Our submissions window is now open for literary fiction and poetry.
UK and internationally-based writers
We highly encourage underrepresented writers to enter.
The deadline is Wednesday, January 31st 2024 at 5 pm.
When we finally found it in the corner of the downstairs loo – the dead mouse – the children covered their noses with their sleeves and refused to eat breakfast in the kitchen because of an alleged lingering smell. They leaned into the drama. What child doesn’t relish revulsion and swoon? They defined themselves against something – it, or us – and found a purpose, a unity, that morning.
"Obviously, a huge part of recent history has been the AIDS epidemic. It has been a medical, emotional, social, economic, and political topic for so many including those we have lost, and those living with HIV/AIDS who are still stigmatised today."
"is there something in adopting the voice of a god, but giving him very human qualities and frailties? It turned out that adopting a persona that revolved at once about both being powerful and powerless was a great parallel for exploring subjects like climate change."
They were stones in a champagne flute, I was always bound to smash. But they were there for a while, hanging on, two faceless punters waiting for the gag, and then it all slipped out of me as easily as a giggle. Once is a mistake. Twice is careless. By the end of it you could hear a pin drop in my heart.
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