We publish and explore creative writing, and we particularly welcome new and just starting writers!  Take a look at our writing prompts, our writing competitions, or literary extracts for some inspiration.

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WRITING PROMPTS

Writing Prompts – Last Summer

Writing Prompt First words for a story or poem.... "Last summer " ....

Writing Prompts – The Box

Some questions to get you started: Where is the box? Who owns to box? What's in the box? How did it get there?  

COMPETITION ENTRIES

Oshiokhe Esther Momodu – Home Alone

I knew we were in trouble when I heard an upsetting sound,  like feet tapping on a hardcore tiled floor.  Godwin stared at me...

Olufunke Ayoola – I Knew we were in Trouble

I knew we were in trouble when I could hear the sound of Dad’s black work shoes.  The sound of clattering, of a galloping...

Maxine Makeba – No Fear

I knew we were in trouble when I gave residence to fear in my life. Fear, don’t you dare come near me In my passion to...

Adel Belova – Women of Pleasure

This is one of the winning entries in the November 2018 writing competition. I knew we were in trouble when Lady Hanako’s screeches of pain...

CLASSIC INSPIRATION

The Yellow Wallpaper – Charlotte Perkins Gilman

"The Yellow Wallpaper", written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, was published in 1892.  The story concentrates on the experience of the narrator who is taken...

The Dead – James Joyce

"The Dead", the final story in the collection, Dubliners, written by James Joyce, was published in 1914. The story focuses on Gabriel Conroy and...