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 – If I’d known then

Writing Prompt First words for a story or poem If I’d known then what I know now, I never would have…

November 2018 two week writing challenge

Here are 14 writing challenges for both factual and creative writing.  Aim for at least 100 words on each topic a day!   1st November 2018 One...

COMPETITION ENTRIES

Molly Quell – I knew we were in Trouble

I knew we were in trouble when the rain started. Lauren only agreed to this camping trip after I asked her for months. She’d...

Hashim Perez – I Knew we were in Trouble when

This is one of the winning entries in our November 2018 writing competition. I knew we were in trouble when we couldn’t distinguish between real...

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...

Lisa Hartley – The Walk of Shame

I knew we were in trouble when the morning light shone through the crack in the curtains. Stale alcohol and thick smoke hung in...

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...