason to keep on smiling—little twin toddlers that were as inquisitive as they come—and their irritable mother. Of course, he loved her, only he seldom got time to himself… Continue reading Biggest Fan, pt. 11 by Heather Taylor

Fiction

Life Matters by Meverly Adjhei Benjamin | Black History Month Celebration

Looking at the screen, she found herself wondering about many different things. And none of them were related to her work, which she had abandoned for the last half an hour. Most of all she thought of all the bewildering things that were happening around the world and the Black Lives Matter in particular. Even… Continue reading Life Matters by Meverly Adjhei Benjamin | Black History Month Celebration

Fiction

Biggest Fan, pt. 10 by Heather Taylor

Hands shaking, tears spilling—the phone fell to the floor with a crash. Everything had just collapsed, ended, right before her eyes. Her happy, little world was changing again, and she didn’t know where to turn… “Hey, can we come—what have you done?!” Cherry, Bella, Tasmin and Jillian were all stood in the doorway of Ceri’s… Continue reading Biggest Fan, pt. 10 by Heather Taylor

Advice

3 Ways to Manage Multiple Narrators

A story told through the voices of various characters is a sure-fire way to capture different plots and different personalities in the same narrative, while engaging and exciting your readers. Here are the different ways that you can dance between the different voices in your narrative. Alternative Chapters You can switch between two (or more… Continue reading 3 Ways to Manage Multiple Narrators

Fiction

The Exception by John Fenner | SECOND PLACE Short Story Competition 2020

I enjoy watching people die.  I revel in the Moment as it approaches.  No longer synchronised, Mind and Body are ensnared in chaos.  I am fascinated as the realisation glimmers in a person’s eyes and panic engulfs him like millions of siafu ants swarming a helpless boar. Every person differs in how he grapples with… Continue reading The Exception by John Fenner | SECOND PLACE Short Story Competition 2020

Fiction

Biggest Fan, pt. 9 by Heather Taylor

“Hey, Ceri—” “What’s wrong? You sound sad,” she immediately blurted down the phone. “I was just wondering if I could come over for a little while; a week?” “Why? What’s happened?” “I think Yuni and I need some time apart,” Aaron admitted in a downcast tone. For the past three months, Yuni had been taking… Continue reading Biggest Fan, pt. 9 by Heather Taylor