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 Door

Some questions to get you started: Where is the door? Who opens the door? What's behind the door?      

COMPETITION ENTRIES

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...

Ikrah Bukuru – I knew we were in Trouble

I knew we were in trouble when, The innocent bird tumbled into the unrevealed den, Attached to the ground like a stamp that was disguised by...

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...

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...