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 – The Door

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

Writing Prompts – Last Summer

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

COMPETITION ENTRIES

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...

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...

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...

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...