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This category features fictional stories of up to 1,000 words in length. Sometimes known as short-short stories, and encompassing micro fiction and postcard fiction, these brief pieces are intended to tell a story, and make an impression, in a very few words. 

Pills
Joseph Lavelle
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In the morning, we fooled around in bed. In the afternoon, Colin packed his bags again. ‘I’m leaving,’ he said.
How To Become Unseen
Helen Pizzey
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A handy beginners' guide to invisibility. "First, remove all colour from your wardrobe – especially white; white is eye-catching and stands out in a crowd..."
Twenty-Five Tenpenny Tales
Brindley Hallam Dennis
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A collection of twenty five flash fictions. "It frightened him when she walked out alone like that in the early evenings and in the mornings. Sometimes he watched her from the upstairs windows, a flickering upright between the hedgerow trees beyond fields. She ranged a little further every time, in widening circuits of the empty space between them. Sometimes he tried to follow her, though not to catch her up, and by the time he’d put his coat on and the heavy shoes – the fields and tracks were often wet and muddy after rain – she was too far ahead for him even to be sure that he was following; not merely walking in his own unravelling circles. Sometimes, when walking out like that he knew that she was one side or another of him, perhaps ahead, and felt they were like planets in their orbits, or rather comets. Their orbits were not perfect circles around the house, but stretched, elongated ellipses. Sometimes when he walked, searching for glimpses of her through the trees along the rides and lanes, he would glance back towards the house and see it setting like a sun, glinting in the early morning light or lit with yellow panes at evening in its deep cut windows..."
Checking Out
dc lauf
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If the public don't have the discipline to watch what they put into their mouths then the state is just going to have to do it for them... "The lines are always long but no one ever complains about that. It’s to be expected. After all, this service is provided by the government. More than that, it’s for our own good.I shuffle along in the queue. The girl behind the plexi-glass window sees me out the corner of her eye and continues to monitor her customer’s products but I know she is thinking about me. The way she purses her lips gives away her disgust. The buzzer sounds and customer 4572 inserts his card into the payment slot. No unauthorised items. His units are deducted, his items are dispatched into suitable biodegradable packaging and off he goes. Relief obvious on his jowly face."
Final Accounts
Brindley Hallam Dennis
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Ten flash fictions of last words, last actions, and last loves...... "Wilson didn’t know he had only one week to live, whereas Seymour had been warned that he would die within the year. He was already too ill to drive, so he asked Wilson to take him to see her. Wilson was reluctant, but they had been friends for decades. Take a week’s leave, Seymour said. Wilson’s wife, knew the value of friendship, and she told him to get on with it. You never knew what they meant by ‘within the year’. Why, it might happen the next week, who could tell?"
Mount Holly
David Churchill Barrow
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Christmas goes terribly awry for a Hessian Colonel in America. "Colonel Count Karl Emil Ulrich von Donop was once again mesmerized by the visage and cleavage leaning towards him, pouring the wine into his crystal goblet. It all seemed as if it was a storybook fantasy – the crackling fire keeping out the damp December cold, the holly (for which the little village was named) decorating the mantle and table pieces, candles all aglow – and a young hostess who could fill Greek goddesses with envy. Christmas had not been this comfortable since he left his home in Hesse-Kassel years ago..."
Saturday Night
Derek Thompson
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Saturday night is date night, and after a long week what's the harm if we lie to ourselves a little? A short piece about the reality of dating and attraction when we've already been around the block a few times. "'Am I fat?' Martha swayed in front of the TV, trying to gauge her reflection. I bobbed my head side to side, to work around her. I didn’t say nothing because I had nothing to say about it."
How quietly things fall
Hannah Glancy
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The day it happens she climbs into bed and stares up at the ceiling... How do we cope with loss? If we don't cope, can we ever come back? An exploration of grief.
Kallikids Short Story Competition Winners 2015
Kallikids
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March 2015 marked the opening of the first annual KalliKids Short Story Competition. With help from KalliKids' ambassador and best-selling author, Joanna Rees, we set "Shine" as the theme and gave entrants the freedom to adapt "Shine" to whatever it meant to them, with a limit to each story of 500 words. We received over 500 entries from children throughout the UK, and were delighted to read such a creative mix of short stories with themes ranging from singing competitions to doomsday thrillers. We were captivated from start to finish. The 12 stories included in this book are the winners and runners-up from each age category, a real achievement for these truly talented young authors. Thank you and well done to all the children who took part, and the schools that helped to make this competition so special.
The Dollar
Tim Kelly
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One dollar! It is an insult. I won’t pay, I tell you, I won’t...
Countdown and Other Horror Stories
Steve Wilson
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A date from hell; a camping trip with freshly-caught meat on the menu; a Spanish lesson concerning the futility of life; an alcohol-fuelled dream or was it reality?; a secret assignation at a graveyard; the nosy neighbour who found more than he expected; the hair of the dog that wasn't a cure; the effects of the moon on a near-empty beach; exploring an alien landscape - a new collection of nine stories with a theme of horror running through them.
Inglorious Sunset and Other Stories
Steve Wilson
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A collection of a dozen stories with a romantic theme - although all is not always as it might first seem. The subject matter covers wedding anniversary surprises, prom night, an anticipated proposal, double-crossing and backstabbing, love overcoming time and mortality, mistaken identity, someone who is not as sweet as appears at first glance and a harsh payback for an innocent misdemeanour of youth.
What If and Other Stories
Steve Wilson
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Ten stories rooted in the world of science fiction - What if Hitler had died of a childhood ailment? Can you really change your destiny? The horrors of more than half a century earlier revisited; childhood games across time and space; the girl who wasn't there; an affair that wasn't what it appeared to be; a cinema visit with a difference; strange beasts on an alien world; a cyclical life; the man in the moon bides his time.
Sealed With a Kiss and Other Crime Stories
Steve Wilson
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‘Sealed With a Kiss’ is a collection of ten crime-based short stories covering topics including a social media reunion that doesn’t end as expected; a chance meeting in a bar with tragic consequences; wife-swapping with a difference; a teapot that delivers a cocktail of death; the heightened senses of a young sergeant sniff out the criminal; somebody at the library has something other than reading on their mind; a volcanic eruption scuppers best-laid plans; a gamble to replace misappropriated funds that doesn’t pay off; an old lady who mistakes people and doesn’t appear to know what she’s doing; and a flash of light for an over-bearing partner.
White Rabbits
Stephen Tyson
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Paul Marshall appeared out of nowhere. The hazy autumn sky had just started to darken, and I was sitting in the bus-shelter killing time.
The Queen In Red: Welcome To My Truth
Liam A. L
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A Fan Fic based on The Red Queen from Lewis Carroll's 'Alice In Wonderland'; The Red Queen has forever had a reputation for being heartless, yet is that truly what she is? Does she not perhaps care for the people who have grown to loathe her?
Out of the Wood
Brindley Hallam Dennis
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The stranger walked into the bar-room just after six. Bernard didn't usually talk to strangers. He rarely spoke to anyone.
Lapis Lazuli
E. Don Harpe
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“LAPIS LAZULI,” HE SAID. “That my name.” He was not of this world, never from Earth. Not with those eyes, no. --------------------- This is a work of collaboration by Eugen Bacon and E. Don Harpe.
Lapis Lazuli
Eugen Bacon
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“LAPIS LAZULI,” HE SAID. “That my name.” He was not of this world, never from Earth. Not with those eyes, no. --------------------- This is a work of collaboration by Eugen Bacon and E. Don Harpe.
A Flash In The Dark
Rosie Cullen
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A collection of three disturbingly dark flashes of fiction, Insomnia, In The End and LOL.
Fight or Flight
Roland Glover
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A woman finds escape from her tortured life in a mysterious flight of fancy.
Black Cat
Megan Palmer
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A flash fiction - a man is ominously pursued. What is he fleeing from? What is following him? Will he manage to escape?
Is Nothing
Cherry Potts
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A flash fiction story - someone is hiding in the maize fields, someone who needs help.
Satanic Snarl
Nancy Charley
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Tasha has just moved into her new house, hoping for friendly neighbours. Instead she is faced with Satanic Snarl.
Happy Valentine's Day, Darling!
R. G. Tooth
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Poor Keith, nothing was too good for his special valentine.
Taking Tea With Marc Bolan
Lynda Nash
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Taking tea with Marc Bolan in a cafe somewhere in London
Prairie Rain
Cherry Potts
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A flash fiction set on a porch in Illinois
A Feast of Flash Fictions
Brindley Hallam Dennis
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Ten Flash Fictions, from 449, to 96 words short...illicit affairs and railroad crashes, murderous spouses and vengeful neighbours.
Another Broken Heart
Leyla Leyton
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Jeff had betrayed Sandra in the worst possible way and now he wants to come back!
Once in a blue moon
Caroline Pitcher
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The statues from the Minster roof come to life one night!
It's what I want
Caroline Pitcher
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Ruby meets the neighbours including the rabbit.
Stop, Look and Listen
Akeem Balogun
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Stop, Look and Listen is a short collection of flash fiction pieces. It features Escape, a story about a son who wants to keep his parents together for the sake of his father, Mannequin, a creepy tale about a husband and his wife's disappearance, as well as the titular story Stop, Look and Listen, an exploration of life through instructions. The collection also includes other pieces by Akeem Balogun that have appeared in various publications throughout his writing career. Stop, Look and Listen is an enjoyable read that will appeal to all fans of the short story form as well as to any reader who is entertained by writing that is precise, fun and thought-provoking.
Bagman
Helen Pizzey
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An extraordinary personal encounter on the New York subway.
Thaw
Helen Pizzey
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The manically-depressed iceberg has few friends among the polar bears at the North Atlantic Bar.
Early Days
Leyla Leyton
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I walked away alone. Tears sprung quickly but not unexpectedly to my eyes - I realised I was now alone!
A Light in the Darkness
Leyla Leyton
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Do you believe in fate or that things happen for a reason? No? Well neither did I until one day.....
Faith
Peter Jump
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When global disaster strikes everyone's faith is tested
Edinburgh Contradictions
Peter Jump
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A one night stand in a seedy hotel leads to an unexpected encounter and stretched boundaries. Would you meet Mr Husband?
Priority Lives
David G Allen
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A man in a suit interrupted the programme. ‘What happened to Noel Edmunds?’ I said. ‘Shhh!’ said Lulu. ‘I want to listen!’ I wanted to know what the banker had said. The man in the suit kept talking. ‘I swear they’re making it up,’ I said. Lulu didn’t answer. She just stared into space. ‘I can’t believe I’ll never see my dad again,’ she said. Not for the first time I feel guilty.
Trafalgar Square
Emma Bolger
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A flash fiction story about transition
Shortcut
Alistair Canlin
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A girl takes a shortcut through the woods, but soon feels she is being followed
Bella's Journey
Lesley Jackson
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Bella takes a bus ride and struggles with her feelings when someone sits beside her.
Wearing White Plimsoles
Alison Stewart
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I am wearing my smartest clothes for my mother’s funeral: grey trousers and white shirt without the tie. She meant to give me cash for shoes...
Kontakte
Jonathan Taylor
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A story about Derek, Stockhausen, electronic music, and the ducks in Acton Park.
 
 

 

 

   

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