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 – That’s what happens when you

Writing Prompt First words of a story or poem "That's what happens when you..."  

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

Olubunmi Toriola – I Knew we were in Trouble

The big grandfather clock was singing away the familiar tune, tick-tock, tick-tock.  Not very loud, almost silently. Pricking up my ears to catch the...

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...

Emma Claydon – I Knew we were in Trouble when

I knew we were in trouble when the leaves started to change colour and fall. As the seasons changed, we were running out of...

Amber Springer – A Birthday Surprise

I knew we were in trouble when she walked into the kitchen, Where my brother and I were just trying to pitch in. Covered in flour,...

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...